When I was at TNNA in January, I saw many lovely things!
One of my favorites is the new Masham Worsted from Lorna’s Laces. Clara Parkes just wrote a very in-depth Masham Worsted review, so if you want to know more … check that out!
This has been one of my favorite new yarns to try – it knits up at a great gauge (I used US7s for my hats.) I love the way that it takes dye – with a beautiful marled effect.
I knit my two hanks up into two hats – one skein is the perfect amount for a perfect hat with a perfectly perfect pom-pom! (Pics coming soon!)
I’d love to have a Masham sweater!
ETA: here are a couple pics of one of the hats:
A couple of weeks ago, I went to Madrona for the first time! Madrona is a really wonderful fiber arts festival in Tacoma, Washington. It’s one that every fiber instructor I’ve ever met loves to teach, and that the students adore, as well. It’s really well-organized, feels very cozy, and really offers some fantastic fiber arts classes.
You know that I’ve been weaving up a storm lately – well, actually, since I haven’t blogged in months, you might not know that! Anyway, at Madrona, I took two rigid heddle classes from Linda Gettman, who is a fantastic instructor.
I learned lots of new lace
stitches (weave patterns?) and how to create different weave structures like waffle weave in multiple colors. The images in this post are of a few of the new patterns I learned. I can’t wait to incorporate them into my own weaving!
All of this weaving is done on my 15″ Schacht Cricket loom. It was easy to transport, and I was so glad to have it to use in my classes!
You may know that I’m trained as a mineralogist. I studied the crystal structures of minerals all through college and grad school and beyond.
I find myself really drawn to crystals even now – and have been collecting them. I also love stone beads.
Mazie and Olive and I love our crafting, and beading has become something that we do on a regular basis. I am really loving combining different materials together – like wood and gemstones. I also really find the metaphysical properties of crystals to be really interesting, and I love researching that!
Here’s one of my recent projects – turquoise and crystal quartz:
One of my favorite local shops is Desert Gems. They often have 50% off all of their stone beads. They also have lots of findings, so that I don’t have to make stops all over town to get a necklace done.
Olive and I have been having so much fun with our new 15″ Schacht Cricket Loom! I have been borrowing a 10″ Cricket every so often from the office, and have really been dreaming about having a 15″ of my very own.
Olive helped me put it together (it’s that simple!) and get it warped for the first time! We were up and running in about an hour. Not bad for a new toy!
It comes with a heddle that works for worsted weight yarn, and I recently went over to Fancy Tiger Crafts and picked up heddles for sock and bulky, too!
This is a pattern that has been in the works for a while! I released it as a Craftsy workshop a few months ago, and am now able to release it as a single pattern. It’s been tested many times, and updated to incorporate lots of great knitters’ suggestions.
This is what I call a “Faroese-ish” shawl. It has the traditional lace panel down the center back, which allows you to block the shawl so that the shoulders are “shaped” (see schematic) without having to do any special stitch work to shape them.
The center lace panel and the border are actually
the same lace pattern! In the center panel, the lace is reminiscent of winged fairies or angels standing
in a row. When repeated along the border, the lace creates romantic arches and teardrops. A decorative picot bind-off is used to emphasize the points of the lace. Both charted and written-out instructions are given.
• 1 skein (100 g) Cascade Heritage (75% merino superwash 25% nylon) yarn in Como Blue
• Size US 5 (3.75mm) 24” (61 cm) circular needle
• Size US 7 (4.5mm) knitting needles for bind off
71×20 inches (180×51 cm)
Note: Measurements will vary depending on how you block the shawl.
4.5 sts and 7 rows in 1 inch (2.5 cm) in stockinette stitch after blocking.
The pattern is available on Ravelry now for $6.
As a special celebration, I’ve also put all of the patterns in my shop (including this one) on sale for 50% off. Thanks so much for your readership and support!