I have been busy, but for the life of me I cannot recall what I've done during the last two weeks!
Certainly there was...knitting!!
I attended a fairisle workshop taught by Joan from the Little Red Mitten in St. Thomas. This workshop was four hours in total, and held on two consecutive Thursday evenings. I went along with my lovely friend Barb. The workshop covered two-handed fairisle knitting, learning to knit continental style (yarn in the right hand) and steeks (cutting your knitting).
The end result was a cowl that was knit in the round with steeks. I then cut the steeks and sewed them under using whip stitch. The closing is a button with an Icord loop.
Fairisle XOX Cowl
Background: Malabrigo Silky Merino DK (teal)
Foreground: Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend (Stellar Night)
Last week I finished knitting a pair of Kitty Selbu mittens designed by Terri Shea. The pattern was gifted to me by my lovely friend, Laurie, who wished to help Terri, and who knew I loved cats.
This traditional Selbu style mitten was inspired by Terri’s cat. Her poor Baby kitty suffered heart failure - at only three years of age! Baby is recovering beautifully, but the vet bills totalled over $2500. These mittens were designed as a charm or prayer, to strengthen Baby and help her to recover.
I owned a beautiful Chocolate Burmilla that I lost to cancer some years ago. The vet bills were exorbitant! So these mittens are a tribute to my beloved “Tallon”.
Burmilla Kitty Selbu Mittens
Background: Schoeller+Stahl Fortissima Socka (cream)
Foreground: Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet (browns)
My MIL celebrated her birthday last week, so I whipped up a cowl for her using the ever faithful and very interesting Labyrinth pattern by Roxanne Wood.
Yarn: Fleece Artist Scotian Silk (wine)
I also finished a scarf; the Dark Mark Illusion Scarf by Lindsay Henricks. I had wanted to try "illusion" or "shadow" knitting for some time, and after seeing a scarf project at Little Red Mitten, I knew I wanted to cast one on!
Dark Mark Illusion Scarf
Background: Cascade Yarns 220 Wool (granny smith green)
Foreground: Heaven's Hand Wool Classic (chocolate)
I've also been designing a fair isle vest pattern. I'll have photos and hopefully a pattern by next week!
In other news, I've been spending an inordinate amount of time on Facebook, re-uniting with friends from school that I haven't seen in almost 30!!! years! There's a class reunion being planned for later this year, and I'm hoping to attend.
My MIL has been very sick, so I've been spending an hour or two a day (for the last 9 days) at her house, helping her with cleaning, cooking, looking after her cat, and washing.
Til next week then....unless something totally awesome and blog-worthy happens in between!