Thursday, May 28, 2009

Afghans in spring

An afghan can take several months to finish, so it makes sense to start working on it perhaps in spring or in summer and have it ready for the following autumn-winter season. I was looking at some beautiful quilts on a magazine a couple of months ago and I decided to crochet a small blanket. I was pleasantly impressed by the double wedding ring motif in particular, which is so popular and at the same time I wanted to create a simple pattern, an alternative to the common granny square.
This is what I came up with.

Isn't it pretty? It would make a lovely gift for a wedding or for Christmas.
I count on having the pattern ready by Monday and I will be posting more photos as well as details about the project.

Next week will be a busy one. I need to get stuck into some serious spring cleaning, which includes rearranging the bir's for the warm season, then I plan to finish the Tango shawl. That shouldn't take me more than 2-3 days, unless I get distracted by a new inspiration. You never know!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Etsy? And why not!

So I have made the decision. I have set up my Etsy store and sold 2 patterns in 2 days. Not bad for a start! I will be adding more patterns regularly so what can I say... visit my Etsy store! Link is on sidebar -->


Friday, May 15, 2009

It's that time of the year...

There isn't a corner of the garden that is not in full bloom. Like every year it happens suddenly, one morning I step outside what I see takes away my breath. Anyone with a sane mind would be out there smelling, observing, enjoying... and what does yours truly do? Knit! For some mysterious reason I seem to be more interested in the colour of yarn than in the colour of the gifts of mother nature. But that isn't entirely true. The deep red of my roses has given me inspiration for this shawl, which I have called "Tango".
Sneak peak...

Those who know me know that red is not one of the colours I like to wear but I had this beautiful laceweight wool in my stash that kept blinking at me.
One thing I have learned about red is that there's no way you can work with it at night, not even with all the lights on. Or maybe it's just me?
Anyway, I plan to have it ready for testing by the end of next week. Fingers crossed!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Pavone Shawlette pattern ready!

This shawl is worked from the neck down in five panels, ending with a simple crochet edging.
Experience level: advanced beginner.
Size: Approx. 130cm wide at widest point, 65cm long at longest point (after blocking).
Materials needed:
Approx. 300gr DK weight yarn
4mm (US 6) circular knitting needle
3.5mm (US 5) crochet hook

Gauge: 22sts and 30 rows = 10cm (4ins)

Pattern and details on My Original Designs

This is for Katrin, Sara, and Carla, my volunteer test knitters: thank you ladies for your precious help!! :)

Carla's Pavone