finally, a real update!

I finally put the finishing touches on Elspeth!

Sorry it’s kind of dark; that’s what happens with dark brown!

Pattern: by Laura Long, from Rowan 37
Yarn: Rowan Calmer, just over 3 skeins for size small, “Coffee Bean”
Needles: Denise US8
Started: August 2, 2005
Finished: August 22, 2005

The knitting was fast, but boy was it confusing! I ended up writing out the fronts line-by-line, with where I needed to do increases and what pattern row I was on, although the actual lace pattern was pretty easy to memorize. I put off things like sewing up and the crochet edging, otherwise it would’ve been done faster! I made the 34″ even though I’m a 36″, because I wanted it to be fitted and the way the pattern is written gives an inch of ease – so for the 34″, it comes out 35″.

Hm, what else…oh, I ended up doing the crochet edging around the body THREE TIMES because it kept flaring out. Still flares slightly in the back neck, but since I can’t see it, it doesn’t bother me! The Calmer is just sooo soft and lovely, there’s definitely more of it in my knitting future.

Meanwhile, I’ve been chipping away at the deadline projects – I finished a scarf in Knitpicks Shine for my youngest sister yesterday (her birthday’s tomorrow). I just need to weave in the ends and wrap it up with the fingerless mitts and I’ll be all set.

I did take some time out of the knitting to make this, for Julie:

She gave me the jeans, I reconstructed. Came out well, and only took a little over an hour – although that was a somewhat aggravating hour.

Ah, and the problem with the Blueberry Jacke – here it is.

See the two markers (sorry for the blurriness!) in the middle there? They’re separated by p2, k2, p2. Now, the pattern calls for starting and ending the rib at the sides with p2, but I just thought psh, why would I want to seam reverse st st? So I started and ended with k2 instead…

…which lead to starting the diagonal pattern after a different number of stitches (to make it line up with the rib). That was fine. But what I forgot was that you’re supposed to do the diagonal pattern until there are two purl stitches left between them – and that isn’t going to happen with the way I’ve set it up (since in the middle there are 2 knit stitches instead).

I’ve decided to just stop the diagonal pattern at the marker, so the middle section will be wider. I think I’ll do it correctly on the front, though…I think.

One more thing – I went to Ikea today for some yarn storage solutions! Excellent.

one of them photoless entries

Yep, not much goin’ on over here. Well, actually, I suppose a lot of knitting has been going on, just nothing really of note. Yesterday I stayed home while my family went to the CNE (that’s the Canadian National Exhibition) and knit all day long. I finished the back of the Snap Cardigan, which went really quite quickly. I’m working on the sleeves both at the same time, so while it seems pretty slow right now at least at the end I’ll have them both done! The yarn is yummy and soft, but the colour (dark dark blue) really sucks light into it. It’s a good thing the sweater’s just straight stockinette, otherwise I might be blind!

I’ve been working along on the Blueberry Jacke, but I have encountered a bit of a problem – rather than following the instructions, which have you start and end the ribbing with p2, I started and ended k2. This resulted in various other things that have needed some attention. Oh well. More on this later, maybe tomorrow.

I haven’t started that scarf for my sister yet – I’d better get on that!

Stay tuned for more interesting knitting news.

deadline knitting

I feel like I’m swimming in knitting, now that I’ve got three – count’em – THREE projects on the needles with deadlines. One is halfway there – the present for my youngest sister:

I think I will try to do a scarf as well, on big needles.

Yesterday we were pelted by thunder, lightning, crazy rain and even hail – it was nuts! Luckily I was inside, baking lemon cake (yum). In the evening, however it was blackout time. So what did I do?

Knit by candlelight!

The power went out around 8:30 pm and the blackout lasted until 11. I actually did get a good amount of knitting done – the (not-so-much) secret project is halfway done.

Off to accomplish lots of knitting – I have the day off and all to myself.