coiled: February 2007

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Vine Leaf Sweater

I knit this sweater in January of last year after a road trip to New Mexico. On the drive home we stopped at a truck stop for gas and refreshments and as it turned out yarn. Amongst the wall of potato chips were hanks of handspun wool. At two dollars a hank I scooped up thirty of them. I gave my mom a few and kept the natural unbleached color for myself. I used the vine leaf lace pattern found in one of the Barbara Walker dictionaries as the main stitch and on the hems a shell stitch that scallops nicely. The front is asymmetrical and closed with four buttons and instead of buttonholes the lace serves this purposes.

This sweater gets a lot of wear. I even sleep in it. I like it so much I'm thinking of reknitting it in a manufactured wool and writing up the pattern but am not sure what wool to use. Any recommendations? I thought about Manos but the gauge is a bit bigger. Still, I think it would work nicely.

Update: Here is more information on the yarn I used. It is a loosely spun single ply and the gauge is 16 sts and 25 rows = 4" in Vine Leaf Stitch with a US 8 (5 mm) needle.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007


It felt like spring today. This morning there was a bit of rain, and then blue skies with white clouds. Felix ran around. I chased him.
He is a night owl and stays up to watch Popeye cartoons. A few weeks ago he started calling me Olive Oil. It must be the hair do.

Monday, February 19, 2007

aqua striped la la scarf

aqua striped la la scarf
Originally uploaded by katcoyle.

black striped la la scarf

black striped la la scarf
Originally uploaded by katcoyle.

When I get a minute between work projects I like to make scarves and shawls. Recently, I've been making variations of the La La Scarf (pattern in Greetings from the Knit Cafe). These two are striped in carnival colors. Most people prefer to wear bland muted colors, or solid basic colors but that makes for dull knitting.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Thursday, February 08, 2007

if you say so...

You Are Teal Green

You are a one of a kind, original person. There's no one even close to being like you.
Expressive and creative, you have a knack for making the impossible possible.
While you are a bit offbeat, you don't scare people away with your quirks.
Your warm personality nicely counteracts and strange habits you may have.