Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Knitting Ox plus some other stuff






I finished knitting my Cambridge Shawl. I used yarn from my parents alpaca Ox (he didn't care to have his picture taken with the shawl). He's fiber is black but the fiber mill added purple merino to it so the yarn was a very pretty shade of deep purple.  Ox's fiber is my favorite to knit. It has such a great luminosity to it.  Also Ox is a gem himself.

The Cambridge pattern was design by Carol Sunday.  It is such a wonderful pattern. I absolutely love how it turned out and I would recommend this pattern to anyone.  My friend who had made it before me warned that the sides on hers were quite long so I decided to follow the pattern for the smaller size.  I think it turned out perfect for me.  I was stunned when I was asked by Carol Sunday to feature my photograph of my shawl on her pattern page!!! I can not even begin to tell you how giddy I am over the request. Of course I said yes and you can see the pattern page here on Ravelry.

Another side note about the shawl is that Carol Sunday designed it after a shawl worn by the Duchess of Cambridge while she was out shopping.  So just in case I run into Kate Middleton I can tell her the shawl I knitted after the one she wore made it to the pattern page. Just a little small talk with a Princess you know.  Hee hee hee

Okay onto other knitting excitement.  I joined a knit along and I am making a Leaves of Grass



The yarn I am using is from Beaverslide. It is a merino wool with 20% fine kid mohair. The color is Natural Buff and I just love it.  Beaverslide sends their fiber to a fiber mill in Canada and it is Mule Spun, which is a very interesting process. I am loving this yarn. I always like to use yarn from family farms if I am not using my parents yarn.  I love to support small businesses especially family run farms.


I splurged and got myself the sample cards from Beaverslide so I could see all the different yarns they have to offer and colors.  I can't wait to pass them around at my next knitting club.

Happy Knitting!



15 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

you are definitely a fiber artist. i believe debbie's gonna like the color of that shawl. :) nice displays of your work against that weathered wood!

Brian King said...

That's nice work! I don't know anything about knitting, but it definitely looks good to me!

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Andi said...

Wow! I have been dying to see your finished Cambridge. This did not disappoint. I sooooo am going to knit this pattern this year. Just lovely.
Of course your Leaves progress is looking beautiul as well.
Happy Knitting Andee!

Devon Mama said...

Oh my what a gorgeous shawl! And being a sucker for rainbow colours you have made me want one of those swatches! :)

Alisa said...

What a gorgeous shawl.....such a lovely color! And thanks for sharing that new yarn I am off to check them out right now!!Happy knitting!!

Kathy said...

Oh my, I'm in love with that shawl and really would love to knit it as well - for me. The yarn looks wonderful too!

Evelyn said...

Your Leaves of Grass is starting out beautifully!

Jen said...

Holy Horse! That shawl came out amazing!

Nadja said...

Oh my, that shawl's lovely! I would love to wrap myself up in one of those. Very beautiful.

Eileen said...

Your shawl is beautiful !!!! I too am doing the Leaves of Grass and am loving it. Your yarn is lovely.

Lori ann said...

i'm in love with your cambridge andee, i want the very same one, color and everything. it is so gorgeous.
and your leaves is looking awesome! love beaverslide and that color is amazing.

thecrazysheeplady said...

That shawl is fabulous and your pictures as well! Lovely display.

ALF said...

That shawl is beautiful! You are so talented.

Heather aka Proud Mama said...

Gorgeous Shawl - Carol's patterns are so very nice. I am envious of your color cards. Beaverslide is such nice yarn.