Last of the summer lace

At the beginning of the summer, I signed up for Seasons of Lace.  And, for once, I’ve had a successful KAL!  Despite past tradition of not knitting along with KALs, I manged to knit lace (and only lace!) successfully all summer.  I even managed to sneak in one last completion before the deadline:

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Pattern: Pear and Trellis

Yarn:Colourmart Cashmere/Silk 3/45NM Laceweight, worked with two strands together

Needles: 3.0mm/ U.S. 2-1/2

Yet another Knitspot pattern.  This one was very easy to take with me and work on I was able to memorize the pattern easily.  To be honest, it’s not one of my absoulute Knitspot favorites (Morning Glory and Wing-o-the-Moth are in a neck and neck race for that position.  So far.), but when I saw the pattern, all I could think of was Delft pottery, and I knew I had the perfect yarn.  So I had to knit it…which means I now have yet another delicate and airy scarf for my collection, and was yet again entranced by the magic of blocking.

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another post, another completion

I have to confess, I was rather blown away by the response to my Mare oscuro. Thank you for all your kind compliments.  A couple people mentioned, here and on Ravelry that they would like the pattern.  I didn’t expect that sort of response, so I’ll have to think about it.  I did manage to keep notes for myself, but my notes aren’t necessarily…reliable.  If I do end up writing it up, I’d most likely make it available through Ravelry as that seems easiest.

I was also pleasantly surprised to be given this:
by blog_blethers. I don’t quite feel worthy!

The Rules:
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1. The winner can put the logo on his/her website/blog.
2. Add a link to the person who gave you this award.
3. Nominate at least 7 other websites/blogs.
4. Provide links of the nominated websites/blogs.
5. Leave a message at each website owner that you’ve nominated

Unfortunately…I’m rather shy about this sort of thing. Especially the part about nominating other blogs.  And I read so many that I enjoy that I don’t think I could ever limit it to just 7.  And then I’d feel bad about leaving someone out.  You see the dilemma?   So instead, I just offer a gracious “thank you” to blog_blethers.

My Summer of Startitis is finally yielding some results: I have another finished project, and a third nipping at it’s heels.  I suppose in some way, startitis could be seen as the spring planting, the sowing of the seeds.  The knitter moves from project to project, nourishing each in turn, until at last the fall harvest of finished projects, one after another.  And just in time too – with fall comes cooler weather and new batches of tempting sweater patterns!

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Pattern: Elm Row by Anne Hanson (Knitspot)
Yarn: Knitting Notions Classic Merino Supersock – this was a very enjoyable yarn to knit with.  It’s very “springy,” and in combination with this pattern, provided an addictive knit…when I wasn’t distracted by other projects!
Needle: 3.25 mm/ U.S. 3

Modifications: Since I used a heavier yarn than called for, I only knit (3) repeats across instead of the (4) the pattern calls for.  I worked the number of repeats down the length the pattern calls for, making a longer scarf than the original.

(As a side note, I was at my LYS today and saw – and fondled – some of the Niji recommended in the pattern…it was a bit difficult to walk away from it.  But I really don’t need two Elm Rows!)

il mare oscuro

One of the best experiences from my university years was the semester I spent in Florence, Italy.  Firenze.  It was a “safe” study abroad experience – there were about 40 of us from the architecture program all there at once, with housing located by the school (apartments), classes all held together in a school space leased by the program, and most of our classes were in English.  But we did have an Italian class, taught by local professors and our daily living could easily require us to use a little Italian – buying a bus ticket or a loaf of bread for example.  On the other hand, as often as not, the Italians (at least in the big cities) were just as willing to speak English – either to practice or to accomodate Americans with money.  I always considered it a bit of an accomplishment when I could get through an entire transaction without either resorting to English or without the Italian vendor switching to English to accommodate me.  Italian is a language I like.  I don’t find it quite as easy as Spanish (of course, I had 8 years of Spanish in school), but I do love the way the syllables roll off the tongue (once one learns to pronounce the sounds, of course).  It has a flow of the sounds, a rhythm, that came to mind as I finished up my stole.

When I started the stole, I hadn’t really intended to design it myself.  It was the nature of the yarn that led me to my own design.  It has a sheen to it, and the muted blues, greens and purples reminded me of water, or a storm.  I decided that I needed a pattern to match.  But I couldn’t find anything, so I resorted to Barbara Walker, and found some motifs that seemed appropriately sea like.  A flame chevron pattern stands for ocean waves.  Ivy becomes sea weed.  Waves lap the ends.  So, I made my own mare oscuro, my dark sea.

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Pattern: My own, composed of motifs from the Barbara Walker stich dictionaries
Yarn: Briar Rose Fibers Sea Pearl (merino/tencel) – very nice to work with and lovely sheen.
Needle: 3.5 mm/ U.S. 4
New techniques: Russian join, sewn bind off