Thursday, August 16, 2012

Two Finishes!

Although I'm on vacation this week, I did manage to finish two projects! This is my first knit doily using that huge cone of cotton yarn I bought a few weeks ago. I really love how it came out. I must admit it was a fairly tough project for me. I'm used to knitting with wool yarn that has a good amount of stretch. This cotton yarn has no stretch at all. It was so difficult to knit 2 stitches together or pass a slipped stitch over. It actually broke one of my bamboo knitting needles. I think I'm going to invest in metal knitting needles. I've found a couple more free patterns on line that I would like to make. This doily measures about 8 1/2 inches across. I found a pattern for a 15 inch doily. I'll really need the metal needles for that one!

This is a scarf I made using the yarn I bought at the Lowell Quilt Festival last week. I love the color. The yarn is Acacia Fishnet yarn. It's exactly what it says, very similar to fishnet. There is no stitch running across the top so you know where to insert the needle. It's just netting and you have to stretch it out. I don't think I was always at the exact same spot each time I knit into a stitch. However, I think this yarn and pattern are very forgiving and it just doesn't really matter. It's about 4 inches across and 45 inches in length. It's a nice pastel purple with a silver edging. The picture doesn't really show what a great color this scarf is.

Tomorrow is the day I will be attending the Mancuso World Quilt Show in Manchester, New Hampshire. I hope to be there most of the day. They have so many vendors! I think there are close to 100 vendors on their roster. The quilts are from all over the world. It is quite interesting to see this show. The vendors and quilts are displayed all together. There will be 3 or 4 quilts in a small area with vendors on either side of them. You get to see the quilts and shop all at the same time. It's a really fun show. I'll take some pictures! My friends and I are all looking forward to it! We can't wait!

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  1. Wow, the knitted doily came out beautiful! For all the hard work, it was really worth it.
    Can't believe you have that scarf finished already.
    Have fun at Mancuso. I'm going to have to sit this one out, literally.

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    1. Thanks! You missed a great quilt show! So much to see! Tell you all about it next time we talk!!

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  2. That's a pretty doily - beautiful work! That scarf is just gorgeous - love the shimmers.
    My bamboo needles do sometimes break or bent while knitting cotton yarns due to it's weight also and have changed mine to metals eversince. If I may suggest, Addi / Addi turbo needles, the pointy tips are great for lace knitting.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words and the suggestion! I'm going to look into those needles. I'm not crazy about the bamboo needles but they're much better than the slippery metal ones. Thanks for the tip!

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  3. I love the knitted doily. Have fun at the show. I am planning to go tomorrow.
    - Linda

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    1. Thanks, Linda! You're in for quite the treat tomorrow! The show was such fun. There are so many quilts and so many vendors. Somewhat overwhelming but I liked it anyway!

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  4. Your knit doily is so pretty! I can't wait to see the pictures from the quilt show; it sounds like a lot of fun. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks, April! I'll put up my pictures soon. The quilt show was a blast! It's probably the biggest show I've ever been to. A bit overwhelming but fun anyways!

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  6. I love your doily! I've seen lots of those scarves around the net and would love to make one, but I've never worked with a netted yarn. Do you know if Joann's carries a similar yarn?

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! Yes, Joann's carries Red Heart's version which is called Sashay. It's on sale online, not sure about in store. I've used it and really liked knitting with it. Makes great gifts too! Glad you're back!!

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