i love my new study; it’s a great place to knit. i’ve completely vacated the living room space that i used to use, in favor of the new workroom. the light is so much better at night and the coziness factor is way higher. not mention how much more beautiful it is . . . thank you david!
(the living room will eventually be beautiful too, once that renovation is done)
i’m surprised by the amount of knitting i’ve accomplished since my last post—i haven’t had a whole lot more time to devote to it, but working with bigger yarn and needles has its benefits . . .
my cardigan is growing by leaps and bounds. i picked it up while i was chatting with my mom the other night and added about six more inches to it; now i’m almost to the underarm on this front piece. i just love the yarn—briar rose pilgrim—sooo squishy and lofty.
i’m glad i decided not to knit this first one in the round though; the fabric will be a bit stiff until it’s washed and i can see that wrangling a bulkier piece of this fabric would make it far less attractive to work on, especially once the sleeves are attached.
i cast on the whitfield shorty for my nephew the other night, too, and knit the hem portion, thinking i’d set it aside to work on during my trip next week. then yesterday, i had a sewing lesson with my friend helena and i grabbed it on the way out the door to have something mindless to knit. while she set in a sleeve and finished up a blouse, i added about five inches to the front.
i love this yarn too—another briar rose creation (a superwash merino worsted). i’m not sure what chris is calling it, or if/when it will be available on her site, but you might find it in her booth if you see her at a show. it’s just gorgeous—saturated in color and with a soft sheen, it shows off the stitch definition of this piece really well. it’s light in weight, but it has great substance, too.
beckie is coming over to knit tonight and i’ll work on one of these two pieces while we talk—i’m really looking forward to ending the week with a visit from her.
i’ve been slowly adding rows to wasp and rose too—this project moves along a little less quickly, since the yarn is much thinner, but is no less enjoyable. i’m about sixteen rows into the trellis pattern and the new motif is just beginning to take shape. the more i work with it, the more i love this yarn (fibre isle kami bison in colorway rose petale); it has a nice silky feeling but is substantial, despite it’s fine weight. it’s very good to knit with. these qualities especially stand out when i move from a heavier project to this one—the adjustment is effortless, if you know what i mean.
i have a lot of knitting time planned for the weekend and i want to focus most of it on this project. i’d like to get at least halfway through the trellis section (which is 96 rows, i think??) by sunday night. wish me luck.
i also have a bunch of pattern writing to work on, but i’ve tried to keep that for week day hours; even though it’s all channeled toward the same goal, the weekend just doesn’t seem as fun if i’m chained to the computer instead of nestled among yarns . . .
i’m almost done with my second bougainvillea mitt; i got through the thumb gusset last night, i think—i stopped because it couldn’t remember how many thumb sts i needed and the other mitt was all the way downstairs in my office (it was late and i felt lazy).
i’ve been working on the pattern for it, which i’m hoping to have ready for release very soon. i decided to name it crossings.
i’m enthralled with the color of this yarn—such a rich blue/lavender, vivid, but not too. this is knit from dirty water dyeworks lucia, a smooth, 3-ply sock weight yarn that shows beautiful stitch definition and will be easy to take care of. it would be equally nice in their bertha or julia yarns.
and finally . . .
aria delicato is OTN, yay!
i need to block and photograph it and i’m not sure when i’ll get to that, but hopefully today or tomorrow. it’s the first sunny day this week and i don’t want to spend it all indoors if i can help it. i’m getting my hair cut and after that, i plan to go for a bike ride before i commit to any other work.
isn’t the yarn just scrumptious looking in this photo? that’s slackford studio nimbus cloud in colorway lilac frost. it makes me want to bury my face in it, sitting there like that, unattached to any needles for once.
the pattern is all set to go; we just need some photos of the blocked scarf. i have about one-third of the skein left over and i’m planning to see if it’s enough to knit a pair of delicato mitts (i have reserves in case it doesn’t make it, but it would be cool to know for the pattern release if it can be done).
classes this week were a lot of fun with several people showing up in finished knits.
janet wore her finished butternut scarf, knit in a very fine, duck blue alpaca lace yarn (i can’t remember what, darn it—something tells me it’s fearless fibers alpaca lace). it looks great on her and she’s very proud of it (rightly so; it’s lovely).
barb looks absolutely stunning in her bel air sweater, knit in spirit trail sunna, colorway rosewood. she’s had this finished for a couple of weeks, but was waiting for the buttons, which arrived last week from moving mud. it’s her second one; barb knit that beautiful sample that jennifer is showing in her booth in colorway ancient stones.
based on how the first sample fit her, barb decided knit this one size smaller with negative ease—about 1.5 inches and she’s super-happy with the fit. the first one fit well too, through the shoulders, but was a little looser in the body (barb is smaller below the waist than above and has thin limbs). because the yarn and stitch pattern provide plenty of stretchiness, she feels comfortable with the snugger fit around her bust.
barb also brought along her inky dinky test knit in progress—we have been steadily preparing this design for release behind the scenes and though it’s taken a while, we finally have it in test knitting. agnes and theresa are done, actually; catherine and barb are almost there.
i’m going to save this pattern for release in january; i think we’re all focused on christmas knitting for the next little bit and this will be a good one to put out before my january travels, when we’re all looking for something to do while the snow flies.
i think that’s all i’ve got for today—time to get ready to go for my haircut (i love haircut days, don’t you??). have a good weekend!