Why this journey?

I've been retired now for over a year. Husband has been sick but is now doing quite well with new pacemaker. I continue to knit and knit and crochet. Recently I became friends again with my sewing machine so you will see some of those projects, too. Thanks for reading.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Project Details

Beatrice Wrap

Yarn:  Red Heart Stardust, superwash wool, nylon, and sparkle

Manufacturer:  Red Heart
Pattern:  Free from Red Heart
Bot the yarn online.  I will admit to price shopping.

Harry Potter Sox
Yarn:  Heritage Superwash, superwash wool and nylon

Manufacturer:  Cascade Yarns
Pattern:  from a library book, Charmed Knits for Harry Potter Fans
Needles:  size US1, dpn
Bot the yarn at Yellow House Yarns.

Bernat KAL Afghan

Yarn:  Waverly for Bernat

Manufacturer:  Bernat
Pattern:  Afghan Knit-along, 2012 Mystery Afghan
Needles:  US8 (5.00 mm)
Bot the yarn online from Bernat.  It was on sale with free shipping when they announced the afghan KAL.

Cream Comfy Shawl
Yarn: Paton's Shetland Chunky, 75% acrylic, 25% wool
Manufacturer: Paton's
Pattern: From The Prayer Shawl Companion by Bristow and Cole-Galo
Needles: US 13(9.0mm)
Don't remember where or when I bot the yarn, but patting myself on the back for using stash.

My Blue Sweater
Yarn:  100% washable wool
Manufacturer:  Cascade 220 washable wool and Cascade 220 Paints
Pattern:  New England Knits (it's on the cover, but I modified it)
Needles:  US8 (5.00 mm)
Bot the yarn:  Yorkshire Yarns in Lakewood, WA and Yellow House Yarns in Puyallup, WA

Prayer Shawl
Yarn:  Red Heart Eco-Ways
Manufacturer:  Red Heart Yarns
Pattern:  Joyce Fassbender's Deja Vu Scarf/shawl from Knitpicks
Needles:  US10 (6.00mm)

Strolling Mitts
Yarn: Cascade 200, 100% wool
Manufacturer: Cascade Yarns
Pattern: Strolling Mitts from Stitch Nation
Needles: US6 (4.00 mm)
Bot the yarn for the TKGA Level I Master Knitter submission package of swatches and a hat.

White Lace Shawl
Yarn: Comfy Fingering, 75% pima cotton, 25% acrylic
Manufacturer: Knit Picks
Pattern: Spider half hexagon from Victorian Lace, by Jane Sowerby
Needles: US 6, 7, 8, and 9
Bot the yarn: online from KP, which has great customer service.

Mosaic Cowl
Yarn: Mosaic, 100% Acrylic
Manufacturer: Bernat
Pattern: Mosaic Cowl -- Knit, free from Bernat
Needles: US9
Bot the yarn: don't remember. I liked the colors.

Rick Rack Scarf
Yarn:  100% wool
Manufacturer:  Rowan
Pattern:  Rick Rack Scarf from Purl Bee
Needles:  US10.5
Bot the yarn:   online, this scarf made from last skeins left over from a cable sweater.
Burgundy Lace Crochet
Yarn: 100% wool, lace weight
Manufacturer: Knit Picks
Pattern: Emerald Scarf by Tracy St. John, Interweave
Needle: a crochet hook, USB, a little tiny one
Bot the yarn: as part of a shawl kit and stole this color for a special friend.

Mohair Gossamer Lace Scarf
Yarn: 37% acrylic, 33% mohair, 30% wool
Manufacturer: Nashua Handknits, Gelologie, 142 yds, Italy
Pattern: Gossamer Lace Shell, One Skein Wonders, pg 55
Needles: 10 1/2 US, wooden, Clover probably.
Bot the yarn: part of a scarf-of-the-month club from Patternworks in NH.

Swatches and Hat for Master Knitter Level I
Yarn: 100% wool, Cascade 220
Manufacturer: Cascade Yarns
Patterns: all instructions from Level I, TKGA
Needles: swatches and hat use 7US, ribbing on hat uses 5US
Bot the yarn: Yellow House Yarns and Shibori Dragon, in Lakewood, WA.

Hat -- resubmit for Level I, TKGA
Yarn:  100% wool, worsted weight
Manufacturer:  Shetland  Wools
Pattern:  Hat, Level I, TKGA
Needles:  US5 and US7
Bot the yarn:  Yellow House Yarns, Puyallup.

Blue Lace Shawl
Yarn: 85% cotton / 15% silk (Lyndon Hill)
Manufacturer: Bristol Yarn Gallery, Plymouth Yarn Co, spun in Peru
Pattern: from Victorian Lace Today, Jane Sowerby
Final measurements: will update when I finally finish it!
Needles: Size 6 US
Where I got the yarn: Webs (www.yarn.com), a favorite site for yarn and patterns and other supplies.

Crochet Interlude
Yarn: Silky Alpaca Lace, 70% baby alpaca, 30% silk
Manufacturer: Classic Elite Yarns
Pattern: Shawl from LionBrand free patterns
Hook: size US G
Where I got the yarn: Special gift from Fiona Pearce
Special notes: Decided to take the advice of wonderful owner at Yellow House Yarns in Puyallup. We were being knitting snobs and making derogatory comments about crochet. She then commented positively about the work of a friend who took a very light weight, lacy yarn and a very large crochet hook, creating a final fabric that was soft with a nice drape.
There you have it.

Crochet Interlude #2
Yarn: 100% acrylic
Manufacturer: Bernat Super Value acrylic
Pattern: from one of Bernat's afghan books
Hook: size US I
I bot the yarn online at Yarn and Thread by Lisa, outside of Lincoln, NE.

Shawl in the Sun
Yarn: Cotton, Silk, Wool, Nylon
Manufacturer: Noro "the world of nature"
Pattern: Joyce Fassbender, Deja Vu Shawl from Knitpicks IDP
Needles: probably a 10 US, but I don't remember
I bot the yarn at Yorkshire Yarns in Lakewood, WA

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