Wednesday, August 29, 2007

New Member

Hello! I'm new to this KAL and thought I should post an introduction. I'm errs on Knitty and Kr and on Ravelry. I'm really excited as I'm finally going start the Rosebud Shawl -- once I finish my husband's scarf.

I'm using 4th of July. I'm attaching a picture of the yarn wound into cakes. My wonderful husband managed to wind the entire skein into several cakes without making a single cut! Only two end to weave in. :D

Rosebud Shawl 2

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Monday, August 27, 2007

The Expanding Rosebud Wardrobe

I'm playing around with the gauge on the Rosebud pattern as written. This is a double strand knit on a size 11 needle. I'm thinking that the 1200 yard hank will be enough. I'm trying to knit down my Briar Rose stash, as I have an idea about what I want to knit next, and I'm going to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival on September 8 to get some Abundance.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Finished Tilly Shawl

My Tilly has been in the works for quite awhile. Ultimately, it took two blocks to get this where I wanted it. There are a couple of other edgings and techniques that will work better than the knitted on border this Tilly ended up with. Soon, I will be re-doing some aspects to this pattern and I plan to swatch many of my ideas to see how they work out.

Tilly's Garden Shawl from Briar Rose Fibers
Finished measurements:58" across the top and 37" long
Yarn: Briar Rose Fibers Legend
Yardage: ? I had two hanks to begin with and have finished this as well as my 'V' neck pullover. Enough yardage remains for another project.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007


As I go forward knitting this, is occurs to me that I have very long arms. This is the Lacy Cable Shrug, using two colors of Fourth of July worked alternately to create this lovely blue green mottled effect. I would say that I'm about 75% done. I'm going to wear this a lot, I think. I don't have the type of lifestyle or wardrobe that works for a shawl. This has just enough lace to be feminine, but not too much that I might look silly wearing. If I'm wearing this, will anyone notice, as I run my dog out in front for some business, that I've got my pajamas on?

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Life is just a bowl of cherries
So live and laugh,
Laugh and love
Live and laugh at it all!

In the beginning...

was the cherry tree

which bloomed and brought forth...

the cherry

which inspired...

the pattern

which needed a suitable yarn to dance with...

(Pay attention boys and girls, cause this is where it gets interesting.)

A comely lass named Chris answered my plea with...

two big cherry bombs
(Grandma's Blessing)

which turned into...

several juicy yarn cakes

which knit up into...

a pretty good start

which looks like...


(when it has room to stretch out)

Introducing: the Cherry Country Shawl (coming soon to a fiber festival near YOU!)


the story doesn't end there. Oh no! The beauteous and talented Chris will be selling said pattern upon its completion (as soon as my cramped little fingers can churn it out.)

And that, my friends is why...

Life is just a bowl of cherries

And no pits.


Thursday, August 09, 2007

Central Park Hoodie

It's all finished! Never mind that it's 90 degrees with 90% humidity... well to be honest, I do mind. :) What can I say about this pattern that hasn't already been said? It's fun to knit! It's written for a snug fit, especially the sleeves, so consider making a size larger than you ordinarily would. Abundance relaxed beautifully with blocking.

Now I'm all ready for fall, and for NYS Sheep & Wool festival. Who's with me?

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Clementine Shawlette

Two days ago I bound off the Clementine Shawlette. I have yet to block it, but was eager to post photos, so here they are.

Pattern: Clementine Shawlette, Interweave Knits, Spring, 2007. Designed by one of my personal favorites, Michele Rose Orne.

Yarn: 1 skein Briar Rose Fibers' Sea Pearl (50% Merino, 50% tencel).

Needles: size 4 Bryspun circular.

Modifications: None.

Notes/Thoughts: Like everyone else who's knit this, I agree it's a great starter pattern for lace. I easily memorized the 3 different rows of patterning and found them easy to repeat. Still, there was counting involved, so I couldn't do it absent-mindedly.

I love the yarn. Sea Pearl has a pretty sheen, a soft drape, and felt so nice on my fingers. One skein was the perfect length (I have maybe 5 yards left) and perfect weight for the project. These photos don't do justice to the color, a mix of grey-blues, sea-green-teal and plum. So pretty yet subtle.

And unlike with Clapotis, I can actually imagine wearing this little shawl.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Hattie's Rose Garden Pattern

Since you have all bought yarn from Briar Rose Fibers in the past, I would love to share Hattie's Rose Garden Pattern with you. If you would like a copy emailed to you, just send me an email......chris at briarrosefibers dot net.
Corinne made hers with Wistful, which is what our sample is made from, but you could make this wrap (or larger scarf) in almost any of our fibers. Imagine it in Grandma's Blessing (we sell that fiber now in 1200 yd. hanks for shawls).........for a really large wrap!
I am really busy with shows right now, so I'm dyeing every day! woo hoo! I love the fall season that is coming up...I am in my glory dyeing all the wonderful fall colors. The web store is a little low on some fibers, if you need anything, just email me, I probably have it, but it's not on the site. I have Collette and Anna Bell that's not up there!
I hope to see some of you very soon at a show! Thank you all for your support and for sharing your work and photos with us all.