Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The Purple Rose of Cairo

My "Follow Your Arrow 2" is done!
Design by Ysolda Teague!
I missed the first FYA, but when I heard about the FYA2, I was ready to join in the fun
of 5 clues over 5 weeks....two options per clue, so a decision to be made every week...not too stressful!

I have to admit, I was not too comfortable with the whole "follow the instructions blindly" thing....
so every week I waited for the spoilers to be posted to decide!
I know!!! Such a chicken!

Week 1 - Clue A
Week 2 - Clue B
Week 3 - Clue A
Week 4 - Clue B
Week 5 - Clue A

The yarn? Rowan's Fine Art
Shade? #314 Rowan!

I have been photographing it all over the try and get the exact shade...
which of course is impossible because then you have to take into account
what you are seeing on your screen!

It even looked lovely, hanging in the bath room,
beside the purple tissue box :)

It seems purple is my new favourite shade!
Check out these purple potatoes I found at the supermarket!

I think this afternoon I will watch "The Purple Rose of Cairo", wearing my Rowan purple FYA2 shawl,  as I'm not ready to give up on the purple quite yet.

So......that's ANOTHER project finished.  That's a FP to you!

Finished Project! 

Much nicer than FO! Hey, I got an FO here! NO, from now on, hey, I've got a FP to show off! LOL!!!

Still waiting for a good day to photograph Mette outside, in some snow....without getting frost bite!  We are Canadians, we understand winter, but this February has been well below the seasonal average temperature. So cold here in Southern Ontario that I am using an additional heat source here in my basement yarn room. Being in a basement, picture it, surrounded by cold frozen ground! Ha ha ha....thank goodness for heat and hydro....and heated seats when we go out in the car!

I have a couple of design ideas to work on is a secret and the other is a challenge...

I knew when she walked into the yarn store, eyes wildly darting from from shelf to shelf, then peering at the screen of her iPhone, that this knitter had a challenge that I couldn't resist!

Hey, sounds like the start of one of those knitterly novels eh?

A relatively novice knitter with a photograph of a shawl that a colleague wears at work....surely it would be simple to replicate it....ha ha naive is that!

Until next time,

Happy Knitting,

(with Lackie and Daisy at her feet)

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Saturday, 21 February 2015

With a little help from your friends!

One thing I learned while knitting my Kaffe afghan with my Kaffe Klatch buddies....sharing with your friends makes everything just better!  So I thought why not apply that to my every day knitting?

I have met a few knitters who I just knew right away were kindred spirits.  If we lived closer, I know we'd be having knit get-togethers! Maybe their gorgeous projects will encourage you to try something that you might not have thought of!

I first met Carole-Ann at the Docknits retreat weekend. She was introduced to me as one of the prize winners for the completed Martin Storey afghan. I remembered her photo right away - her garden shed all decked out in gorgeous knits, the highlight being her completed afghan!  

Her prize was a bag of Brushed Fleece yarn in Lagoon (259).

She knit "Mette", a short sleeved, long length cardigan
knit in stocking stitch with front pockets and raglan sleeves!

This design is in the Brushed Fleece brochure
(16 designs by Martin Storey for men and women)

In this photo you can see her in her LYS Docknits, wearing her Mette, with a gorgeous hat/fingerless mitts combo that she designed and knit out of Rowan Fine Tweed. (Don't confuse Rowan Fine Tweed with Felted Tweed - totally different colour palettes and hand when knit - make sure you try them both!)

Carole-Ann and I have very similar taste in Mette is finished and waiting to be photographed for my FPP (Finished Project Post).

I am campaigning to change FO for FP......come on knitters, let's use FP for Finished Project :) ! 

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Ingrid I met through my friend and fellow Kaffe Klatcher Darlene.  

Ingrid knit this gorgeous sweater in Rowan's Felted Tweed in the shade Scree (165) which is a pale steely blue with darker blue and almost white tweedy flecks!

Here she is wearing her  Cloud Cover by Heidi Kirrmaier.  I had fun checking out Heidi Kirrmaier's design page on Ravelry and I'm sure you will too!

I love Ingrid's "JUL Bronze Twig" shawl/sweater pin. I was gifted one of these pins and I love it!  You can get one at Churchmouse!

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Darlene is a long-time Rowan knitter. When she heard I was knitting Kaffe's Earth Strip Wrap from Rowan Magazine 42, she sent along this lovely photo as inspiration. Isn't it gorgeous?

This is my friend Ros' Earth Stripe Wrap!
(another inspirational photo!)

There are now 4 of us knitting this gorgeous wrap - two on either side of "the pond" as they say! Judy and Linda (Knitted Pink) in the UK, and Candice (Fair Ground) and I here in Canada. I am sure there are many more knitting this luxurious wrap, as Rowan has made the instructions free to Row@n Members!  

Candice and I have luckily acquired ALL of the original shades. As some of these original shades are no longer offered in the Kidsilk Haze range...Rowan has updated their download pattern to reflect current shades of Kidsilk Haze.

I am sort of liking this new colour way......I love the shade "Fudge"....yummy! and "Blustery"....ooh, I think I REALLY like this new colourway

Why don't you join us? Let me know if you are going to knit the Earth Stripe Wrap - original as per Kaffe? this new colourway per Rowan? or what about an entirely original colour way for yourself!

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Weekly Project Update:

Follow Your Arrow 2 - have to wind that new skein of yarn and knit clue 5!

Benedict Scarf - did a couple of rows but no major progress.

Earth Stripe Wrap - have done a bit on this too, but as I am way ahead of the scheduled per month number of rows, I can relax and get on with something else!

Mette - finished and ready for photographing!

My Emley - still need to sew those darn sleeves in - why do I get stalled like this?

Kaffe Mystery Afghan - well it is no mystery now :) and winners of the photograph competition have started to receive their prizes! The pressure is off, and I'll endeavour to get this finished before Fall that we have another couch blanket!

Something new - I feel the need for something new....something colourful....something relatively not a sweater :) 

If I sit down and finished my "Follow Your Arrow 2", I can cast on something new....not a sweater :) Deal? 

Happy Knitting!


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