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Warming Up for Ravellenic Games 2016

August 5

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As many of you know, Ravelry holds a crazy-fun event during the Olympics called the Ravellenic Games. We will cast on during the Opening Ceremonies, and aim to have our projects finished by the time the torch is extinguished at the end of the Closing Ceremonies.

Ravelry has concocted silly names for different kinds of “events”. I’ve entered “Shawl Sailing”. I’ll make Romi Hill’s beautiful Lyrica Euterpe pattern, using Alpenglow Yarn’s SMerF 4000 fingering weight merino. I’ve had this project in my stash for forever, and am glad to have the perfect excuse to make it.

Getting ready for the Ceremonies to begin!

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Virginia City Cowl

February 17

I had a great time making the Virginia City Cowl from Romi Hill’s book New Lace Knitting. (You might have seen my recent review of the book.)

Virginia City Cowl

After admiring Romi’s patterns for years, I finally took a class from her at one of the knitting conventions. She is well known for her shawl patterns, and her expertise in designing lace is fantastic. I knew from her class that she is detail oriented, with thoughtful and thorough instructions. These strengths shine through in her book.

In the pattern for the cowl part of her “Virginia City Cloche and Cowl” design, I appreciated that she gives specific recommendations for how to block the piece. She is equally specific when describing how to sew the piece together after blocking. I loved the clear and helpful details!

I used Cascade Ecological Wool.

Virginia City Cowl

As a reminder, if you’d like to enter the drawing for the giveaway for New Lace Knitting you have until Midnight (EST) on February 21st to entire a comment. Details are here.

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Giveaway and Book Review: New Lace Knitting

February 13

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

In the knitting world, lace offers a romantic flair. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I’m celebrating by giving away a fantastic book – New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces by Rosemary (Romi) Hill.

New Lace Knitting cover

Fans of Romi’s shawl designs will be happy to know that the book contains several delightful shawls, including the “Main Triangle”:

New Lace Knitting shawl

Romi has a real gift for pairing stitch patterns and proportions. Check out her “Hope Valley Flounce” skirt:

New Lace Knitting skirt

Whenever possible I like to work a pattern from a book before I review it, just to see how the instructions are presented. I made the “Virginia City” cowl and was very impressed by Romi’s clear instructions. The gauge really did result in the indicated finished dimensions, which is refreshing! She even includes fantastic directions for blocking and finishing. I’ll devote another post to my finished cowl, but here’s the cowl and and matching cloche photo from the book:

New Lace Knitting VA city

Romi’s attention to detail is fantastic. She includes several beautiful tops in the book, including the “Williwaw Cardigan” with its unusual construction:

New Lace Knitting cardigan

Sometimes I’m in the mood to make a smaller project. One of my favorites is the “Silver Birch Slouch”, with its lovely leafy motif:

New Lace Knitting hat

New Lace Knitting is a book I’ll have on my shelf for years to come. Romi’s designs are beautiful with clear instructions. The book includes a lovely variety of yarns and colors. I know from my own book that it takes a lot of thought and effort to strike just the right balance between types of projects, yarn weights and colors. Romi’s book accomplishes it all.

[Here I am going to interject my pet peeve (listen up, publishers!). Books today are pitifully lacking in indexes. This book is no exception. I would have liked to have seen index entries for types of projects, such as “shawls”, “cardigans” etc. Index entries for yarn weights would be great, too, so if you had stash yarn you wanted to use up, you could just find which projects use them.]

Now, about the giveaway… Wouldn’t it be great to have a Valentine’s Week instead of just one day? In keeping with this sweet notion, you’ll have the whole week to enter your comment to win this book. Leave your comment here on this post by the end of the day on February 21st (midnight Eastern Time). Please include your contact information in your comment so I can let you know if you’re the winner. I’ll be conducting a random drawing to determine the winner. (One comment per person, please, with only one comment and email address per person.)

I can mail this book anywhere in the world as long as there are no postal or delivery restrictions.

Publisher’s Info:

New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces

By Rosemary (Romi) Hill

Interweave/F+W; $24.99

http://bit.ly/1dlHNHx

 

Resources:

Errata (definitely check this out if you get the book)

You can see all the designs from the book here.

Romi Hill’s web site Designs by Romi features additional patterns

Please buy this book from your local yarn store! If you absolutely positively can’t get it through your local store, here is the link to its Amazon page.

Taygete

September 6

Taygete 2

An end of summer treat, Taygete was a fun shawl to make. The pattern’s garter stitch center made for good social knitting, and then the edges provided that kind of quiet-time knitting where I enjoyed concentrating on the lace.

Taygete 3

Anzula Squishy yarn is a dream to knit with! It’s soft with a good ply.

Now it’s time to put away the lace weight yarns and summery colors, and haul out some beginning-of-fall knitting. It’s hard to believe its that time already!

 

Resources:

Taygete pattern by Romi Hill

Anzula yarn

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