Sunday, July 23, 2006

Silky Tie Wrap in Bamboo

Here is the Silky Tie Wrap worked in Southwest Trading Company's Bamboo, colorway Bougainville. This is a birthday present for 9-year-old granddaughter Arlyn Danielle.
I knitted this with size US 6 bamboo needles, and the gauge is 5 stitches per inch. It took two 250-yard skeins plus a few yards more.
Now I have almost 3 additional skeins left over, and I'm trying to work out a design for a tank top and/or a skirt, using Iris Schreier's multidirectional techniques. The bamboo yarn gets softer as it is worked, so I think washing it would make it even softer. I'm hunting for a bargain on more STWC bamboo, to make the tank top on the cover of the summer issue of Interweave Knits.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Grandma's gotta brag!

As promised awhile back, here are pictures of my granddaughter Sarah ready for her first Prom. Yes, that is a Zoot Suit Dave is wearing, and he even got a haircut to go with.
Sarah is tall and gorgeous, unlike her height-challenged female ancestors.
What a beautiful smile! And very smart...she graduates next year, takes advanced studies including college chemistry, and is being sought by Princeton and Penn State, among others.
Pictured below is the silky tie wrap, photographed outside so it is true-to-color. It was mailed off to DD Rachael and DGD Sarah, who did some swanning about in it. Now another DGD wants one in her favorite pink-and-purple Barbie colors.