September 10, 2008

I’m in good company

Posted in Knitalongs, knitting tagged at 10:23 pm by nephele

Last time I promised to talk about the Ravelypics and Yarnsmackdown but first I’ve got some important business to take care of.

A friend of mine recently co-authored a knitting book and I was very flattered to be asked if I would be a stop on their virtual book tour. I was even more flattered when I found out who else was on the list. I’m in some pretty impressive company. Want to know more? Okay then… First the book

The book is Casual Elegant Knits by Faina Goberstein and Dawn Leeseman. The book is full of clear pictures – with multiple shots of each item. The patterns seem timeless and very knittable. There are a lot of interesting little details that take the finished projects to a different level. Check it out. And while you’re checking it out, be sure and check out the rest of the blog tour:

Sept 4 ColorJoy
Sept 5 Go Knit In Your Hat
Sept 6 FitterKnitter
Sept 7 Amy Polcyn
Sept 8 Connie Chang
Sept 9 Marie Grace
Sept 10 Susan Lawrence/KnittingasfastasIcan
Sept 11 Marnie McLean
Sept 12 Tikru
Sept 13 Terry Ross
Sept 14 ADKD
Sept 15 Donna Druchunas
Sept 16 Jennifer of Pieknits
Sept 17 Kristi Porter
Seept 18 Joanne Seiff
Sept 19 Simona Merchant-Dest

 

I guess that means I have to post on Sunday the 14th, huh?

 

So, still here or did you wander off into the blog tour? Just in case you are still reading I better keep my promise and talk about last months projects.

 

First off I signed up for Yarnsmackdown back in July. This is another last knitter standing competition. Unlike most of the others though, this one had a bunch of different categories. You could compete seperately in any or all of the categories. Originally I only entered the bookmark competition since the finished items could be mailed in an ordinary envelope. As time went on though a new category was announced and I just had to sign up for the “Goofy” category. Eventually it was finally announce that the goofy category was a food fight. We had to knit toast – basically a four inch square in any design we wanted with worsted or finer yarn. Being goofy myself I decided to knit toast with intarsia jam:

Food Fight

 

As I think you can see, the jam is a seedy berry flavor and the toast is a nice whole wheat. 🙂

 

I mailed my toast to my target the same day my toast of doom arrived. There was an option to keep playing – as a zombie – but I decided I had enough other stuff to do and I’d had my fun. I did last a little longer in the bookmark category. I still only racked up one kill but I was alive for another week or so. I could have easily knit several more bookmarks in that time but so could everyone else. Knitters were dropping like flies. There were so many kills in those first few weeks that it took a long time to figure out who was still alive and who the next target was. We had a few different patterns we could choose from. I picked this one:

Bookmark

 

So that was it for me at least in Yarnsmackdown.

 

Ravelypics was a Ravelry based group. Again lots of events with tongue in cheek names. I have so many projects already on the go that I didn’t want to start something new. I decided to sign up for WIP Wrestling in hopes that some of my long languishing UFOs would finally become FOs. It even worked on a couple items. Here’s the only one I completely finished during the Olympics:

ZigZag - finished

 

The pattern is Zigzag from Knitty. The yarn is Jo Sharp Silk Road Tweed DK in Granary. I stuck with some of the other UFOs and finished another (it needs a small amount of seaming and a bit of felting). I’m coming close to finishing up two more. I’ll post details about those when I’ve got pictures.

 

That’s it for now – see you Sunday!

 

April 17, 2008

Marching Onward!

Posted in Knitalongs, knitting, Spinning at 5:48 pm by nephele

Yup, it’s time for the March recap. This wasn’t as busy a month as April so the list will be shorter.

