Wednesday, December 12, 2012
There are some . . . no, better make that, a LOT! . . . of really good designs floating around these days. It would be impossible to keep up. Sometimes, it's just a question of stumbling upon the right design when we have the right materials at hand. That was the case with Suki. We saw her first on The Yarn Harlot's blog, in early October, and we thought she was really pretty. Almost at the same time, we remembered we had that fabulous plum Baby Alpaca that our lovely Stephanie brought us back from Europe last Christmas. In April, we happened on a close-out sale of Louet Gems fingering weight. When we shopped our stash, we were delighted to see these 2 yarns were just meant to be. The Louet Gems is made of 2 strands . . . a blue one and a plum one. They go together perfectly.
We have 2 skeins of each. We decided to make the small size shawl (because we are on the small side) and really want to wear it more as a scarf with our jean jacket. We used virtually ALL of one ball of the plum (186 yds.) and nearly all of the blue (185 yds.). That means we actually have enough to knit a second one. OR, maybe we need dainty fingerless gloves to match.
We LOVE the picot bind off. We didn't love doing it because it was kind of 3 steps forward and 2 steps back, but we do love the way it looks.
Suki is Miriam Pike's design and you can find the pattern for sale HERE. It's well written and not hard, if you're in a place in your head where you can concentrate and follow a chart. When we started this a couple of months ago we weren't exactly there, but working on it has helped us find that mind-set again. That, and time, which really does heal all wounds.
We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who's been kind to us these past few months. It's good to have friends.
Now, for the first time in AGES, we're going to link up with our friends at the Needle and Thread Network.........all Canadian, all the time. :)