Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It's a sign, at least

Dear Mom,
Let's pretend there isn't a fresh dusting of snow on the ground right now and focus on this sign of spring I found in the backyard yesterday.
pussy willow
I brought some clippings inside and arranged them with some forsythia branches which I hope will be forced into bloom. It's something hopeful, right?

Kim, who is craving the feeling of warm sun on bare flesh, windows open to a fresh breeze, green grass, and a backyard that isn't mostly mud.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Well Armed

Dear Mom,
Judging from the date stamp on the first finished project photos, it has taken about 6 months to get this design test knit and published. Well Armed was worth the time and effort, and I really like this one. It is the fruition of one of those preoccupied obsessions of what if….can I….if I do….. and TADAH! It worked. After some tweaks and improvements the pattern has been finally, today, published.

 Well Armed is a triangular shaped shawl with sleeves.
 Worked in one piece, from the top down. With contiguous set in sleeves. NO SEWING!
 Well Armed is finished with a rich lace border. The pattern includes both charted and written instructions for the lace.
The pattern also includes instructions for customizing the fit, and has photo tutorials and links to video tutorials for some of the techniques used in the pattern. It is available for purchase HERE.
The version shown here is knit with Malabrigo Rios. And I've knit a second using Shepherd's Wool. A third is on my needles using Rowan Summer Tweed, because I think a silk and cotton version will be perfect worn over a sleeveless dress in an over-air conditioned theater or restaurant this summer.