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Elegant Economy Spring 2011 Runway: Day 3

Happy Hump Day!

May I proudly announce Nouveaux?

A stunning and unique accessory made with that leftover lace weight you can’t figure out what to do with. Pair it with a chiffon scarf belt still hanging in your closet from 2007 or an elegant satin ribbon. This bit of ruffled lace can be worn with a sassy dress, or add some feminine flare to your typical tee and jeans.

Knit up in Knit Picks Shadow, the yarn for this project is not a hefty investment. You can make 4+ necklaces from one skein of each color, making this a great gift knit. It is also a wonderful project for those few extra yards left over from that lace shawl you just finished. The additional materials are also fairly inexpensive. The chiffon scarf can be obtained quite easily with a bit of thrifting, and satin ribbon can be purchased by the spool. The rings pictured in the photo above cost $5 at my local bead store. In total you can make this necklace for about $6-12, depending on your choice of materials.

Required Materials

  • 1 skein each of Knit Picks Shadow in basalt (MC) and foxtrot (SC) heather. Actual yardage used is 160 yds. of basalt and 30 yds. of foxtrot. (440 yds/402m to 50g/1.76 oz. 100% Merino wool.)
  • Set of #4 US or 3.5mm DPNs
  • 6 rings. Be creative. Use anything you find at your local craft or bead store. The inside needs to be about 0.75 to 1 inch in diameter. Closed jump rings of the correct diameter will work just fine.
  • Chiffon scarf about 3-5” wide by at least a yard long, or a yard of wide ribbon with some good drape.


Till tomorrow!


April 6, 2011 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

Elegant Economy Spring 2011 Runway: Day 2

Today, on this fine Tuesday, I bring you Farewell.

Say farewell to winter! This ruffley scarf will add something fun to your spring wardrobe, while also adding to your warmth on those days you forgot to grab your coat because you were surprised by how chilly those gorgeous 40 and 50-degree days can still be.

This is a perfect beginner project. The simple slip stitch pattern takes the basic garter stitch scarf to the next level. The result is stylish, elegant, and creative. It is knit on large needles with laceweight yarn giving it a very gauzy feel.

Requiring 1 skein of Knit Picks Cloud, it beats the price of a scrunchi scarf at Target quite easily.

Gauge – Approximately 18 sts/4 inches in garter stitch. (As this is not a sized garment, perfect gauge is not critical)

Scarf Dimensions – 6×60 inches

Required Materials

  • 1 50g skein Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud (440 yds/402m to 50g/1.76oz. 100% Alpaca)
  • Size #8 US or 5mm needles
  • Tapestry needle


Join me tomorrow for the final piece in the Elegant Economy Spring 2011 Collection!

April 5, 2011 at 9:30 am 1 comment

Monday, Monday

So it’s Monday. It happens to be my last Monday as a business analyst at a major insurance company. I really can’t describe how blessed I feel. I’ve had 4 and half years of wonderful experience with some excellent managers. Sounds funny, but I really feel as though it will invaluable as I learn to run a household. I’ve learned the value of being organized, of having a plan for getting projects done, of defining vision for a series of related projects, so that you’re not just “doing stuff” as my boss likes to say, but not really getting any closer to a goal. Yes, this time has been totally worth it. But I’m so ready for it all to be over. I can’t tell you how glad I am that I don’t have to dread mondays anymore. Instead of coming in to the office, I’ll make coffee at my own house, drink it from a real mug, not a travel cup, spend time with the Lord, tend to my home, and then, get to focus on my knitwear design work for the afternoon. I haven’t mentioned it much, other than posting pictures of projects I’ve designed myself, but I do plan to dive into the design world at full tilt come the new year. I have about 3-4 patterns in the works that I hope to release in the spring as a collection.

December 20, 2010 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

Just in Time

So last time in the adventures of the elegant economist, I was trying to make myself a swift, which actually turned out quite well. I bought myself a ball winder, and yarn scale. I was ready to do some serious ball winding. And then it all arrived, I set it all up, and I had like 2 skeins to wind. I was suddenly wondering what the justification was for all this knitting extravagance.

Then my sisters received the latest knit picks catalog. They both went gaga eyed at the seasons shawls. Janet the bright colored spring/summer one, while Meredith preferred the more sensible, but equally colorful and beautiful fall/winter shawl.

Like the good sister that I am, I ordered both kits to make for each of their christmas presents. I got this delivered later that week.

See all those gorgeous colors laying out on my beautiful amish styled swift?

Doesn’t my ball winder make a pretty ball?

July 29, 2010 at 9:21 pm 1 comment

Occupying Myself

Hat almost done. My husband had an errand to do so I plan to write up the pattern and make it available as soon as possible. This picture doesn’t capture it, but the curved raised lines are amazingly cute, and the texture and color of the yarn are giving it an adorable bohemian look. Grr… I can’t decide what to name it though. Any suggestions?

The other project I’m using to kill time till my yarn arrives is a simple doll sweater pattern written for kids. I’ll get on my soapbox for a sec. Why the heck aren’t there any good kid’s beginning to knit books? The one I used when I was growing up wasn’t even a kids book… it just had kid friendly illustrations…and even that one is out of print. So I’m trying to put together some patterns that are specifically designed for the new child knitter.

Here’s how I’m coming on the test knitting…

On another random note…. we saw this on our way home today.

January 18, 2010 at 2:13 am Leave a comment

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