The Alderwood Quilts blog is for customers, friends and quilt enthusiasts. . Sue and her husband also own run a small lavender farm along with the quilt shop. You'll see lavender and other gardening topics, as well as knitting, recipes, photos of kids and pets.. and whatever else comes to mind.
I'm still working on my 2 quilt tops (the ones from the Karla Alexander workshop). In the meantime, I thought I'd show you a few knitting projects I finished over the last few months.
This shawlette is called "Chadwick" and was designed by Stephen West. The yarns are 50-50 silk and merino wool. It's soooooo soft around my neck!
This is what it looked like when i was blocking it. To block a knitted piece, you wet it (I soak it in cool water with a few drops of a good wool wash). Then you work it into the desired shape (on towels or blocking boards) and then let it dry
I had the pleasure of meeting 2 of my knitting friends, Laura and Cindy, for a nice lunch and an afternoon of knitting together on Wednesday. It was so much fun! We met on a chat board on Ravelry. If you knit or crochet, you HAVE to check out Ravelry!
Here's another scarf/ shawlette I finished recently. It's called the "Seaside Shawlette" designed by Wendy Gaal. It was hard to stretch it out and get a good photo, so I bunched it up a bit for the photo.
This is a close up of the center. The yarn is merino wool, hand dyed (Knitters Brewing Company). It's a beautiful denim color.
And a fun scarf- the pattern is called "Molly". Another really soft wool- Liberty Wools. The ruffles are knitted in "short rows". I got a new pair of purple fleece gloves.... for those dreary winter days!
And OF COURSE.... socks! I still have my little sock knitting addiction going. This one is very special. The pattern is called "Totem" but Kerstin Bettig. The pattern is newly published. Before it was available for sale, Kerstin asked me to "test knit" the pattern. Pattern designers typically ask a few knitters to test the pattern and give them feedback. This is the only time I have ever test knit a pattern. I was honored! Now I need to make the second sock.
This is called "Leftovers Socks" by Wendy Gaal. It was make with multi orange, gray, and white leftover bits from other projects.
These are "Simply Twisted". The yarn actually has a little silver woven in it so it has a bit of sparkle!
And these are just a plain ol' pair of socks. The yarn is self-striping so it looks a lot fancier than it is. The yarn is a bamboo blend.