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Monday, February 2, 2009

Hearts & Flowers


"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."

-Helen Keller


“The Amen of nature is always a flower.”

- Oliver Wendell Holmes




Happy February everyone!


Just when we thought all the fun of the holidays was behind us, along comes February. We out here on the sunflower farm think it's time to celebrate! After all, it is the month of love...

This month's poster girls?


Hearts & Flowers. What could be sweeter?

HEARTS STOLE


SIZE:
16 in wide by 72 in long

(blocked)


MATERIALS:
3 skeins (780 yd) ARTYARNS Silk Rhapsody
or other dk weight yarn
size 5 (US) needles

GAUGE:
each heart in lace pattern blocks to 3 inches wide


Charted design; intermediate level.



She blocked out to 16 inches wide - light enough to wrap round your neck like a scarf, yet enough body and pattern interest to lay beautifully on your shoulders like a stole.

But what good would Hearts be without any Flowers?

FLOWERS SCARF


SIZE:
10 in wide by 66 in long
(blocked)


MATERIALS:

1 ½ skeins (400 yd) ARTYARNS Silk Rhapsody
or other dk weight yarn
size 5 (US) needles


GAUGE:
6 stitches = 1 inch (reverse stockinette)

Charted design; intermediate level


Flowers is thinner - firmly in scarf territory, a lovely hazy confection to wind round your neck with love.


The silk rhapsody I used for these patterns blocks out well; it opens up nicely and really shows the pattern to its best advantage.The silk component lends a lovely sheen to the finished piece.The depth of color is extraordinary and the mohair component adds a lovely haze and warmth to the finished stole.


While the Silk Rhapsody is a worsted weight yarn, I knit it at a tighter gauge to achieve higher stitch definition. If you are going to use a different yarn, I recommend substituting a DK weight, rather than a worsted.


Both patterns have just enough pattern to keep things interesting, but not so much you get lost.


But that's not all...OH NO!!!


We're having a sale...


We're having a contest...


We're having a sale AND a contest (Gotta do something to break the tedium of winter!)


It's our ...

SWEETHEART OF A DEAL!


Each pattern retails for $6 separately. But, during the month of February, you can get BOTH patterns for $10.


I found these darling little stitch marker sets on line at Crazy4Dyeing.



At the end of February, I will draw three names at random from all the people who have purchased the dynamic duo. These three people will each get a set of heart stitch markers, free of charge.


Two patterns, one low price...


One contest, three winners...


What's not to love?


3 comments:

trose said...

Both patterns are beautiful and I had to promptly added them to my very long queue

bellavitafarm said...

Susan, I have awarded you the Kreativ Blogger Award over on my blog. Congratulations!

kemulvey said...

Susan, you have now officially gotten THREE PATTERNS in my queue, and I must start on them NOW. :)
Karen