I'm sneaking in 2 last-minute submissions to Celebrate Color.
Pattern: Hawkmoth Pullover, Knitscene Fall 2011
Yarn: Allspunup BFL/Silk handspun singles
Needles: #4 Knitpicks Harmony circs
Started: August 27, Finished: September 24
I had less than 800 yards of handspun, so I shortened the body by half an inch and made short sleeves. I also lowered the neck a little to be more flattering on my frame. this sweater is a lot warmer than you'd think it would be. i had it on for the photos in 70 degree weather and it was uncomfortably hot. fall weather is supposed to be right around the corner so i'm looking forward to being able to wear it. it's been quite a long time since i finished an adult-sized sweater and it's always fun to work with my own handspun, so i declare this one a success. in case anyone is interested in how i counteracted stockinette curl, i steam-blocked it into submission.
I've slowly been working on a long-term embroidery project. i want to combine pieced blocks with embroidery for a quilt. the end result will be a pretty quilt for our guest room, though as of now we don't actually have a bed in the spare room due to sparseness of guests. i bought several mandala patterns from the floss box after seeing Jacey's lovely block. I used the floss colors that i got from Wild Olive's blog prize and added a few more colors. i traced the design with the transfer pen that she sent but i still have a lot to learn. i tried to remove the pen marks with a washcloth but it left blue splotches everywhere so i had to run water over the piece to remove them. so my embroidery is pretty wrinkly and a bit askew. next time i'll just wait until the piece is completely finished to deal with removing the marks.
This was my first block. i used a free pattern from polka and bloom. i loved making this one as well. these patterns are certainly more involved than other ones i've tried before so they take me a long time for me to finish. i'm not in a hurry though and i've enjoyed working through them. i never thought i'd like embroidery but i find it a relaxing change of pace.