Cla·do·nia noun kləˈdōnyə, -nēə : a genus (the type of the family Cladoniaceae) of lichens characterized by its crustose plant body and capitate fruiting bodies borne in simple or branched podetia
I am not sure if this is what Kirsten Kapur had in her mind’s eye when she designed Cladonia, but I would like to think so. As this shawl is built one band of color upon the previous – like a log, split in half and laid open for all to see with the Cladonia growing neatly from her surface. The lace work edging gives the shawl an ethereal covering on the bands of solid color – they compliment each other off wonderfully.
I am helping a friend with a wee bit of knitting – joyful knitting because all the patterns are from one of my very favorite designers. Add to this the yarns I am using are brand new yarns – and I am indeed filled with exuberance.
This was the second summer that I participated in Camp Loopy and it was as fun this year as it was last year. I completed three projects over the summer months, two of which checked off items on my “Gift Knitting” list.
Our project for August was to select a color that we love, I took the opportunity to do a bit of “selfish” knitting for myself, and I selected a pattern by Melanie Berg that had been in my Ravelry queue for some time now. My Beautiful Golden Green was just what was needed to finish out my summer camp. The pattern is very well written and a truly fun knit with enough to keep your interest while easy enough to make it almost be a mindless knitting project. I selected the yarn that Melanie knit hers out of – madelinetosh tosh light in the Filigree color way. The colors are spectacular, but the yarn itself was the antithesis of that. In the first few yards of knitting, I had over a dozen knots. This continued throughout both skeins, which led me to think this was not an anomaly. It was enough to put me off madelinetosh for any future projects. A very sad determination indeed, as her colorways are so lovely.
I wanted to update you all with how the Romney plied up – as you can see, the result is as beautiful as the fiber I began with.
I am great at starting projects, but not so great at finishing them. Recently I completed two projects; one a very fun mystery-knit-along which I started last year but moving got in the way of its completion. The other, I am sad to say, had been languishing on the needles for a good number of years.
First up is Germinate – a design by Kirsten Kapur the creative mind of Through the Loops.
I really enjoyed this pattern a tremendous amount. It is a very well written pattern and an incredibly striking design. It was the first pattern I have completed by TTL but it will not be my last!