Check out High Country Knitwear — a source for some extremely cute patterns. For example, the Bison Scarf, which is in my possession. It was pointed out to me that with some slight modifications, it could be turned into a Lucy scarf. Awwwwwwww!
This pattern is well-written with clear pictures and charts, so I’m betting all of Pat’s patterns are. I think all the scarves available for sale at High Country Knitwear are adorable and perfect for relatively quick holiday gifts. And there’s a free pattern available — an extremely cute polar bear scarf!
New Book Alert
I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this book, Arctic Lace.
My one-line review? “Everything you ever wanted to know about qiviut but were afraid to ask.”
There’s a wealth of information about qiviut and its history, along with lace projects to knit. There are also “templates” for people who would like to design their own projects, and lots of lace charts to put together with the samples.
It reminds me, in a way, of Poems of Color, another book I loved. I think this book is to qiviut as Poems of Color is to Bohus.
More on Skein Dividing
With regard to weighing a skein of yarn before dividing it, in the comments someone pointed out that the the skein weight is printed on the label. This is true, but I always weigh my skein before dividing it. The actual weight of the skein will vary, depending on humidity, altitude, and no doubt phase of the moon. I very often find (particularly with small operations who sell one-of-a-kind handpaints) that the skein is a little larger than the weight on the label. I really appreciate a generously-sized skein! So if you want the actual, true weight at the time you are dividing your skein, weigh it first!
Do you know who these lovely ladies are?
They are the Rainey Sisters, of course!
I had lunch with Susan and Sally last Friday and could barely tear myself away to trudge back to the office. What fun we had! And look what Susan gave me:
A teeny amulet bag, knitted from her pattern of course. And a little kit for me to make one myself — which of course I am going to do almost immediately.
Susan teaches a class at her LYS in beaded knitting and this is the pattern and materials she uses for her class.
Lucky I just did a major housecleaning — I know exactly where my size 000 needles are!
Lucy was impressed with the little bag that Susan gave me:
I was impressed that in finishing the Vague Stripes with Blue Zits socks, the two socks more or less match:
Teddy was impressed that I immediately cast on for a sock using more Opal.
This is Opal Handpainted in color #22 — it’s fingering weight, so I’m knitting it on a 2mm needle. So far, so good!