Sunday, May 16, 2010

The one with Pictures

Okay, so I promised pictures so here they are. There are a lot of them, I have more, but thought I would wait in case I have nothing to report next week.

First up: The yarn purchased at Yarns Etc.
Dream in Color Smooshy in the Ruby River colourway:
And Oceanwind Knits Merino 100
Smooshy I've bought before, but this Oceanwind Knits yarn is new to me. It's a Canadian company, which always makes me happy. It's 100% superwash merino wool in a fingering weight. It's also beautifully soft, and the colour is delicious!

Ahem, enough of that. I also have some finished objects.
Trilobite Socks:
Because it's been so long, I will attempt to recap what these projects are as well. These are the Trilobite Socks by Wendy D. Johnson from her book Socks From the Toe Up. The yarn is Regia Galaxy in the Jupiter Granite colourway. This pattern was really simple, and I managed to mess it up anyway. If you look closely at the two feet, you may be able to discern a difference in the lace pattern in each foot. This is not an optical illusion. On the first sock, I looked at the chart, thought it looked simple enough and started knitting. I neglected to read the whole chart which actually changes midway up. Go figure. Rather than ripping out the whole foot of the sock, though, I decided to leave it be. My brother wears mismatched socks on purpose all the time, why can't I?

Next: NHM #7
I'm pretty happy with how these turned out. I originally bought four colours of yarn intending to make two pairs of stranded two-colour mittens. But I mixed up which colours were supposed to go together, and this combination is the result. The blue was supposed to go with a green, and the orange with a purple. I like this contrast, though. Hopefully I will like the green and purple one as much :) The yarn is Knit Picks Palette in Tidepool Heather and Sweet Potato colourways. The pattern is from the book Selbuvotter: Biography of a Knitting Tradition by Terri Shea. They are from a traditional Norwegian knitting pattern. I love pretty much every pattern in this book, so there could be more turning up here. Someday.

On to what I'm working on now.
This is the almost completely finished Mr Greenjeans cardigan from the fall 2007 issue of Knitty. It's by Amy Swenson, and is being knit from Briggs & Little Tuffy in the Blue Jean colourway. All I have left is a couple more inches of stockinette on the second sleeve, the ribbing on the same sleeve, to find a button, and to sew in my ends. At the rate I'm working on it, I'm hoping to have it done in the next couple weeks. We'll see. I wouldn't hold my breath.

Last for this week, but most definitely not least:

This is my Evenstar Shawl knitalong progress. So far, I've finished up to the increase row at the end of clue 3. Now I'm waiting on some longer needles so that I can double the stitches and be able to see what I'm doing. Maybe with a longer needle, I'll be able to take pictures that don't look like a blob. A darn pretty silvery blob, but kind of amorphous nontheless. The pattern is by Susan Pandorf whose shawls have been tempting me for quite a while. Add in The Lord of the Rings, and I'm hooked. Thanks so much Lime N Violet, you master enablers, you :)

So that's it for this week. I'm hoping to keep on top of this bloggy thing from now on, and think if I give myself a deadline, maybe it'll get done. I'm taking a rather intensive course in U.S. history this summer where the professor has squished an 8 month course into 3, so we'll see how well I do. Now, I'm going to go and convince myself to read a textbook instead of knit. Wish me luck.

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