Picabeau

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Feb 182013
 

Picabeau | The Knitting Vortex

Picabeau is a crescent shaped small shawl, with asymmetrical construction that first increases and then decreases in a gently curved shape. The diagonal development is highlighted by regular rows of YOs that swoop across the shawl and create visual movement. One luscious skein is all that is required for this versatile and wearable accessory; instructions are given to make the shawl using any amount of yardage.

Techniques & Skills Used: knit, increasing/decreasing, cable CO, picots.

Size: one size, approximately 60” along bottom curve and 8” center depth, after blocking.

Yarn: String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn Caper Sock (80% superwash merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 400 yards); 1 skein shown in Light Teal. Sample used 348 yards; see Designer’s Notes for suggestions to adjust for different yardage.

Other Materials: US 6 24” circular needle; Yarn needle.

Gauge:  20 st and 40 rows/4” in garter stitch, after blocking.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.     

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My Snowy Valentine

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Feb 142013
 

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Snow outside, and a special dinner in tonight; we make it a point not to go out for St. Valentine’s Day – although I did tell them all they had to dress nicely for a fancy meal. We’ll start with Godiva chocolate martinis, or italian pomegranate soda for the minors. Then I’m making NY strip steaks from the Pennsylvania Dutch farm market, with sauteed mushrooms, gruyere potato gratin and a caesar salad. For wine, a Rodney Strong Cabernet, and the final indulgence will be molten chocolate lava cake.

Of course I got everyone a sweet little present, and a Valentine’s sentiment.

valentines chocolate bars  I Love You

And finished a little prototype shawl just in time to wear, too!

Amortentia ruffle shawl

Snow 2·9·13

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Feb 092013
 

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Happily not a blizzard for us last night, but instead a nice, fluffy snowfall with blue skies today.