Friday, October 30, 2009

They say lace knitting is addictive

Now I know why.

This is the beginning of the Swallowtail Shawl. Malabrigo sock yarn Persia colorway.

It could be a start of a new love affair...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Still seeing red

And a bit of blue, too.

The Cassidy cardigan is moving right along. I finished the two front pieces.

I can't seem to get the color. It is a much nicer, deeper red. I will try to take it outdoors today weather permitting. Anyway, on to the sleeves now. I love this yarn. The Madelinetosh and Dream in Color are now my two most favorite yarns.

Another not-quite-so-red sweater I am working on is the Urban Aran Cardigan for my sister. I am knitting this in Dream in Color Chinatown Apple. The pattern calls for a bulky yarn -- 15 stitches per four inch. I am knitting it in DIC worsted at 18 stitches. I am making size large to get a medium. It will need some serious blocking but I think this will work. DIC blocks out beautifully.

Here is the front

The back looks equally interesting!

Maybe I can try a reversible cardigan.

Another red project is my holiday vest. Trudging along slowly.

Just the lower part of the front left.

On Sunday I took a class from Nancy Bush at one of my LYS -- Nature's Yarn. It was an introduction to Estonian lace knitting. We made this little sampler.

I learned how to make the nupps -- that's the little bobble-like thingie that makes up the lily of the valley pattern. And lace cast-on and off. Really neat. It took away my fear of lace knitting. I think it's time to tackle the Swallowtail Shawl.
As if I don't have enough projects at hand, right?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I'm seeing red

And loving it.
All of a sudden I see red everywhere.

My Tart Cassidy is moving right along. I finished the back.

The color came out way to purply. It is a gorgeous, deep, rich red. This is the first time I work with MadelineTosh yarn and I am loving it. And the red. In fact I love the Tart so much that I got it in sock weight.

And in lace weight.

Now that is the most true of the colorway.
And that's not the only red I acquired. I got a skein of Have You Any Wool Lux Sport in Rage.

That's merino-cashmere-nylon. This is going to be Morgan. In fact I want to make one in the dark blue Traveler yarn I got from the Sanguine Gryphon for Carl as well.

Another merino-cashmere I got was from Squoosh Fiber Arts. True Love merino-cashmere in worsted weight.

I am debating whether I should make this into a Dream in Color shrug or a textured shawl.

But I haven't forgotten my blues. Here are two skeins of Sundara sock yarn that I got from a fellow Raveler.

Tosh sock in Stovepipe.

And to top it off, an alpaca roving from the Sanguine Gryphon.

That's it! I have exhausted the yarn budget for this year. Now knit, knit, knit. Spin, spin, spin. So much stash in I have to work at stash out!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wednesday update

I have been pretty productive lately.

I finished Julie's Central Park Hoodie. I am very happy with it and hope she will too. I was able to sew the zipper in myself! A major accomplishment.

It was not that difficult as I was afraid. The finished object is very, very nice.

I have about 1,400 yards of yarn left over. The pattern called for 2,900 yards. Search me. There is enough yarn left for a hoodie for me.

I also finished my handspun Lavalette. Another pride and joy.

Needs blocking.

I finally decided on a pattern for my Madelinetosh Tart knitalong. Cassidy. I have had this pattern for all ages. I might put in a zipper instead of buttons too!

Despite the fact that the actual picture is a landscape orientation, blogger brought it in portrait! Oh well, you get the idea. The actual color is more intense than in the picture. Everybody is raving about this yarn and now that I am knitting it I understand why.. It has a very soft hand and is knitting up beautifully. I am alternating two skeins to prevent pooling even though the colors seem consistent throughout.

Another Dream in Color project is in the pipeline. Rogue hoodie for Pom. in Chinatown Apple. Think I will have yarn left over from this project too. Hmm, something wrong with my math here...

Thursday, October 08, 2009

It's Thursday

Just one more day before a long weekend.
And more knitting days! Yeah!!

I finished a Colonnade. This was the quickest knit ever. I started this on Saturday. Manos de Uruguay Wool Classica from stash. I decided against a button. I think it drapes nicely by itself.

I am giving this to a friend's mom. It will keep her warm this winter.

Another FO is my Dream in Color sweater. Another quick knit.

Will need to sew on the buttons today.

I am still searching for the perfect pattern for my Madelinetosh Tart. I am now inclined to go with Mr. Greenjeans. It is classy and will look good with shirts, blouses or T-shirts.

I like this pattern too. From a new book edited by Veronik Avery called St-Denis.

It reminds me a lot of the Central Park Hoodie. I have to make a decision now if I want a Christmas cardigan. Maybe I'll make Mr. Greenjeans in Tart and the hoodie in Baltic...

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Yarn Bliss

This is what a yarn heaven feels like...

I love my mailman. Especially on a day like yesterday. All these came:

Six skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh worsted in Tart.

Six of Baltic:

Two skein of Wollmesie:

And a skein of Sanguine Gryphon Traveler:

What more could a girl ask for?
Time to knit, of course!

Monday, October 05, 2009

Lavalette II

I have no business starting a new project, but I couldn't resist trying out the Targhee yarn I made. I cast on a second Lavalette:

I have no idea how much yarn I have. It is about 4 ounces and I have 14 wraps per inch -- in-between fingering and DK. I estimate I have a little bit more than 300 yards. That's why I chose this pattern. I can stop when I run out of yarn! So far it is knitting up beautifully.

Not at all my color but this will be gifted.

Another gift I am trying to crank out is Colonnade:

Manos del Uruguay from stash. This is a quick knit so hopefully it won't take me long. I just have to focus on it and not pick up another project or sit down at the spinning wheel.

We'll see.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Spinning fun

As if knitting is not enough.

I felt I needed a little break from all the knitting so I sat down at the spinnig wheel. I have been trying to do the Navajo plying for some time but had not really gotten good result. Then last week Caroline at LYS Uniquities where I go spinning sent me this video tutorial on Navajo plying from Spin Off Magazine. It is great! I watched it and watched it and watched it. Finally I sat down at the wheel:

Much, much better!

The color saturation is beautiful. This is Mountain Colors Targhee combed top. I think I have four ounces of it. Maybe a scarf or a shawlette. Not for me since this is not at all my colors but it will make a nice gift. I wonder if this is enough for the Herbivore.

Now this is my color:

A Blue-Faced Leicester roving that I got at the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival a couple of years ago. It spins like a dream.

Definitely my color.

85 knitting (and spinning) days until Christmas.

Why, oh why, does one have to work?