Summer Morning, Coffee & Knitting

Does it get any better than this?!

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This is my Wild Cherry Shawl. I am knitting it in To Dye For Glow (I think). It is about 95% llama and 5% stellina (the stuff that does the glowing).

I bought this yarn a couple of years ago from Alpaca Direcjust for me.  And since then, I’ve been looking and waiting for just the right pattern to use it on. Wild Cherry is thee perfect one!

Someone tried to convince me to give it to them instead of keeping it for myself…I can’t seem to remember who that was. Hmmm.  Too bad 😉

Happy Knitting 🙂

Maria

Picot Edge Slouch Hat

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Hello fellow yarn lovers. Today I’m sharing with you my latest favorite :), Plymouth Yarn’s Royal Llama Silk Hat by Jan Wise. The pattern is a free download at http://blog.plymouthyarn.com/2010/01/29/royal-llama-silk-hat/
It can also be found on Ravelry.

I knit mine with one skein of Malabrigo Rios, approx. 200 yds, on size 6 & 8 16″ circulars, and size 8 dbl points at the end.

I made a couple of adjustments in the pattern. First off, Round 5 she calls it the turning round. What she means is this is the round you will fold up to create that lovely picot edge. The pattern calls for you to keep a very long tail to use later to stitch the hem up to create this picot edge. I find it easier to follow the pattern to Round 9. At Round 9, fold the beginning edge, picking up one edge stitch along with the stitch on your needle, knitting these two stitches together, repeating around the hat. No need for that long tail and more finish work at the end of your project!

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See how the edge, when first knitted, has no picot edge…

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Fold the cast in edge up to meet the your stitches of the 9th round, pick up one stitch of cast on edge and knit tog with one stitch on the left needle from round 9. Repeat around hat. Voila! Now you have a beautiful picot edge 🙂

Secondly, the sizes are listed as 19.55 / 20 inches. This just creates all kinds of questions in my head. Suffice to say I have a 23″ head. The 20″ size is plenty big enough for my head. Not in the least bit tight.

I hope you will give this hat a try. It is simple, very pretty, and adapted well to my Malabrigo Rios yarn 🙂

Knitting with Rasta

Does anyone ever really use these huge needles?

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I’ve considered that question more than once myself. Being partial to slick metal knitting needles with fine tips that slip like buttered whispers around my yarn, these huge broom handle sticks have not garnered much respect from me. That is until now. Now I am yearning to use them more and more please.  Why? you ask. All because of a yarn which I have been trying to get my eager mitts on for 5 years now…Malabrigo Rasta. My friend Kelley handed me a sample skein of it 2 weeks ago and instructed me to make something with it. Oh the joy of creating with that super chunky yarn! My middle son was in the hospital the first week of my possession and working with my ball of Rasta kept me focused on something other than worry as I worked on knitting this soft, cushy collar cowl pattern

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The next week found me traveling to the beach to see my Ova Mae and help her lay in groceries and dry goods for the winter. In the evening while Ova regaled me with stories from her girlhood, I relaxed and knit away on this velvety soft cowl.

I finished and bound off however I am not happy with my bind off and need to re-do it. This week I will find just the right buttons and get it all wrapped up. (best laid plans and all that). We’ll see what Omar has to say 🙂 I will post a picture of the finished cowl when it is ready.

Happy Knitting!!!

Maria