Archive for June, 2010

WIP Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Gee, should I just re-post my WIP post from last week? It started like this, “I feel like I don’t have much to show you this week. It’s a lot more of the same.” I’ve made some updates below, but things haven’t changed much from last week.

1. Clover Socks – on hold until the intended recipient can try them on.

2. Vinca – I think I only put 4 rows on this last week. I simply wasn’t clearheaded enough and didn’t have enough time to work on it. I am very anxious to focus on it and see some real progress!

3. Pooling Lace Ribbon Scarf – this is the one thing I have been working on. I’ve knit this pattern twice before so I have it memorized and it’s fairly mindless to work on. The only thinking involved is in watching that the colors are still lining up. It’s almost done too!

Pooling Scarf

Just like last week, “Hopefully between now and next week I can finish something up” because I’m tired of looking at the same ol’ thing.

WIP Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

I feel like I don’t have much to show you this week. It’s a lot more of the same.

1. Clover Socks – on hold until the intended recipient can try them on.

2. Vinca – off to a fresh start. It’s coming along nicely now though I am thinking I may need to transition to magic loop soon and then I’m wondering how to tension the transition from one half of the stitches to the other. Maybe use a small cable needle to prevent the one yarn over from getting too small? I’m sure I can figure something out.

Vinca

Vinca

3. Pooling Lace Ribbon Scarf – approaching the halfway point.

Pooling Scarf

Hopefully between now and next week I can finish something up!

Indulgence

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

You know how I had to go to my LYS, Linda’s Knit ‘N Stitch, the other day for double point needles, right? She has a lot of new yarns in and other yarns that probably have been there, but weren’t on my radar. The Shibui Knits was very tempting, as was the Zauberball, but ultimately I had to bring this lovely home with me:

Misti Alpaca Sock Yarn

Misti Alpaca Sock Yarn

The one GOOD thing I did is resist making a purchase until I had decided what I would use the yarn for. I perused my queue of patterns and decided not to buy a skein of laceweight since so much of my queue, while lacy, calls for fingering weight. This skein is destined to be a Lacy Baktus.

And, the pooling scarf is coming along.

Misti Alpaca Sock Yarn

WIP Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

My list of works in progress feels like it’s getting long…

1. Clover Socks – I sabotaged my own goal to finish these when I forgot to have my friend try them on this weekend. πŸ™ Even though this is an old photo, I did accomplish some knitting on them to bring the feet of each sock to the same length.

Clover Socks

2. Vinca – then I cast on for Vinca and you can see the story of that in yesterday’s post. Unless you wanted to see the photo again? Hopefully today I will finally be able to make it to my LYS to purchase double point needles so I can start again.

Vinca

3. Pooling Lace Ribbon Scarf – with the previous 2 projects on hold I had nothing on the needles so I started a pooling scarf. I’ll have a more detailed post on this in the future, but for now this is what it looks like:

Pooling Scarf

False Start

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

A couple of days ago I cast on for Vinca from the new Twist & Shout by Miriam Felton. By the way, the instructions and supplemental files that detail specific techniques are excellent. I’ve already learned a new cast on, one that I wanted to learn in the past, but never took the time.

So anyway, on to my mistake and why I had a false start. I thought I could magic loop this pattern like I do everything else. Here’s the lesson I learned:

Vinca

At the point where you switch from one half of the stitches to the other it’s nearly impossible to get even stitches. So, I have a column of stitches that has a BIG yarn over one one side and a TINY yarn over on the other. If you click on the photo it will take you to Flickr where you can see a larger version. Notice how the stitches that run horizontally across the photo look fine? That’s what the stitches running vertically should look like.

When I was only a few rows into the pattern I thought that I could block out the difference, but as I went further I could see that starting over with double points would be the best choice. This is not a problem with the pattern – the pattern does state to use double points. Other than this technical issue I think my yarn and needle size are fine. Can’t wait until lunch when I can go to my LYS and get some double points!

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Mine grows rather slowly. I can accept that though. I didn’t think we’d have a garden at all this year, but at the last minute and with the help of friends and DH it came together. Now I’m already thinking of starting more peas and salad greens later on for a second harvest of them.

Garden

I purchased the plants you see here – 4 tomatoes (I think they are Sweet 100’s) and mixed salad greens. Carrots and green onions were planted in the ground a few days ago.