I picked up some close out yarn from Webs. It was Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy in a nice berry color. I bought 10 balls figuring I’d make a tank top or some such. Then I found a pattern in the spring Knit Simple which match yardage-wise and was cute. It’s the Scallop Edge Pullover. I’ve only just started though so there’s not much to see, just a picot hem:
scallopedge

It’s a lot of stockinette in the round at a fairly small gauge. I’ll be lucky if I finish this one by summer 2009. It’ll make a great travel project though. Maybe I should go somewhere…

I signed up for another couple of mystery knit a longs. I’m trying to keep up with one of them though I’m about a week behind right now. It’s the Mystic Light Shawl. It has the advantage of using finger yarn instead of lace weight. I bought some Koigu a couple of years ago that fit the bill nicely. Here’s the shawl at about halfway through clue 2 of 5:
mysticlight

I actually managed to finish something in March too. A freind is pregnant and I wanted to make a sweater for the new baby. I used some Rowan Wool Cotton from my stash and did a variation on the Fair Isle Cardigan from Vogue Knitting On the Go: Baby Knits Two. Here’s the finished sweater:
baby jacket
baby jacket back

I like it and even better, my friend liked it too.

Speaking of gifts… You might remember way back in October I picked up some roving to spin up and knit something for my Mom. Well her birthday is in May so I finally got to work on it in March.

I spun up the yarn (merino/tencel)
Grape Goddess1
Grape Goddess2
And knitted a simple scarf
momscarf

The scarf is a bit short but my mother doesn’t like things that wrap around her neck so this length is perfect for her. By the way, sorry about the fuzzy picture. I used this one because it shows the colors better than the flash photos of the yarn itself. That Tencel sure is shiny.

Kind of short but the that was about it for March. Next time I’ll be posting about the month it actually is!

January 14, 2008

It’s Fyne-ished

Posted in Knitalongs, knitting tagged at 10:09 am by nephele

Yes, I know – groan. But what’s a girl to do. A knitting blog without at least the occasional bad pun is hard to find. They seem to go together. Based on family history, I’m genetically predisposed toward bad puns anyway. I can’t help it, it’s in my DNA.

As you may have guessed the Fyne vest it done or done-ish anyway. I still have some yarn ends to deal with and it could do with a light blocking but it’s all knit and seamed.
fyne2

Since this is a shop sample the only change to the written pattern was a color substitution. There wasn’t any of the Camel (#157) in stock, so I used Gilt (#160) for the main body color. That change made the finished vest a touch more vibrant.

I’m now working on redrawing the charts in colors I picked for my cardigan version – no yellows and fewer greens. Don’t get me wrong, I like yellow and green they just don’t like me back. I’m half Portuguese (half English) and that gave me a somewhat pale olive skin tone. If I wear much in the way of yellow or green I look yellowish green. Not something to shoot for unless I want to convince people I’m sick. So my cardigan will have a pale violet ground with blue, purple, pink, brown and 1 green shade, in stranding. I’m keeping the purple ribbing since it works well with my changed palette and I like purple.

I haven’t gotten too much else done that I can show you. I got interrupted last week by a rush job for Wilma (the designer I knit for). This last weekend was the TNNA trade show. These shows are where Wilma submits most of her design ideas to the publishers and magazines. She’s one of those people who works best under pressure and she often comes up with ideas at the last minute. She has at least learned that she doesn’t have to have the entire garment done to show people – a good thing since the last minute idea this time was a dress. All she needed from me was a large swatch to show the colors and stitch pattern. I got it done in plenty of time but it took a couple of days out of my own knitting schedule.

Oblique  has grown a bit but it’s been the fallback project. It’s the thing I work on when the other stuff isn’t convenient. Still, a couple more inches and I’ll be starting the armhole shaping. I suspect that the closer it gets to being done the more I’ll work on it. I love the yarn and pattern, it’s just that I love everything else too. This is the project that gets bumped every time something time sensitive comes along.
oblique2

Speaking of time sensitive, round three of Death by Socks  starts tomorrow. I’ve already been in contact with my victim and my assassin. It’s shaping up to be a fun round. I started a simple ribbed sock to warm up my fingers for the coming mayhem. There’s no way I’ll finish it before I need to start the killer socks tomorrow but I’ve got more needles so it’s not a problem.
cherriesock1

The yarn is Claudia Handpaints in Chocolate Cherries – and people wonder why we describe yarns as yummy. I think these socks will nicely compliment my Leaf  cardigan (which I’ve finally started working on again). If all goes well, perhaps I’ll wear them at Stitches West next month.

