Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I've started wandering....

....the wandering aran fields capelet from the Wrap Style book that is. I started on the 18th. I haven't had any problems so far except for one mistake in reading the chart towards the beginning. When I had gotten to row 4 of the chart I realized I had done the previous two rows wrong and so had to rip out two rows (at 292 stitches per row - ouch) but it's been going well ever since. I'm on row 19 of the chart right now.

Monday, November 13, 2006

shrug finished...next up - cables

The evonne shrug is done. I can't say that I'm that all that happy with how it turned out. I'm not crazy about the edge curling, and the edges seem a bit unfinished looking. I added a ribbing along the back edge to stop the curl then experimented with picking up stitches along the front edges, added a crochet edging then took it out, added a clasp in front then took it out. Nothing could improve it. It is just the nature and style of the pattern and I didn't realize it before knitting it up. I'm considering unraveling the ribbing I added along the back edge and resigning to the curl. It's for my mom so I'll see what she would prefer.

I've ordered yarn for my next major project, the wandering aran fields capelet from the wrap style book. I decided on cascade 220 in burgandy. There are a lot of cables in this pattern which is why I picked it. I hope the burgandy yarn isn't to dark for the cables to show well. I was going to do the swallowtail shawl from the fall '06 IK next but then changed my mind. I still plan on doing the shawl at some later time, probably in JaggerSpun Zepher Wool-Silk in the dk weight unless I change my mind again. (I was considering gloss from KnitPicks). I'm going to put off knitting the falling leaves scarf from scarf style until after Christmas.

I'm still working on finishing my WIP's. I've been working on my loon sweater again. I've elevated it from a stalled project to a WIP project. I finished one sleeve this week and so am one sleeve away from finishing it. There is a picture on my web page. I know it's not really the style now days but that's ok. I like loons and wanted to try intarsia. Anyways, I'll just probably not wear it out in public I guess.

Monday, November 06, 2006

misty garden

I finished the misty garden scarf from Scarf Style on Nov 1. I used 3 skeins of artyarns supermerino and size 7 needles. It's about 6 1/2 inches wide and aprox. 50 inches long. It was a very easy knit. It was the first thing I've knitted where I didn't have to really keep track of anything. I quickly memorized the pattern and didn't have to count anything. I didn't have to count rows or stitches or any of that. It was nice. I just knitted till I used up my three skeins of yarn and then that was it. I didn't quite have enough to do a proper bind of row. So I slid the stitches onto another needle and did a kind of loop over loop bind off and pulled the yarn tail thru the last loop. I did block it to open up the eyelet holes a bit more. It looks really good I think.

I bought the Wrap Style book. I couldn't resist when I saw some of the finished Wandering Fields capelets that were posted on the Scarf Style/Wrap Style Knit-Along blog.

Interweave is going to be coming out with a Lace Style book also. It's on their web site. It's going to be out in Feb '07.