Garden

Eventually we plan to extend the garden all along this stretch between the retaining wall and fence. I do think I’ll swap the mesh fence for electric fence, the idea being that you can turn the electric off and reach through to harvest things. It’s funny how I thought this stretch would be plenty of room, but I’m already thinking we’ll have to expand somewhere else on the property.

Garden

Garden

See my little green house? Thanks for this Terese! I’ve added 3 more containers of start since this photo. The leeks are coming up nicely and one of the peas, but there’s not much sign of anything else yet. My latest starts, planted yesterday, are sage, zucchini and more peas.

10 Shawls in 2010: Textured Shawl

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

This is my ninth shawl for the 10 Shawls in 2010 Challenge. I didn’t expect to be knitting another shawl so soon, but when the right combination of yarn and pattern is staring me in the face I am powerless to resist.

Textured Shawl

Textured Shawl

Textured Shawl

Pattern: Textured Shawl Recipe by Orlane
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Worsted Solids in Aubergine, 50 gram skeins. I used 5 skeins + 11 grams for a total of 556 yards.
Needles: US 7 and 8 Circulars
Notes: I am so happy I finally found the perfect pattern for this yarn! This is one warm and cuddly shawl.

I followed the pattern recipe almost exactly, though my shawl has an extra repeat of the stockinette and textured stitch sections. I also found that my textured stitch was coming out quite a bit tighter than stockinette so I used a US 7 needle for the stockinette and garter stitch sections, and a US 8 needle for the textured stitch.

Finished measurements are 58 inches wide by 30 inches deep. Total yardage used = 556 yards.

(Note: 2nd and 3rd photos are most accurate in terms of color. This is a very DARK yarn.)

The Newest Shakespeare in Lace Kit

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Did you want to see the newest Shakespeare in Lace kit? This is Ophelia by Miriam Felton. There are more photos of the pattern on Ravelry or on Miriam’s Flickr. Besides this awesome new design, Miriam has released the patterns in her new book, Twist & Knit. The book is available for pre-order, but you can choose to pay a tiny bit more and get downloadable versions of all but 1 pattern NOW.

Ophelia

The yarn feels lovely! It is Clotho (80% merino and 20% bamboo) which Anne sells in her store, Wooly Wonka Fibers. I’m really anxious to see how it knits up because it is gorgeous in the photos. You can’t see it in my photo, but the yarn also has these lovely specks of contrasting color in it too.

Finally, I can’t forget the stitch markers – they were made by JessaLu. I’m super excited as these are my first pretty and special markers. Normally I use cheap plastic ones or even a loop of yarn.

Now my only decision is whether my next shawl will be Ophelia or Vinca (it’s in Twist & Knit)! I don’t know how I’ll decide, but I do know I’ve resolved myself to finishing the Clover Socks first. πŸ™‚

WIP Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

I feel like I’m stuck in time. I haven’t touched the Clover Socks since my last post and my Textured Shawl , while much larger, still isn’t cast off finally got cast off last night.

1. Clover Socks – I need to buckle down and finish these. I’m recycling the photo from 2 weeks ago in case you’ve forgotten what they look like. And actually, the photo makes me feel better because they are a number of rows further than shown here.

Clover Socks

2. Textured Shawl – Woohoo! It’s off the needles! I already wove in most of the ends, just a few more to do and then I can wash/block it tonight. I used 5 skeins of yarn and one partial skein so there were a LOT of ends.

Textured Shawl

Somewhat reluctantly, I’m going to set a goal to finish up the Clover Socks before next Wednesday’s post. Hopefully that will keep me from casting on for a pooling scarf, Ophelia, or Vinca…

WIP Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Yippee for short work weeks! I nearly forgot it was Wednesday already.

1. Clover Socks – when I finished Cleopatra I wasn’t ready to focus on these yet. It won’t take much to finish them if I’d just do it.

2. Textured Shawl – Finally I think I found the perfect use for my Misti Alpaca. I wasn’t really looking to cast on for another shawl immediately either, but when I struck upon the pairing of this pattern/yarn it just seemed to fit.

Textured Shawl

Coming up:
– the next installment of Shakespeare in Lace should arrive later this week.
– I’m itching to try a color pooling scarf or shawl. If you’re not familiar with this technique have a look here.