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Monday, February 27, 2006

Without further ado

My favorite little gold medal winner, Ella!

I cast on a few hours after the opening ceremonies, since I was toiling away at work then, and finished it early Thursday morning, Feb. 23.

She's knit from Brooks Farm's Four Play in colorway Amy, also known as crack spun into yarn farm. I can't say enough about both the yarn -- silky and shiny -- and the company - responsive and kind when I thought I was going to run out. Plus, it blocked marvelously, though it took up nearly all of my floor space. Stinking studio apartments. I had to tiptoe over it for two days!

I'm not necessarily a shawl person, but I like how this looks. It's dramatic and certainly unique. And this weekend, when the wind was literally pushing me down a block in Tribeca, its wooly goodness was much appreciated.

So after two intense weeks on one project, I'm suffering from serious startitis. I've finished one of my Fruit Salad socks and made a major yarn purchase today that I'll share later this week.

I also wanted to show you all the adorable buttons made by one of my favorite bloggers, Leah of Use your Hands. She and the husband have an etsy shop called Repurposed Goods where they sell all sorts of cool accessories made from vintage materials.

I bought two sets of her buttons created from encyclopedia pages. I can only tell you about one, since another is a present for someone who reads this. Aren't these cacti and cowboy buttons adorable in a "Brokeback" kinda way? (I'm sorry, that movie really affected me. I tear up at commercials.)

Also, though I can't typically get to the Point to see the Spiders every Friday, I did meet my friend Shannon there on Sunday. That's a Debbie Bliss baby vest, and it's going to be too adorable for words.

When I walked in, I heard a voice that sounded oddly familiar, and I quickly realized it was designer Annie Modesitt. How on earth did I know her voice? From a recent episode of knitcast, of course. I think I'm officially a geek.


Blogger Rachel said...

Ooo! Ella looks amazing. It's even better since it presented some real problems you worked out. And those buttons are very cute!

10:51 PM  
Blogger gleek said...

ella is ... wow. just gorgeous!! amazing!! congratulations on a beautiful FO!

so, in the end, how many skeins of four play did it take?

10:59 PM  
Blogger michelleknits said...

I still can't believe how gorgeous that shawl looks!

12:00 AM  
Blogger Jennifa said...

Good hearing! And lucky girl...I wish I could meet famous knitters!

Ella looks awesome.

12:12 AM  
Anonymous Angela said...

Congrats on Ella, she looks goood!

1:54 AM  
Blogger Saun said...

It is absolutely gorgeous. It's so big and looks so warm. I think I need to get my hands on some of that Brooks Farm. And I can't wait to see your latest yarn purchase. New yarn is always so much fun.

2:26 AM  
Blogger yahaira said...

ella is gorgeous! I think you picked the perfect yarn for her. I love the way it looks on you

8:06 AM  
Blogger elizabooth said...

The shawl is amazing! I can't believe how gorgeous that colourway is knitted up! And it's not small at all -- I think if you'd knit it according to pattern, it would have been super huge!

I also tear up at the Brokeback commercials. I got the soundtrack free from work and the score tracks (especially the one they play at the end of the movie) makes me full-on sob. Oh...

8:26 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Ella is spectacular, C! Such a lovely colorway! So happy to see that everything worked out and now you have an amazing knit ;)

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Carrie said...

Ella looks perfect! Congrats on such a beautiful job. I know what you mean about shawls...sometimes they are hard to wear, but Ella looks TOTALLY wearable. YAY!

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Kelly B. said...

It's beautiful!

8:56 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

She's gorgeous! Bravo. Those buttons are super cute as well. I must resist hitting that link to the etsy store...

9:42 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

Ella is huge! Aren't you glad you didn't get extra yarn?
It looks beautiful, and you have it just in time for our cold spell.
Is your new purchase more Brooks Farm? !

11:05 AM  
Blogger Brooklyn Handspun said...

wow ella is gorgeous!!! And to think you were actually going to make it fits perfectly! I NEED Brooks Farm yarn!

11:05 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

It looks great!

11:11 AM  
Blogger Carly said...

