Archive for May, 2010

WIP Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

1. Clover Socks – I only worked on these a little bit last week. Once I have Cleopatra finished I’ll focus on these and get them wrapped up.

2. Shakespeare in Lace: Cleopatra – I’m on the Feather Border chart! Less than 20 rows to go before binding off.

Cleopatra

Cleopatra

WIP Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Nothing but works in progress around here…one simple one that goes to work with me and one complex that I only work on at home.

1. Clover Socks – it was about time I tried them on and checked the fit so you get photos of modeled socks this week. The right sock has reached the end of the gusset decreases; the left sock is half a dozen or more rows behind that.

Clover Socks

Clover Socks

2. Shakespeare in Lace: Cleopatra – I know I said I was going to start this on Wednesday, but I don’t think I actually cast on until Friday. Then from Friday to Sunday I had lots of knitting time as I was alternately keeping R company and keeping quiet so he could rest after his outpatient surgery.

This photo is from last night. I’m finished with the Vines chart and the increase round after it. It’s been a really fun knit so far!

Cleopatra

WIP Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Last week my goal was to knit the Clover Socks at least through the heel flap. After that I was mulling over a simple drop-stitch scarf that would use up some old yarn in my stash OR getting started on Cleopatra. What I’ve decided is that I will start Cleo, then when the Clover Socks are finished the scarf will be my easy project.

1. Clover Socks – met my goal, but haven’t gotten much further. This is always the slowest part of sock knitting because there are so many stitches on the needles. Today you can start to see my modifications – I knit the back side all in ribbing for extra stretchiness. I’ve also increased from 1 to 2 purl stitches in between the columns. These mods came about really only as a way to get my stitch count up. The original pattern is for 66 sts around and I always need to knit socks at a minimum of 72 sts around. What I’ve done with this pair is increase the stitch count above – I can’t remember to exactly what, maybe 77 – and decrease my needle size from 2.5 mm to 2.25 mm. That’s all the little details, we’ll see how it works out.

Clover Socks

10 Shawls in 2010: Blueish Purple Ishbel

Monday, May 10th, 2010

This is my seventh shawl for the 10 Shawls in 2010 Challenge. My first Ishbel in this yarn turned out so lovely I knew exactly what to do when I found 2 more skeins in a different color.

Ishbel

Ishbel

Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Jaeger Mohair Art in Inkwell (yarn is discontinued)
Needles: US 8 Circulars
Notes: Knit exactly per pattern for the small size and per how I knit my Yellow Cloud Ishbel. Once again it took 2 skeins with only 8 yards to spare which means I used 316 yards. Finished measurements are 60 inches wide by 22.5 inches deep.

I didn’t anticipate that I’d knit this shawl again so soon, but it really is a lovely pattern and it produces a very wearable, casual shawl.

Ishbel

WIP Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

I don’t feel like I’ve had much time to knit in the last week, but then I see what I’ve done and think I obviously found some time…

1. Clover Socks – these are coming along nicely. I’ve made a few modifications that you can’t see in the photo, but I’ll note what they were when I finish them.

Clover Socks

2. Blueish Purple Ishbel – do you ever run across yarn in your stash that you thought was all used up? That’s what happened here. I thought I had used up all the purple mohair and then I found 2 whole skeins in a bin. Finding yarn could be viewed as a good thing, but when you’re trying to knit your stash down finding yarn that was never entered into the stash count is counter productive!

I am enjoying knitting with it at least. The Yellow Cloud Ishbel turned out so nice it was a no brainer that I would knit another Ishbel in this yarn.

Bluish Purple Ishbel

Ishbel will probably be off the needles tonight as there are only a few rows left. Then I’d love to get the Clover socks knit through the heel flap. After that I have a simple stashbuster scarf planned and I’m mulling over whether I’m ready to start Cleopatra.