Friday, February 18, 2011

Interweave Knits - Spring 2011

As always, Interweave Knits does not disappoint!  Here are a few things from the latest issue that caught my eye.

En Pointe Pullover designed by Alice Tang - I love the Mobius like front of this pullover - yarn used in the pattern is Louet KidLin Lace Weight (49% linen, 35% kid mohair, and 16% nylon)

Swirl Crop Jacket designed by Andrea Babb - The ruffle on this cute jacket is just enough to be feminine without going over the top - yarn used in the pattern is Fibra Natura Flax (100% linen)

Curvy Squares Tee designed by Bonnie Paul - Entrelac with a kick - the squares grow and shrink in size, unlike traditional entrelac! Yarn used in the pattern is Plymouth Yarn Mushishi (95% wool, 5% silk)

Lots more great patterns and articles, including Fearless Fair Isle Knitting by Mary Jane Mucklestone.

Monday, February 14, 2011

On The Needles

A Happy Monday to you all!  I just thought I would post about the projects I am currently working on.  The first one is A Handsome Shawl from Victorian Lace Today.  I believe I mentioned this in the last (awful) episode of the pod cast - this is my first serious lace project.  I am almost done with the first part of the pattern; I think after a few more rows I will just be repeating the pattern from a certain point.  I am so excited!  It really is coming along nicely, and I am almost encouraged to do another lace project after this is completed.  I say almost, because lace requires too much attention.  There is no sitting in front of the TV and knitting mindlessly.  But I am sure my efforts will be greatly rewarded once the shawl has been blocked and is ready to wear.

The second project I am working on is the Entrelac Throw from knit simple (as mentioned in the December 14 post).  Love it so far!  I played around with entrelac a few years ago just to get the feel of it, but never made anything, so this is my first Entrelac project.  I love that this technique looks so complicated, but it super simple.  One thing in particular that I like about this pattern, is the yarn that is used.  Limerick by Wisdom Yarn is the yarn.  31801 is the color used in the magazine, however when I tried to order, they were out of stock, so I got 31805 instead.  It is just as pretty, however I do want to make another throw using the 31801 too!  The color changes are really nice - when I was first figuring out entrelac, I was using two separate colors, and there were just way too many ends to weave it.  It is much better to use a yarn that changes color itself!

Friday, February 4, 2011

St. Patty's Day Knitting Patterns

 I found a few St. Patty's Day patterns floating around out there, but I thought this site had the best.  Nice dish/wash cloths!  I love dish/wash cloths, and these are very nice!

Kris Knits

Lion Brand also has a Spool Knit Shamrock Hotpad - you must register to view the pattern.  It's free!  And you don't get a ton of junk emails, at least I don't anyhow.

That's about it - if you have any patterns you'd like to put out there, just leave a comment!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Knit'n Style April 2011 Issue 172

In this issue you will find a great article by Lorna Miser (creator of Lorna's Laces, by the way) on floats, along with the Floating Flurry Headband.
There is also a great article on increases by Margaret Radcliffe - if you are like me, you need a reminder every once in a while, and this article will do just that!

As for the patterns, there is a lovely Lace Cardigan designed by Kennita Tully, a very pretty Half-Zip Cable Hoodie designed by Kristin Ford, a gorgeous Swing Jacket designed by Melissa Matthay, among many others!

This is one of my very favorites, there are always so many great patterns. Get your issue today!