Sunday, February 5, 2012

Fibonacci Baby Afghan

Finished another project! Yay! A baby afghan for a gift for a baby coming soon. I make up most of my own patterns....I'm one of these fiber artists that likes to create as I go along.

My friend that is having a baby doesn't like the typical pink and blue baby colors so I created this using a golden sun yellow combined with an aqua teal kind of color and intermingling white stripes...It gives the warmth of the sun and the ocean tropics with white clouds in the sky kind of coloration...something from nature to go along with the Fibonacci numbering found in nature. This is a stripe creation that I made using Fibonacci numbering. She also doesn't like to know ahead of time if she is having a girl or a boy so these colors work for both!

At first I started crocheting this and almost had it completed...then I decided I didn't like the way it turned out after all so I unraveled it and started all over again. This time I decided to knit it using size 17 circular knitting needles with a 60" cable...I had these knitting needles especially made for me made with a special cable so it wouldn't twist all up like so many of them do. Now this company where I get them from has them in their line of knitting needles!

I decided to double this baby afghan so it is nice and thick. I secured it with little yarn ties like I use when I am making quilts out of fabric. Then I crocheted an edge all around to give it a nice border. It is so soft and cushy like a pillow in the clouds! My friend likes things that are easy to wash so I made this with Homespun - Lion Brand Yarn. I think she's going to love it and so will her new baby! I might even make a little baby hat to match!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

My New Hand Knit Faroe Shawl

I haven't posted on my blog for so long! I thought I'd take a minute to post this beautiful shawl I'm currently working on in between knitting a baby afghan for my vet...her baby is due in June and I wanted to get an early start!

A friend of mine has been promising this Faroe Shawl pattern to me for three something years and it has been hiding deep in the catacombs of her brain...incubating all these years...well... it finally hatched about a week ago at our Barnes & Noble weekly Knitting Group. I found this gorgeous wool boucle fingering weight yarn in my "Stash Mountain". (I love having my own "yarn stash" where I can shop anytime I want to create something with yarn other than yarn that I hand spin!) I had forgotten that I even had this and Wallah! It is a huge skein with 1440 yards on it so there will be plenty to make this the perfect length. I bought this yarn from Cherry Tree Hill about three or four years ago. It is from their Oceania group and the colorway is called Cabin Fever. I'm knitting this on size 6 circular Addi Turbo needles with a 60" cable so it will probably take me awhile to complete it! I usually knit with large needles using thick thin or bulky weight hand spun yarn for my one of a kind fiber art projects...I'm one of these people that likes quick results so I haven't tackled things like socks and other projects that use those really tiny needles or lace weight of these days...maybe....

I'm looking forward to seeing how this shawl is going to turn out. I'm planning on keeping this one for myself, although many times people see some of the things I make for myself and they literally buy them off my back so I may have to sew this one to my body!