Sunday, May 30, 2010

Tea for, One

Yea!!! I finished two projects this week. (Cara's Birthday Gift photos will have to wait. I'm not 100% happy with the pictures I took.)

BUT you all can see the shawl I finished for me! This would have worked up in a couple of evenings IF I hadn't also been working on Cara's throw blanket. I was good - waited until her gift was complete before I finished my shawl.

The pattern is by the insanely talented Doris Chan. If you're a crocheter, I totally recommend looking up her exploded lace designs. This one, The Chrysanthemum Tea Shawl, is like all her other designs - absolutely gorgeous! And amazingly simple. Once you figure out the repeat, each round works up without fuss. I'm TOTALLY doing more of her fact, shawl number two is underway. But that one is for Mom as a belated birthday gift. She bought the yarn, however. (LYS Knitorious was having an awesome Memorial Weekend sale. Picked up more yarn for myself to make another of these in this gorgeous red. Stay tuned!...)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Missed Mother's Day Part Deux

And here we have the Queen Anne's Lace Scarf for Mom. Previewed it for you prior to Mother's Day. Here it is finished. This turned out really well. The long color repeats work perfectly for this pattern.

Missed Mother's Day

Okay. I didn't miss it...I just didn't get around to posting the pictures. So here they are! This first post is of these neat washcloths/dishcloths from Lion Brand's website. Pattern name: Sylvan Star Washcloth. Easy pattern, but a really neat shape. Hmmm...might have to make some for me sometime.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


I guess it's time for a new post.
If only I would remember to download the pics from my camera...

Saturday, May 8, 2010


I finished the shawl-ette.

That's a funny word. But I didn't make it up. That was the name of the pattern. But I added a couple of extra rows 1) because I had plenty of yarn and 2) because I think it needed to be bigger to cover my shoulders. I am not a waif. Like the model on the pattern. I even added shells/fans to the top edge because it was so plain and edged the whole thing with another row since, again, I had some yarn left over. Still do. It's a pretty, hand-painted, superwash wool/silk/bamboo blend. Pictures are pre-blocking, but I don't think I'm going to need to. One wearing and the weight of the yarn has opened it up nicely.

Gorgeous! See?!?!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Sigh. Addiction is a terribly difficult thing to overcome.
Especially when one doesn't want to quit.

Nope, I'm not refering to alcohol. Or drugs.
Ravelry is my temptress.

What is Ravelry, you ask? It's like Facebook, but for knitters and crocheters. A "knit and crochet community" as it were.

I'm hopeless and willfully addicted...
Free patterns. For sale patterns.
Voyerism at it's best.
You can view other peoples' projects.
The good and the not-as-good.
You can join "groups" with other addicted folks such as yourself.
You can "friend" people. Email people.
Stalk people...oh. I didn't say that.

There are some wonderfully talented and supportive folk out there. People willing to share advice, answer questions, compliment you, enable you...It's a fantastic place to be!

If you're a knitter or crocheter (like me!), it's free to join!
Just do it! You'll be happy you did...

P.S. - If you do join, feel free to "friend" me: AECDesigns.
I need validation. ;)