giving and getting

The fiery bolero is finally done and steamed! Whew. (Sorry for the blurry picture.)

Fiery Bolero
Pattern: by Debbie Bliss, Interweave Knits summer 2005
Yarn: TLC Cotton Plus, black
Finished: December 24, 2005

Notes: I had a different-gauged yarn, but also needed a bigger size – so I cast on for the largest size in my gauge and fudged a few things. My mom wanted short sleeves, which I tried to do – but ended up having to hem up the sleeve quite a bit, and they’re still not all that short. Ah, well. Lots of boring stockinette, but a pretty cute result.

Here’s a shot of the bottoms of the felted clogs, and specs:

Felted Clogs
Pattern: Fiber Trends
Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes
Finished: December 24, 2005

Notes: The WotA feels quite nice, and felts really well! The pattern was well-written and pretty quick, although I found the soles a bit fiddly to do (just not mindless knitting). I used leather (with a grabby material on one side) salvaged from a vintage store $3 bin – I also took off the buttons, and I’m thinking of leather accents for other (sewn) projects!

Everything’s wrapped and under the tree or ready to go. I’m just working on the Urban Aran now – I’ll finish one of the fronts today, since I’m doing it as a cardigan. I’ve also been spinning up a bunch of merino, the thinnest I’ve done – laceweight singles, about fingering/sport weight 2ply. I think I might 3-ply it though actually, depending on when I get sick of spinning the skinny singles.


Hand carders from Megan! Thanks again Megan! I think I’ll be getting some silk noil and seeing what I can do with it. There was also a Christmas yarn Incident:

Elevent skeins of luscious brown Artyarns Supermerino for a sweater for me! Any suggestions? I’m thinking a cardigan.

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!



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10 responses to “giving and getting”

  1. Erin Avatar

    I just had a supermerino orgasm. holy crap.

  2. Dani Avatar

    Merry Christmas Laura!

  3. Kelly Avatar

    Love the bolero!

  4. Vicki Avatar

    Great bolero and felted clogs, so jealous of the hand carders and the beautiful yarn. I would go cardigan. I always wear my cardis more and they can be chic or dressed down if you like. I vote cardigan. Merry Christmas Laura, thanks for your help in the past.

  5. may Avatar


    what beauuuuttiful brown yumminess…cardi all the way!

  6. Jill Avatar

    Love the new yarn – I’m back in town and I’ll try and give you a call tomorrow night!

  7. Chris Avatar

    Oh, that’s going to be one totally gorgeous chocolate sweater. Yum, yum, yum.

  8. holly Avatar

    Artyarns Super Merino is on my drool list; that should be a fabulous cardigan, or sweater!

    Great job on the clogs and bolero, though i have to say i’m anxiously awaiting the urban aran.

  9. jae Avatar

    the felted slippers look great.
    they’re one of those things that i always mean to make, but it never gets to the top of my list. the reinforced bottoms are really smart.

  10. Stephanie Avatar

    I love the color combination on your slippers, I made some in plain green. The leather on the bottom looks like a really good idea. I might try that.Thanks for the idea.

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