Monday, July 20, 2009

What's On The Needles

This cool gorgeous weather has made me feel particularly knitter-y lately. Usually I knit minimally during the summer, but I've been sitting outside knitting almost every day this summer. What the what?!

I finally finished the Aestlight Shawl. It was quite a drama finishing up the edging. The pattern called for 440 yards and I picked a yarn that had 420, figuring, oh, they always overestimate by a lot. Well, no actually they didn't. I finished the edging with 10 inches of yarn to spare.

Oof. I didn't have enough to bind off the top edge, but that was okay. I found some close-looking brown alpaca and bound off the top. But I wanted the edging to all be in one yarn. Thank you, Guardian Knitting Angel!! Here it is, after THREE rinses (that's dye not dirt, good thing I rinsed it!!):

Here it is, blocked and pinned, with the cats eyeing it suspiciously:

Mary met with a yarn rep the other day and bought a pattern for me to take out for a spin. She and I have been looking high and low for the perfect fair-isle pattern to use in a class in January. Nothing was quite right. Until this pattern!! This is the Meriboo Fingerless Mitt:

The pattern had a lot of errors (just careless omissions really), but they were easy to figure out, and I LOVE how this turned out. I'll tweak some things on the 2nd one, but I love this. I've done tons and tons of colorwork, but never something this fair isle-y, so color-intense.

The pattern also included a matching hat, so I thought I'd try that out as well. I lurve the construction of this hat. It was much easier than the fingerless mitts, so I think this will be the class I teach. Here it is, almost to the decrease section. I think this turns out to be some sort of beret/Scotch Bonnet type of shape, but I'm not 100% sure because you can't tell in the pattern picture:

Finally, I succumbed to the siren song of the instant PDF download and spent a pleasant hour or so browsing patterns on Ravelry. I downloaded this:

Criss-Cross Lace Scarf by Anne Hanson (Knitspot). The yarn is the mighty Sheep Shop 3 - stashbuster! It looks prettier all finished and folded in place, but it's a cute little scarf.


Anonymous Gus's Granddad said...

With an eight (now nine) game winning streak, all you talk about is knitting? Come now, Momogus, after all!

10:14 PM  
Blogger diana said...

GG - jeepers, if I write about the Phillies, then all the knitters get up in arms. It's difficult walking the delicate Phillies-Knitting tightrope!!

ps - go Phils!!

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Gus's Granddad said...

I agree that's quite a delicate tightrope, but one that you knitted (oops!) for yourself.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Twice Knit said...

The shawl, the fingerless mitts and hat, the scarf.....each one is more awesome than the other. And the 9 game winning streak is also fine.

2:49 PM  

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