Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Getting closer to a sweater...

Saturday I went out to "the farm" to knit, and only took my sweater with me.  This turned out to be a GREAT idea, because instead of avoiding the endless stockinette, I finished the body of the sweater!  I only have the arms and cowl to go!  Maybe another week or two, and I will have a 100% wool sweater done just in sit in my closet until next fall :)

My springtime shawl is coming along though!  I can get 1 wedge a night done if I concentrate REALLY hard.  Tonight I only got 5 rows (out of a 28 row wedge) completed.  Meh.  I wasn't in the knitting mood tonight.  Here's a picture of how far I am though! I have 6 wedges (out of 13) I'm almost half way done!  I LOVE how this yarn switches colors.  In some of the close-ups you can really see the color changes.  

I've decided I like knitting lace, but I'm going to have to become more of a shawl/scarf person.  

Monday, March 9, 2009


Whoo- its been a while.  I have a lot to catch you up on, including a yarn crawl with the boyfriend's mom and some new knitting places I love!  These will not be in this post, however.  This is a project update post!

My sweater is slightly longer than you last saw, but I am getting bored with endless stockinette stitch and am now using it as a "fingers" break from small-needled things.  I'm thinking about making it with elbow-length sleeves, as this is more multi-season friendly.  We'll see.

I still only have 1 Bella's Mitten knit.

I am learning how to make socks, and have about 1/2 of a sock knit.  I know some people LOVE making socks, but I don't think that socks are my calling.  I don't have a picture of my 1/2 sock, but when I finally get the pair finished, I will post one. 

I am currently knitting baby "Legwarmies" (by Alana Dakos) for the lady I work with's baby girl.  She's such a cutie!  I have 1 done. (Are you seeing a pattern?)  This is my bus knitting, so it gets knitted a couple rows at a time. 

I also have one wristwarmer (out of two) made.  For these I used a modified version of Toast (by Leslie Friend).  I added in a panel of small eyelet diamonds (from Vogue Stitchionary, #111).  This is an amazing stitch guide that my library has, and I will probably be checking it out often.   One problem- I bound off too tightly, so the wristers are not as stretchy at one end as the other.  I solve this by wearing it with the tight end on my forearm to hold them in place, and the loose end over my hand.  I don't know if I will be keeping these, or giving them as a gift.  I like the idea (I always have very cold hands), but I don't think these ones are particularly my style.

My current favorite project is one for spring!  I am making the Sweet Lily Shawl from Interweave Knits Spring 2009 in JoJoLand Harmony.  This is my first real lace project, and I love it.  I will wear it as a scarf with my black tanks this summer to keep the chill from the airconditioner away in lab, and with pretty dresses as a wrap.  Exciting! I have 3 out of 13 repeats finished.