January 2, 2008

The joys of working retail

Posted in Knitalongs, knitting tagged , at 1:42 pm by nephele

Most people look forward to the holidays. I’m just glad they’re over. I don’t normally work on the sales floor much but when the holiday crunch starts anyone can be drafted into floor duty. Since I’m the resident computer geek I’ve got a pretty good handle on how to run the (computerized) registers, so… I also know how to run the registers at my LYS and helped out a bit there when things got crazy.

 Normally I enjoy the small bits of customer contact that I get – I wouldn’t enjoy it as a full time thing but a few hours a week is okay. The trouble is that the holidays seem to bring out all the crazies (or perhaps they just inspire craziness in otherwise normal folks).

Anyway… That’s all over now and it’s on to a new year. Hooray!

Now I may not have been blogging much in December but I was still knitting and I’ve got proof!

Oblique1

I finally got a picture of my Oblique. I’m loving the way the different stitch patterns play with the self-striping yarn. I think I’m going to wear this cardigan a lot. I haven’t made too much progress on it yet (just past the waist increases on the back) because it’s been my commute knitting and my commute is short and the bus stops are dark. Lacy patterns with a dark, variegated yarn under a single, yellow streetlamp – not a recipe for great progress. Plus it’s been cold and my hands wanted to hide up my sleeves not wave yarn around cold metal sticks. It’s been at or below freezing most days. Oddly, for this area, it’s actually been colder at sunset most days than it was at sunrise. Weird weather.

So, my non commute knitting? It’s another shop sample. The Fyne vest from Rowan #42

Fyne1

This is proving to be a quick knit. The stranding pattern is pretty simple and the yarn (Rowan Felted Tweed) is a light DK yarn so I’m US5 needles. I did the two waist ribbings one week (mostly because I wasn’t going straight home and didn’t want to take all the yarn with me). The back (which is nearly complete in the picture) was finished the weekend before Christmas. The front is done now too and I picked up for the neck ribbing last night. I should have the whole thing finished by this weekend.

I had so much fun with the Fyne vest that I’ve decided to do a cardigan version for myself. I changed the colors a bit since all that gold and green wouldn’t do me any favors. Mine will be more pink, lavender and blue with a touch of brown as well. I think it’ll be pretty. I’m debating working it in the round with steeks. I think I will because most of the color changes crop up on odd rows leaving you with a lot of ends to bury.

Speaking of finishing things, the final word on the Christmas projects.

Elijah went off to my mother bearing gifts of jewelry:
elijahjewelry

My brother’s socks got finished in time (and stuffed with coal – that’s what’s in the ziplocks in the picture). I’ve heard back from him and they fit perfectly which is a big relief.
marksocks

My sister-in-law wants to hang the Swan Lake Stole on the wall which is a pretty good reaction.

Speaking of the stole, I remember I promised blocking photos so here they are.

Before:
Mystery Stole 3 off needles

During:
ms3block1
ms3block4
ms3block2
ms3block3

After:
ms3done1
ms3done2
ms3done3

I think that catches me up for now, though I probably forgot something. Oh well, something to blog about next time (sooner hopefully).

Oh wait! I did remember something. Death by Socks is starting another round. The sign-ups for the round close on the 5th and the game starts on the 15th. Go sign up! It’s fun.

October 31, 2007

Boo!

Posted in Knitalongs, knitting tagged , , at 9:31 am by nephele

I used to dress up every year for halloween. I would usually go for classic monsters. I’ve been a witch, ghost, vampire, werewolf and bride of Frankenstein. Then one year I didn’t have an idea in time to get anything together and the whole thing just sort of fizzled out. I made a couple of lame efforts – wearing my SCA  garb for instance – but nothing at all the last few years. I’ve lost my halloween mojo. So sad.

Halloween was always one of my favorites as a child. You got to dress up as anything you wanted and go run around the neighborhood at night collecting tons of candy. I grew up in southern California so the weather was always perfect even at the end of October. One of the other things Halloween had going for it was the lack of visiting relatives. We didn’t have to watch our manners or be relegated to the kid’s table at dinner. Halloween was nothing but fun and too much candy – and scary stuff. Can’t forget the scary stuff.

I’m not a big fan of the modern slasher films but old fashioned spooky stuff is great fun. I remember racing home from school so that I could get my homework done by 4pm. We had to finish our homework before we could watch TV and Dark Shadows came on at 4. I never missed it. It was one of the few shows my brother and I never argued about.

