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!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Objects, finished and unfinished

This is the scarf I made for my mom for Christmas. It is 12 repeats of a double leaf pattern taken from Barbara Walker's Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. I spun the yarn on my Bossies, plying a singles of chocolate brown alpaca and a singles of silk in the "black forest" colorway from . It turned out pretty well, I think.

These are the log cabin socks which I knitted for my mil from Rowan Cork in the "vapor" color. Imagine that there is a finished pair of socks in this picture. Why do you have to imagine the socks? B/c my mil will not give them up for even a minute to be photographed, which is rather flattering, really. Note to self: next time, finish knitting, take picture, then give gift.

And here is my lone log cabin sock - the one who will be mateless until I finish dh's 2nd sock. Sigh. I've started wearing it with my mateless spindle sock, also mentioned in the previous post, at least within the confines of my house. They might not match, at all, but they sure are comfy.

View 1 of the Duncan pullover from Jamieson's Shetland Knitting 1. Stranded knitting is fun! Takes forever, though, especially when you have multiple projects going on at once. You can see the pattern in this pic.

View 2 of the Duncan pullover. As you can see, I follow Kaffe Fassett's method of knitting with multiple color strands - just let them all hang down, tease out the strand you need at any given point, and occasionally comb your fingers through them to keep them from getting tangled. It was scary at first, but now I love this method.

Here are two shots of Ian in his new sweater. I knitted it with Elsebeth Lavold silky tweed and finished it with handmade ceramic buttons. Think I could've done a better job sewing the seams...

Monday, February 06, 2006

And now for something completely different...

No more kvetching about the whole going home/not going home/damn them fiasco. Back to what truly matters in life: KNITTING! I'm getting ready for the 2006 knitting olympics. My yarn is bought (well, um, mostly...), my swatch is knitted, my gauge is gotten, let the ceremonies begin! Except that before the torch is lit on, geez, Friday? I need to finish a few things (imagine pix inserted here - I'm too lazy to find the camera & upload the pix):

- dh's 2nd work sock. Yes, that one. The one from the pair I was knitting him for Christmas. Christmas 2005. Oops. In my defense, I would have made it if
a) I had not decided at the last minute that my mil needed PF legwarmers before Christmas
b) I had not waited until Thanksgiving to choose to knit almost everything on my list from my handspun - handspun, naturally, that was still for the most part roving, and in a couple particularly bad cases, theoretical roving (as in, I hadn't chosen & purchased it yet).
- my 2nd log cabin sock from _HH_. Having promised dh I would finish his sock first, I cannot possibly justify knitting this one, even though it's loads more fun than his sock, and way faster to knit too (bulky weight yarn on 6s vs. fingering weight on 1s - oy!) And since I'm a medievalist, my word is my bond, etc. etc. So no more cabled merino/angora yumminess for me until the drudgery is over. :(
- my 2nd energized singles handspun and knitted directly from the spindle sock, using some gorgeous "leaf peepers" merino/tencel roving. Nope, not sss - for the reason this sock is mateless, see above re the lcs.
- a pair of longies for my ds. Or possibly 2. See, I went to the lys to buy some yarn with which to knit a pair of longies to match the sweater I recently finished for Ian (using some yummy Elsebeth Lavold silky tweed yarn). I choose a skein of Cascade Ecological in a nice milk chocolate color, got home, unskeined it, put it on my swift, wound about an ounce of it onto my noste - and then happened to glance over at my sock yarn stash, where a skein of Lorna's Laces shepherd sock yarn in the "safari" colorway was making eyes at me. So I abandoned the Cascade for the LL and wound it into a ball, then knit a gauge swatch. I decided I liked the way it knits up in reverse stockinette better than stockinette, and got as far in this project as printing out the ww perfection pants pattern and doing the math for the gauge, when the _Second Treasury of Magical Knitting_ book that I purchased at the same time as the Cascade lured me away from my knitting and forced me to practice the moebius cast-on. And then to knit a test round. And then to knit myself a short moebius scarf using some yummy Mountain Colors weaver's quarters in the "redtail hawk" colorway. But I actually finished this scarf, so it's not a UFO. Yay!
- and then, of course, there's the stranded-colorwork sweater for myself which I cast on weeks ago, and am working on a row or two at a time, and which, with any luck, I'll have finished in time for next winter. Or the winter after that.

Pix of everything to come when I have the time/have found the camera/am not having to contend with a feral toddler who believes everything should either be fed to the cat, or poured on top of the cat/feel like it.