July 12, 2008
With yet another Sundara FO off the needles, I was eager to give my new toy a whirl. The pattern is Swallowtail, one of the many fantastic Evelyn Clark shawls. I love this pattern, especially the nupps, but I'll save a wrap-up of it until it is off the rack.
As for the blocking frame itself, it is superb!A tip I got on the Rav Lace Knitters Group was to use plastic weed whacker string to string up my shawl. This worked really well, and made it easy to adjust as I went along.
My preference is also for pointy shawl ends---I love the points! I also tend to block for width and not length, since I'm on the short side, and in this case, the recipient, my mom, is even shorter. So my shawl on the frame is tight as a drum, and skewed wider.
I also adore the way the nupps blocked. The way I knitted them was v-e-r-y loosely, and I actually did the p5tog, which so many people seem to not do. I was also concerned a substitution of beads for nupps would make the shawl too heavy.
June 15, 2008
May 17, 2008
I've also expanded my horizons and tried new yarns. Recently I decided to see what this whole Loopy Groupie thing was about. The Loopy Ewe is a wonderful source of yarn! I purchased a skein of Chewy Spaghetti and another of Perchance to Knit's lace. Lookee here:
The colorway is Cocoa and Gingersnaps, with a fibery mix of 50/50 merino and tussah silk. I can't get enough of the colors. . . .
There are plums and olives and occasional golden streaks all playing against a background of milky and tawny browns.
Such a magnificent yarn demands an equally gorgeous pattern, and one I've been admiring is Rosemary's Muir. Muir has developed quite a following on Rav, as well as interesting variations hit upon by Rosemary since the pattern's original publication in the fall 2007 Knitty. There's a Faroese version, in addition to several ways to incorporate beads.
I started Muir late Thursday night, and after a couple of false starts, I've gotten into a knitting groove. More to follow.
**Photos courtesy of Sheri at The Loopy Ewe
May 14, 2008
I'm trying to knit through my Sundara because I re-upped for not one but two seasons, starting in June: winter (again) and summer.
Pasty white skin, huh? Gotta love NJ!
May 3, 2008
Last fall I joined Sundara's Seasons Club, and chose Winter. (If you haven't sampled Sundara's yarn, I can heartily recommend it all.) Out of the six shipments, three are socks yarns. Now, I'm not much of a sock knitter. I know, I know, they are great portable projects, but they've never really thrilled me. Fortunately, the good knitters on Ravelry have discovered many patterns for a single skein of sock yarn that are NOT socks, and Haruha is an excellent example. My skein of Candied Chrome is highly variegated, so I was apprehensive about a lace project for it, but I am so pleased with the result! Haruha consists of a very simple lace pattern that is easily committed to memory. Most of this project was knitted during HBO's recent John Adams mini-series, with nary a need to rip back.The details:
1 skein Sundara 100% merino superwash sock yarn in Candied Chrome
Size 6 Knitpicks Options circular needles (love the Options!)
Finished size is 65 X 8.5
Go for it!
In Chez Infiknitty news, Alan and I will be in NYC tonight for a lovely dinner out with my mom and stepfather. Tomorrow Alan will be in the Five-Boro Bike Tour, so I'll be at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island to greet him, while knitting away on this:
Have yourself a merry little weekend, fellow knitters!
March 16, 2008
#2 loves socks. All hues and patterns. And so she shall have them. She picked out the yarn herself for this pair, DG Confetti in colorway 39108 on size 3 Knitpicks Options via magic loop.
March 11, 2008
What a fun (and practical) knit! I will definitely make these again. They'll make great gift knits.
Malabrigo loafers by Julie Weisenberger
Yarn: Malabrigo Chunky in Cognac
Knit on size 8Knitpicks Options circular needles via Magic Loop.
The pattern called for two strands of worsted Malabrigo, but I just couldn't be bothered, and so used the chunky. I thought about doing one of the optional embellishments Julie created, but because I am so pleased with the colors of this yarn, I think the embellishments would only distract, so I omitted them. I accomplished the short-row shaping in this pattern with yarn-overs instead of wrapped stitches. The yarn-over method is so easy, and very tidy indeed.
I bound off purlwise for the entire body of the loafer, and knitwise for the apron. While binding off purlwise, I did a knitwise every few stitches so the bind-off wouldn't curl.