Nov 18 2006

Wishful Knitting

As I’m slogging away on the many rounds of stockinette stitch required to finish my Union Square Market sweater, I am already wistfully thinking about all the other things I want to knit. Here are a few of the patterns I have discovered recently that I can’t wait to get started:

Teva Durham’s Lace Leaf Sweater

French Girl’s Isobel Sweater

French Girl’s Violette Hat

Interweave Knits (Winter 2006) Wine and Roses Mitts

OK, maybe I should get back to knitting rather than looking at all these fun things to knit…

Nov 9 2006

Are you ready for your close-up?

Well, beebonnet asked for a close-up photo of my sweater hem so here it is. Therefore also giving me a convenient topic for a new blog post as I hadn’t done anything post-worthy in the last few days.

Here is the front of the hem. It keeps curling which I am hoping will be fixed in the blocking process.

And here is the “behind the scenes” view which thankfully no one will see when I actually wear the sweater since this is clearly where things got a bit messy…

Nov 6 2006

Union Square Market Sweater Progress

Well, now I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself for updating my blog two days in a row. Of course, I may not update it again for two months in a row… Not sure I’m ready to commit to steady blogging yet…

But here is a progress pic on my second sweater effort – the Union Square Market Sweater from Interweave Knits.

I’ve got about 6 inches done. Keep in mind it’s knitted in the round on size 3 needles so a nice chunk of knitting is done. But it is a big project and I still have A LOT to do. Plus I don’t understand all the directions so I’ll need to ask for the help of my trusty knitting guru, Janel.

This sweater has a cool hem on the bottom that I had to do about 5 times over before I got it to work. The technique sounds easy enough when you read how to do it but the actual doing it is much more tricky. There are some boo boos in mine if you look real close but overall, I really like this way of hemming a sweater. It’s a nice change from a ribbed bottom.

Just an FYI, that is Nino, AKA the grey devil, sleeping beside the sweater. Much of his fur is knitted in the sweater.

Nov 5 2006

Indian Wedding Scarf

OK, I really don’t know how people find time to keep their blogs up to date on a regular basis. I mean, I barely have time to just do the things that I want to show off here…

Anyway, I didn’t do much in the way of craftiness over the summer. I live in New York City where the summer is hot and sticky and pretty much the last thing you want to do is touch wool. But now that there is a nip in the air I’ve gotten back to spinning and knitting. I finished knitting my Rowan green sweater but no point in posting a photo since the second side looks exactly like the photo I posted earlier – well, I made different mistakes, but whatever. I still need to block it and put it together. Then I’ll post a pic.

I did however finish my first project using yarn that I spun myself (from “Indian Wedding” Merino Silk roving that I got from Janel at Chameleon Colorworks) which is pretty exciting. It’s this scarf using a pattern I got from the Yarn Harlot.

So, what did I learn with this project – that I still need to work quite a bit on consistent spinning – or not, if I want that “handmade” look which I do like but prefer to have more control over making it look funky. I really wanted my yarn to be bulkier so that is something to work on…

Always learning.