So what does all this have to do with knitting? Not a thing, I’m just meandering a bit.

On the knitting front, I’ve started the collar for my Capecho.
capecho2collar

It won’t be long before I can wear it. I’m looking forward to adding this to my wardrobe. I’ve been almost monogamous with this project, just the occasional fling here and there, like finishing chart A of the Mystic Waters shawl:
MWchartA

I didn’t manage to finish the first clue, darn it, but at least it looks more like something than the previous photo.

Here it is the last day of Socktober and I have almost nothing to show for it. I did finish the Xmas stockings which are nearly socks but I started them at the end of August and worked on them through September. I probably spent about a day and half of Socktober working on them and most of that was embroidery not knitting. I did get some new sock yarn and a sock book or two and just last night I started a sock with some of the new yarn and one of the books. When I say started though, I mean just started see:
catsock

I’m using the Sockotta that I got from Romancing the Yarn and some Jawoll Cotton from my stash to make the Clematis Socks from New Pathways for Sock Knitters. There are several sock patterns in this book that I intend to make or adapt and this is one  of my favorites. I’ve been resisting ever since I got the book but I finally broke last night. It’s crazy. I’ve already got four other pairs of socks on the needles. I didn’t need to make it five, really. I’m weak.

October 29, 2007

Status Update

Posted in Knitalongs, knitting, Spinning tagged at 9:07 am by nephele

1. My Capecho

capechotwo3

I’m still working on the right sleeve (left in picture). I think you can just about see a green marker clipped into the sleeve. There’s another one on the left sleeve. They’re my measuring points, where I started the plain ribbing. When I get to 4.5 inches, hopefully today, this sleeve will go on hold too and I’ll start the collar. Getting close.

 Speaking of the collar… It’s really the make or break on this pattern. In the picture above you can see how wide the neckline looks. The unworked edges of the pentagons stretch out like crazy. They are almost twice as long as the the edges on which I’ve picked up stitches. The collar can fix this. The pattern as published by Vogue (I won’t blame Norah here, I’ve seen what magazine editors do to patterns in the interest of saving precious column inches) just says knit the collar long enough to fit the neck edge. If you do that as the piece sits you’ll end up with a ridiculously long collar. Fortunately, I figured this out with the first Capecho. I had the friend that I was knitting it for try it on before I did the collar. We got it settled on her shoulders and then I measured HER around where the neck-edge was more or less sitting (more or less because it was gaping and ruffled) instead of measuring the knitting. I came up with a measurement of 32 inches and that’s how long I made the collar. I eased everything together when I sewed the collar on. By way of comparison the knitted neck-edge was about 45 inches long before attaching the collar.

Most of the people I’ve seen who were unhappy with their Capechos had much longer collars. Not all, I admit, but most.

2. The Neon Yarn

Here is the finished hank. I kept the picture small because it really is that bright and I didn’t want to blind anyone. 🙂

neon

It’s a bit more even than the first hank I spun but about the same weight of yarn. One of these days I’ll actually test these for wraps-per-inch but my knitter’s eye says they’re worsted. I want to spin finer but that will come with practice I expect. At least I’m not spinning super bulky, novelty yarn – except, you know, for the color this time. It’s kind of novelty-ish.

Now that I’ve spent a month with it, I do think my wheel and I are a good match. I’m spinning almost everyday and usually only stop because I need to get up and move (my posture could be better). Definitely money well spent.

3. Mystic Waters

No picture because I forgot!

I’ve finished the first chart of the first section. Chart A is sixty rows long and chart B is 70 rows so you might think I’m almost halfway through. But… It’s a triangle shawl and we started at the point. That means the second half of this clue is more than three times as many stitches. I’m thinking I may not be finished but clue 2 comes out on Wednesday but I won’t give up yet.

4. Secret of Chrysopolis

Nope, I got nothing. I was working on Mystic Waters. I’m hoping to spend some time this weekend sitting at a table in my LYS getting started on this. It all depends on how many students I have. I know there are at least a couple but if that’s it I should still have some good chunks of uninterrupted knitting time and that’s what it’s going to take to get going on this chart. Wish me luck.

