Friday, September 14, 2007

Friday Round-Up

I have 5 WIPs at the moment and 1 UFO. The Mystery Stole 3 is the UFO and I think that later today it will become the late stole, the former stole, the RIPped stole. I love the different elements of the pattern but the transition between the wing and the rest of the stole just jars for me. I know there are instructions for making it symmetrical but I have so many things I badly want to knit that I really don't feel like bothering with a project that just doesn't inspire me. So, RIP MS3!

I'm knitting two projects for Kerrie at Hip Knits at the moment. One is the Lightweight Mountain Peaks shawl by Miriam Felton. I'm about halfway through the 4th repeat of chart 1. I've got two more repeats of chart 1 to do and will be glad when its done! This is the section that has patterning on both sides and I have a problem with row 14 every time I get to it. You'd think I'd have it down after 4 repeats but apparently not. The other project is one of Kerrie's own designs so I can't show you that but I will say that my guage was way off over the pattern the first time around so after some re-calculation things are back on track. I can also tell you that it is being knit in Hip Knits aran silk. Mmmmmmmm!

I have 3 projects for me on the go. First is the Misty Garden scarf from Scarf Style. I'm knitting it with Araucania Atacama on 5mm needles. It's now about 25 inches long and I'm not yet halfway through the second ball of three so I think it will be a good length. This is my no need to think knitting. I love alpaca yarn it is sooooo buttery soft to knit with.

Next are the socks I'm knitting with 2 different skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock. I still like the way they look but sock knitting is not really doing it for me at the moment. I think I might have over-strained my sock muscle during Summer of Socks! So the sock has grown but progress is not startling.

Finally, my real obssession - Arwen. I love it. Nuff said. :-)

Apologies for the dark photos, its overcast today and quite dark inside the house.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Ever since I first saw 'A Cardigan For Arwen' in the Winter 2006 issue of Interweave Knits I've wanted to knit it. I've toyed with swatches and yarn but always delayed casting on. I don't know why maybe because it has a hood and I'm not a big fan of hoods. Whatever the reason, I'm finally over it. I cast on on Saturday. I finished the back this morning. I love it. :-)

I'm using Cascade 220 in colour 7813 and I'm getting gauge on the needles recommended in the pattern. I didn't mind the plain stocking stitch for the back. I've mentioned before that I quite like stocking stitch and it goes quickly when I listen to podcasts or audio books while knitting. But it is good to have the cable, arm shaping and hood looming on the horizon. :-)

Thursday, September 06, 2007


No, not Second Sock Syndrome but Sock, Scarf, Shawl - the list of current WIPs.

I have another shawl sample for Kerrie on the needles. This is Miriam Felton's Lightweight Mountain Peaks Shawl being knit in Hip Knits laceweight cashmere on 2.5mm needles. The first chart has patterning on both the right and wrong sides requiring much concentration meaning that this is not bad light or late night knitting for me! I've done another couple of inches since I took this photo. I've got some other knitting for Kerrie on the needles too but I can't show that yet.

My 'no concentration required' knitting is a feather and fan scarf knit with Araucania Atacama on 5mm needles. The yarn is 100% alpaca and is gorgeous buttery soft. :-) I actually discovered that I can't watch Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn in Lord of the Rings) and count to six at the same time so I also cast on for...

Socks! These are just stocking stitch so they really are dead head knitting. I'm using two different colours of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, Lakeview and River. I had ugly pooling problems with the River colour so I decided to steal Mary's idea and alternate two different colours doing just one row of each. I like them! I have another skein of River so I've bought a different contrasting colour, Purple Club, to alternate with it and have yet another pair of rather unique socks.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Finishing Spree

I've got three more finished things to report. Socks, mittens and a reindeer...

Ravelry is almost ready to go live and all my projects are documented on there so I'm going to include a link to Ravelry rather than type all the details in each blog post. I hate doing the same job twice!

I cast off the Denmark socks on Saturday. This is the second time I've attempted this pattern and this time, for some obscure reason, I like it! The wool felt quite harsh while I was knitting it but has softened up quite nicely after washing. Details on Ravelry.

I've also cast off the Corazon mittens. I really like these and am quite impressed with my colour stranding. Its been about 18 years since I did any knitting like this. I found the Sublime yarn to be a bit splitty but it has knit up beautifully so I can forgive it. Details on Ravelry.

Finally, I've finished sewing together the reindeer toy. Named Rudolph, of course, just look at that nose! He's a bit floppy so I'll probably put something in his legs and neck to keep him upright. At the moment he looks like he's had a very good Saturday night out... Details on Ravelry.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Hidcote Garden Shawl

This is such a gorgeous shawl that it is getting a post all to itself and I'm going to let the pictures do the talking...