Celebrating a Blog-o-versary!
5 years of blogging. 5 years of writing thoughts, posting pictures and sharing with viewers alittle corner of my world. To celebrate, I am offering a free pattern to my readers.
Fancy Feathers Wrap is yours to enjoy as my thanks to you for being a part of my world.
Click the above link to download free from Ravelry's website. As soon as I can figure out how to add another PDF link on my free stuff page...I will have the pdf download here on my blog. (technical difficulties sorry)
This is an easy 2 color lace design, no charts, just an easy row-by-row instruction to follow.
Fasten with a shawl pin or lightly tie in the front.
I used 3 skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk. I used up every bit of the 3 skeins, so if planning on making yours longer, figure in extra yardage. Just simply work a few more repeats and you can lengthen this wrap to suit your taste. This is knit in two panels and then seamed in the center.
Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk 2 hanks MC, 1 hank CC ;Weight: 50 grams
146 yards/133 meters, DK weight
Colors shown: #131 Kiwi (MC), #116 Spring (CC)
Size 5 (3.75 mm) 16” circular needle
Size 5 (3.75 mm) double pointed needles (optional)
When blocking, I brought the edging down into points on the curves to give the wavy edge a nice finish.
I think this would look pretty in laceweight too...more airy and light. One could also substitute a smooth worsted weight and give it a firmer constitution as well. I would go up in needle sizes though, and I wouldn't go too fuzzy or that pretty pattern might get lost in the bulk. Blue Sky's Worsted is pretty smooth...Royal would be just sublime and dreamy.
While I chose a DK weight (leans to Sport Weight by gauge really) and a medium density for this project, the Alpaca Silk that Blue Sky Alpacas offers is a luxury. Their yarns are simply some of the best offered to designers and knitters alike. While I no longer work for them, I do so enjoy using their yarns and have no qualms about sharing that with everyone. My LYS does carry Blue Sky Alpacas yarns and they are a store favorite. I offer their line as a suggestion to you for more options for Fancy Feathers. Pick 2 favorite colors and cast on!
I was asked recently what blogging does for me?
I had a hard time answering. I pondered a bit...
It's more than just journaling or creating a chronicle of my knitting life and making it public. There have been personal moments too.
I look back at earlier posts and I see younger children, I see yarns I used and gave away as gifts after making them into things to wear, I see a younger face (mine!) with longer hair, naive at times, full of big dreams. Dreams of doing what she LOVES, which is writing, knitting and creating.
I am still doing all of those things, 5 years later. A battle with breast cancer, after losing my mother, my good friend Elizabeth, working my dream job at a yarn company for awhile, participating in all kinds of knit alongs, teaching knitting to adults and children alike...creating words and spinning stories of my life in with my knit things. My husband lost several jobs, we lost our house during my chemo treatments, we moved into a lovely house a few blocks from my LYS, we have grown and we've changed. But one thing didn't, or hasn't.
Knitting has become a way of life for me. I can't imagine too many days that don't go by when I don't at least knit a row or two.
I have learned how to spin and have a wonderful wheel, my Riga. She is a new friend. Now I go to her when my heart is heavy and the words don't come. She starts in her regular rhythm and my heart can sing quiet psalms, melodies, prayers and thoughts and it is soothed. My brain can unwind, my feet tap their beat on the treadle and the wheel, she continues to spin. My hands pull at fibers and a tangled mess of hairs and somehow they turn into string.
Yes, the knitting world isn't complicated.
It's very simple, really. Just like knitting.
It simply is now a part of my life.
Thanks for taking this ride with me. Thanks for reading, commenting and participating in my adventures.
Looking forward to many more posts to come.