Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Fleece Artist, Romni Wools and Me

Many a year ago (and truly, it's gotta be going on two and a half of those), I took a trip to Romni Wools with a good knitting friend and stumbled across the most prettiest yellow and golded shades of Fleece Artist Merino 2/6. This yarn's first incarnation was the Pithy Hat. Amazed as I was, I had a substantial amount of yarn left over when I completed this beauty.

I love me my 3/4 length sleeves, and short sleeved shirts. This poses a problem, because of the sometimes chilly climate of my fair province, and my always chilly climate of my fair workplace.

Hence were born the golden lacy armwarmers.

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Pattern: my own, and it's truly quite simple
Yarn: Fleece Artist Merino 2/6
Things I love:
Their functionality. I was envisioning what I actually got. That's a rare happening around the sanctuary.

The lace pattern I used was the "Oriel Pattern" from Barbara Walker's Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. This is a wonderful book, filled with dream-inducing lace stitches and other patterns. It comes highly recommended by Ms. Canary.

I don't think I can give you the pattern here, but I'll tell you how I made it:

gauge: 6 st = 1"

Oriel Lace Pattern:
multiple of 12 sts plus 1.

CO 42 on straight needles.

1x1 rib for 1 cm.

Work straight for approximately 65 rows.
When working this section, you insert your lace pattern. I only put the lace pattern on what would become the top edge, because as many of you know, I am, how you say, a Lazy Knitter.
If you are not a Lazy Knitter, you can do your lace pattern the whole way round.

I then increased gradually over the next 60 rows, bringing the stitch count up to 51.

When the piece measured 11 inches, changed to 1x1 rib. Do the rib for 1 cm, then cast off.

Now, all you have to do is stitch up the long edge of the armwarmer, making sure to leave space for your thumb!

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Here I present you with Butters. Not a fan of the camera. Or of being disturbed during sleepy-time.


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5 comments:

Team Knit ! said...

Your armwarmers are stunning! And butters just add a little something to the show! I wish I looked good in yellow.... - Julie

Susan said...

How cute! Butters and the armwarmers. It really is a great color and the lace looks perfect.

Knitters-Delight

CanarySanctuary said...

Thanks so much!

I'm going to get him to help me do some more modeling. :)

Unraveling Sophia said...

oh my how i love Butters!! He makes me miss my two Canaries - Onan and Joy....

Lovely armwarmers too!

Carol said...

Very pretty! Maybe next years xmas presents, if I ever finish this years!