Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"Afterglow" shawl pattern is now available.

 “Afterglow” shawl pattern is now available on Ravelry and my blog.

 "Afterglow" is an elegant and delicate shawl with a beautiful scalloped edging. This shawl would make a great accessory for any time of the year. The shawl is seamless and knitted bottom-up. The shawl would be a great project for an intermediate as well as experienced knitter.

Yarn: 1 skeins = 437 yards (400 m) of Handmaiden Fine Yarn Sea Silk (70% Silk, 30% Plant fiber, fingering, 4ply).
349.6 yards (319.7m) of colorway “Mine Gold” was used for the sample shawl.

The “Afterglow” shawl design received an Honorable Mention in Handmaiden Yarns Spring design competition.

Happy knitting,

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Rhapsody in Grey.

Rhapsody is extended, emotional piece of music or literature, or an enthusiastic written or spoken response or feeling, or an ancient Greek epic poem.

I had this yarn (Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport) in my stash for 3 years or so and it was time to use it ;-) I wanted to knit a loose fitting open cardigan with a seamless topdown construction and with seamless set-in sleeves. Started this project very fast. Everything fell into place right away with the stitch pattern I choose and the yarn.

 One of the primary reason I designed this cardigan was to get some practice in this particular sleeve construction.  The sleeves are knitted seamless from the top and flat after the all sts for sleeve are picked up. I have knitted sleeves this way few other times, but this was the first time I tried this technique in my own design. The sleeve construction was actually the primary reason for this design since I wanted to learn how to do them myself. When I knitted other designs with this type of sleeves, they used short rows with w&t by picking up all sts for the sleeve at first. I really hated that approach I must say. So, I picked up sts different way from the top of the sleeve at the shoulder and added new stitches gradually without any wrap and turn at all. It worked beautifully and I will definitely will knit this type of sleeve again.

 I am so happy how this cardigan turned out and cannot wait to wear it. It is so cozy ind fits me so well. It feels wonderful :-)) I am definitely knitting another one in black ;-))
My project can be found on Ravelry and is called "Rhapsody in Grey".

Happy knitting,

Friday, March 22, 2013

Beautiful nature of Belarus

 I want to share these beautiful pictures of the gorgeous Belorussian nature that were taken by me during my trip to Belarus last October. I hope you enjoy :-))

Захотелось поделиться с моими читателями фотографиями красивой Белорусской природы. Снимки сделаны мной во время поездки в Белоруссию прошлым Октябрём. Надеюсь вам понравится :-))

Have a great weekend :-))
Happy knitting,