I'm not sure if I mentioned this before, but I'm participating in The Loopy Ewe's Camp Loopy this summer. Each month (June, July, & August) they give us a different challenge and we have one month to complete it & post it to the gallery. If we complete all 3 challenges on time we'll be eligible for an extra special prize!
June's challenge was to use at least 400 yds to knit up a pattern from a designer who lives in or was born in a different country. I chose Martina Behm's Hitchhiker scarf & used a beautiful sock yarn from Lorna's Lace in Turtle Rodeo (green, teal blue, purple, & orange). I love how the colors look in a garter stitch!
|Hitchhiker scarf using Lorna's Lace sock yarn in Turtle Rodeo|
This month's challenge is to use at least 800 yds using at least one color from our country's flag. Since I can't wear red, and white & I don't get along, I chose blue. Normally I go for teal blues so I went out of my comfort zone and picked a true blue. I cast on a tank top, but quickly changed my mind. Instead I went with a geometric lace shawl, Hex by Andrea Rangel. This is my first lace project and my first time using lace weight yarn. What was I thinking??
It was a struggle to get going, but now that I can see the pattern taking shape I am in love! And the Malabrigo lace is amazingly soft, I can't wait for autumn when I can start wearing my shawl!
|Hex shawl using Malabrigo lace in Azul Profundo|
I've also been doing a little gardening. I got a late start, but I do have a couple things starting to sprout/flower. :)
|Alyssum from seed!|
I hope everyone has been having a wonderful summer. It has cooled off just a bit here, and I'm looking forward to having the next 2 days off. There is lots of knitting and sewing in my near future!