Now that 2010 is truly under way and the first of the FO’s has been gifted, I can show off some of my knitting so far.
Thank you fetchings
Firstly, Thank You Fetchings (rav link). I made these out of Utiku Possum Merino 8 ply which was a joy to knit with. I made a few mods too – cast on 40 stitches, added an extra cable repeat at the cuff and knuckle (specs on my rav page), and added a thumb gusset. These are very light, and very warm. They were knitted to say thank you to the Magpie’s mother for having put up with us for a number of months last year, and I wanted to make some useful. It’s actually a part one of two, but part two is still in progress – more on that later.
The second is my first shawl of the 10 shawls in 2010 challenge, and part of my lazy lacy summer, knitted in Knitabulous Fiftyfifty (which was amazing) on 4mm circs. Traveling Woman was a lovely, quick shawl. I added an extra repeat of chart A and still only used 75g of yarn. It blocked incredibly well too and I roped mom into modelling it for me. The colour on my monitor is pretty accurate. Really happy with it.
I’ve called it Kortirion because that was the original name for the Elvish city in Valinor. It’s streets are supposed to me covered with diamond dust and its supposed to be built out of marble, with shores of pearls instead of sand. The colour of this yarn and the lace reminded me of something I imagined in the architecture of the city.
I’m going to start a Sayoran tonight for mom, using mods for 4ply sock yarn instead of the worsted weight it calls for. I do like the look of the pattern, so I’m curious to see how it, and the colours in the yarn work. But more on that later. I have a metadata workshop to plan and some more chapter to write…
I cast on Myrtle the other day. My word, that Glenora silk-alpacky is amazing – ladies, yarn-cake it, and knit with it – you NEED to. I can see this shawl taking a good deal of time. And another order of addi turbo lace needles. I’ll post a photo as soon as it’s long enough to show off the pattern. Good choice, I think. Funnily, I’ve been thinking of the myrtle every time I’ve looked at the glenora… and I’ll have a good 500m left over (if rav is anything to go by). Another shawl too! Sweet! Something tells me I’m going to have to put an order in with my ACT friends for the OBDM next year. This is my first “real” lace – in that there are no rest rows. I’m finding it… interesting.
At least I have a plain vanilla sock to calm my frazzled nerves. The last sock of Christmas is close to having its heel turned. I’m on the home stretch.
As for this time of the year… I’m not even going to think about it. What I will do is look back at my list of resolutions, see how many I kept, and see what I want to continue and what I want try to implement. It’s quite exciting actually.
Anyway. Time to think about dinner.
Until next time.
Remember how I cast on that lovely Icarus in the 2ply Touch yarn on the 1st? Well… I’ve had this niggling feeling about it, and seeing the photo of Bells’ beauty last night turned that niggle into a klaxon of warning alarms. I was (and please note the use of the word was) just about to start the 4th chart repeat, and it was looking a little small. Thankfully, Addi turbos have the needle size printed on the cable. I’d taken it out the packet that had said 3.25mm, and a quick glance at the cable had confirmed the sizing. Or so I thought. I was wrong. My 3.25mm addi lace needles (with the sharp tip that I am missing) are sitting in Melbourne with one of the Magpie’s long forgotten projects on it. I was using the 2.25mm needles I’d bought for sock knitting. Be proud of me. There was no screaming, no crying, no turning the air blue. Just a calm, clinical frogging of my lovely shawl at 11.30 last night. It’s going to need to be re-caked because the kinks have already set in, and I’m not even going to try re-knit it on 3.5mm needles. So, Icarus and I have some bad mojo going on there. We’re just going to look at each other from across the room for now. Until I get the right needles. Because it is a lovely pattern and that yarn will look gorgeous in it.
Right now, I’ve just set up the budding lace pattern on another Swallowtail. This time in Kid Seta (like Bells’). Missyfee’s ether-like version with the nupps has inspired me to try it with nupps this time. First time using a fluffy laceweight like the Seta, and using nupps… nothing like a challenge! Here’s hoping I don’t need to perform my customary frog-the-first-three-repeats-three-times on this shawl. Not with yarn that fluffy anyway.
On a Summer of Socks side of things though, I’m going fabulously well. One of the socks I’m knitting in sweet chilli Needle Food was finished and looks great. The first of another pair of socks in Filtura’s Maxime has been cast-on. It’s the first time I’m using a self-patterning sock yarn, and it is quite fun to knit with. A hat was finished quite quickly and has been adopted by another owner for Christmas, and a new version (knitted to precise specifications) one will be started on the weekend. I have 2 and a half socks, and one hat between me and the indulgence that is knitting guilt-free for myself. I can’t wait.
On another note, I turned another year older on Sunday. It’s the first time in many moons that I have been home with my family for my birthday. It was great. There was a gypsy fair in town, we went out to one of the berry farms and had frozen yoghurt. My brother stole away from his busy day at work for the afternoon, and mom and I went down to a wharf in the next little town for rum and raisin ice cream. Then my magpie cooked us a lovely Mushroom risotto and we finished it with strawberries and cream from the farm. Perfect. No yarn (yet, I’m assured). But a flying lesson (this Sunday), some beautiful earrings, a lovely ring and a gift voucher to get some nice threads. Poifect.
Anyway. I’d best get some more writing done. And get past the dreaded first few budding lace repeats. Here’s hoping the Seta will treat me kindly…
I’ve finally got the camera out, and the sun’s made blocking and photographing some FO’s possible. So enjoy!
I’m also proud to present my Valerie’s Miracle Scarf (in Knittery Cashmere Sock, customed dyed in Bruised Bloodwood), and my Tinúviel (in Malabrigo lace, Alpine Pearl) – a recent FO from last year’s Lazy Lacy Summer.
I cast on Icarus this morning. The colours look great – I’m really excited to see how it all comes together as the shawl gets larger, and the yarn itself just shine. I’m going to limit myself to just this piece of lace until the Christmas presents are all done (3 more to go) and then I may indulge myself some more.
But for now, I’ll enjoy the sock and the shawl, and get a little more writing done this evening before I do some more!
Whakatane River Mouth
Valerie’s Miracle Scarf
Icarus – Casting on for a lazy lacy summer
The glorious garden