Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Progress on Scrap Painting Project

Here is a picture of the progress I have made on the side-to-side scrap painting project I have been working on. This is a sample of what you might create putting together scraps out of your stash. During our second Swap Meet on Friday, November 9, this will be offered as a free one time only workshop for that evening. Our Swap Meets are for ya'll to bring in a few skeins of yarn that you might no longer be partial to (please, no used or mutilated skeins, make it something you wouldn't mind receiving), add them to the "stash" and, in return, you get to take a few skeins that enhance the stash that you want to work with.

I, of course, wasn't happy with what I started with ( see November 2 entry) so I added these novelties.
Yeah, yeah, I know. Novelties are "out"! Too bad- I still like them. And I think they have really added dimension to my project.

Hope you are inspired to join us Friday! It should be fun!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Free Baywood Pattern

Here is the reason I wanted ya'll to see the lovely colors in the Baywood yarns. So I could offer you this free pattern!

Baywood Self Fringing Triangle Shawl
1 skein Baywood Yarns Luxury Sock & Shawl
1 Skein Karabella Gossamer
Size #15 needles
1 ring marker
Gauge: approx 2.5 sts=1"

PM: Place marker.
SM: Slip marker
Kf&b: Knit into the front & back of the stitch.

Cast on 1 st, pm, co 3sts.
Row 1: K3, sm, kf&b- 5 sts.
Row 2 and all even rows: Purl.
Row 3: K3, sm, k1, yo, k1.-6sts.
Row 5: K3, sm, k1, yo, k to end- 7 sts.
Row 7: K3, sm, k1, yo, k to end- 8 sts.
Continue to increase 1 st every odd numbered row by repeating row 7 until there are 46 sts, ending with a purl row. You will now begin to decrease;
Row 1: K3, sm, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to end.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: K3, sm, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to end.
Row 4: Purl.
Continue decreasing by repeating these last 2 rows until there are 5 sts left, ending with a purl row.
Final row: K3, remove marker, k2tog. Fasten off last st only.

Fringe: Slide first 3 sts off needle (do not bind off). You will now begin to unravel these 3 sts, which form the fringe, tying them in an overhand knot every 2 rows to secure them.


Sunday, November 04, 2007

Baywood Sock Yarns.

Baywood Sock Yarns: Up first- Luxury Sock & Shawl Yarn (50% silk, 50% merino) in colors (left to right) Summer Sunset, Cabernet, Waves, Blackberry (on top of Waves) and Jewel Box.

This is the superwash Sock Yarn in (left to right) Napa Road, Jewel Box & Go Bears.

And this is Pearly Twist in (left to right) Wine & Roses, Amethyst & Iolite (which is also at the far right), Jewel Box, & Waves.

Let me know which one you would like to have Christine!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Survey Winner and Shop Happenings

Thanks to the ramdom number generator (better known as the hubby) Christine is the winner of the sock method survey! Congrads Christine. I will let you know what colors I have available in the Baywood to pick from.

Sunday is the Fuzzy Friends Club at the shop so I have created a felted stuffed fish for the project. I knit it out of leftover Cascade Indulgence.Above is before felting, below is after. I haven't even stuffed it yet, but Joey still finds it acceptable for playing with.

Wait until it has catnip in it. Will they love it then!

On Friday, November 9, we will have our next Swap Meet. The purpose is to sort through your scraps, organize what you might want to use together, then trade what you don't want for fibers you can use with what you have kept. To keep you motivated, I will offer a free scrap painting workshop which includes a basic template for a side-to-side garment. Below is the scrap palette I'm using.It includes wool, mohair, silk, cotton, linen and polymides in all shades of fuschia, lavendar, rose, and pinks with a little green and beige. There is one sparkly (which didn't make the picture), several fuzzies, one boucle and the rest are smooth.

And this is what it is looking like so far.
As I say, it is side-to-side construction, starting with the body, and can be a vest or can have sleeves added to make a cardigan.
I look forward to showing you one way of making the most of your scraps. See you there!