I actually got gifts yesterday. No photos, but the Knight had ordered a couple of accessories for my new camera – screen protectors and a set of magnifiers for the lens.
Anyhoo, today’s the day to take the knitting blog back to knitting. Novel concept, no?
Meet Luxury Tudor Grace.
Pattern: Tudor Grace Another Anne Hanson, aka: Knitspot pattern. I have to say that aside from my friends, she’s my favorite designer. Granted, it’s not easy lace knitting, and I don’t recommend her for a beginning lace knitter, because she rarely has a “resting” row, meaning that the “wrong side” required counting and a chart too; there’s no “WS – purl” or “WS – knit all rows” or anything of the sort. Still, her patterns are well-written, so if you have your heart set on one, go for it!
You’ll note I didn’t block mine as strenuously as the sample. Some of that was laziness, but Anita also pointed out that it’s a scarf, and by its very nature, it will get scrunched and crumpled. It’s still plenty pretty, and the recipient was quite happy it wasn’t a long, bulky scarf.
Yarn: Be still my heart. Gretchen and I are in love with Creatively Dyed’s Luxury. I can’t tell you which colorway this is, because I bought it at local sheep & wool festival, and the color tag didn’t make it home with me, but I can tell you I lurvers this yarn. Gretchen does too, but she never chewed on anything more than the cast-on tail, thankfully. It’s a cashmere blend, and you just need to get your own to stroke and snort.
Needles: KA Bamboo straights, size US #3. I used to like these needles a LOT, and they served this yarn well, but if you read my blog with any regularity, you know I’ve fallen for Bryspun’s rosewood straights now. (Gretchen has learned they are NOT teething sticks, thanks much.)
Verdict: I’ve already cast on with the leftover yarn for Ms. Hanson’s Spiralucious, for me, me, ME! It will likely cause flyaway hair, but who cares?! I certainly wouldn’t mind doing another of the Tudor Grace scarves someday either. It was a quick, fun knit. I also wouldn’t mind owning all of her patterns. I think I have about five, between cowls, scarves, socks and shawls.
The next post will be 2008 in review…