Sunday, October 28, 2012

I made it myself, with wool . . .

but I didn't knit it.
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It's the Petal Necklace, from Imperial Stock Ranch. 
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A few weeks ago, I attended a wonderful event at Sheep's Clothing, my local yarn store - a Saturday with Imperial Stock Ranch.  Jeanne Carver, one of the current owners, shared the amazing history of this ranch -- actually the headquarters is a national historic district!  And then there was the fashion show - (look for more Imperial Stock Ranch projects in this space in the future), and finally a class with Leigh Radford, who, among many other accomplishments, designed the Petal Necklace.  The necklace is needle felted - not a craft that is likely to usurp knitting in my life --  but I'm tickled with the results.  It's definitely an unusual piece of jewelry - I wore it today and got several compliments, and possibly a curious look or two as well.  But I'm a knitter, and it's WOOL jewelry -- I love it!

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Ravelry link.

Monday, October 01, 2012

As always, something new

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Some really yummy (I mean REALLY yummy) Cascade Eco Cloud yarn - on the way to becoming an Urban Aran cardigan for my son.  The cardigan is an adaptation (first done by Jared Flood) of the Urban Aran pullover from the Patons book Street Smarts.  The book is out of print, but copies are out there - try Ebay, etsy, or Amazon.

This yarn is a merino/alpaca blend - natural colors (no dyes).  It smells of lanolin (which I like) and is so soft.  It's like a crocheted chain or a braid -- not plied, which seems give the yarn more body without being too heavy.  

Off to crunch the numbers and cast on.