Monday, May 14, 2018

Queen D shawl :-)

This year I designed and knitted 4 shawls for some friends who have been kind to me over the years. Queen V was the first design in the series of #shawlsforfriends and I gifted the original shawl to my friend Victoria. This one is for me :-) In the spirit of the design name I called my project QueenD. You can find the project on Ravelry:
The shawl will be on display at @apricotyarn. Stop by to see it in person and grab some Sulka Nina by Mirasol Yarn. The shawl knitted in colorway Duck Egg and takes 4 skeins. 
Queen V is an elegant shawl that features a combination of clean lines, leaf silhouettes with little nupps and a garter stitch border. The shawl is knitted bottom-up with the border done simultaneously with the body.

Happy Knitting,

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Corals top.

I designed and started this top last summer while recovering from my eye surgery. Sounds like a great idea, right ;-) Double vision bothered me still at that time, so I put it aside until last month. Did not take me long to finish the top and I am so happy I did. I love how the top turned out. Makes for a great spring/summer layering piece. I used cotton/cashmere (85/15) blend from Colourmart.I love how this yarn feels and have knitted with it before. It is a wonderful yarn for the summer. The only problem with it is that it biases a lot and st. st is not an option as well as any stitch pattern with a moderate amount of st. st. So I opted for a very lacy pattern to avoid the bias. For more details on this design please visit my Ravelry project page:
Happy knitting,


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Blue Donner.

Took me 4 month, but I did finish this beautiful sweater by  Elizabeth Doherty @bluebeestudio I absolutely love it. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ The fit is fantastic.  I wanted to try some new and interesting construction. and Donner fit the bill. I love the shoulder construction of this sweater, especially the braid on the back. For my mods on how I picked up sts for the braid see the project page:

I cannot say enough good things about this pattern.You can tell a lot of thought went into the design and calculations. I highly recommend this pattern, but be aware that it is very very heavy on short rows. I am not a big fan of short rows, but they do make your final garment to fit well and thus worth the straggle even if take four month to make. :-) 
The yarn is light fingering  cashmere from Colourmart @colourmart. After wash it bloomed and absolutely scrumptious.
Happy knitting,

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

New Shawl Pattern: Fire Spirit.

I am excited to introduce to you my fourth and final (for now) design in the series of Shawls for Friends. Fire Spirit pattern can be found on Ravelry:
Introductory 50% off until Thursday 11 pm PST. 
I designed this shawl for my friend Elena.  She is a wonderful friend I have known for about 20 years. She is very sincere, kind and, unlike most people, she does not afraid to give you a complement, say a kind word and just make you feel better. I feel that she has an inner radar that make her sense when people need a kind word the most.
When thinking about the design I would love to make for her, two things came to mind: red and fringe. :-) I love love how Fire Spirit shawl turned out. Love the cable/lace/fringe combination. It is a fun shawl, as you can see from my pics ;-), and I hope Elena will love it and will enjoy wearing it.

Fire Spirit shawl features combination of rhombus silhouettes set in lace and a little cable twists. Fringe adds a playful element to the design. All of these elements reminiscent of fire flames thus giving the design its name. The shawl is knitted bottom-up. The border is designed in the way that makes it very easy to attach fringe and to block the shawl. Grab your favorite yarn and have fun knitting.

 Happy Knitting,

Monday, April 9, 2018

New shawl pattern: Bougainvillea.

Bougainvillea pattern is available at introductory price of $1.99 until Thursday, April 12, 10pm PST. The pattern will be available for $5.00 after that.
Bougainvillea is my third design in the series of Shawls for Friends. I designed and knitted this shawl (the purple one in the pics) for my friend JoKaren, who is a fellow knitter I was lucky to meet some years ago through Ravelry. She is kind, wonderful person, supportive friend and has a great spirit about her. She has knitted so many things for others and I wanted to make something for her. A year ago she moved from the sunny California to cold Utah and I thought the lightweight and very warm alpaca shawl will be perfect for her. Also, unaware that this shawl was for her, she suggested the name Bougainvillea for this shawl when I asked for suggestions on my FB page. I hope she will like this surprise shawl ;-)
The yellow Bougainvillea shawl I made for myself. It uses one strand of fingering weight merino/silk and one strand of kidsilk. For details on this shawl see my project page:
Happy knitting,