Friday, August 31, 2007

new knits, old knits

i'm back - did you miss me??
for most of my absence, i was sequestered at home, knitting away, trying to finish some things up. i did make it out of the house for long enough to visit the RSA's family in england, with a side trip to the colinette mill shop in wales & some great stash enhancement.
the bee shawl is finished, & it's beautiful. the mini maiden is such a gorgeous yarn, and the pattern is fabulous. i'll try to take some proper pictures of it soon, i promise!
the "boyfriend" socks are also done:

boyfriend socks

i knitted these on 3mm needles from my own handspun - a gorgeous superwash merino from crown mountain farms in colourway "my boyfriend's back". it turned out a little thicker than sock weight, so these will be super-snuggly winter slipper socks for the RSA. i just used my standard toe-up pattern, & modified slightly for the thicker yarn & bigger needles.
the sunrise circle jacket is so close to completion - although i've run into a little problem! i knew that my row gauge was off, so i should have predicted this, but i didn't - the side seams of the sweater (from underarm down to the bottom of the sweater) are a good couple of inches longer on the front pieces than on the back!! and, i'm running out of yarn... whoops. so although i'm only about 5 rows away from finishing the last piece of the sweater, i'll need to unpick the bottom hem of the back piece and knit downwards for a couple more inches (or until the yarn runs out!). all that aside, it should still be finished next week.
& now that there are so many finished & nearly-finished projects, new knits are starting to appear! there's a thick, cabled winter sweater for the RSA in rowan scottish tweed chunky - i'm basing it loosely on elizabeth zimmerman's raglan sweater formula, and adding a simple cable twist on the front. it's knitting up quickly - i'm not used to chunky yarn & 8mm needles, so i was amazed that my few days of holiday knitting have resulted in nearly a whole sweater torso!

cable raglan detail

there's also a new shawl in the works (the shetland triangle from "wrap style" - i'm finally using the gorgeous, flame-red wool/silk blend yarn that elaine brought me back from barcelona ages ago), and a new pair of socks - the uptown boot socks from interweave knits "favorite socks" book in colinette jitterbug (a bargain purchase from my recent trip to the colinette mill shop in wales & their £4 per 100g sale room).

uptown boot socks 1

the pattern is great - just challenging enough to be interesting, but simple enough to be tv knitting. & as soon as the sunrise circle jacket is fixed & finished, there's another sweater in the works for me, from another colinette bargain purchase - a pile of soft & squooshy cadenza (dk merino) in a deep, saturated blue, for another simple cabled-raglan-in-the-round...

Sunday, August 12, 2007


bee shawl 1
bee shawl 2bee shawl 3

i see, you see
ain't no more honey from this bee
i see, you see
i'm stung, you've got a hold on me
(the noisettes, "count of monte cristo")

Thursday, August 02, 2007


i must have been sleeping when you called
i'm not feeling well at all (cough cough)
i've got this thing that's been going around
called "please pretend that i'm out of town"
(le tigre, "finer")

i'm taking a small break from blogging - just pretend that i'm going out of town for a while. i've been feeling a bit bleah, a bit uninspired, & a bit lacking in creativity - i think i just need to put my head down & do some serious work on my various projects-in-progress.
when i come back i hope to have many, many things to show you, including a finished bee fields shawl, a newly-sewn skirt, a sock or two, and maybe even a finished sunrise circle jacket. in the meantime, talk amongst yourselves... i won't be gone long!!