Friday, May 27, 2011

A Summer 5K

I'm training for a 5K, but I'm looking to burn up lengths of yarn rather than distance on the track. I'm participating in the Knit Girllls Stash Dash 2011, a summer long project to knock 5000 yards of yarn out of my stash.
I started last night, after midnight, by sewing the tail on a little kitty knit for my four year old Granddaughter.
My daughter bought this yarn from an indie dyer online when she was pregnant with said Granddaughter, hoping I would knit a soaker for the baby. The soaker never came to be, but the yarn was destined for little Ivy ever since. Ivy Kitty will become her new playmate.

My second Stash Dash project is the Caribbean Waters Shawl I've had on the needles for the past two months.
Progress was slow. I enjoyed working with the Malabrigo Sock. Who wouldn't?, but was lost in lace doldrums. Row upon row of boring lace repeats. Not very compelling in my opinion. The result is quite nice, though.

And that is the value of these kinds of contests.
They inspire me to knock those longer projects that I've lost the excitement for, off the needles, where I can appreciate them. And who can't appreciate a great FO?

To see more Finished Objects, check out Tami's Ami's FO Friday page.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Loveliness of Handspun

I'd never knit with handspun yarn until I won this skein from PirateRed on Ravelry. It looked pretty in photo's, but once I actually held it in my hands, I was lost. The delicately plied colors, the light lofty squishiness stole my heart and fired up my creative juices. I had to start knitting this loveliness right away.
A quick Rav pattern search, a quick poll amongst friends to narrow down pattern choice, and Becca's lovely handspun practically stitched itself into Leila Raabe's New New Shale Cowl pattern. Becca's yarn and spinning services can be found at A Song To Spin etsy shop. Her spinning wisdom can be found on her blog. The knitting of this brought a song to my heart and I'm now ruined for less. :sigh:

Monday, May 16, 2011

Delphi at Easter

Delphi is a wonderful place to be at Easter time. The town is small, making exploring on foot the way to go. We heard the chanting of the Easter services wafting through the windows of the beautiful old church: There were so many charming little walkways and squares to explore: The tavernas served up delicious local specialties: The ancient ruins of Delphi?

On Easter's Eve, we were lucky enough to experience the annual procession behind the Body of Christ. A festive and colorful end to a perfect day in Delpi:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Here's a new Spring/Summer wardrobe addition that I plan to take along to Knit Nation in London this July. It's the Scarborough scarf by Jennifer Wood. I'm knitting it with Berrocco Linen Jeans in olive. I love the drapeyness of this yarn and pattern combination. The scarf stretches wide to become a stole, (to throw over the shoulders when the air conditioning is chilly), or knots into a long, light and breezy summer scarf.

Don't you just have to love it when such a good thing comes together?
Goodbye too long held stash yarn!
Hello perfect summer scarf!

Life is good.

Here's more Wednesday WIP's from Tami's Amis