coiled: March 2008

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Monday, March 31, 2008

tangled sleeve, arctic diamond and stash

Thanks for the encouragement to knit on with the Tangled Yoke. It is such a great pattern and design. I finished most of the five balls, leaving some to transition to the next batch of yarn on order of a different dye lot - 6 more is what I settled on. Hopefully, the colors won’t be too dissimilar.

Progress has been made on the Arctic Diamond as well. I ripped quite a few rows back to the armhole shaping and then went bonkers staying up all night knitting like a person possessed. Here you see my little helper holding up three repeats of the pattern. I think six repeats will be just right to finish and use up what yarn I have on hand.

Speaking of yarn. Something else that kept me busy this weekend. Organizing the old stash. Yikes! What isn’t shown here are the coned yarns, mostly denim and crochet cotton.

Perusing Ravelry the other night I stumbled upon the Babette Blanket. Some of these projects are amazing. And, brilliant for stash busting. It should make a miniscule dent in mine.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

more knitting

Apparently, I really can't stop knitting. I finished the Lace Ribbon Scarf last week. Blocked it and sent it on it's way without a taking a picture. No time to do so. So, many pretty finished knits leave without a farewell photo session. I work well with a deadline but always to the last minute. With only one hank of yarn the scarf ended at 57" in length, it's a decent length for wearing with a jacket and not getting all tangled up.

Speaking of tangled up. That green expanse above is my Tangled Yoke Cardigan that I started two nights ago in a frenzy. The yarn is Rowan Scottish Tweed dk and I only have 5 balls. Hmmmmm, will definitely need more, but how much more? I'm guessing 7. Still, I'm waiting until all 5 are knit to place an order. It's a risky move because it means putting the project down and whenever I do that it usually takes me YEARS to finish. I need to work obsessively on one thing until it's done or else it will languish.

Witness, above, the product of a knitting frenzy from last December, it's the Arctic Diamond Stole. Oh, how I love this; but I had to put it away to work on work knitting and this is the first chance I've had to reevaluate it. At some point, I thought it would make a great pullover so I worked some decreases for arm shaping. But, now I'm not so sure because the idea of knitting the rest of this piece, then a front and TWO sleeves does not sound interesting. Better to just frog down to the shaping and continue working it as a stole.

Friday, March 21, 2008

must keep knitting

Impulse yarn purchase left on display for weeks taunting me, turned into an impulse project.

Earlier this week I finished working on several projects that have kept me really busy these last two months. I felt so relieved, and tired, yet also restless. A friend’s birthday is approaching so why not knit something for her? Right now at midnight even though my wrists hurt, I need sleep and there might not be enough time to finish?

Must keep knitting, that’s why.

The pattern is Lace Ribbon by Veronik Avery in the latest issue of Knitty.
Years ago I made a shawl with a variation of this same stitch. The only photo I have of it is ridiculously blurred but I remember loving the stitch and finished shawl.

Hmmm, why not use this sock yarn on display. Yes, it will be pretty.

Little bunny says to the big fish "Happy Easter!"

Weird craft project to do with a four year old: thread together last nights popcorn, sequins and a chick, then hang from orchid.

p.s. meet my new crush: Noro Kureyon Sock yarn #S95