Tenth knitaversary and a giveaway!

It’s been a few years since I’ve celebrated a knitaversary, but this year is a momentous year, indeed.  My friends, this month marks TEN years since I learned to knit.  TEN!!!  I started this blog shortly thereafter, and knitting has permeated my life ever since.

Speaking of my blog, with the help of my lovely friend Carrie of the Carrieoke blog and her website design business, identity web and photo, I’ve finally taken the plunge and transferred my blog from Movable Type to WordPress.  This transition has been a long time coming – my Movable Type install was old, decrepit, spam-filled, and just entirely outdated.  Kids and work and life got in the way for far too long, and a few days ago I said, that’s it, I’ve had it!!!  Carrie did a phenomenal job transferring all my archives, comments, and RSS feeds, and tweaking the formatting so all my links remain intact.  It is my hope that the transition is completely seamless for you, but please contact me if you find anything amiss!

I will give you some fabulous incentive to actually click through and check out my new “digs” – a giveaway!  Yes, let’s celebrate my knitaversary in style!!!  This year, I will give away some handknits – items I’ve knit, items I’ve loved knitting, but that I haven’t found myself to actually use.


From left to right, we have the recently-completed Lehe Square Shawl, the Henslow Shawl I knit a few years ago, and the Alpine Frost Scarf I just blocked last week and haven’t even shown you yet!  (Some details about the Alpine Frost Scarf here.)  One of these items could be yours!

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post before Wednesday, June 11th, 9 p.m. EST. Please read here for complete rules of this giveaway.

Thank you for knitting with me for ten years, my friends, and here’s to ten more!!!

Ringwood Pattern

I’ve uncovered a great little stitch pattern for variegated sock yarn:

I think this stitch pattern is simple enough that both the variegation of the yarn and the sock pattern aren’t lost. Plus, it’s simple to remember and execute: *2 rounds of knits followed by 1 round of seed stitch, repeat from *. I’d be willing to try it on any variegated sock yarn as a first pass.

Pattern: Gentleman’s Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush.

Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, Aslan.

Needles: US 0 dpns from my favorite Susan Bates Set.

Going to give these beauties to my grandma! It’s been a while since she’s had a new pair of socks, almost one year! Plus it’s her birthday in just a few days!

Lehe Square Shawl

Shortly after finishing the Baby Kina sweaters and Saartje’s Bootees, I finally blocked the Lehe Square Shawl. I started this shawl sometime last summer, and finished it this winter, then it lingered, complete and unblocked, for a good long while. Finally, there’s an FO to share, thanks to a day off.

Pattern: Lehe Square Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush. I’ve always thought of this shawl as the baby sister to the Crown Prince Lace Shawl from the same book. It has a similar look, but it’s smaller, doesn’t have any nupps, and the edging is easier to manage. Also, I think it’s a much prettier shawl than the photos in the book make it seem. Not that my photos are particularly amazing, but it’s really lovely in person!

Yarn: Sundara Yarn Lace Silky Merino, Earth Studies #198. This shawl used about two-thirds of the skein. This is a lovely colorway that is a little gray, green, and blue. I loved when I could trace the path of the working yarn around other stitches because it was slightly lighter or darker than background. It’s akin to seeing a vein under skin – the evidence of all the complexity beneath the surface.

Needles and finished dimensions: I used US 2.5 (3.0 mm) needles, and the shawl came out to be about 30″ x 28″.

I am not sure to whom I will give this shawl. I was originally thinking my grandma, but it’s both smaller than she likes, and not the perfect color for her. Hopefully the right recipient comes along soon!

In other, more exciting news, I did want to share that we will soon be adding another child to our family! I am expecting a baby girl in the beginning of October. As far as knitting is concerned, the “morning” (haha) sickness knocked the wind out of my sails for a good three months, but now I seem to be back on track. If past experience is any indication, things will be slow going for a while after giving birth, too, but it will be well worth it at the end, I’m sure ;).