October 28, 2007

Best laid plans…

Posted in Knitalongs, Spinning at 1:21 pm by nephele

I took the pictures. I uploaded them to Flickr. I made some notes on links and then… Nothing. I never got around to writing the post. Bad me.

I seem to do that a lot actually. I get everything together to do a post and then I get busy/distracted and the post doesn’t materialize for days. Clearly, that’s something I need to work on. For now, how about I put up those pictures?

First off, here is my second full bobbin of handspun. It’s two-ply again and about worsted weight.

Neon1

A tad more colorful than the first batch, no? The roving came from Elemental Affects. It’s Romney which isn’t famously soft and since they probably had to bleach the heck out if to get those neon colors it is pretty scratchy stuff. That’s okay. Part of what I’ve been doing in buying rovings, is to try out different breeds. Now I’ve played with Romney and I don’t have to do it again unless I find something irresistible. I’ve also got Merino, Corriedale, Zwartble, Colonial and Falkland waiting in my stash.

I had two two ounce balls of roving. One was solid neon-pink and the other was pink with about one third neon-yellow. I spun them up seperately and plied them together. The result is a slightly heathery, subtle barberpole yarn…in neon pink (I was in my 20s in the 80s, I’m allowed). 

The roughness of the wool wasn’t a problem really. What was annoying was the amount of vegetable matter (hay and such) that was still in the roving. It makes me wonder where they keep their carding maching – the hayloft perhaps? I was picking tons of VM bits out as I spun and there’s still a lot left in the yarn. Oh well, at least the color is fun.. Maybe I’ll make a bag out of it or something. The wash water was rather pink so I’ll have to pick any secondary yarns with care. Black would be good, and safe.

I’ve started spinning the Merino/Tencel that is – tentatively – going to be my mother’s Christmas present. First I have to spin it up, then I have to knit something. The plan is to make a lacy scarf. I should probably come up with a back plan, just in case. This blend is easy to draft but so slippery that it’s easy to draft it down to nothing too. I had to slow down and thicken up what I was doing to keep from constantly breaking it. It definitely won’t be lace weight this time out, maybe when I get to the orangey stuff Sarah gave me my control will be better.

Speaking of lace weight… I finally cast on for my Secret of Chrysopolis stole. I also knit the garter border but that’s it so far, see:

SoC1

I’ve seen people’s pictures of their stoles though and there is no question about me finishing this. It is gorgeous! The Malabrigo Lace is going to work up into a generously sized stole. I’m itching to get going on it, but it’s complicated enought that I need a good block of time in which to get it started. Once I’ve established the borders and started in on the central patterns I should be fine.

In other lace news, the first part of the Mystic Waters Shawl pattern came out last Wednesday. This one is a triangle shawl. I’m using Malabrigo again and I’ve gotten started.

MW1

Since taking this picture, I’ve gotten up to row 50. I’m going to try to finish the first clue before number two goes live this week. We’ll see how that goes.

I am still working on my Capecho too. I’ve got about 3 inches left on the second sleeve. Then I’ll need to get the collar done. Once the collars on, I can try it on and decide how much longer I’m going to make the sleeves. To start with I’m making them the length the pattern calls for – just above the elbow – but I know I want mine longer, so I put the stitches on hold for the first sleeve and will do the same on the second. I’ll probably go for full, wrist length sleeves but I might decide that 3/4 length will work best.

October 9, 2007

Is it yarn yet?

Posted in Knitalongs, Spinning at 11:39 am by nephele

first yarn

You know, I think it just might be. I finished plying my singles last night and by golly, it kind of looks like yarn.

Most of the singles went into this bobbin of two-ply:
first 2ply

One of the batches of singles was quite a bit longer than the other (I was eager to try plying I think and short changed the second batch a bit) so I tried a bit of Navajo plying.
first 3ply

Somewhat pointless in an un-dyed yarn but at least I understand the technique a little better. One of my recent fiber buys is space dyed so perhaps I’ll try this with it. Then again, I love the random marled effect of plying colored singles and letting things land where they will, so maybe not. 

