Thursday, December 24, 2009

Project for Christmas

I actually have 2 projects unfinished for Christmas, but neither is needed until Saturday, when the family gathers.

I have knit a pair of felted clogs. which are in the washer right now. Here's what they looked like yesterday. The top of the foot is Aussi Wool bulky and the sole is various bits of Lopi. The accent yarn is Bernat Fur Out.

Happy Birthday

Just a quick note to wish Adrienne our wonderful "mom" here a Very Very Happy Birthday.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Adrienne's shawlette (no name yet) + Lulu

I call this my Dandie shawl and used the Unique Sheep peacock gradiance yarn I frogged from the Traveling Woman shawl I knit earlier this year (my binding off was way too tight). I knit 2 repeats of the pattern and will do another one in shawlette size doing one repeat of each chart. Adrienne posted hers in shawlette size.
The ultramarine Lulu by designer Birgit Freyer is CPY bamboo wool and has a great drape for this pattern. It took almost exactly 2 skeins (2 gms leftover).
I'm adding another pic of Georgia Peach (my fav model) having fun with the mini-mochi shawlette (Evelyn Clark "wildflower" scarf) in Neptune being "babushka girl". Note the coloring of the Neptune and the peacock gradiance. :)
I wanted you to see them finished and had to wait for my friend to bring her granddaughter and her camera. You can see why I call her my "Peach" and she is as polite and sweet as she is lovely.
Happy holidays to all of you from way down under here at Peacock Paradise xoox

Monday, December 21, 2009

52-week December YEAH!

Hi everyone. I finally got my computer working again. But, everything is sitting in my old hard drive and still trapped in limbo. Here are my progress and final pictures for this month. I made Santa's Elf hats for each of the kids with matching scarves. Plus, I made a hat and scarf for a snowman decoration. I used two skeins (364yds each) of Red Heart Super Saver yarn. One in Cherry Red and the other Hunter Green. I have just enough left to make a couple of tiny elf hats for the hospital. I will post those when I finish them. Have a very happy holiday! I can not wait for my sock cd! You did rockin' great work Dr. Laura and designers!

Same pattern different yarn

Another pair from the same Adrienne Pattern. Yarn my dd purchased and asked me to make her socks with the yarn. The lys to her makes sock blocks with double strands and then dyes them.
Just another view. Did do the eop heel but does not show really well.
Had to do the side by side to show how much they really are twins.

With this my Christmas knitting is done..............

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Adrienne's Pattern complete.

But, before I get there had to show off Nemo. Took me a while to figure out which fin was "special". I don't have any little ones around here. Funny looking "nose" is the short rows for the body guess it does not like the angle. Also cocked the eyes on purpose.

Another view of Nemo. Was a fun knit from

Drum roll..........

My completed socks by Adrienne Fong.

These remind me of years ago my Grandma's Garden. Complete with all the climbing roses.
I am sure Adrienne will put her 2 cents in here so will let her tell you the name and when this pattern will be public.

Finished 3 more pairs of clogs/slippers, but will not bore you with them. I think it is like over 30 pairs I have done this year.

Off to finish off one more pair of socks before the big day.

Happy Hollydazes.......

52 Week Challenge- December-finished

At least they are finished and gone to my daughter. They may count for december and if she comes for a visit on Christmas, I could make better pictures with her wearing them.
If you keep your fingers crossed, my cardigan could be finished this week as well. All parts are waiting for the seams, ends have been woven in. Given our very low temperatures today, it sure would come in handy.


Woo-hoo! I have completed the 52 week challenge!

Here is my December project:

Project: Fair isle vest - #14 from the fall 2007 issue of Knit Simple magazine
Cast on: 7/18/09
Completed: 12/19/09
Yarn: Tatamy Tweed DK in Navy, Cherry and Sea Blue
Little Lehigh Pebbles DK in First Tooth (same yarn base, but just a color line for children - I needed the off-white!)

Needles: Knit Picks options circulars: US 4 for the ribbing and I-cord finishing and US 5 for the fair isle
Yardage: 580 yards (calculated by weighing)

This was my first big fair isle project and I'm really happy with how it turned out. It was challenging, but a lot of fun to knit. And I'm so glad that I had the 52 week challenge to motivate me to finish it by the end of the year!


P.S. I still have my Miss Marple mystery socks on the needles and really hope to finish these by the end of the month too, but these will just be a bonus project.
11.20.09 001
Panda Cotton in Jet Black and Picnic