Well I couldn’t do pictures earlier in week but now I can – ta da!
First up we have the blue Refined Raglan from Winter 2006 IK – exciting viewing isn’t it!
I’m adding rather a lot to it in length and I suspect I will run out of yarn and have to try to acquire some more but I would rather do that than have a jumper that is too short and just irritates me. It always suprises me how much I have to add to patterns in length because although I am very tall (I’m 6’0″) my height is in my legs rather than my back. On the plus side no-one has yet suggested thigh length socks!
Enough of that – I tried to get a picture to show the true colour of the yarn as this is as close as I got:
But a bit less electric!
Now then, those mittens. I was going to take a picture of my first finished mitted on Thursday night but the light wasn’t very good so I thought I would wait until Friday afternoon for a daylight shot.
I worked from home yesterday afternoon as I was in court in the morning. By the time of taking the photos I had this to show you:
And now I have this:
The pattern is Knitty’s Corazon mittens which are a great pattern, really easy to follow and a great quick knit (as you see given I finished the second mitten in a day!) I was very proud of myself for doing two handed colour stranding throughout and I have definitely become more proficient – roll on more fairisle!
The only alteration I made to the original pattern was to decrease on every round in the tip rather than every other round as the pattern calls for as I needed slightly shorter mittens – mmm Alpaca mittens are seriously snuggly!
I’ve been running again today so as Ihave been virtuous I should get to snuggly up in a duvet and watch telly but sadly I have to do some work – maybe later.
Have a good weekend one and all!
Or perhaps it should be off the wagon and onto the road – yes the running has restarted after a period of snow ice and general lazyness.
However, not all of that time has been entirely unproductive – I have started two new blue projects – sadly no pictures because I am again blogging in my lunch break.
The first is the Refined Raglan from IK Winter 2006 in a purply-blue alpaca. It is very snuggly and I am really enjoying the quick repetition of the stocking stitch in contrast to the challenges of the lace scarf. I have done about 8 or 9 inches of the body already (it’s knit in the round) thanks to a trip to Derby on Sunday to see some lovely friends who also knit and chat.
It has a turned hem which is currently flipping the wrong way despite all efforts to make it stay straight – if it doesn’t fix with blocking I will have to do something clever with some sewing cotton but if anyone has any bright ideas please let me know.
The other is Knitty’s Corazon mittens – I was given a scarf kit for Christmas in blue, pale blue and cream alpaca (100g of each) and whilst the scarf didn’t really grab me (lots of long strips with tails on) I love the colours and the feel of the Alpaca and I would really love a matching hat and mitten set.
My KMKS kit has not yet arrived so I thought I would tempt fate by casting on for my own mittens [NB fate was tempted to send me the new IK but not the mitten kit!]. I am doing the Corazin mittens in the blue and cream (very Poole Pottery Cornishware colours) and then I will use all three colours for a variation on the fairisle hat in RYC Classic Alpaca. Meanwhile I am two handed colour stranding in the round on the train on the commute to work and getting some fairly odd looks doing it! On the plus side my two handed tension is improving – I think the off bits will even out with wear and/or washing so I’m not too bothered if some bits are looser than others.
David of the Sticks and String podcast mentioned doing colourwork in the round inside out so that your stitches are a little looser so I might have to give that a whirl some time.
In the meantime it’s Shrove Tuesday and that means Pancakes (and possibly pictures!)
It’s official – I am a convert to lace knitting – the scarf is beautiful. I have blocked things before and been pleased and slightly surprised when they stay the same shape when you take the pins out but this is staggering. It is light soft and fluffy and I may wear it forever – I’m wearing it right now and I suspect my drizzle scarf has serious competition!
The pattern is Evelyn Clark’s Trellis Scarf from Spring 2006 Interweave Knits and I used probably two ish balls of Rowan Kid Silk Haze in Heavenly (the yarn is a guesstimate as I have a few part used balls left over from other projects and I used two of those and a chunk of a new ball)
Look – see how pretty the trellis looks when you get up close – seriously photos can’t do justice you’ll just have to come to see it in person!
I also have a finished pair of socks, the Secret Water socks:
They are a pattern of my own design – a standard sock pattern with a two by two rib at the top, a Balabriggan Heel And a star toe
Both the heel and the toe come from Nancy Bush’s Folk Socks book.
And why are they Secret Water socks? well I can’t get this to shop up well enough on a picture on my own but on the leg of the sock I have a texture motif of dolphins – two swimming round one way and two underneath going the other way – too secret even to be seen – that’s very secret!
So now I have no socks on the needles and no main project (given Aimee’s sabbatical) – what shall I do next?
This time first lace. I present to you the journey of lace:
Stage one – the knitting completed and waiting for a miracleStage two – having a little soak! I promise you that despite the colour differences it really is the same scarf. The scarf is heavenly pale blue KSH, sickness the carpet is cornflower blue and the basin is avacado green!The blocking process complete – who needs a blocking board when you have stripy towels!
And just look at it – squeee
Happy Valentine’s day And a little quote – the difference between eros and agape (the latter being what really matters!)
“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin