Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Fast, fun and fingerless . . . and black!

The fingerless mitts above are knitted in a cashmere/merino blend--they are soft and warm (and of course, my favorite pair were the black ones!). I used the pattern from the Weekend Knitting Book. All three pair were supposed to be for christmas gifts, but I gave them to the intended recipeints already!
I was so inspired by Rebecca's photos of her Flora, that I got busy and started my own, in black . . . and this time I am wrapping it up and saving it for Christmas! Photos of mine soon to come, and thanks, Rebecca

Sunday, November 27, 2005


my black flora is complete!
i altered the pattern a bit. i did a crocheted flower instead of a knitted one.
i'm very excited to give this gift. i sure hope she likes it!


flora detail

Wednesday, November 23, 2005


Finished my first black basket! Well, I still have to felt it, but it's so cool looking. I'm using the pattern for the tri-fold bowl in the A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting by Cat Bordhi. Instead of using the black and white she uses, I used a black heather and a light gray heather. They look great together (and since I'm a Raider's fan, the *really* look great) and I can't wait to see how they look felted together! Pics after the felting.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Nice KAL!

Nice idea for a KAL! I'm working on a pair of arm warmers in black, but they've been put aside for Christmas knitting. I'll be starting a black basket for my niece this weekend...I'll post pics with my progress. The wool I'm using is black with white flecks in it...I can't wait to see how it felts up!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

joining in!

hello all! i'm jumping in with my black Flora.
i'm using some some 30%silk 70%merino i spun myself and plyed with knitpicks "midnight" baby alpaca lace wt. i'm also knitting in an extra strand of the alpaca for added green hairs that are in it. just let me tell ya, knitting black and keeping it black is not easy with a white great dane! lol

let me know what you think of it so far :)

black flora

Friday, November 11, 2005

Illusion knitting

The backThis is my illusion knitting project. Or well, 'tis the back of the sweater. I have started the front. At first, I mucked up the illusion part. I didn't really understand how the motif was supposed to be knit so I asked one of my knitting peeps to bring her copy of Shadow Knitting to our regular Monday night knit out at the Borders Café. After that, I frogged six rows, looked at the chart I wrote again, looked at the illusion knitting basic color alternations, and violá! the heart is starting to become visible. Yay. Some cool things about this sweater: (1) I am knitting it for my DD with yarn leftover from someone else's Christmas jumper; (2) I designed the sweater myself using the illusion techniques; (3) it belongs to the Black Sheep Knitalong; and (4) it belongs to the Illusion Knitalong, too.

My black sweater!

The muppet sweater. Its big and fuzzy and muppet-like. Made of Sirdar Snowflake in black of course :)

Fuzzy sweater, but not too hot or even heavy!

Thursday, November 10, 2005


Okay, fellow black sheep knitters, I have a question for you. I am making a shadow knitted sweater for my daughter. That means that it is 50% black and 50% red: I've got two rows of black garter stitch alternating with two rows of red Stockinette stitch. Does this sweater qualify for this KAL? Enquiring minds want to know.