dans la nature

While I’ve been busy not posting I’ve been busy knitting.

I found I really like the organization of the three knitting projects – one for Tulsa, one for travel, and one for the farm. Usually I’m only in Tulsa on weekends so that project often makes the slowest progress. But it is a good time for knitting lace.

So here’s what’s currently OTN – by location –

Tulsa – Arkansas Diamonds
A beautiful lace rectangle scarf design that I’m test knitting for a friend. The pattern will soon be for sale on Ravelry! I’ll post on the blog when that happens. Until then, it’s top secret and you’ll just have to drool and consider me very lucky test knitter.
I’m using MadelineTosh Pure Silk in the Mourning Dove colorway. Beads are pearls in a lovely purple/blue. I’m loving this design, yarn, and pearls. It’s going to be a dressy romantic drapey scarf. Perfect for when a woman wants to feel good about her feminine nature.

No photo here folks…just brown stockinette!

Farm – The Equinox Yoke Pullover
This is from the Fall 2006 Interweave Knits and designed by Michelle Rose Orne.
For the body I’m using a dark chocolate fingering weight llama yarn. The colorwork will also be in five llama yarns and four alpacas. The llama yarns are from Country Garden Farm and the alpaca yarn is vacation yarn from Paris, bought at La Droguerie. Thus far I’ve finished the front body up to the arm holes and have the back about half finished. After the main body, then come the sleeves which have quite a bit of colorwork. Then you add the sleeves to the needle with the main body and begin THE YOKE! Oiy Vey.

Travel – Triangle Leaf Shawl
A Natural State Knitter design. In fact, Kay’s hand dyed yarn! The photo doesn’t do this yarn justice. The true colors are a fall brick red and deep olive green with the occasional tidbit of brown. It’s as rich as the woods in autumn! It’ll soon be offered as a free download on Ravelry so check for it there in the coming days or weeks.

The Leaf Shawl is perfect travel knitting. The pattern repeat is easily memorized and goes smooth. I recently took it with me to The Woody Guthrie Festival and got in several rows while listening to music at the Brick Street Cafe not to mention a few rows waiting for the shows to start in the Pastures of Plenty.



Heartland Shawl

Heartland Shawl design by Evelyn Clark

This was knit with fiber given to me by friends. I had it spun into what was supposedly sport weight but was much more like DK. The fleece was merino, churro, rambelais wool and spun with a bit of black bamboo.