FO Friday, I mean Monday: Aphrodite of the Sea

 

This project was finished a while ago, but I never shared … enjoy!

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Project: Aphrodite of the Sea

Pattern: Song of the Sea

Designer: Louise Zass-Bangham

Available: £3.50 GBP on Ravelry

Yarn: Llyr from A Hundred Ravens in an early version of Aphrodite

This is a pretty straight-up pattern — shows off this tonal colorway beautifully.  Easy to knit, easy to wear.  Make one today! 🙂

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FO Friday: Pansy Prairie

I (finally) finished my Eden Prairie shawl!

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Project: Pansy Prairie

Pattern: Eden Prairie

Designer: Nancy Whitman

Available: $7 on Ravelry

Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Alpaca Sox in Charcoal, Oatmeal, Wren, and Pansy

I instigated a KAL in my knitting group earlier this year … and I think I may be the last to finish?  I put this aside for far too long, and I’m so glad I came back and finished! It was really fun to choose colors for this project.  My advice is to start with the “pop” color in the center, and work from there.  Alpaca Sox was delicious to work with and is fabulous to wear.

FO Friday: Mecha Hope

Hmmm, well this was fun!

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Project: Mecha Hope

Pattern: Hester’s Hope Shawl

Designer: Jennifer Mauser

Available: in What (Else) Would Madame deFarge Knit? — $16.95 for 28 awesome patterns, plus interesting essays too!

Yarn: Malabrigo  Mecha in “875 Arapey”

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This was a fun, quick knit — big needles, big yarn, and fairly straight-forward pattern.  I do really love the “Madame deFarge” series of pattern books.
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FO Friday: Malachite Lorelei

 

I finished a cowl!

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Project: Malachite Lorelei

Pattern: Lorelei

Designer: Sivia Harding

Available: $6 as a single pattern, or $26 for the 7-pattern collection

Yarn: The Fibre Company Road to China Light in “Malachite”

Beads: 6/0 Czech round seed beads; dark bronze with some kind of opaque rainbow finish

Another great cowl from Sivia Harding! I am very glad that I bought the whole collection :).  This one starts as a mobius, and transitions to a round cowl (much like another of her designs, Harmonia’s Rings, but on a smaller scale).  I took the opportunity to work with Road to China Light for the first time … um, wow.  Now this is a yarn I’ve been petting and visiting at the shop for quite some time — it is so, so, so soft, with gorgeous undulating tonal hues.  But the alpaca/silk/camel/cashmere combo means that it is wicked warm and felts if you look at it funny.

Just as an example, I wound both skeins into cakes at the same time.  The 2nd cake rolled around in my project bag for about a month while I worked through the first cake.  The strands of yarn on the outside of the 2nd cake were felted to each other, just from this mild agitation. This isn’t a yarn I could use for a garment — it would surely condense into rigid felt at the mere thought of sweaty armpits.  But for a cowl — it is delightful! Perfect!

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FO Friday: Sunsuit for Gwen

This Friday’s finished object is a baby gift!  I didn’t finish before Gwen was born, but I did finish before the heat hit.

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Project: Sunsuit for Gwen

Pattern: Susan’s Sunsuit

Designer: Rachel Henry

Available: someday, in Fresh Designs KIDS

Yarn: Eden Cottage Yarns tempo 4ply

What more can I say about this pattern?  It’s become my go-to baby gift for friends expecting girls.  The prototype went to the eponymous Susan, and I made one for Lillian too.  Let’s not forget the sample for Fresh Designs!   This one is purple, like the sample, but using different yarn.

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FO Friday: Sublime Rosewood

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Project: Sublime Rosewood

Pattern: Sublimity

Designer: Sivia Harding

Available: $6 as a single pattern, or $26 for the 7-pattern collection

Yarn: madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in “Rosewood”

Beads: 6/0 Miyuki round seed beads; transparent lavender with AB finish

Man alive I have a serious designer crush on Sivia Harding.  This is yet another awesome pattern from her mind. Love the stitch pattern, love how the decreases are hidden … love the sparing yet perfect use of beads! I knit this cowl as-written, even though the neck seemed a bit high … turns out I was right, since it crumples up when I wear it, but maybe I have a short neck and the fault is not with the pattern. Tosh Vintage is just as yummy as it always is.

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