Lace Knitting Tip

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For years lace knitting has been my nemesis. I managed to tackle cables quickly when I first started knitting so it was a complete surprise that lace stumped me so easily.

The light bulb recently went off as to why it was hard for me — the yarn was so fine I couldn’t see my stitches to read them! Once I realized that was the issue I bumped up the weight from fingering to DK and guess what? I can knit lace!  When I have the repeats memorized using the DK weight I can start on my project in a fingering weight.

This swatch is made with Cascade Yarns Cherub DK in color 34.

I used my Knit Picks knitting needles that my sweet hubby gave me for Christmas.

The lace pattern I made my swatch with is the Double Eyelet Rib, which is a multiple of 7 stitches plus 2.

Row 1 (RS): P2, * k5, p2; repeat from * to end.

Row 2: K2, * p5, k2; repeat from * to end.

Row 3: P2, * k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, p2; repeat from * to end.

Row 4: Repeat Row 2.

Repeat Rows 1-4 for pattern.

If you struggle with lace knitting too, try going up a size in yarn. It just might work for you, as well!

 

Masika Beaded Scarf

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Masika is by far one of my favorite designs to date. Why? Because of all the lovely beads! I also love it because I learned something about myself while writing the beading article and designing the project. I LOVE light yarn with dark beads best. Who knew?

While swatching and comparing stitches I found, for me at least, beads pop more if the background is light and the beads are a complimentary darker color.  I also discovered that beads show more if I can add them during a chain stitch versus any other stitch, such as a single or double crochet.  Any stitch other than a chain stitch tends to bury the bead making them much harder to see.

I finally have the lamps I need to do the tutorial photos. As soon as I get that set up I am looking forward to sharing some how-to tips with you!

In the meantime, you might want to hop on over to Fire Mountian Gems and check out their beads. Their color selection is outstanding! Happy shopping! Yes, I’m an enabler when it comes to pretty things 🙂

Amsterdam Tulips!

Every year, for the last several years, my oldest son has gone on or led mission trips to Uganda. It’s the highlight of his year – he loves Jesus and he loves serving others. As a mom, it amazes me that my sons have grown into such loving, giving young men.

When you are in the daily grind of raising kids you don’t realize how much of an impact you really have on them. It’s the small things that they pick up on – good or bad. Raising them seems to take forever and yet is over in the blink of an eye. It’s the ultimate paradox.

These beautiful tulips were a sweet gift my oldest picked up for us during a layover on his last Uganda mission trip. They will forever remind me that I am loved and thought of even when we don’t get to see each other as often as I might like.  I’m so thankful mine have grown into such thoughtful young men.

Those sweet little faces will soon grow into wonderful young adults. It can be hard, messy, scary and exhausting, no doubt about it. Never give up – these tulips are a lovely reminder that what you plant will grow and bloom.

 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

 

Inspiration Wednesday!

Vivid color is always my biggest inspiration.  I will be that colorful little old lady who wears whatever she wants 🙂 much to the embarrassment of my kids. It’s already starting to happen and I really don’t see it toning down anytime soon!

Isn’t this Tencel lovely? It’s a bold and beautiful one of kind hand painted yarn. The fiber artist is from the Eugene Textile Center. She had so many gorgeous choices – it was hard to pick just one! With 550 yards of silky softness, I’m going to have to come up with a design that really shows off the gentle color changes. The yardage is perfect for a shawlette or a pretty infinity scarf.

When working with a variegated yarn Ive found that light and lacy stitches work best. The color changes seem to be more natural and blend better. I know planned pooling is really hot right now but I love the simple beauty of subtle color changes, too!

For now, I am swatching with this beauty – hopefully, I’ll have a new self-published pattern using it soon!

 

Yarn Fest!

I admit  I am a diehard yarn market, fiber festival junkie! I have been dragging my sweet hubby to them all over the country for years. Yarn Fest just happens to be up the road from my home every year so, of course, we have to go!

I love all the colorful possibilities! If you spin there are always beautiful rovings to choose from. Some are already dyed and ready to go, while others are freshly sheared fleeces that need carding and cleaning before beginning.

Affordable silk in fingering weight is always a huge temptation!

I stumbled across these adorable tooth fairy pillows. How sweet are they?

Free punch embroidery classes were even offered in one booth! Who could resist making such a stunning wall hanging?

This card stating his yarn bowls at Linkin Flames are gluten free made me literally laugh out loud. (P.S. I am Celiac so if this offends you please lighten up – we should be able to see the humor in life.)

I couldn’t resist this stunning shawl! I’m not normally a fan of green but this sure caught my eye.

My photo doesn’t do justice to this gorgeous felted shawl. The colors were showstopping!

I can’t wait for Estes Wool Market coming up in June next! There’s so much inspiration and the colors are mindblowing! If you have a chance to visit a local yarn market near you, don’t let the opportunity pass you by!

Horsehair Braiding

I admit before my brother started braiding I had no idea what on earth horsehair braiding was. It’s exactly what the name implies – braiding with fine horsehair! It’s a very western art – go to any rodeo or cowboy apparel shop in Wyoming and you might get lucky enough to see the work in person. Several museums throughout the west probably carry examples of this old tradition, as well.

Mentors are usually how this technique is passed down. They work diligently with the apprentice to ensure that the proper process is passed along. It took my brother months of intensive practice to master this art. Aren’t his keychains lovely? His use of highly contrasting color really makes his design motifs sing!

Keychains

I adore the bracelets he makes. These beauties easily slide to adjust to the perfect size! I love that the more you wear them the softer they become, too!

Bracelets

Horsehair braiding and hitching are a dying craft. I’m proud that my brother is doing his best to keep this tradition alive.

Bracelets

In a future post, I’ll share the horsehair belts he’s hitched for us. They are gorgeous works of art!

Songbourg on Pinterest

I love bright and colorful pictures! They get my creative process moving faster than any other method I know of! If you are the same way or would just like to have something uplifting or encouraging to peek at click on over and follow me today!

Why the name Songbourg? Mostly because it helps people pronounce my last name! 🙂 It’s Bourg as in Berg. Very French! I’m always surprised when someone pronounces it correctly – it’s usually because they are European or speak French or German.

I also love birds so it’s a word play on that, as well. Once the meadowlarks start singing I know spring is here! Speaking of which, I heard my first meadowlark sing Friday morning! Spring is early here in the Rockies and I’m ready for some backyard crochet!

 

Broomstick Lace

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Broomstick Lace is a quick and easy stitch for pretty much any project. The broomstick needle is so large that it makes it ideal for any weight or fiber content of yarn. Fine yarns create a very lacy design with a beautiful drape. Heavier yarns create a more dense and warm fabric.

 

The yarn I used on the cover photo of Crochet! magazine Spring 2017 is Premier Aurora which is a medium weight acrylic. It’s a beautiful yarn that could very easily be mistaken for a sumptuous wool. The colors are soft yet vibrant and the changes are subtle and very pleasing to the eye.

 

I hope you enjoy my newest pattern! Please share your photos of the shawl with me on Ravelry!

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