Tuesday, April 24, 2007

I dream of swifts...

Wha-Bam!! Over 800 yards of lace weight yarn wound by hand. (one of three skeins) This lovely yarn if from handpaintedyarn.com and is very lovely. I have to admit I was looking for something more monochromatic when I ordered it. However the online pictures made it look even more uni-blue than my photos do. It is actually a mix of blue, green and aqua. I plan to make an circular shawl from it if my garter stitch monster ever gets finished.
Here is a cat for scale.
Here is a cat for cuteness.
In case you don't know what a swift is, or would like to buy me one, you can find one here.

Project of Doom!

I recently purchased the Knitters Almanac and became infatuated with the pi shawl. However, I've never even used lace weight yarn. So I got the great idea that I would use the little bit I had in my closed to do a practice project. So I cast on for a bottom up garter stitch shawl on size 3 needles. It didn't seem so bad at the start, but now I can see that this shawl is going to take forever, be boring, and not really teach me anything. I've also seen a similar one on size nine needles that looks fine. Unfortunately, I really like it. The colors are beautiful, it has a nice drape, and I think it will be warm and light when finished. So I will slog on! But I might start the pi shawl too....

Photo taken moments before Ruby attempted to eat shawl.


Pattern: Shedir
Yarn: Knit Picks merino style in dusk (1.25 balls)
Needles: Knit Picks US 3

I think that this is definitely the most beautiful thing I have ever knit! I love the way the tiny little cables weave in and out of each other, and the crown shaping is brilliant! I only knit four cable repeats instead of five and it is still pretty big. It is definitely too big for me, but I think it will fit my dad. If he wants it, I think it will make a lovely birthday present. As long as he promises not to machine wash it! Not only is this the most beautiful thing I've ever knit, it is also the most complicated. If I didn't have 100 other things already on my "to knit" list I would knit myself one of these babies right now!

Hat, you rock! And I think I rock just a little bit because I made you!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Warm Fuzzy Tummy

My new most favorite vest ever! EVER! I loved knitting this and working with the wonderfully soft beautifully colored misti alpaca yarn. I loved it so much I didn't want to finish. It took me a full week to weave in the ends and admit that I was officially done. I'm glad I finished though, because I wore it around this weekend and had a wonderfully warm and fuzzy tummy! Now that I'm finally finished though I'm excited about getting a new project on the needles (or maybe an old one off the needles...).

Pattern: Knitty Leftovers Vest
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Baby Chunky
Needles: Denise Interchangeable US 10
Fun: Lots