Monday, April 17, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Although one of my New Years resolutions was to wear less gray, I'm starting off my winter knitting with two gray projects.
The first is a Hurry Up Sweater from Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Almanac. I'm part of a group knitting this project at Lila and Claudine's Yarn and Gifts in Mahtomedhi.
It's a hefty project, knitting at 2.5 stitches per inch with size 13 needles. I'm using a very vintage looking Briggs&Little super bulky yarn in deep gray.
I'm liking the devil-may-care EZ style - but the yarn in pretty tiring to work with.
My second gray project is actually a do-over. I began this Islay cardigan and got practically to the sleeves before I had to set it down. It's not a hard pattern at all but I wasn't careful enough with my bodice lace patterns and pretty soon - I decided it was better to just rip it back and do it correctly. Why finish something you aren't going to like?
And for days when I don't want to work with gray - I'm breaking away to navy blue. I'm working on a navy blue Berocco Vintage Pine Tree Blanket - only done as a shawl.
This uses the Gull Wing Lace pattern made famous by Elizabeth Zimmerman's February Baby Sweater. It's easily memorizable and easy to take places.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Sometimes, it takes more than one try to get a project completed.
I'm currently in a knitting swap. Actually, late for a knitting swap! I started this hat before Christmas on a ski trip. Ski, ski - no knitting.
Following the trip, my family came down with the flu - 1, 2, 3. So, not much knitting then. Then, some happier pre-Christmas evenings with drinks and knitting.
The end result was a very short hat (not pictured!)
So I knit it again with worsted weight yarn.
Not too bad in this photo - but the original was still too short. Well, guess what? I'd missed one 16 row repeat on both hats!
So I tripped both hats back and re-knit them both. Then, I looked at the pattern photo. Hmm - still not right . . .
What I had been reading as three purl repeats turned out to be a three stitch Cluster Stitch. (I'd make a rude joke here but my mom might read it!)
So, if the knitting doesn't work out, try, try, try again. This swap package is going out on Tuesday with three variations on the same hat and my apologies.