Monday, January 27, 2014
While I am home, I have been knitting. (Yeah, I know, big surprise, huh?) I have the first sleeve of the Duchess of Cambridge cardigan about 1/3 done.
And, after finishing my Stephen West Craftsy class, I broke down and began designing a new shawl with the Noro I showed yesterday.
It will be a modified triangle when finished. The white markers on either end indicate two more increase areas. As a result, it will be more of a crescent shape. I think that will stay put better when being worn by more endowed folks. And the lengthened tails will give a bit more to tie or fling over the shoulder. While there are yarn overs in the center and each end, the additional two increase points will be a more invisible "make one" increases. I can't want to see how it turns out. I have written out my rough pattern. It is very rough. I indicate the random garter rows as being made at whatever intervals the knitter likes. I hope it turns out all right.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
After finishing the newest hat for Lil Farm Gal, I decided to return to my featherweight cardigan. I have called mine the Duchess of Cambridge cardigan, because I started it a while ago and worked on it while watching the Royal Wedding of William and Kate. When I had last picked up, I think it was late September, while waiting for my October Mystery Knit-A-Long to begin. At that time I only had a few inches to add before the ribbing.
Friday evening I started the ribbing and yesterday I cast off the body. As always Gertrude modeled for the camera.
Once the sleeves are done, I have to pick up stitches along the fronts and around the collar and knit for about 3 1/2 inches. I will probably either use 1X1 ribbing or seed stitch instead of the stockinette the pattern calls for, so it won't curl.
But already my mind is casting around for something new to start. I have a skein of Noro sock yarn in blues, purples, greens, and a touch of red.
After listening to my Craftsy class (Shawlscapes by Stephen West) I am inspired to muddle along and create a shawl using the Noro and a couple skeins of Mini Mochi in green tones. At least I will start with the Noro. I may switch to another border color before I finish.
But for now, let me get back to my sleeves.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Stay tuned to this space.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
It was funny, but as I designed it, the only thing I imagined differently was the length. I always imagined it as more of a high hip length. But as I knit, I couldn't believe the length was enough, so I probably could have quit a couple inches shorter and done fine. But the yarn, Knit Picks Shine is so soft. I really like it. I have a couple skeins of the black left. I had also purchased some pink and burgundy that will be combined with the black for a cotton shawl some day.
In the meantime though, before I cast on for another doll sweater, and the matching (or at least coordinating) one for Lil' Farm Gal, I want to finish the second sock of this pair.
Then I can perhaps start a new pair. And cast on their sweaters. And decide which WIP to throw into the rotation next.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Buttons are on and I have my first finished project of the year.
The yarn is Knit Picks Shine, in black sport weight, a cotton/modal blend (That's kind of like rayon.). It feels great.
Gertrude looks pretty good in it, now that the buttons are on. The sleeves may look really short, but they are a perfect three-quarter length on me.
I think I have also mastered the art of taking a selfie.
I just need to get better backgrounds.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
While I have enjoyed the knitting adventure that has been my black cotton cardigan, there have been dangers I didn't anticipate when I bought this yarn.
The first problem came in the first incarnation of the black cotton, when I attempted a simple black cotton tee top. But, alas, trying to knit it with my dark Knit Pick multicolor needles was next to impossible, especially on size two needles.
After frogging back, and regrouping, I invested in some of the Knit Pick blond Sunstruck needles. I started over as a cardigan, with size five. The knitting went much better. However, sometime after originally purchasing the yarn, I had acquired a mostly white cat. A cat who loves to climb on my chair and walk over me as I knit....always leaving a few hairs as a reminder that he had passed. Can you see them?
There are at least eleventy nine ends to weave in.
But after that, the buttons!
Monday, January 6, 2014
The body of the black cotton cardigan is off the needles. So before picking up stitches for the neck band and front button and button hole bands I reviewed my button choices. Against the black sweater, the camera doesn't do justice to the buttons. So here is a picture of the choices.
Now, back to my knitting.