Arm opening trim.
Arm opening trim.
Inspired by the bright and cheery color palette used by Angie shown in her blog, Le Monde de Sucrette, http://www.lemondedesucrette.com/2013/01/21/snapshots-of-love-1/ I am working on a crocheted sweater vest for my granddaughter, Emma Adrienne.
I think it works.
Emma has many pretty sweaters. But it is always nice to have another, don’t you think? Visiting Sucrette’s website I was enchanted by the beautiful color combinations of this talented fiber artist.
Everyday kinds of things are made brilliant because of the skills of the artist and the magical assortment of colors she uses.
Working with a fiber almost as fine as spider silk is challenging. My main project now is the Swallowtail lace shawl worked in a warm grey, Silky Alpaca lace weight by Classic Elite Yarns. It is 70% alpaca and 30% silk.
Soft yet substantial in hand it is a luxury to work with it. This shawl is a gift for a friend living in the southern US and will be easy to wear this fall when nights turn a little cooler.
I’ve started this pattern in other yarns but tripped over the nupps (pronounced “noops”) in heavier yarns. In crochet they’d be something like a popcorn stitch, but in knitting they are made knitting in the front and back of the same stitch many times to create a solid block. I hope I can do them even in this lace-weight yarn.
Staying focused is my problem. Too easy I daydream… then there is a mess. With this fine yarn a mess is a really big mess. Knitting isn’t very forgiving and these patterns demand concentration. I figure it is a good exercise. The alternative is to start taking math courses–and I might do that too.
After 10 days there is six inches of fabric. But it is nearly perfect.
Here are pictures of the 2009 AmiDoll Buddy In The Pink Champion for breast cancer awareness and prevention. Also of the AmiDoll Buddy Bracelet