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This week’s challenge from I am the Diva is Duo Tangle with “a bit of a twist”.  For this challenge you create your tile using tangles that begin with the letters of your first and last name.

So I decided upon Twile  for the letter “T”  (shown on the right) and  Scallops for the “S” (shown on the left).  The perfectionist in me says I need to work on the Scallops for better shape and consistency.  The non-perfectionist in me rather likes it and I had fun deciding on what tangles to use.

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Until next time, happy tangling!

Today I’m introducing you to 60 Quick Luxury Knits, the seventh title to the 60 Quick Knit Series featuring a wide range of accessories knitted up in Cascade’s Venezia Worsted and Venezia Sport yarns.

Courtesy of Sterling Publishing

Courtesy of Sterling Publishing

Inside knitter’s will find a variety of elegant projects that include hats, cowls, scarfs, shawls, mitts and more.   Each design features written step by step instructions, with charts for lace and color work projects.

I personally love the variety of styles, coming from familiar designers such as Grace Akhrem,  Anniken Allis, Kazekobo,  Cheryl Murray, Amy Polcyn, Carol Sulcoski and Angela Tong. From elegant to whimsical, there is something for every level of knitter.  The best part of this book, there are quite a few single skein projects making these designs not only affordable to knit, but truly quick and perfect for gift giving!

Here’s a few of my favorites and you can see the entire collection of designs included in this book online at Ravelry.  You can either click on the link or the photo to take you directly to the Ravelry pattern page for my favorites too!

 

Leafy Lace and Cable Cowl designed by E.J. Slayton using one skein of Cascade  Venezia Sport.

Courtesy of Sixth & Springs

 

Striped Socks designed by Kazekobo using Cascade Venezia Sport.

Photo courtesy of Sixth & Spring

 

Two-Color Lace Scarf designed by Manda Shah using Cascade Venezia Sport.

Photo courtesy of Sixth & Spring

 

About Venezia Sport and Venezia Worsted from Cascade Yarns:  Cascade Yarns offers knitters high-quality, yet affordable yarns. The company’s Venezia Worsted and Venezia Sport yarns are a lustrous blend of merino wool and silk that yields a soft texture with good stitch detail, an elegant sheen, and a graceful drape.

Disclaimer: The above mentioned book was given to me by Sixth & Spring/Sterling Publishing for review and the above opinions are my own.

 

Giveaway

I am so excited to announce that  Sixth & Spring Books/Sterling Publishing has offered to give away a single copy of 60 Quick Luxury Knits  to one lucky blog reader.

For a chance to win, simply leave a comment on which design you love the most and as a reminder, you can see the entire collection of designs included in this book online at Ravelry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents only and will end on Friday, August 1st, at 6:00pm AZ time, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 4th.  Please note that the winner will receive their copy directly from Sixth & Spring Books/Sterling Publishing.

As you all know, I’m trying my hand at Zentangle and have decided to start participating in the Diva’s Weekly Challenge.  This week’s challenge is “Truffle”.  I’m hoping that my interpretation works for this fun design!

My “Truffle” is the in the top left corner and turned out more like a flower or shell. I rather like it :)

Weekly Challenge: Truffle

My “Truffle”

 

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My Vest is Done!

Oh I love my vest and it turned out liked I hoped it would.   The Knit Picks Cotlin gives lots of drape, which I really love.  I think this will be perfect for summer wear, and even all year around wear.  After blocking, my finished vest grew about 3″ ( 26″ from the middle of the neck to the bottom), but I don’t mind as it’s the perfect length for me.

I had mentioned adding a bit of vintage crochet to my finished piece but after much thought I’ve decided not too as I really like it just the way it is.