The shawl turned out fabulous! Despite the yarn shortage. Did you ever get more by the way? Or did you settle for ending it early? Because I think it looks great! You deffinately deserve a Gold for that!

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Ella is breathtaking. Fabulous job!

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Latoya said...

I'm glad that you finished Ella. It is beautiful. Gorgeous!
Knit on!

2:52 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

the shawl looks so great! i just love the colorway. i'm not much of a shawl person either, but i would totally wear something like this.

congrats again!

3:07 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

It looks so pretty - good job!!

3:16 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Your Ella is just gorgeous!! I'm so glad that everything worked out in the end... it's such a beautiful shawl and the colorway is amazing. Congratulations on your Olymic gold! ;-) Take care! :-)

6:33 PM  
Blogger PassionKNITly said...

Ella looks Great! Adorable buttons! Wasn't Annie Modesitt supposed to be doing a workshop at the point or something soon?

7:38 PM  
Blogger keohinani said...

that colorway is as stunning knit up as when it's not. (i could've written that better, but i'm just lazy.)
and brokeback mountain? don't even get me started. i don't know what it is about that movie...the ex bf who was a cowboy? the tangible tension you feel the entire time? the vast & gratuitous landscape shots? my gosh, that's one of the best movies i've seen in a long time. i'm definitely getting it on DVD!

8:28 PM  
Blogger keohinani said...

my comment verification code was etnmyhw: eatin' my homework! hee...

8:28 PM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

hey, i listened to the same podcast. i'm really impressed you recognized modesitt's voice at the Point. You are harcore.

Your ella is absolutely gorgeous. All of these great lace FO are popping up all over the knit blogosphere. must get hopping on my baltic sea stole.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Wow! Ella is fantastic! The color is amazing! I really love the way it turned out!!

I'm so glad you like your buttons! When I was making them I was totally thinking of brokeback mountain! Too bad I didn't have two cowboys!!

9:30 PM  
Anonymous shannon said...

I like your diva-like Ella pose! I think the drama will make you appreciate her even more. Good work!

10:04 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Hooray!! It's so beautiful!!! You know you are a terrible influence on me because I've been eyeing up some Brook Farm Four Play (yes, quite an unfortunate name) for a while and now I can't resist!!! ENJOY!

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Iraida said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Now I'm interested to see what's on your ipod lol. I have the corniest songs on mine.

8:28 AM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

Congratulations on Ella - it is absolutely beautiful! I'm glad the yarn issues worked out somehow.

8:08 PM  
Blogger the knitrider said...

lovely ella!!

8:19 PM  
Blogger Biglug said...

Congrats, that came out awesome. I love that yarn, isn't it the best?

11:43 PM  
Blogger sylv said...

Wow, your Ella is really beautifull ! And that shape does look good, I'm like "yeah I'd need one like that too.."
Arghh, why does this always happen ?!! ;-)
Beautiful work, and beautiful choice of yarn !!

2:35 AM  
Anonymous marie in florida said...

now i'm in love with Ella too. she looks like a million little shawls all cuddled up in one place!

9:34 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Your Ella is stunning! Wow! I agree with you about Brooks Farm Yarn, beautiful yarn (smells good, too) and extremely nice company!

11:28 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

I just got to touch and feel that Brooks Farm stuff - it is super-nice. My friend is knitting a crapotee w/that yarn. Your Ella is fabulous. I need to get me some of that yarn - now!

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

When I saw that pattern on Knitty, I was not that impressed with it. Something about the business of the yarn with the pattern.

You have convinced me though- yours is gorgeous! Love it.

I even went over to Brooks Farm to find a yarn to make it but it seems that all the colors that I really like are not available when I put them in my cart. bummer.

Guess I just have to wait until Maryland!

Would you recommend having 4 skeins of the Four Play?

6:07 PM  
Blogger AmyArtisan said...

The "Amy Ella" looks wonderful! (Umm...just getting back around to your blog...) I'm glad to hear all the good things about the yarn & Brooks Farm. Today they just sent me an email that the new lot of Amy yarn was available & I ordered some this evening (went ahead & got 4 skeins) - not quite sure what it will knit into but I look forward to it none the less. :)

11:24 PM  

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