Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Progress Pacer

Well, according to my nifty (knifty?) excel spreadsheet - I'm at 2.6% complete on the gorgeous Path of Flowers Stole. Le sigh. I figure I'm looking at about 33 pattern repeats (of 16 rows each, and about 8 minutes per row) to get the 65.5" required, so I might be blogging this exclusively for a while as I'd like to have it done by October 14th (my Mum's birthday). That means a minimum of 7.45 rows per day, with no days off, leaving one day for washing, weaving in the ends, and blocking. Yeah, wish me luck.

In random knitterly news, I bumped into the Yarn Harlot on the street today when I was post-yam-burrito and she was pre-yam-burrito. Yum. I don't think I was too much of a dork. Although, I did accost her when she was in a non-yarny situation.

The ladies at Lettuce Knit were incredible this evening - both the staff and the knitters! They helped me pick out some Addi
Turbos, the new-to-me lace ones, and MAN are they incredible. The stole is going faster already, and these P2 through the back loops are SO much easier! Huzzah! Definitely money well spent. I was worried they would be too slippy for the silk/mohair blend - but the coating is different from the regular Addi Turbos, so they're incredible! Yes, it's love.

Okiedokie, off to bed to dream of lace.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Rollercoaster Knitting

Well, not to get your hopes up with the post title, but I wasn't rollercoaster knitting; my knitting has been a roller-coaster ride lately.

I'm working on the devastatingly gorgeous Path of Flowers Stole by Chrissy Gardiner. Shhhh, it's a surprise for my Mum's 60th birthday in October.

So, it's deadline knitting and it's the toughest lace I've ever knit. There are pattern rows on the purl side (ahhhhh!), and there are 2 different lace charts, which you knit from twice for each row. It's tough, and the centre motif (the gorgeous one that made me want to knit this shawl) is not memorizable by mere mortals. It's a vertical motif, and as I'm knitting horizontally, it's not going to implant in my brain. (The problems I'm having are in no way the designer's fault... the pattern is beautifully written and laid-out on the page. This is just a bit of a reach for me.)

I'm using a KidSilk Haze knock-off from Romni (20% off sale, woooo!), in a lovely robin's egg blue. The colour changes depending on the light, which I love.

Well, this knitting has driven me crazy. I've ripped back FOUR TIMES now. But I think I can finally read the lace, so this is my last attempt. If I can't get it on this try (I swear I'd have half the thing done if I could add up all the knitting I've done) then I'm moving onto another project. Luckily for my Mum, I love her enough to keep working on this shawl (but even this love has its limits... I can't give up any more sanity for this project...)

In lieu of my normal camera, I'm using my webcam (I'm camping at my parents' house due to a family emergency right now - which also makes sneaky knitting for my mum quite tough).

Therefore, I present to you a montage of my knitting feelings:

Knitting Despair at my frogged lace -- which won't even frog the whole way:
Photo 117

Knitting Joy at a new cast on -- complete with my favourite stitch-markers from Lisa:
Photo 126

And Knitting Peace -- working on the lace, for the fifth time:
Photo 128

And of course, here is my Path of Flowers Stole Ravelry Page, in case you want more frequent updates.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Knitting half makes it whole?

My mum has been working on the Debbie Bliss Classic Baby Cardigan from Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2007.

She has lovely tension, and knit all the flat stockinette bits.

After much debacle, she asked me for help with the finishing.

So, I have done the knitting from the yoke up (unfortunately at a slightly looser gauge), and now the little cardie is blocking.

This was so sweet to knit, even with the collar problems (go check the errata at the Vogue website if you're knitting this -- you need to pick up the collar stitches from the WS!). My only complaint with the yarn, Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, is that it's a little splitty. It seems to untwist while I knit with it, and then I occasionally catch between the plies instead of the whole loop.

But the almost-finished product is very much greater than the sum of its parts, and I'm definitely going to be knitting more baby sweaters!

I'm currently waiting for the cardigan to dry, and then there will be seaming and button-fun:

More details on the cardigan's Ravelry page.

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Lisa's Birthday Sheepie

Well, for starters:
A very happy birthday to Lisa!

Today I got to spend the day with a lovely knitting friend: a divine lunch, bead shopping, and partaking in the Romni 20% off all-wool-in-the-store sale! What a great day!

And, as Sunday was Lisa's birthday, she needed a Sheep.

Therefore, I reveal to you the Super Sneaky Suprise Summer Knitting, Lisa's Sheep:

Project Details:
A Felt Flock by Bev Galeskas
Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in Cloud and Coal

More photos and details at le Sheep's Ravelry page.


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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Secret Surprise Photo

Oooooh, what can it be?

It's the Sneaky Secret Surprise Knit . . . hmmmmmmmmmm.


Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Sneaky sneaky...

Super Sneaky Secret Summer Knitting complete.

Super sneaky pictures to come tomorrow.

Super Sneaky Secret Present to be delivered soon.

Unsneaky pictures to follow, posthaste.