Gansey Socks For My Special Yarn. 

This Summer, I bought this wonderful hank of yarn at Long Island Livestock. It’s 80% Suri llama, 10% icicle and 20% silk. I am now on the hunt for a special sock pattern. I’m looking through my Socks from the toe up book by Wendy D Johnson, and I came across a beautiful Gansey pattern I want to try. Now it’s all about the Gansey. 

Here are a few google images that appeal to me. 

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Image from Kate Atherly Knits

http://www.lilivestockco.com 

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 All The Pieces are Knit, Now To Assemble. 

My first sweater so far. Back, front and two sleeves are knit. I have the front collar on hold and I’m ready to assemble. My weekly knitting group is cancelled this week, so I may have to wait until Saturday for help from my monthly knitting group. 

 In the meantime I’m reading articles (creative knitting magazine has a great one) and will look up videos on YouTube. My monthly knitting group meets this Saturday, but I don’t know if I can wait that long. I’m quite anxious to put it all together.  Here is the link to the seaming a sweater blog. 

http://www.creativeknittingmagazine.com/blog/?p=3229 

Butterfly Stitch Prayer Shawl

This is one of the most beautiful prayer shawls I have seen. Although the name of this blog is Nyknits, crochet is my first love. My mother taught my two sisters and I to crochet as children. I remember watching in awe as she made beautiful doilies with the thinnest thread and a shiny, tiny metal hook. 

Every now and again, I get the urge to crochet. This is especially so when I’m working on a trying knit project. Like this first sweater project I’m working on. 

I was browsing through Ravelry, looking for a shawl to make with my leftover Lionbrand shawl in a bawl yarn. I’m familiar with the Prayer shawl ministry, but had never seen this butterfly stitch before. The pattern is by NJSharon and Debiadams on Ravelry. I added the pattern to my library and started working on it yesterday evening. 

I’m using Lionbrand’s shawl in a ball and a size I/9 (5.50mm) hook. Visit the http://www.prayershawlministry.com website to learn about prayer shawls and to find free patterns, both knit and crochet. 

There is a very thorough YouTube tutorial on the butterfly stitch that I found extremely helpful. It’s done by Joan Elisha https://youtu.be/ObrHl8fCFWU

This is the link to the free pattern. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/butterfly-stitch-prayer-shawl

The next three photos are from the ravelry page of NJSharon and Debiadams.