Thursday, February 24, 2011

electrictree bobble shawlette

This delightful little pattern is a fun way to use up one of those small skeins of laceweight, but still have a fantastic finished product. This shawlette is made with 1 skein of electrictree entwine (100% merino laceweight). The delightful little bobble add a little pizzazz to a simple and easy design!

electrictree bobble shawlette

1 skein electrictree entwine (440 yds/merino laceweight)

Colourway: quoth the raven

4.5 mm. needles. I used 24” circulars

cable needle


C4F: slip 2 stitches onto cable needle. Hold in front. Knit 2 stitches from main needle. K2 stitches from cable needle.

Cable pattern:

Row 1: *K4, P5, repeat. to center stitch, yo, k1, yo. K4, P4 to end of row.

Row 2: *P 4, K5 repeat to end.

Row 3: *C4F. P5*,repeat to center stitch, yo, k1, yo. *C4F. P5* repeat to end.

Cast on 3 sts.

Rows 1 – 6: Knit

Row 7: Pick up and knit 3 sts from side edge and 3 sts from

cast on edge. 9 sts.

Row 8 (WS): K3, p3, k3.

Row 9 (RS): K3, yo, k1, yo, k1 yo, k1, yo, k3. 13 sts.

Row 10 and all alternate rows: K3, p to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 11: K3, yo, k3, yo, k1 (center stitch), yo, k3, yo, k3. 17 sts.

Row 12 and all alternate rows: K3, yo, knit to center stitch, yo, k1, yo, k to last three sts, yo, k3.

Repeat rows 9 and 11 until there are .

Set up Cable: Maintain garter stitch edge and increases.

Row 1: K3, yo, *K4, increase 1 purlwise in next stitch by picking up stitch from previous row. P4* repeat to center stitch, yo, K1, yo, *K4, increase 1 purlwise in next stitch, P4* repeat to end of row, yo, k3.

Continue in cable pattern until 3 complete patterns have been completed.

To begin the bobbles, make a bobble of the first 4 stitches on your needle. Cast off stitches until you get to the first cable stitches.

At the center: cast off stitches that are not cable stitches.

Bobbles Pattern:

Row 1: K4.

Row 2: P4.

Row 3: C4F.

Row 4: P4.

Rows 5-8: Repeat rows 1-4.

Row 9: *Inc 1 by knitting in the front and back of stitch, K1* 4 times

Row 10: P

Row 11: Inc 1 in next stitch, K8, Inc 1 in last stitch. (10 stitches.

Rows 12-18: Stocking stitch- K1 row, P1 row.

Break yarn, Thread through the 10 stitches. Pull tight and secure with a knot. Sew the bobble together halfway. Roll some fibre into a ball and stuff the bobble. Finish sewing the bobble sides together.

Attach yarn to stitches on needle. Cast off 5 purl stitches. Make another bobble with the next 4 cable stitches. Continue until the entire bottom of the shawlette is bobbled.

Weave in ends.



Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ummm...I can't handle this...

Seriously...the Yarn Harlot just made my life extremely difficult. I was reading a recent post where she explains her weakness for a kit. This is often the case in her blogging, and while I often like the kits/patterns she chooses, I am rarely enamored of them. This time it's different. This time I saw the link and just about fainted in my seat. Then I made a huge mistake. A mistake I will forever regret. I started browsing through the rest of the kits on the website.
I am already a huge fan of habu, but now I am a fanatic. I feel horribly empty inside because I don't have one of these kits.
This is ridiculously greedy. For more reasons than the obvious. the fabulous lady from Long Dog Yarns is moving to Vancouver and she gave me 4 bags of yarn and fibre. And it's beautiful stuff, it's not all the crap that nobody wants-there's some really fantastic stuff! I am knitting a sweater with some of the Noro sock that she gave me. There's a whole giant garbage bag of hand dyed merinoX roving. It's her own dyeing and I absolutely LOVE the colours.
So really-I have enough yarn to clothe me, my family, and 3 generations of descendants through the apocalypse and all I can think is that if I don't get my hands on a habu kit I might actually die.
It's a cruel world...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A time for change

There's a lot going on at our house right now. My youngest stepmonster has moved in with us Monday to Friday. It's a good move and one we have been working towards for many years. But it's still a change and we are still settling in and pushing boundaries. Patrick is very excited to have his big sister around so much.
Patrick has been growing like a weed, despite my best efforts to deprive him of sustenance thereby ensuring a small and docile child. He's mostly eating the same foods as the rest of us now and we only resort to baby food when we eat unhealthy (like fast food). He says "Dada", "Mama", and "Banana". He can wave goodbye and loves clapping his hands.
There's a lot of good yarniness going on at my house. I have been doing a lot of dyeing in preparation for Fibres West
I just dropped off our first whole sale order to Twist of Fate. Our yarn line now has Merino/Nylon Sock, Merino Laceweight, Superwash worsted weight, Silk laceweight, and Silk Noil fingering weight. We are also going to have Shetland roving, angora fibre and Qiviut!! For those not in the know Qiviut is the soft underfibre from the Musk Ox. It is one of the softest and most decadent fibres in the world. It's expensive and rare so we're pretty excited to have it! Fibres West is at the Abbostford Ag-Rec centre on March 18th-19ty