Boy, is it hot – there, I said it. Global warming has definitely made it’s appearance in Ontario this past week. Thank heavens for our little air conditioner or our tiny apartment would be an oven!
I’ve been pretty busy lately, so let me catch you up:
A couple of lace swatches…
The first one is for the Goddess Knits Anniversary Shawl KAL which starts this Saturday (WWKIP Day – remember!) out of Misti Alpaca Baby Alpaca 2-ply Lace (Mushroom) which I’ll be using in conjuction with their gorgeous Handpainted Lace in “Seattle“. This one is a circular Pi-shaped shawl. When I run out of Seattle, I’ll change over to Mushroom on the next round.
The second swatch is for the Mystic Meadows Shawl KAL, which began a week ago and I have managed to get to Row 56 of Clue 1. This one is taking a bit longer to knit for some reason. I was originally going to use the Aubergine Alpaca from Celtic Memory for this shawl, but decided at the last minute to change over to some 2-ply Shetland wool that I frogged from a second-hand Marks & Spencer sweater due to the perfect heathered meadow colours. That, and it blocks like iron. I’ll save the alpaca for a future project.
Clue 2 was released today. Hopefully I can catch myself up. With all my recent sock knitting, I’m a little out of practice!
Secret of Bad Nauheim has stalled a bit. I have only 15 rounds left on the border – but at over 800 stitches per round and growing, it takes a while.
Speaking of socks, I’ve finished my first qualifying pair for the 52 Pair Plunge II (and my 14th pair of the year).
My “Pele’s Party Socks” have been re-dubbed “Beaded Gypsy Dancing Socks” – aren’t they fun?
Pattern: Godmother’s Socks By Deborah Swift of MountainMom Designs (Round 6 Pattern for Sock Madness 2)
Yarn: Koigu KPM Handdyed Semi-Solids, Colour 1110 (50g skein – 160m); Fleece Artist Basic Merino Sock, Origin Colourway (32g)
Needles: 2.25mm KnitPicks Circs, 2.75mm DPNs for cuff
Beads: #6 glass beads in various coordinating colours – used 1mm crochet hook to apply.
I’m also halfway through the Optional Round Pattern – “Woven Cable Eyelet Socks” by Technoknitter:
Yes, they are loud and I like them that way! Using up some old DGB Confetti Superwash (Col. 193) that has been screaming at me for awhile, but couldn’t find the right pattern for.
I altered the pattern slightly using a stockingette toe, sole, a flap heel (using the heel instructions from the Diamante Sock pattern by Deb Barnhill on Knitty modified to accommodate the smaller stitch count) and smaller needles than called for (2.25mm for foot/heel, 2.5mm for leg and gusset).
In knitting these two-at-a-time together, I ran into some major needle issues as I do not as yet have any 40″ circulars. Suffice it to say, they have now been separated onto their own individual circular and I have some 40″ lengths on order. What a nightmare.
Weekly KAL dishcloths:
Pattern: Waffle Texture Ensemble by Maile Mauch
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, Banana Yellow
Sorry about the photo quality, but the texture wasn’t coming through. Both the front and back are really nice. I had a very long tail left from the cast-on, so I crocheted a little hanging loop.
Pattern: Baby Fern Pattern Dishcloth by Vaunda Rae Giberson
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Stripes, Tie Dye Stripes
I used smaller needles, added two additional rows to the top and bottom border and eliminated 3 stitches in the main pattern to balance it out. All in all, very happy with the result.
Another square for the Sampler Afghan:
Pattern: Lacy Granny by Dayna Audirsch
Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Wool, 016 – Thyme, 005 – Raven
This is the CAL square for June. One more filler square and my 2008 Sampler Afghan will be at the halfway point and so will 2008. Incredible. Where does the time go?
Some Yarn Pr0n for ya:
Scored on a recent trip to Needles and Knits in Aurora. In order from L-R, we have:
Regia Kaffe Fassett Sock Yarn – Landscape Twilight (just a single ball, I have a perfect mixer solid in my stash)
Liza Sock Yarn – this is a one-of-a-kind handpaint by Elizabeth who works at the store. Stunning colours and really good yardage (462yds/422.5m)
Found in the discount room:
Selbu Husflidsgarn – Heathered Dark Grey, 100g/210m, Sport/DK (destined for BadgerDan socks)
Naturegarn no. 1, 50g/55m, Lopi-Style Chunky, Col. 754 (another stripe or two for the Lopi Blanket)
Autumnal knitting preparation:
I finally decided on a substitute yarn to use for the cover Kimono Jacket from Freedom Spirit and Wool Book 456 (my primary reason for purchasing the book). Not that I have anything against Freedom Spirit – I love it – I just wanted something a little different. Going with Auracania Nature Wool Worsted – this is a light worsted wool that will knit down to a DK or up to a Worsted so I think it should work just fine. I plan on doing the main body of the sweater in the lime green and the borders/trim in the dark brown. It’s going to look great.
Yes – I do knit the occasional sweater. For a while now I’ve been telling myself and others that I’m not really a sweater knitter. The other day, I stopped and actually counted how many sweaters I’ve made in my knitting career. Eight sweaters in under 5 years with 2 more currently on the needles. Um, let’s just say, my tune has changed a bit.
Perspective is everything.