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Monday, February 06, 2006

What To Do Now

So now that Hot Lava is finished and the Knitting Olympics are starting on Friday, what's a girl to knit?

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I decided to start the Turtleneck Shrug by Teva Durham from Scarf Style. I had bought the yarn months ago during my trip to upstate New York, so it luckily didn't involve any yarn purchasing. Considering there is very little shaping, and it is knit entirely of 3x3 rib, I figure this will be a pick up whenever project. I started on Thursday night and have only knit about 5". This is going to be a slow go, but will be so cool when it's done in the summer when it's too warm to wear.

I have also been "in training" for the Olympics. I cast on a few stitches just to make sure I remembered how this darn cable goes. I don't know why this pattern gave me so many problems over the past 2 years, but now it will be officially conquered! Yay!

And since it is the year of the sock, I wanted to share a recent book purchase (well, a couple weeks back really). It is called The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook by Lynne Vogel. This book gives you the full monty: dyeing, painting, spinning, designing, and knitting. It is really quite inspirational and the photos are gorgeous - not to mention you can design your own personal unique socks from fiber to finish!

And last but not least, when I was digging out my Rowan Polar for First Aid, I found two finished projects! When I moved last August, I placed them in with my yarn stash so they wouldn't get damaged or lost. I guess I didn't exactly lose them, I just forgot about them:

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Hush Hush by Libby Baker
Size 2 and 3 needles
Cone of 2/3 pearl cotton

I still can't believe I was able to finish this project (which was actually finished in 2004, it just took this long for me to block the darn thing!). This dress is basically 3/4 stockinette with 4 horizontal rows of ribbing on the princess seams to keep things from getting overly dull (and did I mention on size 2 and 3 needles!). This project is tribute to my patience, which sometimes I think I have way too much of! Either that, or it shows just how masochistic I really am.

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Green sweater by moi (I'm so creative at naming things!)
Size 4 needles
3 balls of Kidsilk Haze

This was the third sweater I had ever written a pattern for. I think it took me 4 months just to get the right type of pointelle to work with the KSH. I swatched like crazy on this one. The sweater was finished about a year ago and I believe it took about 3 months start to finish. The reason I never posted it was because I had been thinking about submitting this to Knitty and I had been going back and forth about it since then. I should have just submitted while it was fresh in my mind! Oh well!

greenswtrdetail
I love the buttons!

9 comments:

cynic the lamb said...

I love the buttons too, but I love the sweater even more. That's one of my favorite Melissa designs. It's beautiful.

Amy said...

They both are just lovely. The stitch pattern on the green cardi is perfect with the KSH.

Kelly said...

Wow! What a beautiful sweater. So timeless, you'll be able to wear that one forever. You should submit it somewhere!

sturdygirl said...

Hey! Thanks for the lace cast-off instructions! (I would have posted sooner but blogger was being weird) That will be great for me - I always have such a tight bind-off edge. The sweater turned out wonderfully. As for today's post, I'm on sensory overload! I love the green sweater - I think you should sell the pattern and I will buy it. :)

Moni said...

How pretty they both are! I esp love the green KSH sweater! What a nice surprise to have found both :)

carrie said...

hello finished object bonanza! they all look great. i'm impressed with your solution for hot lava -- i never wear the one i made because the collar is indeed wonky. hush hush is nifty, and i adore the cardigan you designed. so talented! definitely submit it.

Lolly said...

Forget FOs? I don't know if I could ever do that! Especially ones that are THAT lovely! Both of them took such patience, and such time - and the work really shows. They look great on you too ;)

MeMoiJa said...

Damn! I wish you'd submitted it, it's lovely!
(Would you consider changing your commenter options, so that not only people with Blogger accts can comment? It's discouraging to those who don't have one)

Anonymous said...

What color KSH did you use for the sweater? It looks just beautiful. Also, please consider writing up a pattern for the cardie. I would definitely like to knit that up.

Happy Knitting!!

Traci