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Archive for May 2012

May 31, 2012

Everyday Vest

Photo © Mel Clark

A winning design from Mel Clark’s newest book Knitting Everyday Finery: Practical Designs for Dressing Up in Little Ways.

Mel describes this vest: “I know, this is a very plain vest. That’s how the men in my family like them. A cardigan vest is a wardrobe staple and will look cool on a hip young man and an older gent. This one is knit in one piece to the armholes.”

We couldn’t agree with this sentiment more. Aren’t the simple designs that aren’t overworked the sweaters you turn to time and time again? You could wear them everyday!

The Everyday Vest is knit in Spud & Chloë Sweater and would be just right for any guy in your life.

Speaking of which, Father’s Day is 18 days away…

Take care Pals!

May 23, 2012

We’re On The Cover!

Photo © Interweave Jane Austen Knits

The newest issue of Jane Austen Knits is now available!

The lovely Hetty’s Sunday Cuffs are featured on the cover!

Knit in Spud & Chloë Fine, design by Danelle Sorensen.

Photo © Interweave Jane Austen Knits

These are just lovely and a one hank wonder too!

Should I use Orangutan…or Green Bean…or Wildberries…or make a pair in each!

Take care Pals!

May 15, 2012

Step Six (Whew!)

Close up of Lace Stitch B.

Thank goodness for lifelines!

Long rows combined with a long lace repeat make for a challenging, albeit manageable knit.

The amusing lace pattern is really worthwhile when it’s finished and you can see the dazzling result.

We are in the home stretch Pals! Stay motivated…we’re almost there. I’m so into the results, I cannot put this scarf down!

Take care Pals.

May 11, 2012

Dogwood Set

It’s so pretty, it was impossible to wait!

Plus, its going to be winter in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere soon!

Beautiful mittens and a matching slip stitch cowl.

Jane Richmond designed this excellent set for Spud & Chloë Outer.

Simple and classic with delightful details.

Punchy color with playful details.

You can download the Dogwood Set right here!

Even if you don’t live in the Southern Hemisphere you could take a cue from me.

Crank the air and knit the Dogwood Set anyway!

Take care Pals!

May 7, 2012

Step Five

The start of the middle section, worked in Shitake.

So, how did it go? Does your second Picot Pattern mirror the first?

It is such a special little detail, it really elevates the scarf both in terms of appearance and technique.

I can already tell this is going to be my go-to summer garment. Any time a location is overly air-conditioned, when the occasion calls for being a bit more dressed up, and for sure whenever a scarf will pull together an outfit with a chic pop of color.

These three colors are going to look great with pretty much my whole wardrobe.

Step Six is coming soon, but I think it might be the step that takes the longest. Simply because the rows are long and the lace repeat is fairly long as well.

It is straightforward lace though, something you can absolutely execute. However, with double yarn overs and knit three stitches together be sure to use your lifelines.

Consider Lace Pattern A a warmup for Lace Pattern B. Lifelines are your friend.

How’s it going for you Pals? If you have in progress pictures, we’d love to see them over in the Ravelry group.

Take care Pals.