Saturday 13 October 2007

Progress Report

A bit of progress to report. I've been a busy bee!

First up, progress on the Premiere Pullover:

Not a lot, as you can see. I'm almost finished the armhole shaping, about 2 more repeats of the cable pattern before the shoulder shaping. It's a slow knit, this one! I'm a bit worried about it actually, it looks a bit small to me. I'm knitting it in the 34" bust size (which I am far from lol) so maybe it's just because I'm not used to garments looking that small! I hope I haven't knit it too tightly.

Next up, Socks for Dad:

The first one is finished! Doesn't it look good? I love this Lana Grossa self striping yarn. My first knit on dpns. I must admit that I've started the second one on my trusty circular again using the magic loop. I'm just more comfortable with it. I found the toe decreases very difficult on the dpns. Needles everywhere!
But, I'm glad I know how to do it now, as I'll be casting on for my Monkey socks with the Araucania yarn I recently bought for my airplane knitting.

Lastly, Mam's Lacy Stole:

I'm sorry to report that I didn't get it finished in time for her birthday last Wednesday. I substituted with a bunch of flowers instead, I just didn't have the time. I knit on this almost constantly at home but to no avail. I have about 25 or 26" done which I suppose is not bad going! I have to get to 72". I think I'll give it to her for Christmas instead. I know she'll love it!

I hope to get another post in before my holidays (yarn travels) begin on Thursday, but if not, watch out LYS in the Orlando area, I'm coming!!!

Thursday 4 October 2007

It's a Slippery Slope

Oh dear. It's a slippery slope once you begin to descend. I went to the LYS yesterday to buy a set of bamboo 2.5mm dpns for my airplane knitting and left with the needles and this:

It's Araucania Ranco Solid 75%wool, 25% polyamide hand dyed Chilean yarn. Everybody say "mmmm"... Isn't it just a yummy colourway? I think my Monkey socks have transferred their loyalty from the yarn I got the other day...
I have the willpower of a gnat. So much for no more yarn until Florida... sheesh.
Thanks for the comment Del, I tried to wind this skein using the back of the chair into a centre pull ball. It was working ok, but I found it much easier using the flexible arms of my 6 year old daughter. I don't think the center pull part is going to work though, but at least I gave it a try. Not bad for my first ever wind I think.
A couple of nights ago I woke up in the bed and nearly gave my husband a heart attack saying "Oh My God, it's Mam's birthday next Wednesday!" I don't know how I left it so late to remember! So, Monday morning I cast on for this:
(free registration may be needed on the Lion Brand site to see the pattern)
using this:
It's some old yarn I found in a shop last year that I think must have been on the shelf forever. It's acrylic, but really soft and has kind of silver metalic threads in it. Perfect for a glamorous shawl or scarf.
My progress so far:
Not bad, no? I kinda like it. I know it's meant to be a shawl, but I think it would make a lovely scarf, maybe folded over. It's an easy knit, an 8 row repeat with only 4 of those rows lacework.
I hope to have it finished in time!
Dad's sock is progressing, I've turned the heel and am knitting down the foot of the first one. The only reason this is progressing is because it's my car knitting for the commute every day. I'd do the shawl/scarf if I could, but I can't keep count with the radio on and my daughter chatting and my husband yelling at other motorists!

Monday 1 October 2007

Look! New Yarn!

Look what came today!
The hand painted yarn I ordered only last Thursday from Etsy! mmmm Merino sock yarn. I think this definitely calls for a pair of Monkey socks, don't you? If you think it would be better suited to another sock pattern, let me know!

All I need to do now is figure out a way of winding it into a centre pull ball. I haven't the foggiest idea how to do it, so off I go searching on Ravelry!