Friday, March 31, 2017

iPad cover/Kindle Cover/iPhone cover

I particularly liked the following pattern that was sent via Craftsy:

I did not buy the pattern, but it is available at:  Sold by

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Brioche Cowl in Rowan Frost

I finally finished my Brioche Cowl in Rowan Frost yarn.  I LOVE it!  Funny how a pattern or project may turn out to be very special.  That is how I feel about this project.  I love the yarn and I love the
pattern and I love wearing it.  I knitted this on size 10 needles using directions that I made up from those that Jane, the owner of the Magpie Yarn store in Lexington had given us.  I have filed the directions in Cowls in the kitchen file.  For more information on materials and etc:

It seems that Frost has been discontinued.  So far it does not see to be discounted anywhere....but in case it does in the future here are a few ideas:

This cowl (above) took two balls of Frost in two different colors.  There is also a scarf on Ravelry of interest:

This scarf is made using the pattern One Row Lace Scarf by Turvid.  It is called Moorland Frost by Deniellenoe

The yarn would also be very pretty in LaLa's simple shawl (about 500 yards) or the Firelight shawl or Simple but effective in dropbox.  About 350 yards for the Firelight and Simple but effective.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

spring trip to Lexington

This trip to Lexington, we only visited two shops.  The first was ReBelle.  The shop just gets nicer every time we visit.  It is clear that the owners are committed to adding interesting yarns .....not just the old standbys.  Somehow I managed to refrain from choosing yarn that I really don't need while the others filled their baskets with absolutely wonderful choices.  However, I was on my computer the entire time thinking about what I might do with some of the very pretty yarns.  Close to the end I asked about their list of yarn brands that they carried.  It was on their website.  I noticed that they had Collinette and I couldn't help but ask.  They, like me, had heard that Collinette was no longer going to have yarns and had bought a huge order from them at the news.  However they explained that Collinette did not go out of business.....rather they decided to stop wholesaling their yarns.  You can now buy their yarns from the Collinette website.  ReBelle had a large selection of Jitterbug.  But I need to look at what I already have and actually knit with it before I buy more.  BUT.....hmmmmm....they did have a kit in the back that they would sell for 30% off if I was interested....and I did indeed buy it.  It is in colors that match Harper's room perfectly.  I may have to make a special throw for Harper's room.  Very pretty!

The other item of interest at ReBelle was a cardigan sweater that is a possibility for Mia:

I looked on Ravelry and the largest size that the pattern makes is size 2.

After Lunch we went to Magpie.  Jane, the owner, had a casual group knitting.  It was very relaxed in the store.  Again, Jane, goes  to a lot of trouble to not only organize her products extremely well, but also to maintain a collection of unusual items of very high quality lines.  I bought a small amount of two sale yarns for summer projects.  The yarns that I saw for possible future buying are below.

The above scarf is knitted of the below yarn with the two rows that you see made from a wool yarn that will felt.  Then washed to magically turn into a WONDERFUL scarf.  Sally showed me how the "kit" works.  Jane had amazing choices in the yarn! Yarn details below:

Classic Elite Alpaca Sox

Webbs just sent an e-mail with an offer of more than 50% off on their Classic Elite Alpaca Sox overstock colors.  I have been putting off buying sock yarn, but I think I can not put it off any longer. These colors are honestly wonderful.  The yarn is fingering/sock weight suggested needles #2.  Made in Peru and 450 yards in a skein.  Here are some of my favorite photos using this yarn:

Kathryn's Shawl from Ravelry

 And another view of same shawl:

Here are some of my favorite colorways after browsing Ravelry and google:

Below photo is Lwreynolds Rose City Rollers in colorway 1866:

And colorway 1879:

And below is  Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis

And another colorway in the same yarn by the same person as above:

Oh, phooey.....too many projects...just going to buy.

Starshower Shawl

Oh, my gosh, I love the new Shawl that Sally is knitting!  It is Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis.  It calls for 400 yards of fingering weight and is knit on a size 6 needle.  The pattern is available for $5 on Ravelry.

Here is Hilary's version:

The pattern is much prettier in is Sally's start to the project:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Newsprint Cowl

Purl Solo sent out a free pattern today that is lovely!  They call it the Newsprint Cowl.


24 stitches and 35 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch


Finished dimensions: 12 inches high and 58 inches in circumference


The purl side of this Cowl is considered the right side, but you will make the Cowl with the wrong side facing you. This is so that most of your stitches will be easier knits rather than more difficult purls.
Because the wrong side is facing you, when you carry up the yarns for striping, be sure to twist them on the side facing you, aka the knit stitch side of the Main Body.
For more tips on carrying up yarn, please visit our Stripes in the Round Tutorial, but keep in mind that this tutorial carries the yarn up the backside of the work. The concept is the same, but again, here, you’ll carry the yarn up the front of the work!



With Main Color (MC), use a Long Tail Cast On to cast on 348 stitches.
Place a marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.
Rounds 1-4: With MC, purl to end of round.


Round 1: With CC, knit to end of round.
Rounds 2 and 3: With MC, knit to end of round. (See Notes, above, for tips on where and how to carry up the yarn for striping.)
Repeat Rounds 1-3 until piece measures about 11 1/2 inches from cast-on edge.
Cut CC yarn.
Next Round: With MC, knit to end of round.


Rounds 1-4: With MC, purl to end of round.
Bind off all stitches purlwise.
Weave in the ends and gently block your Newsprint Cowl!