Sunday, February 22, 2009

Maybe if I talk about it...

Every so often I fret about having too many projects on the go. Isn't it true that all but the most disciplined and organized of us start new projects before finishing the old ones? Nothing new there. And isn't it a good idea to alternate between a project on tiny needles and one on larger needles in order to exercise different muscle groups? Yes, you non knitters - this IS a legitimate consideration. AND, as Rabyll commented to me at the last RKG meeting, we knit because it amuses us and when a project ceases to amuse you, why not move on to another one?

These considerations sooth my conscience for a while, but I'm feeling a bit scattered. I'm having a hard time finishing anything up at all this week. Here are the projects that I keep picking up with limited results (we won't speak of the ones that I haven't worked on in 6 months or longer):

- A pair of brown socks: doesn't the mere mention just put you to sleep?

- The blue Twilley's of Stamford cardigan: I left one skein on a park bench, and so I'm one short! I'm waiting for extra to arrive in the mail from Delaware. I located spare skeins in the the exact colour and dye lot in someone's stash on Ravelry. In mere seconds.

- The Pine Tree Palatine Scarf: Turns out it's more like a throw, it's so darned big. My current excuse is that I'm afraid I can't concentrate well enough to work on it.

- The Doubled Bordered Diamond Lace scarf: two thirds done, I have about ten repeats remaining on the curiously soporific 20 row repeat that makes up this pattern.

I know there's more...

Oh yes, the Wedgette - it's almost in the six months category. On the one hand the Cashsoft DK does beckon, but I keep telling myself that I'll wait for Nora Gaughan to write the pattern instructions for the sleeves before I go on with it.

There *could* be others.

So I started this delicious concoction of lime green baby alpaca fleece and bue green Italian laceweight mohair one on Friday night. My husband picked the baby alpaca up on a trip to Moscow several years ago. It's very similar to one of the shades of Berrocco's Ultra Fine Alpaca.

I give you the beginnings of The North Sea Shawl from Cheryl Oberle's Folk Shawls. I've made it before and the wavy looking parts actually block out into squares. This picture makes it look a little yellowish. In fact it's nothing like the real thing. Perhaps I'll take you up on your offer Lisa.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Even Warmer Under the Coat

OKAY, I had to promise to make dinner in order to get my husband to take these photos. And I did too. Ginger carrot soup and pork medallions with the sh-te pounded out of them. Why is it so hard to get men to take photos of knitting?  

Sorry I had to crop the rest of these photos the way I did, but by the end of the day, I'm lucky if I get one picture of myself where I don't look completely shattered.

I was very encouraged by the compliments I got at work. Yes, I wore it under my coat, but then I wore it just like this all day and people who don't usually comment unless they really like something were saying, "well done." That was nice.

It wore well, stayed in place, looked great over a black shirt and proved especially practical as the thermostat in my office has been officially turned down to save energy. I think this would be a great warm-up garment for people who work in store fronts, cafes or plain freezing offices.

Here's the back:

Another of the front. It's hard to tell, but the small lace edging hangs just over the shoulder:

And, Yarnerinas here are a couple of under the coat shots. I know, they're not very good pictures, but they're the best I have, unless you want to wait until pigs fly... Here you can see how the collar spreads out. I did the this by casting on with a larger needle and changing to successively smaller needles until I reached the place where the collar joins the body. In fact, I started with 6 mm/10 US and worked down to 3.25 mm/3 US over 7 inches of K1P1 ribbing.

Lastly, I realize that you can't see the lace edging in the other pics, so here it is blocking. It Is the Smallest Points stitch from Martha Waterman's Traditional Lace Shawls (p. 77) for those who care about these things. Click to embiggen.