Monday, March 30, 2009

Mission Falls 1824 Wool

I'm on the last half of finishing this "Siobhan Vest" by Mags Kandis. The back and left front are complete. It started out to be the jacket version of the same name but I've changed my mind. The pattern comes from the Mission Falls book, 'Harvest'. Knitting on the front button placket, armholes, weaving ends and seams are going to be a pain!

What does the name mean? I wondered too.
Gender: Feminine
Usage: Irish
Pronounced: shi-VAWN

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I took a break from tedious knitting to something I thought would be easy and fast. This was definitely the ticket!! It's the "KAINO" Vest by Norah Gaughan knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca. The pattern is in her Vol. 1 book. It's a great simple design. I love the ribbing down the back, the collar meeting in a point at the back and that it has no closure in the front. The pattern picture shows it worn with a belt. I did change the stockinette cap sleeves to a K1P1 rib and like it much better.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

We finally got some...............

SNOW! Not the depths like you westerners or upstate people but for us a nice treat. 4-5 inches at the most. Our schools get all crazy when the white stuff falls and were closed yesterday as well as today!
The tree is a beautiful Blue Spruce that I planted in my front yard a few years ago in place of a Dogwood that had died. At that time it wasn't quite 3 feet and now it is well over 5 feet. I live on a fantastic street in town with a view. There are no houses directly across the street but a stone wall like you would see along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We can see the far off mountain range and the downtown lights at night. Also, at night when you are able to open the windows you can hear the distant train run along the tracks. I do love that sound. It's quite soothing at bedtime.
Today's a good day for hot tea and knitting by the wood stove.