We continue knitting, with wool, a decidedly wintery occupation, here in the desert. It is a little hot and sticky, but with air conditioning and lots of freezer pops, we are making progress.
The girls are leaving for Indiana for an entire month of "Camp Grandma" this week, and have been working on special gifts for special people we've left behind in the humid midwest. Without giving too much away, here is a little Wristband Turned Coin Purse
by Lily Grace Hall Hartley. It is out of Brown Sheep.....of course.
Lucy made a wristband out of Cascade llama yarn. I'm sorry, but I don't remember the exact name, just that it is luscious, and pink!
And here we see a little Dolly and her dress. Pam gave Ms. Lu this stripey yarn at WorldWideKnitInPublicDay.....and Lucy has used it several times already.
The dress is chenille, and is left over from the baby layette we made for Cali last fall. Orange, yellow and red are good unisex colors, no? As you can see, Dolly needs a little stuffing and stitching, but will be ready soon.
Ms. Illanna is coming back to town (Phoenix, the official alternative to the Big Apple) TODAY!!! In her honor, I whipped up "Illanna", my version of all of her breezy summer tops.
The top section is made of Cascade 220, and the bottom is Noro Kureyon. I even wrote the pattern, and it is available here.
Aside from the bra-like upper shaping, the other interesting piece of the sweater is the lacey bottom. I used my special "Random Lace" technique to create a swingy bottom. This is a pretty close-up.
Ummmmm. Yummmmmmm. NORO.
I also finished a test knit for Steve's "Tears 4 Spheres" pattern. Mine is, obviously, a Tears version. I added fringe and beads, much in the manner of a post-modern Victorian pocket.
I know, I know....it's all wool. And it's HOT. But suck it up, people. It's all in the name of knitting.
Speaking of sucking, Steve is a lazy boy and hasn't knitted a thing. Not true. Just hasn't FINISHED a thing. Here are a couple of (surprise, surprise) bags he is working on now.
Made from Berroco Hip-Hop & Noro Daria.
This last one isn't even wool, well almost. Rowan Wool/Cotton & Online Linie 95, "Summer Mistral". This is the "Tears 4 Spheres", Sphere version, for the Birthday Girl.