Friday, November 12, 2010

Simple Pleasures (Easy Lace Projects)





I'm taking a break from more involved lace to do a little bit of easy knitting. A while back, I spun a lace weight yarn from Pigeonroof Studio roving in the "Green Ocean" colorway. I bought it at A Verb For Keeping Warm because the colors looked so fantastic. It is a superfine baby alpaca/merino. I have to admit that I did not do a great job spinning it. It sat around in my stash for ages because I had no idea what I could do with it. Then one rainy day I decided to get it out and knit another Miralda Shawl from Nancy Bushes book on Estonian lace. I think it really came out pretty well considering I had no clue how it would look. I actually like it better than the first Miralda shawl I knit in a more semi-solid color. The second shawl is another one of those pretty little Elisa Shawlette's by Tiziana Sammuri on Ravelry in Gaia Lace which is a cashmere silk from the Sanguine Gryphon which I also bought at Verb. Sorry the pictures are not that great but I'm still trying to learn how to use my new camera. It has more talent than I do I'm afraid :-)
I will be doing small projects and spinning during the Winter because that's about all my tiny mind can handle over the Holidays but I hope to post progress as I go along. Good Evening and Good Knitting!

19 comments:

revknits said...

LOL at your idea of "easy" lace projects - But that's why you are the Lace Freak. And the shawl is stunning!

Jann Mouer said...

Revknits said it - your simple is my Waterloo! I think the pics are lovely. Once you get to know your camera you will love it. Thanks for the update!

fleegle said...

I've been looking at some of the simpler patterns too...the Queen Susan is taking most of my brain, these days. And I actually wear the smaller ones, because they are little more than scarves.

Those look lovely, Jane! As always, of course :)No matter what you knit, your choice of yarn and color make them gorgeous!

pencraftco said...

Both are so lovely! Thank you for sharing your pictures.

Cookie said...

Beautiful lace and quite good photos! I love seeing handspun knit into lace. It's a good reminder for me that I need to be doing exactly that.

sayingthings said...

I am so loving shawlettes lately. I have only knit one, but I wear it all the time. It's a fantastic underlayer for a really cold climate, and a fantastic only-layer for a regular climate, and it doesn't look so terribly knitterly as a full shawl, which is nice sometimes.

Which is to say: I've marked that shawlette pattern in Ravelry now. Thanks!

Jane said...

Dear revknits,

These days anything that doesn't make me want to tear my hair out is "easy". I promise to go bald on some other project in the future :-)

Jane said...

Dear Jann,

Thank you! I finally did figure out how to get to the screen on the camera to try to make the green colors come out a bit more naturally so I'm making friends with my camera now :-)

Jane said...

Dear fleegle,

Thank you for the support comrade! I love it that you don't always choose to play it safe with color either.

Jane said...

Dear pencraftco,

Thank you for looking in! I am happy to share pictures. I just hope my photos continue to improve :-)

Jane said...

Dear Cookie,
I'm ashamed of how long it actually took me to take that ball of yarn and knit with it. I won't wait so long with the next effort and I hope you get to have that same pleasure with your own hand spun.

Jane said...

Dear sayingthings,

I'm glad I'm not the only one loving these small shawls. I have quite a list of one's that I want to bang out but I'm also looking at at least two larger projects for next year too so we will see what wins in the end :-)

Laritza said...

Wise woman, keep it simple! Love the color :)

LittleBerry said...

it looks great - sometimes small projects are what we just need....

Cookie said...

Thank you, Jane. A friend and I are planning on knitting with nothing but handspun next year. While I am currently spending as much time as I can spinning, there will be a lot of knitting with handspun coming soon. I hope I do half as well as you have.

Jane said...

Dear Laritiza,

I'm very happy that you like how it came out! Simple is about all I can handle for the moment :-)

Jane said...

Dear LitleBerry,

Thank you! I recently got patterns for several small shawl projects that I want to knit so you will be seeing a few of them soon.

Jane said...

Dear Cookie,

I'm so glad you will be knitting with handspun. It's very different than knitting with other types of lace yarn. I hope you enjoy knitting with them and the "surprises" that come along with using handspun :-)

Marlies said...

Hallo
Ohhh der Simple Pleasur ist ja wundershcön einfach traumhaft schön.
Ganz liebs Grüessli marlies