Sunday, March 29, 2009

Easy knits....

One of my favorite classic knits is Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket. It's knitted in one piece and I'm always amazed how it folds into a cute little baby cardigan. This time I tried a self striping yarn from Schoeller & Stahl, Limbo Color.

Mitered squares are a fun way to use up scraps. Hopefully this will turn into a baby blanket at some point.

Monday, March 23, 2009

A Package Of Warmth

The socks and the sweater will travel to Warm Woolies today. The socks are knitted in a worsted and aran weight yarn. Some of it I hand dyed with Kool-Aid. 
For the sweater Ellyn Cooper from Ellyn Cooper's Yarn Sonnets donated  one of her gorgeous hand dyes.
Thank you Ellyn! I love her colors. The picture doesn't do any justice. She is an artist. it's very rewarding to know that these garments (including the Mystery Sweater) will keep some children in orphanages in rough cold climates warm.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Mystery Sweater Revealed

Couple of days ago I've sent out the last part of the pattern to the participants of the Mystery Sweater KAL and saw already some great pictures of finished sweaters  for  Warm Woolies.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mystery Sweater Part 4

Pattern part 4 included the instructions for the sleeves. Soon I will send out the last piece missing, the neck edging. I'm so much looking forward to see the pictures of the finished sweaters and hope I can post some of them here.

PS: I'm still waiting for spring. Today is one of these rainy, cold and dark days.........

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Ibiza Vest

At my LYS I found the perfect pattern to go with my hand dyed yarn.
The slip stitch pattern looks almost woven and adds some structure to the fabric. 

In the center back the pattern changes direction.
The whole vest is knitted side to side in one piece.
A very fast and easy project.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Yesterday a piece of spring arrived at my house in form of heirloom tomato and vegetable seeds.
Through the internet I found seeds for my favorite heirloom tomato, Rose de Berne .

Monday, March 2, 2009

Mystery Sweater Part 2

This is how part 2 of the pattern looks like. Some of the participating knitters already posted pictures of their progress in ravelry. It's worth to check it out here 

Sunday, March 1, 2009

I had to do it another time.

Thursday I went to a big grocery shop and found all kinds of Kool-Aid flavors for a reasonable price. I couldn't resist  to stock up my little stash. Since it is so easy to use my kitchen and the crock pot, I had to dye another skein of yarn on Friday. This time I wanted to try variegated blue-teal-green shades. 
It is so much fun to mix colors! To my surprise, the blue-green shades are not as intensive in color as the red ones. So I ended up having some lighter hues than anticipated..... It's definitely a learning process. Nevertheless I love this skein and my daughter already claimed it for a garment for her.