Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Just a quick update before I dash off to work. Our weekend was busy but productive. First there was the drive from snowy Illinois to equally snowy Michigan and back with more snow in the forecast. We had a nice visit with the SDs, grandtwins and grandaughter and still made it safely home before the next round of flakes. Yesterday we braved the bitter cold temperatures and the mall for last minute shopping (and survived).
As planned, during our trip to MI, I cast on for my next big project, a sweater for the mother-in-law of my step-daughter. I think it’s safe to say that this project could earn me major points with the knitting gods if there is such a thing. I sure hope so anyway, because at this point it is an undertaking of both fascination and horror.
You see some time ago, I sort of agreed to knit a sweater as a favor to my stepdaughter. I say sort of, because it was really more like my DH who told his daughter that I could probably do it and the project got presented to me. Now I don’t want you to think of this as whining. I like doing nice things for people that I love and besides that I’m looking at the whole thing as a knitterly challenge. It’s also a chance to try a pattern I wanted to knit for myself anyway.
The problem is the yarn. Now I’m not really a true yarn snob. I believe every yarn out there has a place in the knitting spectrum. Some yarns are better for some types of projects and are easier on the budget when you know the project recipient might not appreciate or care for a garment or gift made out of expensive yarn. Acrylic yarns also have their place for people who have true wool allergies and for children. I do have my preferences, but the fiber content isn’t what is giving me trouble. It's the color of this yarn, which can only be described as "helloo 1985... please take your colors back..."
Yes an ombre yarn in vintage colors which didn't work then and still don't work now. It is both a fascination to see what is happening with the patterning of the yarn when combined with the lace stitches of the pattern; and kind of a horror to behold. The pattern doesn’t complement the yarn in any way and, well, I’m not sure that if I had chosen this yarn myself that I could find a pattern that would. IMHO even the stockinette stitch portions blend the colors in undesirable ways.
Here’s a quick rundown: I’m knitting this sweater, with this yarn (Red Heart Supersaver in Wedgewood) (More pink and blue than picture shows).
and this is what I’m getting so far…
Do ya’ think? Even the camera didn’t want to get involved with this. It took three tries to get a halfway decent picture that didn’t vibrate.
I devoted most of the weekend to working on this and I'm almost finished with the back. We have another round of travel coming up and I plan to work on it some more then. It’s resting comfortably in its own project bag for now.
Meanwhile, other knitting continues to happen. (Fear not dear daughter), sweater sleeves are progressing nicely, if a little less than photo worthy. But will be my focus until the next round of car knitting.
My horseshoe cable socks are on track, and various small projects are still being finished at a relaxed pace.
So it's back to our normal routine for a few days and then Christmas followed by more travel.
Stay safe and warm and keep on knitting!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Pattern: Harris Tweed by Ali Green Yarn: Gypsy Girl Creations Fingering Weight in African Violet Size 2.5 mm Knit Picks harmony dpn Started November 28; Finished December 8, 2008
I showed these in the blog once before when I was indecisive about whether or not to keep going on the first sock with the ugly fat lightening bolt flashing that was happening, or to frog it. Ultimately I did frog the sock and start over. The second attempt at the patterning produced a more pleasing swirl and even though they are not identical, the look is one that I am happier with. The pattern might be a little on the wild side, but the color which is a very saturated true purple is so pretty, that it doesn’t matter. I hate that, try as I might, I can’t get purple to photograph well. You might have noticed that photography in general is not my strong suit, so any suggestions big or small, would be appreciated. I tried to capture them in what little light was available as the snow started falling this morning, and here’s the result:
Still not exactly the right shade, but closer than the indoor shots.
But that's beside the point....
I just baked a fresh batch of cookies and poured myself a hot cup of coffee… So now that I’ve wasted a good part of the day on the computer, I’m ready to spend the rest of this snowy day knitting.
I’ve still got about half of DD#1’s sweater to knit and a hat or two for the PADs project. Oh, and I’ve picked out the pattern for my next pair of socks, but you’ll have to wait until I cast on to actually see what I picked out! Stay safe and warm!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Now you would think this might have come from one of my knitting pals or someone who knows my love of knitting....
This really cracks me up.
It came from a local merchant.... it was advertising! But the card is so perfectly suited for me....
Oh, and isn't "Toodles" just the cutest?
Is it random or is it something I should really be a little scared by?
Only the shadow knows for sure....