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2011 August

25% off Crashing Waves pattern now through September 5th.  Enjoy!

Happy Saturday everyone!  I just moved last week so I haven’t had much time to start anything new and exciting.  But today I thought it would be nice to talk about the many faces of Crashing Waves.

I have knit countless of these shawls and shawlettes as gifts.  Every time I make one the personality of the recipient shows through the yarn choice and color.  I have used everything from hand-spun, hand-dyed, to stainless steel.  Here are some images of the versatility of Crashing Waves.

In this version I used less than one hank of Madelinetosh Prairie (100% superwash merino, 840 yards) in Vintage Frame (discontinued colorway).  This is the large version featured in the pattern.  Here is my lovely little sister modeling the shawl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this version I used one strand of Habu A-20 Silk Stainless Steel in 7 Yamabuki Orange and Jade Sapphire Lacy Lamb in NY109.  I thought that the Lacy Lamb needed a little Umph! which is why I chose to pair it with the Silk Stainless.  The Silk Stainless is one of my favorite yarns, it seems like I have every color in my stash and I want to use it in everything I make.  Here are a few images of the two held together living merrily in harmony.

 

 

 

 

 

You can see how well the two yarns work together.  The Lacy Lamb has such a delicate feel and look and is paired with the Silk Stainless.  The Silk Stainless hugs the Lacy Lamb and adds a little bit of what I call “crunch factor” to the texture.

In the next version of Crashing Waves I used my own hand-spun.  The roving was a 50% silk 50% merino blend.  I dyed it “Grace’s Green” in the Pagewood Farm dye studio where Robin Page has been very kind to invite me several times for “dye-day.”  I spun the roving into a lovely single ply that is thick and thin in texture.  In the second image you can see more of the color variegation and inconsistency of my spinning.

 

 

 

 

 

I was only able to get a couple of good shots of this version of Crashing Waves.  I knit this one out of Koigu KPM (in three different colors).  I know it’s hardly noticeable.  I used two shades of maroon (one dark and one light) and one shade of light blue.  When I ran out of the dark maroon 2239 (in the second to last stripe) is switched to the lighter one 1120 (you can see this better in the second image).  Then I ran out of the lighter maroon, so I bound off in the light blue 1053.  I definitely had a lot of fun knitting this shawlette…. there was never a dull moment, I was either always changing color, working the lace, or having fun with the short-row bind off.


 

 

 

Here is yet another version of Crashing Waves.  I did not knit this one, my friend Hanna knit this for Wildfiber.  I would say this is the most interesting version of Crashing Waves I have seen so far.  I love love love this one.  She used Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Faded Chinos alternating every two rows with Habu Textiles A-172 Spiral Slub in Wine.  Here is my other friend Jess modeling the shawl.

 

 

 

 

In the photo below you can see how the striping looks up close.  When she got to the lace Hanna only used the Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light.


 

 

And last but not least.  This past spring I made myself a Crashing Waves Shawl.  I used Madelinetish Prairie in Stovepipe and made myself a full shawl version (and I still have yarn left over, that Prairie goes a long way).  To make the shawlette larger just continue to increase in the established manner until the desired length before the lace portion.  Make sure that your stitch count is a multiple of 6+1.  I also extended the lace portion of the shawl by working a few more repeats.  Here is Jess modeling the shawl version of Crashing Waves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed the many faces of Crashing Waves.  I would love to see your version as well.  Please share your pictures on Ravelry and in my group.

 

Also don’t forget that until August 31st (Pacific Time) you can receive 30% off the Ruffled Ascot pattern on Ravelry by using the promotion code rufflyruff.  Enjoy!

I have decided to make Victoria 50% off through the rest of today (pacific time) on Ravelry.  This project is perfect for a hank of Jade Sapphire 4ply Cashmere.  Enjoy!  Happy Sunday!

 

I am slowly moving into the world of garments as my attention span slowly increases.  The sweetheart Cardigan is a one brain cell knitting project.  When everything else is frustrating and you just need to keep those idle hands busy, Sweetheart Cardigan is the right project for you.  The sweater is knit from the top-down and implements simple techniques such as a provisional cast on, pleats and a little button detail.

I knit this sweater using Louet Gems Sport (100% superwash merino wool, 225 yards) in #36 Linen Grey.  The Gems is a really wonderful sport yarn, and when they say superwash they mean it.  I threw this sweater both into the wash (with a little Soak of course) and the dryer and it still looks great.  Then I added three vintage buttons (purchased at Wildfiber) down the button-band and one on each sleeve.

Now I am making up one for my self in Madelinetosh Pashmina (75% superwash wool, 15% silk, 10% cashmere, 360 yards) in the Norway Spruce colorway.  I am very excited.  I hardly every have time to knit for myself.  I take this one with my everywhere I go because I never have to look at the pattern to see what’s next.  I hope to squeeze in a few rows every week.  Here is a sneak peek of my sweater in progress with my alien stitch markers that I got from BeadPassion on Etsy.

Here are a few more photo of the cardigan for a 360 degree feel.  Type in the promotion code sweetness on Ravelry to receive a 25% discount on your purchase now through August 22.

         

Keep reading to see the winner of the last post, I should be announcing it very soon.  I will also be having another giveaway in the next few weeks, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for that.  And don’t forget use the promotion code rufflyruff on Ravelry to receive 30% my Ruffled Ascot pattern good now through August 31.