Showing posts from January, 2008

Shawls, Shawls, Shawls

Knitting Up North asked what will I do with the Orenburg Triangle - wear it or give it as a present?

That's a good question. I enjoyed knitting it and like the design, but to tell the truth, the colours are exactly what I would wear. It would go perfectly with denim but I don't often wear that. So, I will probably hang onto it and give it as a present. Why not start a pile for future Xmases?

Meanwhile, here's another. I'm calling it Bubble Bath because of the pink colour, but a yarn shortage necessitated that I purchase supplementary mohair in order to be able to finish it. Now it looks like a dirty bubble bath!

This is an easy and fairly mindless knit for the intermediate knitter. The mohair is exceptionally warm and I found myself gravitating to it for that reason. It's cold here! I learned while knitting it that Classic Elite La Gran Mohair is more or less exactly the same as Berroco Mohair Classic. I just read the reviews at Knitter's Review and see that they…

Warm Orenburg Triangle finished

I began knitting Galina Khmeleva's Warm Orenburg Triangle in September, several months after attending a workshop with Galina. I think it is the nicest thing I have ever knit. It is knit in pieces but the joins are almost invisible and don't involve any sewing. I used Impressions "A Touch of Twist" in two colours: Blue Morning and Frozen earth. Sounds kind of ironic, doesn't it? Well I picked the yarn first and then learned the names of the colours. Here's how it went:

Here's the first piece:

Before blocking and before the final edge was grafted:

Details related to grafting on that last edge:

and here:

finally, blocking:

On and off the needles: cutting and stitching

Looking at my recent projects I'm most excited about a man's vest that has been problematic for all kinds of silly reasons. It was based on an abandoned sweater body I found in the back of a cupboard a week before Xmas. I suspected I had too little yarn to finish it but went ahead anyway. Hey, it seemed like a bonus at the time!
I got her done, using an alternate yarn for the armbands  and wrapped her up. Lo and behold, at the trying on of the vest an unappetizing gap between the bottom of the garment and the wearer's belt became evident. Sorry, no photo. Back to the drawing board.  
Last night I found a super tutorial on how to lengthen a sweater by picking up stitches above the ribbing and then cutting it off and knitting downwards. I'd read about this procedure in the past, but was intimidated by the instructions I came across at the time.  I only found this particular post because I misspelled the word "lengthen" in my Google search.  I like it because the …