Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Chug Chug

Nothing new has been started here. The first of the California socks is finished and the second one is almost halfway complete. But then I had an itch to work on something thicker than fingering weight and picked up a cabled sweater that I've been working on since the winter. Boy, before I had the baby I sure could finish projects at light speed! Now it's really just a couple stitches here and there if I have a few free minutes during a nap or after bed.

Anyhoo, the sweater is out of Peace Fleece, whose color I can't recall at the moment, using pattern instructions from a Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns . Peace Fleece is very roughly spun but knits up surprisingly (to me) smooth and fairly soft. I'm not really worried about that because I don't mean it to be worn next to the skin. I love the heathered, tweeded look of it and found it very reasonably priced. I've read that it wears like a bullet proof vest and the stitch definition is great.

It's a belted, low V-neck cardigan with a shawl collar The cable I used was from the Vogue Stitchionary Volume 2 number 58. It's meant to be a sweater jacket so I planned it to have quite a bit of ease. The fronts back and one sleeve is finished and I am chugging away on the last one. So close to the finish line, I've gotten antsy and want to just be done with it already so I can have it put together by the fall.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Sunny California

These are a modified Cable Twist socks from here inspired by the ones I saw here. I'm working them in a new sock yarn for me, J. Knits Superwashme in the California colorway. I was trying to find an interesting pattern to show of this yarn but that didn't get lost in it and I think I have succeeded.

I will try to finish this pair before I begin the pair I have planned for my MIL, but it's really hard to resist when you get that package in the mail. New stuff!! Must use it right away!! Forget everything else until I need a break from this!! Amass a ginormous pile of WIP's!!

The next couple of posts I will show some of the other projects I've got going. I generally don't have any rhyme or reason for what I choose to start. Usually when I see something I'd like to try I obsess about starting it until I do. A positive way to look at it is that I've always got something else to go to when one thing or the other starts to bore me or I just need a change.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

the Zillionth Jaywakers

So, I know I'm a little late to join the Jaywalker bandwagon. I started a pair of these when they were first published in Plymouth Sockotta and couldn't figure out why I didn't have the slightest desire to finish them until I realised that I hated the yarn. Detested is probably a better word. I was beating myself up for starting another project and not intending to finish when *ping* (insert cartoon light bulb here) I noticed that my hands felt rough and scratchy from the stuff sliding over it and it had zero cush or give. Blech.

I decided to give it another go with some Lorna's Laces in the Safari colorway that I was given for Christmas. Not my favorite color combination, but this time I was able to finish the socks in no time and really enjoyed it.

I'm a pretty avid reader of knitting blogs and it's so easy to get inspired seeing all of the really cool creative things that people have made. Maybe someone somewhere will be a bit inspired by some of the things that I have done and love to do.

For those of you who like the close-ups:

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