Serving Up Alcea

I’m serving up ALCEA this afternoon but, unfortunately, that is all I will get – just a “serving”. I received my lovely Alcea kit today but it was missing two skeins of Jamieson Spindrift Midnight which is the foundational color for the corrugated ribbing. So, as one of my daughter’s used to say when she hit a wrong note in her piano recitals, “OOPSIES!”

If I’m brave of heart, I just might start the dreaded gauge swatch without it. But then again, I have many other projects to keep me busy until the missing yarn arrives:


This cabled beanie hat is for my baby girl who is no-longer-a-teenager. I just have a couple weeks to finish this belated birthday gift. I will be rendezvousing with my daughters at the grandparent’s house for Thanksgiving.

Shedir is a little more complicated than I had anticipated. It has already been in the frog pond a couple times. I think I’m getting the hang of the pattern now and it should go a little faster.

I really like the Jaegar Matchmaker DK yarn. It’s very soft.

FLAK Progress:

Cruising down the front to the armhole depth. I’m definitely in the swing of these cables. This is so much easier than St. Brigid. BTW, if this yarn looks like the St. Brigid yarn to you then your eyes have not deceived you. St. Brigid is no more. Well, actually, what has been knit will become a pillow for the couch. I’m not about to rip out all my hard work! I decided St. Brigid was just too boxy for me – almost like a suit of armor. I didn’t think it would be very flattering on my form.

Nordic Fair Isle Mittens

Last, but not least, are my fair isle mittens… first adventure in fair isle knitting!

Knitting with two hands is becoming more comfortable. I’m a little disappointed in the color variations in this mitten though. The fana star is just not standing out as much as I would like – not enough contrast or something. I’m just about to start the fingertip decreases and the “thumb” is looming around the corner intimidating me.

14 Comments on “Serving Up Alcea

  1. I can’t beleive thats your first attempt at fair isle. Its amazing! I have to admit that as much as I love the way it looks it scares the living daylights out of me. Maybe I will include learn fair isle in my new years resolutions. Well Done!

  2. That’s disappointing! You didn’t have to “fight” for it to be corrected, did you 😉

    I was just looking at Shedir. It’s lovely! I need to do one.

    The mittens are still lovely. I could never Fair Isle something so small.

  3. Fair isle and mittens all at once. That’s crazy! Looks great though.

  4. WOW – You are busy! The FLAK is so pretty…those cables just jump out at you.
    I am going to start Shedir too – I have one skein of Calmer that I hope will be enough (I’m waiting for an ordered needle – so while I’m waiting – I’ll be watching yours to see how it goes)
    The gloves are absolutely gorgeous!

  5. Those fair isle mittens are gorgeous!!! FLAK is looking good too. So many cool projects at once, how can you decide which one to work on next?

  6. Wow. Great stuff. I’ve always wanted to try Shedir but I’ve not gotten the nerve to try it.

    Love love love the yarn you’re using on the FLAK.

    I, too, can’t believe that’s your first attempt at fair isle!

  7. So much gorgeous knitting around here Rebecca! I move it all but those glove are stunning,moreso because they’re your first! WOW!

  8. I love that mitten! Some day I am going to get to fair isle…just not sure when LOL!

  9. Your mittens are amazing! they are looking great. Shedir is looking good too! : )

  10. I love my Shedir and am actually planning on making another one.
    Yours will look great, I love that eggplant color.

  11. I am throughly impressed with your abilities. I LOVE the mitten!!!! And the fair isle design is awesome! Come to think of it I’m impressed with all of your work. I know the very basics of knitting and would love to learn some more complicated stitches and use more than basic needles, etc. How did you learn? I’m not afraid to teach myself and look online. Did you have a book and/or do you have one you would recommend? I’d love direction and advice if you have it! Hope you have fun with Pa, Nana, Jennifer and Allison. It would be something for Jennifer to work in Kingsport…she’d be the closest she’s ever been to us!

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