le tired

Thanks for the nice comments on the ribby! It really needs a wash/block, though – it’s a wee bit itchy. Speaking of which, maybe I’ll do some Eucalan and and blocking tomorrow. It’s so much nicer when I can spin the water out of the machine, thereby getting more water out of the pieces and allowing them to dry faster.

Oh, and you know that sari silk scarf? I finished it yesterday – no biggie, because it’s only about 3 inches in width, but really, really long. I had to do the bindoff twice, which took an hour (!?) because the first time it was too tight. And I started my dad’s scarf, which will be LAST CHRISTMAS PRESENT SCARF! Thank goodness. Unless….I decide to make my grandmother a scarf. I hadn’t thought about that. What do grandmothers like?

I’ll put up some pictures tomorrow, when I can take them in natural light. Wow, I guess I’ve got a lot of stuff to do tomorrow, huh? Better get crackin’ on some book readin’.

I should be working

Instead I’m taking photos! Whee!

More detail shots:

Cabled Ribby Cardigan
Yarn: Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed, Enamel, 10 skeins
Needles: Denise US9 and US 10.5
Pattern: inspired by the ChicKnits 2x2x3x1, original version
Started: November 8, 2004
Finished: November 29, 2004

I didn’t start my dad’s scarf. Instead I cast one for a sari silk/random black striped scarf for my cousin.

I’m going to use a couple of different yarns for black stripes, probably – one, because I don’t have enough silk for the whole scarf (I don’t think) and two, to sort of tone down the whole thing. I’m not actually that sure if she’s into…colour, but who wouldn’t love the sari silk??

And one last shot which I like quite a lot, of the verrrry beginning (I haven’t finished casting on!) of the cotton capelet for my mom.

final stretch

The ribby is soooooo. close. to being done. I worked on it at SnB this afternoon and when I got home, as well. The front bands are done (I opted for seed stitch buttonbands), I did a three-needle bind-off under the arms, and even some of the ends are in. I’ve still got a few inches to do on the collar, though – about 3 inches. And then I need buttons. But I really need to get some work done, so I’ll finish it up a little later on tonight.

I got the pattern for Lara today, but I’ve decided on a goal – if I get two presents done, I can cast on for her. I’ll have to do some fiddlin’ though, because although my stitch gauge is fine, my row gauge is compressed (more rows per inch). So I’ll have to convert the given number of rows to work to inches, then count my rows to get there and write them down for consistency.

No work on any Christmas presents the last 2 days or so. My youngest sister has changed her mind, and now she wants a skirt instead of socks. Which is good actually, I’m more likely to finish the skirt sooner. It’s going to be out of Naturelle 8/8 in…I think it was “Denim” (which I had wanted to use for a “family tunic” from “Weekend Knitting”, but oh well), drawstring, with a leaf lace pattern at the bottom. I’ll probably start that, and possibly my dad’s scarf, tomorrow.