Monday, March 24, 2008

My Sister's Wedding

My sister, Alaine, got married in Stowe, VT on February 29, 2008. It was a very small and beautiful ceremony. Alaine and Keith were married in front of a fireplace at the Green Mountain Inn. At the reception, my brother said a short prayer, we toasted with hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks, there was a hot chocolate bar, and we ate filet mignon and lobster. For dessert: maple creme brulee.

Alaine & Keith

Alaine & Dad

me & Alaine

The Wedding Party

And, for those who read for the knitwear content: the Wrapped in Tradition poncho from Wrap Style. I gave this to my sister on her wedding day.

Wrapped in Tradition Poncho
Source: Wrap Style (Interweave)
Yarn: 2 skeins Jade Sapphire Silk Cashmere
Color: Latte
Needles: US 6 addi turbos lace
Time: June 2007 - February 2008
Most of this pattern is pretty easy if you are experienced with lace, have good, pointy lace needles, and use lots of stitch markers and "life lines". It would hve only taken me a month or two had I worked on it regularly. The hardest part was the bottom edging. That part is worked flat in a long strip and is "lace on both sides". In other words, there is no resting every other row, which makes it tough if you mess up (which I did a lot on this part). The rest is knit in the round after grafting the ends of the edging together and picking up stitches all the way around.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Spring 2008 Knitty

The new Knitty is out and I just wanted to make a few notes, more for my own memory than for anyone else's purposes. This is a good issue with several patterns that I could see myself making and at least one I may start on semi-immediately.

Nob Hill is a cute bulky shrug made with Art Fibers yarn. The author notes that it is the same colorway, but two different dye lots that are so drastically different that it looks like she purposely chose a different color for the neck and sleeves. It looks great on the thin model and may not look as great on me, but as she mentions, is a great piece for layering in the changing weather.

Marjorie is a pretty, basic sweater with some nice styling and shaping.

Talia is a very interesting cardigan-vest that I may try to knit up soon. It uses a relatively inexpensive yarn (Lamb's Pride Worsted) and has great shape and details.

Yosemite is a lightweight, cap sleeve sweater with a cable rib design. It has a very nice fitted, sleek look.

Honeycomb is another vest. It's pretty basic with a simple stitch, but the shaping is nice and for some reason I am into vests lately. I never actually wear vests. I used to hate them when I was a kid when those Express (non-knit) buttoned vests were in style. But now, all the cute knit vests look like simple, quick knits. I actually have one that has a fake shirt underneath (I love Macy's INC brand), but none that I have knit myself. So, while this one is not particularly unique (unlike Talia, above), it's cute and is worth a nod.

I love the
Spirogyra mitts for some reason. I feel like this is a near-exact same pattern as a famous sock pattern that everyone knits, but they look really nice in the author's handspun yarn.

Jenna Wilson has also written an article on creating/calculating more sizes than the one you designed so that you can publish a multi-size pattern. Note to self: remember to read this.