Crochet finished object: Burgundy Curacao


Would ya look at them pineapples! (But not too closely.) Though this is riddled with errors, Blue Curacao (now Burgundy Curacao) is extremely forgiving and what a stunner. Makes you want to put on your flamenco shoes and cha cha cha. Or something.

The deets:

4 balls of Rowan Calmer in 472, now discontinued

Size I crochet hook

Blue Curacao from Amazing Crochet Lace by Doris Chan


Button-Up-This-Sweater Contest

Seedling from Cheryl Oberle's Knitted Jackets in Noro Silk Garden Lite, doubled

I'm so accustomed to "effing" up my sweaters that I was convinced that the above would require serious surgery before meeting the public. So into a plastic bag it went, where it lived for months amidst the dust, viewbooks and errant skeins that make my office such a showplace.

Feeling an uncharacteristic need for order, I conducted an archaelogical dig of the atelier prior to the holiday and rediscovered this unfinished pretty among the ruins. Looking at it with fresh eyes, I was overjoyed to discover I had not boloxed it up and that all it needed to become a sweater was a button band and buttons.

Hence the contest.

My statistics show that there are many of you out there who are choosing to remain mum. Either you are shy or listened to your mother when she said, "If you have nothing good to say, say nothing at all."

Here's your opening: I'm offering something very cool from my stash, if you can guess correctly which buttons I chose to sew onto this cardigan. Hint: I used four of the same vintage buttons and did not mix-and-match. The button I chose is displayed in the above photograph.

Comment with a description of the button and your email address. Deadline for guessing is Dec. 16, Beethoven's birthday.

I'll post prize photos tomorrow. Happy guessing!

Matching friends and handknits


Laura Chau's Simple, Yet Effective Shawl knit in Farmhouse Yarns' Andy's Merino in Aruba

A good friend will soon celebrate her AARP-colonoscopy-milestone birthday and as such, deserves something handknit. This particular pal works at home, is easily chilled and is a bit of a Dead Head.

In an other time, we would have been grandmothers huddled by the fire in our shawls. But today we are huddled over our laptops. A chunky merino shawl with some cheek seemed like just the ticket. 

Finished object: Carol's Clever Little Shawl

This is Carol's Clever Little Shawl knit in an experimental version of Cheryl Oberle's Dancing Colors; the pattern is available free on Cheryl Oberle's site.

It was designed by Carol Sanders based on a pattern from the 19th century and has such a sweet, old-fashioned feel to it. If I were to knit it again, I would knit two fewer lace points (I made the smaller size), but I love this. Wrap it around your neck and wear it as a scarf or cover your shoulders against the chill.

I would love to do something similar without the lace to make it less girly. But it's been perfect for our first snowy weekend.

Tomorrow we're off to Vermont for some East Coast leaf looking. Any good fiber stops in the Bennington area?

Hugs to all!

Free Crochet Pattern: Wattle Warmer Cowl


So as not to have to do my hair and train Nake-id IT in the use of the camera, I enlisted the help of the next America's Top Model. Look how he works that neckwarmer!

Yarn: Tahki Donegal Tweed, 853 Deep Purple, three skeins

Hook: J/10

Finished size: 18" x 22" tube

Gauge: 12 sts sc=4"

Wattle Warmer

Ch 96 loosely and without twisting ch, sl st in first ch.

Rnd 1 and all subsequent rnds: Ch1, sc in first ch, sc in each ch around, sl st in first sc to join.

Continue until piece measures 22" or desired length. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Wear myriad ways.

Free crochet pattern and pics...Monday

Watch for the "Wattle Warmer" Scrunchy Cowl, Monday. Assuming I can get Nake-id IT to cooperate.

Have a splendid weekend!

Handknit Baby Kimono

Heartbreakingly Cute Baby Kimono from Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitters' Guide in Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton.

Package wrapped with Kertzer Super 10 Cotton.

It's the last day of summer and the arching September sun has left us with a grey felt sky--and unduly affectionate cats. Opportunistic heat-seeking missiles that they are. I'm achy and snozzling from a cold, all of which somehow seems just right on a day like this. Soup for dinner, I think.

The above went to Levi and Sheindy's new daughter, Rivkah, named for her great grandmother. She's already a beauty, bringing her family much joy, and confusing her brothers. Is it dreadfully sexist to think that it's more fun knitting for the baby girls than for the boys?