Monday, December 1, 2008

Small Bits

I am still somewhat clobbered by whatever I caught last month, so my knitting has been unusually sporadic. I did start the Dragon of Happiness shawl with some hand-dyed Fino, but decided that I really dislike knitting Fino on #1 needles--the resultant fabric is stiff and weirdly hairy.


I ordered some brilliant red Colourmart cashmere/lurex and will try again when I am feeling better. Or not. Somehow, the design isn't calling to me at present.

In search of something different, I happened upon Susan Pandorf's lyrically gorgeous designs and purchased five of them. Despite my dizziness and chronic cough, I managed to cast on and knit a bit of Triad:


As you can see, I added little gold beads to this design, which is being worked with Handmaiden Lace Silk in the Rainforest colorway. The formation of the trefoils is especially interesting, requiring cast-on's in the middle of purl rows and other challenges to eye-hand coordination. I did figure out how to avoid turning the work around to do the cast-ons, which in my physical state, is no mean feat.


Stitches South!
Finally! A Stitches event near me! I signed up for only one class--Fiendishly Difficult Stitches with Merike Saarniit, but I hope to meet up with friends on Friday. Anybody coming? Let me know!

27 comments:

--Deb said...

That Triad? With the BEADS? Oh, my, be still my heart! So, so pretty.

Janice in GA said...

I bought that Dragon of Happiness pattern too. I like it better than her other dragon pattern, but that's me. I refuse to knit with Fino. I think I am one of 10 people in the world that doesn't really like to knit with alpaca. I've got some wool on the way.

I'm planning on going to Stitch to shop, mostly. I don't take many classes, for good or ill.

Feel better!

Dave said...

So sorry to hear you're still not feeling well ... that green thing is gorgeous :-)

Shea said...

I'm jealous that you're going to stitches. I'd love to go take a class, but oh well. Kids mess up all sorts of fun, don't they?

Love the yarn you're using - I love bright greens and blues together.

Hope you start feeling better soon!

benazeer said...

I like Dragon of Happiness much better than Heere Be Dragone, but I'm far enough into HBD that I don't want to put it down until it's done.

The patterns you linked to are gorgeous, but I must confess to being a little bit disappointed that the gorgeous Poinsetta scarf is not available except with the purchase of four other patterns. I really don't have the money to purchase four(!) new patterns.s

Kelli said...

I rather like the top shot, but then again I'm not touching or knitting it. It's pretty in the picture though. :)

LittleBerry said...

I like Triad very much and especially in those colours and I really think the beads set it off...

Am glad you're on the mend I hope Harry looked after you well..

LittleBerry said...

I like Triad very much and especially in those colours and I really think the beads set it off...

Am glad you're on the mend I hope Harry looked after you well..

Monika said...

Your knitting is, as always, gorgeous! I love the gold beads with the green! Love it! I hope you'll be better soon, so you can enjoy Stitches South to the fullest.

Susan Pandorf said...

LOVELY, LOVELY, LOVELY!!!

I think your version surpasses my design. Hope you have posted it on Ravelry!

Blessings & happy knitting always!

Carol said...

I saw the green lace with the beads and loved it. Then you sasid it was Handmaiden and I realized that the instant love has an explanation. Surprise, huh? Not.

missalicefaye said...

The triad with beads is so pretty! (Hope you feel all better soon!)

Allison said...

I just took a class at SE with Merike (Estonian patent stitches). She's a wonderful teacher. I hope you (and Harry?) have a blast. Get well very soon.

Opal said...

Triad is lovely! The red really is hairy.

I hope you continue on your way to better! *hugs*

Rosemary said...

I just love that ring stitch, and when I saw the new dragon pattern, I was sorely tempted. But, I have Here Be Dragone to finish first (I'll be working on this forever and forever and forever....)

Thanks for your beautiful lace photos! It's like a breath of spring on this cold day.

Rosemary

Denise~ said...

Love what you've done with Triad! Great yarn choice and the beading really sets it off! So...how many beads do you expect to use? And may I ask are you using them already strung or slipped on with hook?

Feel better!!!

Susan (and SmokeyBlue in spirit) said...

The Triad is absolutely beautiful. The beads do add that certain something. How you can get that kind of detail knitting done while you are not feeling well is amazing.

riaknits said...

Susan Pandorf does some incredible stuff. I've never actually knit anything of hers (lack of ability to purchase patterns online hampers that right at the moment), but every time I see a new design of hers I'm just in awe!

And I have to say that I absolutely adore the colours in that yarn you're using!

domesticshorthair said...

I'm sorry that you've not been well. Get better soon... so you can knit more and post more about it. Unfortunately, now that you've introduced me to Susan Pandorf, I've added two of her designs to my Ravelry queue/1

Jane said...

Triad is wonderful! I love your yarn and the beads and the pattern and everything about it. I have some of the Fino that was given to me but have not tired to knit with it. I'm still on the border of the Dragon and I'm using black cashmere from CourmartUK at the request of my "Goth Lite" niece. I'm sorry to hear you are still clobbered by your health but perhaps going to Stitches will make you feel better? I will live vicariously through you :-)

Judith said...

I think Triad looks so much more striking in your photo than the original, the beads add a lot!

hope Mr. Flugle and Harry are taking good care of you, and your recovery is quick and uneventful!

Can't wait to read your post about the Estonian stitch class.

Karla (ThreadBndr) said...

Those trefoils rather remind me of the honey bees in the last section of the Bee Fields shawl. They are a pain to cast on, but SO nice when done.

Glad to see that you are feeling better!.

Take care, stay warm and enjoy your class!

Batty said...

Green lace with gold beads... it's stunning!

z's momma said...

I love your Triad. Gorgeous as always. That green yarn and the gold beads, lovely combination.

And your Dragon of Happiness... I've been thinking about getting that pattern, but haven't yet. It'll look really nice w/ the colourmart.

Feel better, please.

LittleBerry said...

thanks for your kind comments... those socks remind me of orange fuit polos....

Hope your health is continuing to improve

knitabulous said...

I love the Susan Pandorf designs. I scrolled through her posts a while back and she had a picture of the most gorgeous shell beads - different shells - so tiny - I can't wait for the design with those in it.
The green and gold looks beautiful.
I'm jealous of stitches too, I wish they had Stitches South (like, um, real south - australia south).
Hope you're feeling better soon Fleegle.

A Fiber Frolic said...

I, too, will be in Merike's class and look forward to meeting you and being able to put a face with a name.

Roberta