July 2015 found me knitting away on a Wedding Shawl, for my daughter Kristen, for her wedding in August 2015. I had been saving this pattern to knit for her: Haruni by designer Emily Ross, as I knew Kristen would love the vintage style of this design. I also knew that I would love knitting it! The beautiful floral border was perfect for the addition of the small, clear beads that I love to add to wedding shawls. And the easily memorized pattern gave me the opportunity to fill the knitting with loving thoughts and prayers for the Bride and her Groom.
Look closely, and you can see the beads placed along the spines, easy to add
to the stitch (before knitting it) with a crochet hook:
Kristen's Matron-of-Honor, her sister Libby, had planned a fun Bachelorette
Weekend get-away in Nashville, TN, and it was there that I gave the Bride
her Wedding Shawl…
I think it was 10 years ago or so that I last went to Stitches Midwest, so I thought it was time for another trip! First stop was at Honey Biscuit in Mount Prospect, IL to fuel up for the fun day ahead.
Yes, that is one delicious cinnamon roll pancake on the right.....heavenly!
After a couple of hours of shopping the vendors, and soaking in the colors and textures of so many beautiful yarns, it was time to take a break and sit in on Karla Overland of Cherrywood Fabrics lecture on the color challenges for quilters that she has facilitated over the last few years.
The first time I went to Stitches, I was a bit overwhelmed at the offerings there....so much yarn! So many colors and fiber choices! Patterns with samples to consider and try on! THIS time, I made a list (yes!), and only veered from it a little
Below, you can see my haul for the day: the green and gray bulky Valley Yarns from WEBS are for two donation toddler sweaters, t…
Finally....a knitting project that I can write about!
Like many knitters, the majority of my knitting projects at this time of year are all about gift-giving. This adorable little project was a gift too.....to my niece and her husband at their baby shower last weekend.
I have to thank my knitting buddy Deb for introducing me to this pattern, and I stole her idea of gifting it with the book and caterpillar toy :-) Perfect!
This is a quick and easy project using Vickie Howell's line of yarn, Sheepish. So soft and squishy, perfect for snuggling a new baby.
The only "fiddly" part of this pattern is attaching the eyes. The patterns suggests hot glue(!), but I chose to stitch the green part to the felt base using my sewing machine and invisible thread. Then I hand stitched that to the hat, and hand stitched the yellow rims, along with the antennae. Not hard to do, just took a little time. Too cute!