I've finally gotten a photo of my sister's first completed project, a Windy City scarf from the first SnB. Just like mine, only without the twisted stitches and fibonacci sequence. Someday I will catch her with the beautiful cables she has been working on in her current three projects.
My sister made this lovely newborn set for a baby shower at work. I hope it was properly appreciated, and this does not discourage her from gifting hand knit items.
She knit the hat flat, and then needed to seam it together. DPNs, I can help with. Seaming, not so much. She needed to go in for help on that.
She's also finished the cabled scarf, and just needs to weave in ends. Also need to get photos of the Windy City scarf. And she's just started on Toddle, a kid's scarf from Knitty. The advantage of two knitters in the house: more stuff to feed the blog.
Wow. Just wow. I had hoped that I wasn't being too skeevy, asking to share my Knitty SP gifts with my sister. She has had a rough road this year, and it just got tougher after the SP round started. I was lucky enough to be matched up with an extremely generous SP that did not mind sending some things to my sister, too.
She sent my sister a whole package to herself, and says there is another on the way for me - really, too much, I'm thinking.
I am really just overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness of the gifts for a new knitter. Two projects, a felted bag and hats, to try knitting in the round and fulling. Lots and lots of the yummiest yarn, Elsebeth Lavold's AL Chunky, in night sky - poised at that moment of blue-violet before the sky tips to black. And bi-colored Cascade 220, in black and plum. Not to mention, top-of-the-line knitting needles to make the projects - Crystal Palace DPNs and Addi Turbos. And the notions, perfect for a beginning knitter and fills in the gaps in my collection. Now that two of us are ransacking the needles, we really needed a needle sizer, which I don't have. Not to mention, we are both about to be embarking on project where gauge actually matters! And the measuring tape - that is the one item that we have been stealing back and forth. (Also, my nephew has been getting a kick out of measuring his body parts - silly boy.) Rounded out with a bottle of Eucalan.
I already have designs on begging my sister to knit me one of the cabled hats. Plus, I'm sure that she will enjoy the turnabout of being the magnanimous one lending out her needles - the Addis would be perfect for a small fair isle knitted bag that has been percolating in the back of my head (okay, really stagnating at swatching in the sidebar). One thing I've discovered, fair isle is a bear on DPNs.
We are working on an extra package downstream, since there is a budding knitter in the family there, too. Somehow that feels the best way to repay our SP (until her identity is revealed, that is!).
And in other news, I am keeping my fingers crossed that our crises are exponentially decreasing. This weekend, we only had a cat throwing up blood, and a trip to the emergency pet hospital, and I escaped with 2/3 of my paycheck intact. And I counted it a good week, relatively speaking. Pics to follow of the shawl that was started at the vet's.
Additional spotlight on the AL Chunky, 50% wool, 50% llama, 100% buttery softness:
The actual color shades a bit more towards violet than seen in the photos.
My sister started the cabled scarf today; she still has about 40 rows left on the Windy City Scarf. This is one full repeat of the free pattern from the free cable class at (wait for it...) Borealis Yarns. No practice swatches or anything to practice cabling... isn't it beautiful... she's a natural! This is in Mandalay Silk, on #9 needles. She started on #7, but the fabric was too stiff. (And she is using the fancy Addi Turbos!).
Mostly by chance, her Windy City scarf is going to end up with the exact same dimensions as mine; though she is not doing a Fibonacci sequence, so the color pattern is different. Pics:
The start of my sister's Windy City scarf. She is just past the "keyhole" portion. Her stitches are lovely, even and not too tight. She is liking the Denise needles better than the Clover bamboo. She did not get a chance to try the Addis, since I had stolen them back for the brioche scarf.