Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Old News, New Pictures

I haven't done any knitting this summer, but I did manage to get a couple of pictures of the old cable scarf with icord edging. That's about all there is to say, except that I hope to have some new knitting adventures sooner rather than later.

Monday, July 21, 2008


What once was this:

Now is this:
What happened? I wore it to church and while making brunch and it bagged out enough to look like this:

I was actually pretty proud of this tank, as I thought the design was nice (V in back or in front? You decide!) and I'd done a really good job of finishing it, so I decided it deserved a re-do. And there were definitely things that weren't perfect about the first version, so I'm almost happy to have a chance to get it right. It's also been kinda soothing to my currently overtaxed mind to frog it. (Just for the record, I did not make up the etymology of frog.) If only all of my mistakes were this easy to fix!

Happy (belated) Birthday, CH!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Yes We Can! Tam

This yarn is called "Audacity" and I felt filled with hope while knitting it.

Also, this tam was really fun and easy to knit! It's kind of cool to realize I'm at a knitting point where I still get to buy new needles, but also have some basic supplies. (Circular and dp size sixes and dp size 5s.) However, whoa, the rib with this yarn looks weird. And, also.....

I look kinda dumb in hats! Alas. I have decided what to do next with this happy making yarn though. Stayed tuned...

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

spring chick cowl

Well, at least when I started this, it was supposed to be for spring. But finals, graduation, moving, etc., etc., got in the way, so it's just now off the needles and blocked.
It's the Chickadee Cowl from Through the Loops! and is a simple, beautiful pattern. I'll definitely reknit it in the intended gauge when it gets chillier again. I'm sure that it would be a quick and fun knit. As it was, I had some Handmaiden Sea Silk that I was itching to use for a present for my grandma, so I modified the pattern for the much-thinner yarn (cast on 135 stitches on size 9s, and knit for about 20 inches to account for the highly drapey fabric). I started out using 6s, but that produced a much denser fabric than I wanted. It probably would have been pretty, and perhaps a little more functional, but I was hoping for it to feel a little lacy. Even though cowls aren't really season-appropriate, I think that my grandma will still be able to wear this one in frigid air conditioning, and in the early fall.
EW suggested, probably quite rightly, that I should stop knitting after about 12 inches. I ignored this advice, because I really, really wanted the finished cowl to be able to do this.

This yarn is pretty hard to photograph, but I think this close-up best shows the range. The color is called Dandelion, but it reminds me more of daffodils.

Here's the Ravelry project link, for those of you who'd like it.
Currently on the needles, I've got some more gorgeous Plucky yarn and am trying to design a tank top to show it off. I should be knitting other things, but the combination of small size and minimalistic design have made this a really good project for lulls in the BarBri lectures. I'm going into full study mode this month, so who knows when this one will be done.... I'd love to see what you all are working on in the summer heat!