Monday, July 30, 2007

Here are the photos--not particularly good quality for your get the idea. The stripes look better in the photo than they do in the actual piece, but you can't see the beads. It's a lovely fabric though, soft and drapes beautifully. The other photo is the Disco Light sweater. Look for the red arrow--that's Indie supervising production!
Probably not wearing anything knitted to Stitches

I can’t find the cable for my camera so I couldn’t upload photos of the projects I’ve been working on. I’m embarrassed to report that very little progress has been made on any one project. Oh, I did a lot of knitting over the weekend—just not on the same project. I’ve got half of the left front of the Disco Light sweater done and changed fiber on the chevron silk scarf—this next skein is a little thinner—no beads—hoping it won’t change the gauge. I tried swatching some cotton from Big Sky Alpaca for a beach hoodie pattern. I like the look of the stitches on a size 6 needle but get 16 st/4” and I need 15…should I risk it? I have lovely ebony circs in size 6.

Speaking of the Disco Lights sweater—I really have to get better at reading patterns all the way through. I made the right front first and missed the directions for buttonholes, so now the sweater will button wrong. Yes, yes, I know, almost no one will notice. But I’ll know. And now you do, too.

I pulled out a bag of different green yarns. I started the throw featured in one of the Yarn Girls Guide books a while ago, but stopped, oh, roughly 1/8 of the way through, when I realized I would have to weave in all those ends. Daunting. I am considering bringing these yarn to Stitches Midwest for my Stashology class—we’re going to design a vest using stash yarn. How useful. You should know I bought the book One Skein to help me work through my stash but ended up buying new yarn for a few projects.

Better get started on my Stitches homework.

Friday, July 27, 2007

This is Indie, or Indiana Jones as I sometimes call him--he's a very adventurous fellow.

He is my official Yarn Inspector/Taster. His duties include burrowing into my knitting bags, chewing the yarn (don't tell the vet!) sometimes while I'm knitting it and attacking balls of yarn like they are dangerous intruders in our home (I guess you never know when a skein of yarn will turn on you--and we've all had that happen, haven't we?).

I can't answer the question "what's on your needles" because there are so many projects in the works. While I haven't committed to soley knitting from my stash, I've been trying to finish things...I'm headed to Stitches Midwest on August 9th and think it would be nice to finally wear something that I've made with my own two hands, two sticks and some string. But Indie has not been having any of that lately--he keeps curling up in my lap which curtails my ability to knit comfortably. I sneak in some time on the bus and on the Acela when traveling.

My goal is to finish my Tilli Tomas Disco Lights cardigan--it's in Coral Sap, which looks pink to me--so I can wear it during my classes at Stitches. I'm also working on a scarf--it's a pink and brown ombre silk so it won't be too heavy for summer and --I'm playing with stitch patterns. Wondering if it can be lined? I love the front but don't really like the reverse side. I started a scarf with reversible cables over the winter--it's wool so that one is going to have to wait a while.