Sunday, April 6, 2008


So, I've been keeping my needles pretty busy of late. I finally got my act in gear and finished my Gathered Pullover. Here's proof:

And a close-up on the gathered cables in the front:

Pattern: Gathered Pullover by Hana Jason from the Winter 2007 issue of Interweave Knits.
Yarn: Sablewool Merino undyed 9.25 50g balls. This was a gift from my parents purchased for me in Australia.
Needles: 4.5 mm Addi Natura 32"
This was an incredibly fast knit, and would have been finished much sooner if I weren't such a wuss when it comes to finishing.

So with that finished, I was wide open for new projects. If you remember, I signed up for a course in traditional fair isle knitting a couple months back. Unfortunately, there was one of many disgusting, nasty snowstorms the day it was scheduled so it got postponed. Postponed until yesterday. So I got to spend the whole day yesterday in a yarn store!!! I did some minor stash enhancing, and I think I did pretty well. Plus, I knit this:

Here is my tam blocking on a dinner plate. It was a really fun knit, and I think it turned out pretty well, even if I do say so myself.
Here's the other side:

My first corrugated ribbing. I'd heard people complaining bitterly about corrugated ribbing before and always wondered about it. It's always caught my eye when I've seen it in other people's blogs and on Ravelry. Turns out, it falls into the category of things that I kind of enjoy where everyone else whines. More proof that I'm weird. As if we needed any.
The yarn is Patons Classic Wool in a chocolate brown and Regency for the contrast colour. It's kind of cheating fair isle in that it's really a solid colour and a variegated one. But turns out pretty cool. I've never met a tam that looked any good on me, but I have hopes for this one.

Stash enhancement, did I say something about stash enhancement? Mmmm, yeah, okay, maybe:

I did get this. Applelaine Apple Pie sock yarn in the Strawberry Jam colour. I've been drooling over this for a while and it occurred to me that where pink is my favourite colour, I've never made myself pink socks. Something must be done about that. Close up on colour:

It's pretty close to the colour on my monitor. Really subtle variegation. I'm looking forward to knitting with this.

But that's not all. I finished two big projects, so I started a new one:

This is actually supposed to be forest green, but it refuses to photograph as anything other than teal. This is the best I could do. The pattern is Tomato from No Sheep For You and designed by Wendy Bernard. Due to the colour, I've dubbed this sweater "Fried Green Tomato." The book actually has a pattern in a contrast colour across the bustline, but I chose to do it solid. I'm also laughing in the no sheep idea's face. This is Galway Irish Worsted Knitting Wool. Incidentally, I cast this on Friday evening and knit a tam yesterday. This is a super fast knit. Plus, no sewing! I expect to be wearing this in no time flat. Wish me luck.