Monday, January 15, 2007

I'm Scarving

While various larger projects lie dormant for the winter, these fun, quick little numbers entice me with the chance to try a new yarn, a new stitch pattern, a new way to procrastinate when faced with knitting sleeves - I currently have 4 easy scarves on needles - 2 of which are pictured here -

a Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf
in Patons SWS(Soy Wool Stripes) color Natural Blue
The yarn has a nice shine and is soft, but it's spun loosely and is a bit sheddy and it took me a little while to get into a groove where I was not splitting every third stitch - I really like the colors though and will probably try some of the other colorways.

And this is a reversible cable scarf in Austermann Bambou Soft. I bought this stuff at the LYS during a New Year sale - and I am loving the feel and the look of it - nice and smooth, a bit of shine, gliding perfectly on the needles - I'm sad I only picked up 20 balls of it (See what has become "only" for me? Oh the gluttony) 3 balls in this rust brown color, 3 in a pinkish lavender color, and 14 burgandy which are longing to become a cabled sweater like the one on display at the LYS that lured me to this yarn in the first place(pattern free with purchase of said yarn) - But it will have to wait until another cabled sweater (Starsky)comes out of hibernation and gets itself finished - let's hope the Wool Bamboo is patient stuff -

The other two scarves are a really chunky ribbed scarf with a cable down the middle and a mistake rib scarf for my sister done in some thick and thin wool she bought at the craft store and I said sure give it to me, I'll knit you something - I'm totally indiscriminate when it comes to yarn - I'll knit with anything - (except furry or feathery stuff) - I just CAN'T GET ENOUGH! Maybe it's time for medical intervention.

Friday, January 12, 2007


Look what we got Wednesday night - and it's still here Friday night -
unusual for us - but it makes me so happy -

Friday, January 05, 2007

A "puhwple" sweater with very bright yoke accent colors - as per my little girl's specifications - inspired by Wendy Bernard's "Drive-thru"

I used Plymouth Encore and size 7 and 8 needles -
It looks very cute until you look up close and see my horrible finishing - now as this is a seamless sweater one would think that there wouldn't be that much to screw up - but I managed to do just that - the grafted together underarms are ok, but after those stitches were joined I was left with a hole on either side of those stitches - like the fabric got stretched out or I did something wrong when joining all the pieces on the needle - so instead of doing some careful research, I proceeded to sew up the holes in a fit of impatient and ignorant finishing, yeilding a less than spectacular result - only later did I go back and read more CAREFULLY the section about weaving the underarms on this type of sweater in Elizabeth Zimmerman's "Knitting Around" and realize the "hole" problem could have been avoided very easily by picking up some stitches in those corners and including them in the grafted stitches (and why was this not an obvious solution to me anyway?)
Nevertheless, I'm quite pleased with the sweater, especially when it's on my little girl who has waited so patiently for her purple sweater - And I will trust that the frenetic motion of most 4 year olds prevents too close examination of their knitwear.