Monday, September 07, 2009

Summer knitting

P7040018

It's been a while since I blogged. Not much has been going on. It's been terribly hot and humid for the past month or so, and those sporting fur-suits have not been terribly happy. There have been signs of the demise of summer, a few cool nights, so things are looking up!

At the end of July, I was lucky enough to be able to take a few days and head up north to a friend's cottage for a mini-break. It was very relaxing to be able to disconnect from urban life and spend some quality time with good friends.

I finally was able to finish my Tour de France project (just a few days over despite steady knitting throughout July): Alhambra by Anne Hanson. This pattern is lovely, and showcases the subtle tonal variation in this silk-wool blend that Debi picked up for me at Effiloche in Montreal last year.

Trip Hall's Lake - July 2009 056

Speaking of Debi, she made me this beautiful scarf for my birthday. The funny thing is it was my "backup" gift since there was a knitting disaster with the original, a lovely triangular lace shawl in Niji (now called Mooi, a laceweight cashmere-bamboo-bison blend). Knitting happens, so she had to frog the shawl, and whipped up this scarf on her machine instead. I am so appreciative of the thought behind the original gift, all the effort that went into it - especially since it was her first lace project (and beaded lace at that!), and the fact that it was knit out of this incredibly luxurious yarn in the perfect colour. [In fact, if you are on Ravelry and search Niji in yarns, the feature photo is the actual skein Debi used.] If you are a knitter you know how incredible this gift is. I saw it briefly before it left this world as a shawl and returned to skein form...

Since Debi wasn't able to give me this wonderful shawl, she made this scarf up instead - whipped it up in a couple of hours on her machine, using one of the lace cards that came with it! It was a very nice piece. Because of the constraints of machine knitting, sometimes the end result needs a little hand-finishing because the ends or sides curl up or need an edging. So while I was at the lake, I added a crystal bead bling fringe, which totally makes this scarf perfect. It adds a texture and weight to this very fine scarf, which allows it to stay blocked and showcase the pattern and colour. It's a special scarf all on its own, but it's even more special knowing the story behind it. Merci my friend.

Trip Hall's Lake - July 2009 050

Trip Hall's Lake - July 2009 054

2 comments:

Zina said...

Oooh, how did I miss the last post? Kitty looks like I feel this morning. :)

Nice job on the bead work! I've been wondering what to make with some purple cashmere laceweight I have -- two whole cones! Maybe I'll do something like this.

lispet said...

Very pretty finishing! You take nice photos of knit work.