A front view

 

Back view

 

Side view

 

Ravelry Project Page

Yarn: Knit Picks Cotlin in the color Gosling – 6 skeins (738.0 yards /674.8 meters)

Needles:  US 9 – 5.5 mm
US 8 – 5.0 mm

Pattern:  Misty Pearl Vest

Modifications:  I knitted 18 repeats of the stitch pattern and then worked approximately 11″ in stockinette .  Both of the front panels were placed onto stitch holders so I could work the back.  The pattern calls for casting on 34 stitches between the front and back panel, and continue in pattern, which would give a garter stitch break up for each repeat. I casted on a total of 110 stitches – 4 garter stitches at each edge and three repeats of the stitch pattern. I worked the stitch pattern to match the front panels and then changed to stockinette.  For the front border, using size a US 9 circular needle, I picked up each garter stitch bump along the front left edge, 2 stitches on each side of the neck, and picked up each garter stitch bump along the front right edge.  I worked a total of 6 rows and bound off using Judy’s Surprisingly Stetchy Bind Off.

Now I’m off to finish up my second Frostwork sock!

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning, and crafting!

Often many of you know come to a place in your life where you need a bit of change, something to renew you and something to help you express yourself even further.  I personally am one of those people.  I LOVE knitting and just about everything else in the fiber arts world but I am also finding that I need a little something else to boost my spirits and give me another creative outlet.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been sharing my “ZenDoodles” with you and have commented on how fun this has been.  Well folks, I decided to take an official Zentangle class and what fun!!!

My Certified Zentangle Instructor, Jean Chaney of Tangle Street Studio, was awesome and I could not believe how fast my 2 1/2 hour class went.  I am very excited and will be taking further classes to “hone” my skills and just to have fun.

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My first official Zentangle tiles

 

If you are on the West side of Phoenix, Jean holds her classes every Friday at Hobby Lobby on Bell Road and 75th Avenue in Glendale, just across from the Arrowhead Mall.  She also holds classes at other locations and gives private lessons as well.  Each beginning lesson is $30, which includes your tiles.  All you need to bring with you is a #2B pencil, a Micron Pen 01 and a tortillon for shading.

You can find more about Jean’s Zentangle classes online at Tangle Street Studio.  If you are interested in learning about Copics, Jean is a certified instructor and gives classes for this art form at well.  You can find out more about what she does online at Tangle Street Colorway.

I do have to share that Jean is also a knitter and spinner, making her a true kindred spirit and my class even more enjoyable.

 

 

Courtesy of Zentangle.com

What is Zentangle? The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages. ~ Zentangle.com

Until next time, happy knitting, spinning, crocheting, crafting and tangling!

A Friday Tangle

Inspired by a Zentangle drawing I saw on Helen Williams blog, A Little Lime here’s my version of a Paisley Feather.

 

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Not too much to report this week but I can say that I’ve made good progress on my Frostwork Socks.  Two more lace repeats to go to start the heel!  I truly love this pattern and the simplicity of the stitch pattern makes it the perfect carry along project :)

 

One finished and one to go!

 

I have also made great progress on my Modified Misti Pearl Vest.  I have finished the lace portion and have started on the stockinette.   I will work 10″ to match the front panels and will see how everything looks before grafting them together.

Almost done with the back!

Currently hibernating on my needles:

Shallows Scarf – not much progress being made but hope to work on it more soon!

Soon to cast on:

Couplet Socks designed by Bonnie Sennott

I must admit that this week I have spent most of my time creating Zentangles.  I really do love this form of art… it’s so relaxing!

Paisley Fun!

 

With the news that the Outlander Series (series based on the books by author Diana Gabaldon) is coming to Starz, I have decided to start re-reading the series, starting with the first —Outlander.

In Outlander, a 600-page time-travel romance, strong-willed and sensual Claire Randall leads a double life with a husband in one century, and a lover in another. Torn between fidelity and desire, she struggles to understand the pure intent of her heart. But don’t let the number of pages and the Scottish dialect scare you. It’s one of the fastest reads you’ll have in your library.

While on her second honeymoon in the British Isles, Claire touches a boulder that hurls her back in time to the forbidden Castle Leoch with the MacKenzie clan. Not understanding the forces that brought her there, she becomes ensnared in life-threatening situations with a Scots warrior named James Fraser. But it isn’t all spies and drudgery that she must endure. For amid her new surroundings and the terrors she faces, she is lured into love and passion like she’s never known before.

 

If you haven’t read the Outlander Series , I highly recommend it and Amazon currently is offering books 1 through 7  50% off for the Kindle addition.  Great time to read this series!!

 

 

What’s on your needles, hooks or wheels?

Any good books?

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!

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