Anklets for Nanny, Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
A few years ago I decided to make a second one, and got as far as piecing the front panel together. Admittedly, I did a sloppy job of the whole thing, mostly because I bought the wrong type of interfacing, and didn't have a rotary cutter or good way of cutting the pieces evenly. It's been sitting in my closet for three years now, waiting to be finished... mostly because I wanted to track down the rotary cutter and mat that I had borrowed in order to cut the strips for the binding. I gave in and went to Fabricville today, and bought a cheap mat/cutter set (hopefully it works and I won't regret skimping!), so I no longer have an excuse not to finish this!
The store was also having a very good sale on some of their fabrics, so I picked up some material to make a few knitting needle holders. I made one for myself and one for my mom several years ago, and was quite pleased with the way they turned out. The lady at the store commented that I must like muted tones, and that the fabrics reminded her of Little House on the Prairie. It's true, no matter how hard I try to like the bold, fun fabrics, I'm always drawn to the more earthy and natural tones (case in point - the last four things I've knit have been green).
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
This yarn (Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock) has been sitting in my stash since early 2006. I had meant to use it to make the Dublin Bay socks, but the pooling had been so bad that I frogged them not far into the project. I was weary of pooling this time around, but it hasn't been too bad other than around the gusset. The yarn does have a smooth drapey feel to it, however!
There are so many lace shawls that I would love to be knitting right now... so many that I couldn't make up my mind as to what to start. I had been planning on knitting the Waves of Grain scarf as a gift for someone, so I decided to get that out of the way. I had some Plymouth Baby Alpaca Lace on hand, in a color that reminded me of the intended recipient.
I think I need to invest in one of those magnetic chart holders! While the lace pattern itself isn't difficult, the whole process of threading tiny seed beeds onto the stitch with 32-gague wire slows the knitting down considerably. I don't mind for the moment, as I'm enchanted with the whole process and love the subtle way it looks!
I've finished up another project, which you can see over here (Ravelers only, it's a gift!). I'm quite happy with the way it turned out, so it's off to the closet until Christmas time!
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Gathered Pullover by Hana Jason, Interweave Knits Winter 2007
A while back Whitney posted about the sweaters she's knit (I love her taste in sweaters), and which ones she wound up wearing. What she said rang true with me- the sweaters I'm apt to wear will probably be the simplest ones, which I also don't like to knit as much. Finally I've managed to knit a sweater that I think I'll wear often, which I can't say for the other four knit tops that sit in my closet and never see the light of day.
Mmm, cozy long sleeves
I love the simplicity of this pattern, and the ease with which it can be modified. Being a longish gal, I added quite a bit of length in the body and arms. A sweater that's too short is irksome, and I enjoy having sleeves long enough to tuck my hands into when it's cold and I'm hibernating in the library basement. I also left out the bust increases and decreases, and widened the shoulders a bit so that the V-neck wouldn't be quite as wide and deep. The yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light, in the color Peat Mix. I love the deep, heathered green, and soft feel of the yarn. It's lightweight enough to be worn comfortably indoors.
No rain, for the moment!