Thursday, March 29, 2007

Recent knits

Wow, it's been forever since I've posted! I've been knitting up a storm, and here's some proof:

This is Ian in his chullo, knitted with Mission Falls 1824 wool.

Ian in his Viking sweater, knitted in Elsebeth Lavold silky wool (pattern by Elsebeth Lavold).

Spring/summer socks for me, knitted in Schaefer Yarns "Lola".

"Inishmaan" sweater for me, from Alice Starmore's _Fisherman Sweaters_, knitted in Rowan Yorkshire Aran Tweed. This is the back; the front is about 2/3 finished; and the sleeves exist only in my imagination. My current UFO: 'cause who can knit heavy winter sweaters in this weather?!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Sheepy love

I finished my first Estonian sock puppet! The pattern can be found in the latest issue of Spin-Off. Although the pattern called for about 1 oz of each color, I ended up using almost 2 oz - this because no matter how hard I tried (and I did, I really really did), the Shetland I spun on my Cascabeles and Emily spindles just did not come out at 15 wpi. More like 12 wpi. But I went ahead & knitted the sheep puppet on size 1s anyway - I figure with a kid like mine, this puppet better be bombproof, and it's so tightly knitted that it probably is.

I was going to put the puppet away until Christmas (this was ostensibly a Christmas gift for my son), but dh convinced me to give it to Ian right away. I was glad I did, for his face lit up when he saw it, he cried "sheep puppet!" and he had to immediately try it on, as the following pix show.

Here is Ian doing his best to make sure the sheep makes it into the picture.

In this one, Ian and dh are playing with the puppet.

And here Ian is giving his puppet a kiss. What a cutie!

Now that I've finished the puppet, it's time to start knitting two-end mittens from Homespun Handknit for my mil for Christmas, using more of this lovely Shetland.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Woohoo! I'm combing!

Now that the dissertation is finished (revisions notwithstanding), I finally have time to use the Alvin Ramer super mini combs I bought from Janet (thanks, Janet!) and the Shetland fleece I got in a swap with Shell.

Here is a pic of the fleece:

Here is the combed fleece, waiting to be pulled through the diz:

Here is my roving:

Here is the singles on my Emily spindle:

And here is the two-ply, ready to be knit:

75 yards down, another few hundred to go...for this oh man do I need a wheel.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Believe it or not...

I *have* been knitting. Kind of a lot, in fact. But with the long, drawn-out move and the placing of all our belongings (including my beloved stash!) into long-term storage, there's been no way for me to post. So now here I am breaking the silence, to announce that...drumroll...I still don't know where the connector cable is for our digital camera, so I can't post any pix of what I've been doing. :( Sigh. But hey, we're *almost* completely unpacked now...

Anyway, I'm simultaneously finishing my pair of log cabin socks, knit in luscious Jaeger Chamonix (why oh why did they discontinue this yarn?!) and working on Dave's river forest gansey, in a yarn I've grown quite fond of, from Blackwater Abbey. And I've been spinning a lot too - some yummy hand-dyed yearling from Fun With Yarn.

Pix to follow.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Yay me.

I did it! Ian's "river forest gansey" is finished! And it looks terrific on him, too. :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

I can't believe...

...that I've almost finished Ian's gansey. It has been quite a saga, but I don't feel like going into it right now. Later, maybe. For now, here's a pic:

Sunday, February 12, 2006


The back is finished! And it only took me all weekend to do. My poor son is turning into a wool orphan. So I am officially done knitting for the day - or at least until he's down for the night. ;)

Wow (knitting olympics sweater)

The river forest gansey from Handknit Holidays is harder than I had thought. Turns out I'm not nearly as good at reading a chart as I had thought I was. Darn WS rows - if it weren't for them, I'd have a lot more knitted right now (I figure I've frogged almost as much yarn as I've knitted at this point). Still, I have made quite a bit of progress. Here's the proof:

As you can see, I've almost reached the neck shaping. I figure I'll be there in about another 2-3 rows. The tree pattern at the top of the sweater is where the charts really got me in trouble.

So would this be considered aran knitting? Or is aran knitting only when you're knitting cables? Regardless, and despite the challenges & frustrations of this pattern, knitting this sweater is fun!