(flower of the day, asparagus)
i took this photo the other day when it was still sunny . . . now it’s gray and rainy, but boy, do we need it. even our shrubbery was wilting in the heat and dry weather we’ve been having.
so, where the heck have i been the last few days??
getting a few deadline projects finished up and out the door. the possibility of starting a sweater has been my incentive, and i have been very, very good.
first i got the merlot vine sock pattern done for the yarn4socks club. i left the subject of this sock hanging for a bit after i got over the biggest design humps with it, just when it was nearing completion. i finished it off with a nice little eyelet rib.
then took some neat photos of it prancing around the perilla (a fabulous coleus-like plant, BTW, that is sturdy, colorful, and never needs pinching. i picked it up completely by accident and am in love with it.)
the yarn is from meg at twisted, and is the october club kit at yarn4socks. i’m not exactly sure of the color name, or if it is offered outside the club (which i believe is sold out), but the pattern will be available here in october.
it would be a huge coincidence if meg actually had this plant and was inspired by its colors, but i know i made the connection, and the sock . . . well, let’s just say the sock was not all that happy to be dragged away to sit in a drawer without its new-found playmate (i’m pretty sure though, that the sock simply thought it was in front a of a mirror and was indulging in narcissistic fantasy).
as soon as that was done, i did some blocking. i even took care of a business call or three while i blocked . . . i just love multi-tasking.
i just love blocking.
another big piece off the needles, and i am feeling very satisfied. that is one big chunk of knitting. good thing it was fun.
i thought i’d show a photo of my center join.
now this area is always a bit tricky. when you pick up a provisional cast-on, it makes a nice, neat join, except for one thing; you are picking up the bottom of each stitch, so you end up a half-step off in the pattern. it always requires a little fenagling if, like me, you are completely obsessive about the way this part looks (but please, feel free NOT to be completely obsessive about it . . . believe me your life will be much more carefree, and you will have lots more time to, say, paint your nails or perhaps knit a sock witht he time you save).
i don’t know why i am so picky about the joins, when i am not picky about other problem points that take hold of some knitters. it’s just the way i am.
anyway, as far as the join, there are several writers who have addressed the issue and come up with ways to get a nice alignment at the join. i am much to lazy (even though i am obsessive) in the throes of the moment to go look that information up, so i have my own way of dealing.
i call it the fudge-it system. and so far, it’s working, but i’m going to out myself right now. i just do whatever is quick and easiest to make it look good. for instance here,
i can’t even tell anymore exactly what i did, but it went something like this: once i picked up the provisional cast-on and started working across the first row of the second side, i could see that the k1 that lies between the two YOs was going to be off a bit. what would make it align nicely would be to pick up the running thread from the previous row and knit that. which would give me an extra (unwanted) stitch. so i corrected that by adding an extra decrease in the next purl section—where i was supposed to p7, i made one of those a p2tog, and it is completely not detectable.
now, this may be a peasant’s solution, and not the mark of absolutely fine work. and sometimes, this type of solution is NOT good enough for me. but on this piece, at that moment, i was happy with it, and i still am. in fact, if i ever knit another one, i will probably do exactly the same thing, unless i have scads of time to explore some other way.
feeling very productive after the blocking, i set back to work on the mitt i am designing for anne’s november kit of the month at wooly wonka fibers (in between there i also put up some tomatoes, but that was sort-of happening in the background).
i showed a swatch the other day, and started my mitt last week, then ripped it out, then knit it again, then did another swatch, etc, etc. this designing stuff can make one feel like sysiphus for sure (OMG—i totally just typed sysiphus offhandedly, but if you love a real dose of irony, check out the wording in that linked entry . . .).
anyway, by yesterday i had a working design which i like a lot
this design is called snow on cedars. i am working with anne’s merino/tencel blend in her sage and cedar colorway.
i started at the hem with a band of snowflakes, which leads into a little grove of pines, which graduates to more snow in heavier and heavier density as it nears the top of the mitt. i love these designs in which one stitch leads to another, transitioning through several motifs over the shape of the object.
they are challenging to design, but so satisfying. i like this one a lot, and have a feeling i will re-visit and expand on it in a larger project later this year. now if i can write it all down so that it makes sense, and has correct numbers, THEN i will feel good.
i love the frosty blue-green color . . . it’s a little offbeat, which suits me fine; i am not a red-and-green-is-for-christmas type of person at all. there is also an alternate colorway
a frosted berry, that has black cherry, wine, and a bit of orangey-red in it.
the kit will be offered in her shop beginning october 15th i believe, but check with anne for details, using the contact form in the shop sidebar.
(BTW, there is a fall fingerless mitts KAL that looks like a lot of fun)
last night we had a nice dinner with our friends beckie and mark, to top off a good weekend with lots accomplished. good food (sorry, no pix but trust me, it was pretty, too), nice wine, and fun conversation . . i, for once, was all-in when it was over and headed straight for bed once the dishes were done and put away. it wasn’t even 11pm (sorry i missed your call debbie).
i didn’t even glance at this cheeky little guy winking madly at me from the coffee table, murmuring, “swatch me, baby, c’mon, let’s do it”.
tempting, certainly . . . but i like to play hard to get . . .