Monday, June 30, 2008

Just plain dogged determination

Each posted finished February Lady Sweater over on Ravelry just renews my desire to get this finished. I am nearly done with the body. This is a photo from a few days ago:

And now I am onto the garter stitch around the bottom edge:

I'll finish the body tonight and start picking up the sleeves. I'm not sure if I will do them with dpns or magic loop. But one thing is for certain: They will go faster than the body did! This must be love because I haven't looked at another project since I cast this on. I just can't wait to get it finished, the only thing holding me back is my wrists which have been sore of late because I am also typing between 12-20 pages a day right now, but tomorrow that all comes to an end and I'll have the entire weekend of no typing v. knitting v. sore wrists to balance. Just knitting. At least until the wrists give out. :)

Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Calendar Says June, But It's February Around Here

The February Lady Sweater that is. Have you seen this? Maybe on Ravelry? Have you cast it on yet? Because this is like the Central Park Hoodie craze all over again. I had been looking for a sweater project for like the last three months, and when I spotted this on Ravelry, I was stash diving. Thank goodness there were no children in my path because I would not have been responsible for flattening them in my haste.

So the bag of Berroco Touche that I had stashed is now lovingly (and hopefully with enough yardage) being knit into a February Lady Sweater. I've always thought this Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern would make a great adult sweater, in fact the mom of the last baby I knit the original version for (see here) tried conning me into figuring out how to make her one. All I could think was, "yeah, not before I knit one for myself." Now the very divine and goddess worthy Flint Knits has done all the work.

You don't think that when I finish this one, I'll owe my friend a sweater?

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Two Socks and a Stole

I finished Mom's birthday socks, but I haven't had a chance to gift them on her yet. I'm only posting a picture because she's already seen one of them.

And since I've got those done, I've been working on the Lacy Stole from the Lion Brand Pattern Library. Instead of doing it in cotton, I decided to try Sundara Yarn Aran Silky Merino. The colorway is Basil over Buttercup and it is simply the most gorgeous yarn I've ever knit with. I love the rich colors and the way it just glows. Besides, after listening to everyone rave and rave about her yarn, I had to try it for myself. I think I might be hooked.

Since I have never been all that capable at lace knitting, you might be wondering why I would tackle a project like this. Well, I have to go to a conference at the end of July with lots and lots of formal events and I wanted something to throw over my shoulders that would be different and elegant. So I took a deep breath and decided to try lace. This pattern looked relatively simple and then I read a great suggestion by someone on Ravelry about knitting lace repeats: mark each repeat with stitch markers.

Well, duh! Why hadn't I thought of that before? Sometimes the most obvious solution just flies over my head. So these markers are making this very simple to knit. I haven't memorized the pattern repeats yet, but I feel pretty comfortable with them and have had only one missing stitch--which was easily fixed. The reward of getting out of one's comfort zone I suppose.

What have you tried lately that was out of your comfort zone?