Right now I’m really itching to get my fingers on that Merino/Tencel roving. I’d like to try spinning up something in a lace-weight but it may be too soon for that. Lack of experience won’t stop me from trying though. I’m just crazy like that. You may remember my story from last Socktober about my first pair of socks being complicated lace ones. So why not have my second batch of spinning be lace-weight? Hopefully my beginner’s luck hasn’t dried up yet.

Speaking of me being crazy, I joined yet another mystery lace knit-a-long. This time it’s a triangle shawl (my main reason for joining since all the others have been rectangular stoles). It’s the Mystic Waters Lace Shawl. The first part of the pattern won’t be up until October 24th so there’s still time to join up if you’re so inclined. I’ve been eying some blue-green Malabrigo Lace which would be perfect for this. Or, you know, I could spin my own.

So just to recap, I’m in 3 mystery lace knit-a-longs all of which will be underway by the end of the month. Good thing I got those stockings done. Oh and the owner of my LYS wants the lace wrap on the cover of Prism Book 42 (scroll down, it’s the mint green short sleeved wrap). I’m going to knit one for her and another for my self. That’s a lot of lace, good thing I like it.

Next year, nothing but Rowan Big Wool and Cascade Magnum.

Okay, probably not, but maybe a few big gauge pieces to break things up?

Speaking of years… I was just starting to think about doing some big blog-iversary post so I went to check on what the actual date was and guess what? I missed it! My first post was on October 3rd of last year. Darn. Good thing I’m not married. I’d miss all those important dates. Heck, half the time I have to do the arithmetic to figure out my own age. So how come I can remember lace patterns without even trying? It’s a conundrum.

Gretchen said:
Fab sock yarns! I must check it out, didn’t realize Prism did sock yarn. . .

I’ve managed not to cast on with any of them yet but it’s been a hard won victory and the war is far from over.;)

Nicole said:
I hope stockings count! I started one of mine yesterday. Yours look awesome and I’m in awe of the number… as I am grumbling about doing two. I LOVE the reindeer one!

All the motifs except the tree (which is from a 1945 stocking pattern available here) were my own designs. They only exist as hand drawn charts at the moment but once I put them into computer form I’ll load them up to my Free patterns section. All the charts are about 28 rows high.

September 26, 2007

I may have a bit of yarn.

Posted in Knitalongs, Yarn Stash at 4:50 pm by nephele

I’ve been on Ravelry for a few months now (username: nephele if anyone wants to friend me or just check out what I have there) but I’m only just now starting to add my stash into the database. I think I may have a bit of yarn.

I store most of the yarn in these pop-up mesh hampers that the local big chain drug store sells at 2 for $5. I spent an hour the other night photographing the contents of one of those hampers. I also took notes on yarn names, colors, dye lots and quantities for entry on Ravelry. Here’s the photos:
Stash Bin A 01Stash Bin A 02Stash Bin A 03Stash Bin A 04Stash Bin A 05
Stash Bin A 06Stash Bin A 07Stash Bin A 08Stash Bin A 09Stash Bin A 10
Stash Bin A 11Stash Bin A 12Stash Bin A 13Stash Bin A 14Stash Bin A 15
Stash Bin A 16Stash Bin A 17Stash Bin A 18Stash Bin A 19Stash Bin A 20

Most of these are in pretty good quantities, 19 of one, 14 of another, several 10s, some 4s and only one that’s a singleton.

I have 7 more or those hampers, all full to overflowing. I also have several other containers, some larger than the hampers, full of yarn. I think it’s safe to say I’ve reached SABLE status.

At least my timing is good. I’m going to be at the Knit and Crochet Show this Friday and this served as a timely reminder that I don’t need to buy anymore yarn, really! There is that small matter of my plan to buy a Spinning Wheel of course. I have a small roving stash, I’m sure I can fix that. That should curb any yarn buying urges. I’ll end up spending more money than I usually do at these shows for just the wheel (assuming they have one I like there).

In other yarn news, I finished knitting stocking number 5 and I’m up to the foot of number 6. I should have the last one finished by tomorrow. I still need to embroider the names, add beads and sequins and sew them up but I should be done with that fairly quickly. My goal was to finish them by the beginning of October and that looks do-able.

My concentration on the stockings means I haven’t done any more work on the Modern Quilt Wrap or anything else for that matter.  The little bit I did do was enough of a break to satisfy my itchy fingers it seems. Once the stockings are out of the way I’ll get back to it, probably.

