Friday, April 25, 2008

Anyone Still Out There?

Guess what? I finally finished my Anne project! Here are, at long long last, Anne's Lacy Diamante Socks:


I'm calling them Anne's because Anne thought diamonds were purple.

The yarn: Bare by KnitPicks, dyed by Celena, received in a swap. Most excellent dye job, Celena!
The original pattern: Diamante by Deb Barnhill via Knitty.
Modifications: Used a figure-8 cast on. Did yarn-overs instead of make1s for a lacier look. I like that they are just a little lacy. I also knit them with 5 dpns instead of two circulars. I can see where 2 circs would be easier for this pattern, but it worked out.

So, I think I'm the last one to finish. Anyone else out there want to 'fess up? :)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

I received my most amazing prize this weekend! Caitlin everything you sent is awesome! I like the yarn, and I absolutely love the tote and Nostepinne! Again i had a great time re-reading the books, watching the tv movies and knitting with Anne and the rest of the gang!

Here is the loot!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

And the Grand Prize Winner is......

Marilla's Amethyst Shawl

I just loved the way it captured a memory from the book that we all remember and love and I just think that Marilla would have absolutely treasured it. Congratulations to all our winners - if you've won a prize but have not received it yet everything is going in the mail by this Friday I swear. Its been a very very busy month!
Thank you everyone for participating I had a lovely time!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Marilla's Amethyst Shawl

Hi Everyone,

Its been a while since I posted even though I have been working on finishing up that shawl for Marilla (I mean my pal Leslie). As I read the first book, and watched the movie twice over, it ocurred to me that the perfect project for this KAL would be a shawl. I could not get out my head that scene where Marilla and Anne argue over Marilla's Amethyst broach and Anne admits taking the pin just so that she could go the rehearsal for the class Poem . Of course, Marilla finds the pin a few days later... as you all know and then feels horrible about having punished the girl and not believing in her!

As I was looking at my stash I came across this luscious Sundara Aran Silky Merino yarn in the Peonies over Grey Violet exclusive color... and I had an Aha! Moment! Marilla's Amethyst Shawl! What could be better?

So here it is in all ist Glory! Marilla's Ametyst Shawl. I truly believe this could have been her "Best Shawl":)

Project Details:

Pattern: Shetland Triangle from the book: Wrap Style

Yarn: Sundara Aran Silky Merino in Peonies over Grey Violet - 2 SSkeins

Needles: Jenkins Needles in size US 9 Circulars - Lace Needles

Cast on last year for the knit along. Frogged due to a couple of mistakes. Casted on again on 1/09/08 and completed 1/13/08.

Its Just About That Time.....

If any one has any last minute projects that they want in the running for the grand prize, please blog about them a little on this site and show a picture. I'm going through everyones previous entries to see if any thing pops out at me. So please get those entries in. We have a great prize for the winner - we had a bunch of donations for it and I have to say I'm pretty envious of the winner. Good stuff! Can't wait to see what every one has been making. ~ Caitlin

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Some progress on my project

I haven't been happy with the way my scarf looked - it was too sloppy - so I frogged it last night and started again. It's vine lace bordered with seed stitch - appropriate, don't you think? A lovely plant, growing in the sun, surrounded by seeds for more growth...
vine scarf for anne of green gables

I'm reading Anne of the Island and loving every page...

Friday, January 4, 2008

New Knit Along

O.k. well I'm a little late getting it out there but I'm putting together a new Kal. You can check it here - its for fans of all things Miss. Marple. We'll be reading three of Agatha Christie's Miss. Marple books and we'll also be doing a secret scarf exchange. If your interested please check out the site for more info.
Thanks ~ Caitlin

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year All

Well, I did finish my christmas knitting projects, but failed to get pictures of them so I could post them. I'll get a picture of the reader's wrap I made for my sister when she returns this week from her trip. I have since Christmas finished this Easy Triangle Shawl for my sister-in-law. It needs ends weaved in and to be blocked so I can get it mailed. This is a free pattern #60301 on the Lion Brand Yarn website.

Monday, December 31, 2007

Curve of Pursuit Afghan

Here it is. See all those right triangles? In honor of Anne, her dislike of geometry, and the fact that I teach it (so did she). I don't know if it'll ever be done ....

Cheater Pants & A Little Confused

Confession: I totally whipped through Rainbow Valley and Rilla of Ingleside - the January books - last week. Guess I had some time on my hands.

That said, those two books have TONS of knitting and crochet references; much more than the previous 4 or 5 books. Lots of socks. Lots and lots of socks. Especiallly in Rilla, which is set during WWI.

So I cast on a new sock last night and those will be my AOGG project for January. But I'm not knitting a plain grey Army sock. I'm using the purple/blue yarn I got from Celena during the last Hand-Dyed Yarn Swap, and I'm thinking something lacy.

I have a cultural question, but I'll go home and check the books again first.

And when did Marilla die? Timewise, it should have been during Anne of Ingleside, but I don't remember reading about it this time, although I think I read it before when I read these books??? I don't think I have been reading abridged editions.

Friday, December 28, 2007

How is everyone doing on the KAL?

Just to get some discussion going here I would like to know where others are in the reading/knitting process for our KAL. I got a little bogged down in Anne of Windy Poplars so I took it back to the library for a bit and will resume later. I know what I will make for the KAL project but I took time out to knit for Christmas presents. How is everyone else doing on the reading? Did others find Anne of Windy Poplars a bit slow going? I just checked the movies out from the library and plan to watch them over the weekend.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

dear fellow Kindred Spirits,

I just posted one of those "they did WHAT?" news flashes.

Check it out here, if you wish...

You've been warned!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Thank You!

What a special prize! I was thrilled to receive a nostepinne in the mail last week for the drawing. Caitlin designed this and her husband made it. It is so beautiful! They have a link to their Etsy store at Crescent Knits. (I hope it is all right to list this!) Thanks so much for the wonderful prize!

I am still reading Anne of Windy Poplars, which is not an audiobook, so it is taking longer. I also don't like it quite as much as the others I've read. I have the next book downloaded from Librivox and am looking forward to reading it soon.

Monday, December 17, 2007

A good time to give...

I have made progress into "Anne of Ingleside", though my knitting has slowed down due to other commitments (read- work :-P)

I've recently learned of a charity knitting project that may well fit into the "Anne" theme; a sweet lady at Junie Moon is heading up a group knitting bandages for leprosy patients in Africa & Vietnam, which will be sent off in late January.

My first thought was about the later books, when the Great War was looming large in the lives of everyone, the women would have banded together to make bandages & socks, weaving prayers & protection into every stitch.

Whether for the knitalong or just to give back, drop by & consider joining in.