Saturday, June 28, 2008

win a few, lose a few

i got clue 2 for one of the KALs. truth? it's just not doing it for me. I'm not feeling the love.

so i frogged it. life is too short to knit something you don't love.

on the other hand, i not only finished the chart 2 for the ene's scarf, i finally took pictures! because it starts at the long edge and comes to a point, it still too long to really spread out on the needle to see the lacework, but i'm feeling the love on this one!

Monday, June 23, 2008

and the knitting goes on

I have too many things on the needles. that's all there is to it.

1. I started Ene's Scarf from Scarf Style on WWKIP day - i'm using some laceweight that I dyed up myself in peacock blue/lavender/old rose. My intention was that it be peacock colors. It isn't. It is, however, more like stained glass colors, and I like it. I just finished chart 1 last night.

2. I'm in the Goddess Knits Anniversary Mystery Shawl KAL - clue 2 came out Saturday, I finished the clue Saturday. I'm using Malabrigo laceweight in a color they call saphire-garnet, which is really purple and green. i'm loving it.

3. I'm in another mystery shawl KAL, called Casablanca - clue 1 came out Friday, I finished the clue Friday. That one's getting knitted up in Knit Picks Shimmer lace yarn, in a color called Sherry - it's really pretty.

4. And as if that wasn't enough, I agreed to test-knit a sweater for some friends... in light fingering yarn. right now, i'm on rows that are 250 stitches from end to end, and the rows just feel endless. On the other hand, as I go from one colorway blending into the next one, the colors are coming out really interesting (and pretty).

it's going to be a week of lots of knitting, with nothing getting finished. Not too sure how I feel about that. I like finishing things.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

yay!! I finally finished something!

this is my shetland garden shawl - I'm pretty pleased with it. started may 1, finished june 19.

Monday, June 16, 2008


so i'm working on this shetland garden shawl... loving the pattern, it's intuitive, has a nice rhythm, really well written

until i got to row 156.

and frogged it.

and knitted it.

and frogged it.

and knitted it.

and frogged it yet again.

turns out i dropped a YO back on row 155.

time to knit row 156.


sivia...... i don't do your patterns justice!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

another sock warrior

I had the best time yesterday! First, I met another sock warrior, Sandy, who was born out here, but moved to Sweden! To me, this sounds like such a cool thing to do.... but when you talk to sandy, life is fairly 'normal' there - just in a different language!

and she gifted me with some amazing yarn!

then, for WWKIP day, i joined up with with some initters who were by my local library.... and since i was waiting to hear from the designer of the shawl i was working on (so couldn't work on that), I started ene's scarf with some yarn i dyed up myself in peacock blue/lavender/old rose.

and the best part of all is that it didn't rain until after i was home again.... i'm so tired of rain!

Sunday, June 8, 2008


things I've finished -

my toe up, magic loop, 2 at a time socks!

my french market bag (needs to be felted)

clearing the needles

I'm getting there.

Karan got her socks, and apparently likes them - of course, i have no memory of what patten i used for the lace.... once of the ones from my book. LOL, i hope she posts a pictures so i can see what i did (i think it might have been the big diamonds)

finished the french market bag - it just needs to be felted. it'll be interesting to see how much smaller it gets, because right now, it's huge!

chocolate cherry socks... i'm FINALLY up to the final ribbing at the top of the cuff, and then they're done. i'm glad. i need to be able to work on something else..... but they're nearly done. my goal for today is to do laundry, felt the bag, and finish the socks.

then, all i have left on the needles is my poor, neglected shetland shawl...... i want to get back to that!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

i really need to FINISH something!

so i've put the socks aside for the moment (as i'm on the home stretch) and gone back to my french market bag... 2 handle pieces done, 2 to go, then graft and felt.

i can do this!

THEN i'll finish the socks.

then get back on the shawl.

did i mention i joined 2 lace shawl KALs? i'm clearly a glutton for punishment.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

past the heel and up the legs

that's where i am on the toe up socks. this is still pretty cool.

the book is frighteningly chatty - it takes like 17 PAGES to turn the heels, which is just insanity. once you get it, though, it's a pretty ingenious method - just plan on having a ton of small stitch markers (the no snag pony tail elastics work really well, just get the small ones)

so now, i'm on the leg part - i think the heels seem a little pointy, like i probably calculated too many short rows.... so i think i'll work out my own formula, and try that the next pair.

but i'm happy with these.... and yeah, i'll be glad when they're done - i feel the need to work on something different, which is warring with the need to finish these.

i need to learn to knit with my feet.