Filed under: Yes, I nuts. I joined to new mystery knit-a-longs. Secret of the Stole and Secret of Chrysopolis. Both are lace the SotS is a stole with beads, SoC is a shawl of as yet unknown shape. I enjoyed the Mystery Stole, so now I’ll get a double dose. The SoC shawl starts this week and the stole starts a week later. You know, I may need to shop for yarn at the Show after all. I’ve got lots of really fine lace yarn in my stash but I’d like at least one of these to be on the heavier end of the the lace spectrum, maybe some Malabrigo.

Speaking of spectrum, did you notice how well those yarns I photographed work for the current – orange, brown, purple – colors of Project Spectrum 2.0? I know I haven’t mentioned that lately but that’s because all of my knitting was in colors that didn’t apply. I do have other colors in my stash but there is a definite orange bias. Hmm, orange Malabrigo Lace…

Well, I think I better stop before I talk myself into looking for even more yarn to buy.

September 6, 2007

Bound Off…

Posted in Knitalongs, knitting at 5:23 pm by nephele

But not yet blocked. I’m referring to the Mystery Stole 3. I finished it last night. See:
Mystery Stole 3 off needles

I’ve got something else on the blocking wires at the moment so it may be a few days before I block my stole. No, I’m not holding out on you. I’m just blocking something for a friend. As soon as I’ve got that taken care of, I’ll block my stole.

I don’t remember if I mentioned it before but when I was winding the Prism Lace Wool for the stole I managed to snarl it. I ended up breaking it more or less in the middle. I wasn’t to worried. There are plenty of yarns I could have used that would have required two or more balls. I just figured I’d run out at some point and need to join the other half in. Turns out I was wrong. Here’s what’s left of that half ball:
MS3 yarn remnant

Apparently the yarn knew what it was doing when it snagged up. I love smart yarn. 🙂

Speaking of doing stuff for friends… I knit a baby sweater this spring as a surprise. To keep it a surprise I didn’t blog about it. I then gave it to her before I remembered to take any pictures. Luckily, she’s taken care of that for me. You can see it on her blog. The pattern is from Natural Knits for Babies and Moms. The yarn is Rowan Wool Cotton.

On the subject of knitting of others, the red and white thing is a Christmas stocking. It’s one of six that I’m knitting for a customer. I’ve finished knitting the first two and I’m on to number 3.
stockings1
stockings2

They still need the names duplicate stitched at the top, the leg seam sewn and all the yarn ends dealt with but you get the idea. They’re also going to get a few beads and sequins added to the main motifs.

I don’t normally take on custom jobs (except for the design prototypes I do once or twice a year). This was by way of a bail out for my LYS. They had a – now former – employee who took in custom orders, took home materials and then didn’t do anything more. The stockings were one of those projects. The customer came in last January (!) looking for someone to replicate the stockings her mother had made in 1969. It’s actually kind of fun but not something I’d want to make a habit of, I’ve got way too many things I want to knit as it is.

Robin said:

Liz, your shell looks great, and fits you well. A nice color too. BTW, I washed my pima silk sweater, and it came out perfectly – gentle cycle, laid flat to dry.

Thanks. I envy you your washing machine. I gave the shell a soak in Soak and most if not all of the newspaper ink came out.

I don’t think I mentioned this on the blog before but while carrying the Lutea shell around it managed to get a little too up close and personal with a newspaper. I ended up with a gray streak about waist level on the back. Naturally it was about 5 inches down from where I was working. Since the mark was almost perfectly horizontal, I decided to just keep going. If it didn’t wash out I was going to cut out the soiled yarn and graft in a clean piece. Luckily, I didn’t have to do that.

Sarah said:

Liz, that looks so cute on you! I’ll bet it feels great on, too, that Pima Silk is so soft.

It is indeed very soft. It makes me truly regret the need to wear a bra. I found myself petting it a bit while I was wearing it.

knittingnoob said:

Wow I’m famous! It really looks fantastic on you, well done!

I don’t know about famous but I know how excited I get when I see my blog linked to from other peoples sites, so I understand. 😉

Next time: Mystery Stole Blocking (I hope).

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