Friday, May 13, 2011

FO Friday/ WIP Weekend


Sharon's Boneyard Shawl
Happy Friday my fellow knitters and crocheters!  I hope this lovely day finds you all well.  We’ve been been such busy little “Beans” this week as many of us scramble to finish up Mother’s Day gifts and springtime projects.  I have quite a big show-and-tell for you this week so I hope you all enjoy it!
Beginning with our recent FO’s, Sharon finished her mother’s Boneyard Shawl just in time for this weekend’s special day.  The Boneyard Shawl is an awesome design by Stephen West that you can find for free on his website.  Sharon knit hers in Tosh Merino Light in Well Water which is a gorgeous shade of dusty grey-blue.  She knit hers on US size 6 needles and made a small version that only took one skein to make.  I’m sure her mom is going to love it!
Jeanne's Turkish Bed Socks
Jeanne just finished her second pair of Turkish Bed Socks by Churchmouse Designs.  I showed you her first pair last week, and less than a week later she is already wearing her second pair!  It’s truly amazing what a fast knitter she is!  This pair is also made out of Koigu Painters Palette Premium Merino in color P711D.  It’s hard to believe that these socks only take one skein of Koigu.  Jeanne has been wearing them quite a bit as they are just the perfect socks to wear with her clogs!
Rock Island Shawl KAL


Many of us have started new projects this last week too! Jeanne and Sandy decided that they couldn’t resist casting on for the Rock Island Shawl, the new pattern from Jared Flood at Brooklyn Tweed.  Since the pattern calls for only half a skein of Helen’s Lace, they decided to split a skein of the Grand Street Ink color (Jared Flood's Color Commentary) and knit it together!  Off to the left they are showing off their first couple of pattern repeats.  Sandy is using a US size 6 needle and Jeanne is using a size 7.  I am so excited to see how they turn out!

Sandy's "Mercato Dei Fiori"
Sandy, so inspired by her last shawl project "Kerchief" designed by Kieran Foley, she decided to begin another project by the same designer right away.  This lovely design is called Mercato Dei Fiori and features a lovely poppy flower colorwork section similar to the "Kerchief" shawlette.  Sandy is knitting this lovely design in Universal Yarn’s Classic Shades on a US size 9 needle, and she is using the Mochi Plus for the colorwork.  I can’t wait to see the finished project as I’m sure, as usual, Sandy will do a stellar job.
Shevawn's "Little Collonade"
Shevawn recently cast on for a Stephen West shawl “Little Colonnade” in Tosh Merino Light.  She is using the Wood Violet color and the recommended needle on the pattern.  She is hoping that one skein of Tosh Merino Light will be enough to finish the project.  Since we received all of the Stephen West patterns in the shop, it seems we’ve all gone a little nutty over his designs.  This pattern looks like a lot of fun and Shevawn says it’s the perfect shawl pattern for beginners.
Squishy garter stitch- yum!
Not to be outdone in the shawl department, I decided to cast on a little project of my own last weekend.  Inspired by an amazing batch of Mansfield’s Garden Party that we received in Tosh Merino Light recently, I cast on as if to knit another Mara Shawl.  I just love how strong the bronze and olive colors stand out in these particular skeins.  Usually this color is more pastel, but I’m really loving the warmer tones of this batch.  I knit about 20 rows before I realized that I could do a Multnomah Shawl instead.  I have a bit more to do before I have make a final decision, but seeing Victoria’s Multnomah on the Project Log gave me a bit of shawl envy so I’ll probably end up doing that.  It’s kind of fun not knowing where a project is going to end up when you start.  When I bought these skeins I just HAD to start knitting right away.  Oh, the things we do for the love of yarn! 
Idlewood
The last project I have to share this week is the very beginnings of an Idlewood tunic by Cecily Glowick McDonald of Winged Knits.  A good friend of mine found this pattern back in December and we both bought it right away intending to cast on right after the holidays.  Well, as you may have guessed, that never happened so here we are now in May getting a head start on next fall’s wardrobe!  I already had some awesome Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran that I bought on clearance when they discontinued it over 2 years ago just waiting in my stash for the perfect pattern to come along.  I absolutely love the color but this tweed has a bit of a rough hand to it.  I am hoping it’s going to soften up a bit with blocking and wear.  My knitting buddy is using a gorgeous shade of Cascade Eco + which is really the perfect yarn for the project. The pattern is really cute with a large cowl neck, short sleeves, fitted body and patch pockets.  I’m looking forward to layering this over long sleeve shirts next fall and winter. 
The Cowl Neck of my Idlewood
So that is it for our FO’s and WIP’s this week!  What are you working on?  Has anyone out there  knit any of these projects before?  We’d love to hear about your experiences, too.  If you are looking for some new project inspiration don't forget about our project log.  Feel free to check it out!

Thanks for reading this week and I’ll see you all again soon.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a very Happy Mother’s Day!
Happy knitting and crocheting! 
Kristen
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