Saturday, September 19, 2009

Shrugs - Knit and Net

About Christmas time I found a shrug pattern I wanted to try. It looked quick and easy. It also looked like a shrug I would wear. I mentioned it to my husband and, wonderful man that he is, he bought it for me. I was right. It was quick and easy to make and I love wearing it. In fact, I've made more than one.

So finally, here is my version of Sherry's Easy Shrug.

When I visited my daughter-in-law in Missouri this past July I gave her the green shrug I had made and asked her if she would like a light weight net one as well (similar to the one I blogged about in April ). She wanted one! She even found me some yarn to make it. It's only taken me 2 months to get the photos from my thumb-drive to the blog. Much faster than Sherry's Easy Shrug which only had to move from my computer to the blog.

Here the shrug is viewed from the back.
The arm is stretched out to show the continuous flow from back to sleeve.

Above is a front and back view of my daughter-in-law wearing the shrug.

Below is a front and back view of me wearing the same shrug.

The color of the blouse under the shrug appears to change the color of the shrug.

Because of the yarn used, worsted weight for this shrug and Red Heart's Light and Lofty for the previously made one, the plain netting stitch shows more clearly in this shrug. That makes it looks like a different pattern. I also love the fact that netting stretches so easily. We can both wear the shrug even though I am smaller than she is.

It appears that my blogging time is gone, gone, and really gone. So the net Klein bottle bag, also from my Missouri trip will have to wait until next time.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Where did the summer go?

I left for a short vacation just after my last blog - a visit with a new grandson. When I returned I could never seem to catch up with what was going on. After I sent my youngest daughter across country to college a couple of weeks ago, I was sure I could find time to make a blog entry. Alas, even with just one child home, and in high school at that, time vanished faster than freshly baked cookies.

So today I decided to just grab a few minutes while no one else is around and show off some photos that have been waiting way too long in a folder on my desktop.

Several months ago I became fascinated with reversible cables. I made a hat and a couple of scarves.

The Palindrome Hat, shown here with the brim up ...

and here with the brim down, was fun to make. It is slated to be given away and will probably go to Warmer Winters.

Having tried one version of reversible cables I wanted to explore some more. I looked online and found several. Some of the reversible cables I looked at were Tangy, Reversible Cabled Brioche Stitch Scarf, and Irish Hiking Scarf.

I designed the cables for this scarf using some of the principles I learned through browsing online. I really liked the fact that they were reversible, but they required a bit more concentration than I wanted to exert when needing to do mindless knitting.

That's all the time I have to spare today. Netting show and tell (such as a klein-bottle bag)will have to wait until I can find or make a few spare blogging moments.