Friday, January 18, 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 bear me out in this - great resource!. The two yarns are interchangeable.

The pattern is actually called "Textured Squares Mohair Shawl" by Nancy Wiseman and the pattern is published in the book Knitted Shawls, Stoles and Scarves.

The only criticism I have is that the point in the centre back hangs down farther than I'd like. I'll try to block it and stretch it sideways a bit.


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

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:

Sunday, January 6, 2008

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 words and pictures are minimal and plain and gave me confidence. This gal in British Columbia should be writing manuals and instructions for a living. Thank you Knittypants!

I got the scissors out this evening, successfully completed the operation and am now happily knitting downwards with what original yarn I could salvage. I'll knit the ribbing in the alternate yarn. Will post a photo later this week.

Here's a little mosaic bag big enough to hold sunglasses. Wish I got a shot of the scarlet lining before I gave it away.


Here's the first in a series of tams. I'm trying to make the ideal hat for a particular person at their request. Huh! 
This is the Star Tam without colour changes from the book Homespun, Handknit.


I'm also working on the last details of my Galina Khmeleva shawl - "A Warm Orenberg Shawl." There's a bit of tedious edging at the end which I'm dragging on. Hope to have a finished picture soon, but here's the beginning of it.