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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Hey all

Let's see how's my week been? Pretty good actually, I've got a LOT to share. Apparently La Dentelle Belle (or La Belle Dentelle..yeah I've got to change that soon) was a big hit by all of you. I'm so glad that you liked it! It was such a big hit, that Plymouth Yarns bought the pattern and asked if I would knit up a scarf for their new yarn called Buckingham. (Don't worry, it's still going to be offered as a free pattern on my site :D) It's an alpaca/silk blend. Oooooo it's nice.


After I started talking with the nice lady at Plymouth, she asked if I would like to design for them. How could I refuse!!! So...she sent me out a bag of each of their colors. Wow, it's just gorgeous stuff. I love the yarn.



It's so soft! So soft in fact that my little Oogie sneaks over to my yarn stash and pulls out a skein and rubs it against his face. I've found him sitting in the corner out of view and just holding a skein to his little chubby cheeks. I think that's an omen I should be designing a baby blanket?

For right now, it's offered in only 3 colors. But, in July they'll be coming out with 5-7 more colors. I strongly suggest this yarn, I'm in love!

So the lady at Plymouth wanted an awesome scarf done in the rose color, and a shawl done in the natural/cream color. (I REALLY need a ball winder. They don't look it, but there's a LOT of yarn in one skein and it takes forever to wind these if you do it by hand!) Here's the finished scarf below. One skien made this gorgeous scarf!


I know you can't see it here but I'm almost finished with the first skien. It's taking a while since this shawl is really wide. I casted on 95 stitches instead of the 55 required from the pattern. Right now it's not blocked, but I have gotten really far on it. I've been knitting on it a lot!

I've also been working on some other projects for Plymouth, so my "me" knitting time has been really cut down. Not that it's a big deal, I mean, who would complain about being paid to knit!?

I've also been doing some spinning. I thought that my bright purple and black Colonial blends would look awesome spun together. And they do! Sadly, again, I didn't spin enough for a hat. I really wish I would start getting it right.



Oh well, instead though I'm taking a hint from Val, she's been knitting these and I thought that it would be awesome in the purple/black yarn. I'm going to knit it up for myself ( I don't think I'll look good in it, but gosh darn it, I'm going to wear it!!)

Here's a better view of the colors..


I'm also trying to knit up the Flower Basket shawl from interweave knits. And it's kind of disappointing me. I love the shawl, and I'm going to finish it, but it's kinda bulky. When I first knit it up, I used one skien of Clematis Heather on size 2 needles. Then, I looked closely at the pattern (ok..I started it at 11 at night when I was REALLY tired.) and found out the she used #7 needles with TWO strands of yarn held together.


Needless to say..I was kinda bummed. Seeing how far I got, I had to frog it and start over. Now, I'm not sure I like how bulky it is. I was so looking forward to something light and whimsical. Maybe if I just work through this and finish it I'll feel differently, but I'm confused right now about it.

7 comments:

Carole Knits said...

Congratulations on working for Plymouth! I think it's a wonderful scarf pattern. Mine isn't quite done yet but I'm plugging away and I should be finished soon.

Batty said...

Congratulations! That scarf pattern is beautiful. The yarn looks great too, and that black and purple stuff... to die for.

Valerie said...

That is so awesome!! Congrats! You do absolutely beautiful work and it's great that others see that as well. That purple and black yarn is going to look awesome knit up as a calorimetry. Just remember that it knits up big so don't follow the pattern exactly. Shoot me an email and I will send you my corrected pattern for a slimmer one. Seriously, if you follow the directions it comes out like a hat. -=giggle=-

KarenK said...

Congratulations on your new knitting career, and many thanks for sharing your lovely lace scarf pattern.

sharon said...

gorgeous scarf in that plymouth yarn. Looks nice!!!I suggest getting a ball winder - takes alot of the stress out of those skeins!!!

Monika said...

I'm glad people know what's good when they see it! Congrats on selling your pattern! Ball winders really make your life easier!

Katie said...

Congratulations on your pattern!! It is beautiful. I was at my LYS about a month ago and picked up two skeins of the Buckingham in the pink. And it has sat here, with me wondering what I going to make with it, until now!!!! That is some of the softest yarn ever. I can't wait to cast on!! Thanks for sharing our pattern with us!!