Sixth day of Christmas

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…

14 comments on “Sixth day of Christmas

  1. Sue says:

    I like those colors. I’m a sucker for any yarn with more than one color in it. I guess I get bored knitting with just one solid color.

  2. AlisonH says:

    It’s beautiful!

  3. Miss Me says:

    gorgeous! anne is pretty talented, isn’t she?

  4. Miss Me says:

    oh – but of course the talent of the knitter should never be underestimated, too! ; )

  5. nichole says:

    I absolutely LOVE it… the pattern… the yarn… gorgeous!!!!! Can’t wait to see the cowl you make with the leftovers!

  6. fireflynights says:

    I also like her patterns and have many of them including Tudor Grace. I made the mistake (learning experience) of starting my lace knitting with one of her scarf patterns that has no resting rows in the pattern repeat. Learned a lot from that project but it would have been easier if I’d started with something that had a knit or purl row for every other row. But, what did I know? I was halfway finished with it before I knew many lace patterns HAD resting rows.

  7. I totally love the scarf, may need to get that pattern, methinks…Cowl looks interesting, too. Still hearing too many of my friends say, “I wouldn’t want anything around my neck”. Sigh.

  8. Kathy says:

    Oh so pretty:)Love the color.

  9. Anita says:

    Purdy!! Is it as soft as it looks?

  10. Dawn says:

    love the pretty

  11. Bubblesknits says:

    Puuuurdy! I’ve been thinking about the Spiralicious, too. However, we both know my success rate with lace. lol

  12. insanknitty says:

    YUM! Anne Hansons patterns make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside just looking at them… I really should tackle one (for late night knitting when I don’t have to worry so much about those WS rows!)

  13. Darcy says:

    Wow so breathtakingly pretty:)Hugs Darcy

  14. […] Dyed’s Luxury.  Swoon.  This cowl is a gift to me, to reward myself for actually gifting the scarf made of the same yarn.  Sure, Bec is my childhood best friend and I wish only the best for her, […]

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