Friday, July 6, 2007

Still here

Warning: Picture heavy post!

Once again, I am a bad blogger. I have been knitting, and shopping, and sitting like a lazy slug on the couch which is nowhere near the computer. Poor excuse.

Anyway, on with the pictures. I have a couple of WIP's that have become so idle as to be mostly forgotten. The next couple of pictures were one of them. It's a short sleeved aran sweater designed by Michael Kors and published in the Holiday 2005 issue of Vogue Knitting. I love this pattern, but it's had a very sad and pathetic past. I started it sometime around holiday 2005, got about halfway to the armhole shaping, and noticed a big ass error in the berry stitches in the centre panel. Okay, rip back, pick up stitches, keep knitting. Those berries are really 3-stitch bobbles. I messed up, but didn't notice until the neck shaping. Then I abandoned it. Last summer I ripped it all out and started again. Got most of the back finished and abandoned it.

I finally finished the back and got 3 repeats of the diamond pattern done on the front. I'm nuts for this project right now. Hopefully that'll stay the same until the rest is finished. I'd hate for this to be rejected again.
Finsished back (unblocked)

Front so far

Next up: Socks. Summer is great for socks. But I haven't been happy with any so far.

On the left is Eunny's Bayerische Sock in Lang Jawoll. This picture doesn't do the colour justice, it's gorgeous! Unfortunately, I didn't read the chart properly, and have been doing the wrong twists for half the stitches. I've got a lot done that way, and the pattern still looks all cably and stuff and I can't bear to rip it, so I think they'll stay that way. At least I've been consistent.

On the right are a couple of single socks which may be ripped in the near future. The yellow one is Yellow Snow. It's Regia 3-ply and the pattern is great (it's actually Melanie Berney's Snowflake Lace Socks), but the cuff is too tight for my calves. I think I'll try and loosen the cast-on somehow. Not sure if it'll work. It might be ripped in the end. The other is Austermann Step in a simple stockingette stitch, but the toe is wrong. I might try and fix it too. Who knows?

Onward. This ought to be recognizable to pretty much anyone who might actually read this and who doesn't work with me (you know who you are. Thanks for reading btw). This is Icarus. Everyone has done it. It is my first lace and there are lots of errors, but I think they hid really well and they're mostly at the beginning where the rows aren't too long. I love this pattern, even if it does go on f-o-r-e-v-e-r. I think I'm over 400 stitches now. The end is in sight though. I hope.

The yarn is an old acrylic store brand fingering weight that my mom had started to make a sweater for my dad in. She can't knit much anymore, so she gave it to me to finish, but the pattern got lost somewhere along the way and there had been something spilled on the knit portion of the sweater. So I found a new use for the rest. I can't imagine my dad wearing anything in this colour anyway, the 80s are over.

Next: A mostly finished Jayne Cobb hat from Firefly as expertly modeled by Seymour. He was pretty happy to see the light of day until I covered his eyes up with the hat :)

So the hat is knit. I just have to sew in the ends and make a pompom. This is actually the second one I've knit. I made one for a friend last Halloween, and it totally made his costume! The yarn is Alafoss Lopi in gorgeous harvest shades of red orange and gold. I kind of imagine Jayne's mom living in a farming settlement on some outer rim moon raising sheep for fleece, then lovingly spinning it, dying it, and knitting it into warm things for her son to wear in the cold of space.

I know... I'm a big geek.

Onward, to stash enhancement. Sock yarn first, cause you can never have enough. On the left Dale Stork in a greyish blue. On the right, Regia 4-ply in a taupey colour. I think that it could be made into something for someone masculine sometime. Or not. It could be for me.

The blue has a purpose. I promised a very dear friend of mine that I would knit her 7-month old son some socks. I don't like knitting for babies in wool, so I was thrilled to find this at my LYS. 100% cotton sock yarn. He's not walking yet so the durability factor shouldn't be a problem and with teeny feet, one ball might even make 2 pairs. Coolio.

Emu Superwash DK in brown and green. This also has a specific purpose. My dad wants socks for his golf clubs. He wants them to be machine washable, but I couldn't bring myself to buy more acrylic. I have far too much of that already. Mmmm superwash wool. Hope he likes the green. I'm not worried about the brown.

Next is Estelle Mystik. This is planning on being Intoxicating from No Sheep For You. The pattern calls for silk, but my bank account can't handle that much silk, so I went for something a little less pricey, but with a great sheen all the same. This is a cotton/viscose blend. Very pretty.

Last pictures. This was an impulse buy, but I think I know what I'm going to make with it. I have 10 balls of it and paid $35. How could I resist. It's called Waikiki and is made by Stahl-sche Wolle. I googled the hell out of it, but couldn't find any mention of it anywhere. I hope that isn't a bad sign. But I knit up a swatch and it knits up really well. I love love love the colours and the fibre is perfect for summer. It's 47% cotton, 33% acrylic, and 20% linen.

So that's most of what I've been up to. I also got Fitted Knits the other day, and am looking forward to pawing through it lots. I'm not supposed to buy more yarn for a while, but I think I'm going to make a small exception. Mystery Stole 3 closes entries tonight, and I'm on my way to join now. I'll need some yarn to knit my stole out of. Shouldn't need too much though. Hmmm. July is cashmere month at Yarn Forward. There's a thought....

On that note, I'm off to join my first knit-along. I promise, it won't be so long next time :)

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