Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pennsylvania Alpaca

Finally got to ply up the Pennsylvanie Alpaca that I bought a few summers ago when I visited my BFF, Lori.  I ended up with about 476 yards of fingering weight yarn.  It should be enough to knit up the Lazy Day Lace Shawl pattern I found on  I love the chocolate brown.  As you can see, I had to improvise with some alternatives for bobbins.  I was asking everyone I knew for coffee cans, oatmeal and bread crumb containers and even the paper towel rolls.  They will come in handy later for spinning up the three pounds of Rambo that I still haven't started.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sapphire Bliss - Fingerless Mitts

In a previous you saw some beautiful blue merino from Ashland Bay. This is the final project with some yarn left over. This easy and free pattern from Ravelry was knit up on size one needles. The mitts were pretty tight, but I prefer that the mitts hug my hand. If I ever make more more larger hands, I will use a larger needle or alter the pattern. I loved how the colorway had some purple hues in it. This will go great with my violet pea coat for the winter. I also discovered through Picasa an application called "Picnik" which gives me some really cool framing options.