Monday, November 30, 2009

Car ride knitting

That anti-motion sickness stuff is amazing. I got a lot done on the plane to Charlottesville and sitting around there, but I got the most done on the car ride back home. Usually I stick to stockinette or garter stitch projects in the car so that I don' risk the nausea that comes along with trying to read a pattern or look too closely at my stitches. This trip though I cabled my little heart away. There were a few times I took a break and knit easy stitches in circles, but for the most part I was able to follow the pattern and not lose track of the stitches. So I got some excellent things done that I think are going to be christmas presents.

I'm really looking forward to christmas. We got the tree up yesterday and it looks great. I also hung the stockings I knit last year over the fire place. The dogs will have to share one stocking this year though because I don't think I have time to whip out a second one. Its Ripley's first christmas with us and we are hoping he pretty much ignores the tree. Even though I am not pushing myself to get a lot of christmas presents knit, there are still things I want to make people, so I will still be giving some knit gifts. I haven't stopped working on the things for me though, like the Everyway Wrap and Pfeifer Falls hooded scarf. :-) The everyway wrap is not at 2.5 repeats of the cable pattern and going strong. I really love the look of it and it gets easier every time through, so hopefully it won't be one of those one or two year projects.

Well, back to the real world now.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Pictures

Here are some works in progress. First, I have made it 1 2/3 times through the cable repeats on the everyway wrap. Looking good and super soft so far. The yarn may be a little fuzzy to really show the cable pattern well, that would be the 20% alpaca in it. But I like the feel and I am pretty satisfied with the look. Here's a close-up for the stitch pattern from the right side. Its a pretty cable pattern and clever how the back side comes out the same. :-)
Here is side one of the Pfeifer Falls hooded scarf. Its soooooo pretty and squooshy. :-) I am in love with the Royal Llama yarn. I totally want more in every color! Although I love this pretty and decadent feeling off white. :-) There is something luxurious feeling to me about cremes and whites. Perhaps it is because I am just clumsy and messy enough that I fear white just a little bit. But it makes such a lovely compliment to dark or bright colors that I often want to wear it, I just don't often actually do it.
Well, thats my photo update for today. Back to the actual knitting!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Everyway Wrap KAL Part 1 "The Beginning"

The yarn came in the mail last week and I had to sit around pining over it as, instead of casting on, I studied for the test I had to take last thursday night. (Which I passed, so we're good there) The first thing I did after it was over though was start this knit-along with some of the members of the Tulsa Knitters Rav group. The yarn I am using is from Elann. Its Sierra Aran. I think its 80% wool and 20% alpaca. Anyway, the color is chestnut and neither picture on here does it justice. Its a lovely brown with lots of red twisted in.As you can see, I did swatch. But then I ended up completely ignoring my swatch results. Sure, I did the math to make sure I'd be happy with the finished product, so I guess that useful, but I didn't try and match gauge. I got 3.75 stitches to the inch on size 9 needles in the moss stitch and a few too many rows per inch. All of my size 8s are occupied, so I decided to stick with the size 9s, especially since I like the drape of the fabric anyway. I don't mind it being a little wider and not quite as long, since I have a really short torso. I want to be able to wear it wrapped around and buttoned like its shown in the magazine.
I got the 30 rows of ribbing done really fast and I have done 1 2/3 repeats of the cable chart. It got a lot easier once I could see the pattern established in the stitches. I hope I can keep up the momentum and really crank this one out. It would be a lovely addition to my winter wardrobe. :-) More updates and pictures to come along the way.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Instant Gratification / Stash Usage

I have been plugging away recently on a couple of scarves and a lace weight cowl thats been in the works for a few years now. And even though the Chastain Park Shawl I am making for myself goes pretty quickly, the giant cones are cumbersome and not easily portable. So the other day on Ravelry, poking around through the patterns, I was exploring my new found love of things that keep the neck warm. I came across the pattern Marian durning some of this poking and decided that I HAD to find size 19 circular needles like nowish. I had this skein of Misti Alpaca Bulky that had been just sitting in my stash forever. I received it in an exchange a while back and although I loved to squeeze it and pet it I hadn't really put a whole lot of thought into what one could do with just one skein on bulky squishy alpaca. I am sure that between my three One Skein Wonders books they had a few good ideas, but I needed this cowl IMMEDIATELY. Unfortunately it took me a couple days to track down size 19 circulars, but once I did this thing flew off the needles. Its so warm against my neck and was so nice and easy to knit. I love it so much I want to make a bunch more. So I guess I will be putting size 19 Addi Turbo 24inch circular needles to my list of things I really, really need.

I guess now its back to the Chastain Park Shawl, which I pulled out to work on in between Trick-or-Treaters last night. I do need more things to keep my neck warm. Yay for all the mystery cones from the estate sale and the endless color combinations I will be able to do for little scarf / shawl things like this. :-)

Oh, and I almost forgot, the Tulsa Knitters Group on Ravelry is doing an Everyway Wrap KAL. Its a loose kind of KAL, more of a support group and whatnot, but I ordered my yarn yesterday. I think I'll be a little behind because most people were going to cast on today or already have, but hopefully I can catch up or at least still join in the fun. Maybe they will all make all the mistakes first and I can learn from them. ;-P No, really, I think its going to be very coold to see everyone's finished wraps and how our different knitting styles and different yarns and color choices will make them each unique. I heard someone ask once why you would want to knit something that everyone else is knitting or that hundreds of people before you have already knit, but each project is still uniquely mine or uniquely hers. Unless you are a robot, but that would suck in general, wouldn't it.

So, yay for instant gratification and stash usage! And now onward and upward.