Saturday, February 17, 2007

Well, go figure... was searching for knitting needles, and found the bloody pattern for my shawl (in profile picture). Was sitting on top of my basket under a bag of stuff. While I facepalm, since that was a result of my 'cleaning' a few weeks ago, I'm very happy to have found it again.

I've also been brewing ideas for more socks.... got one started that's gone through 2 patterns, then ripped... now I'm thinking my first 2-color project.... white cables on a colored background... Still have another sock on the go, the blueish one, and have the yellow/brown waiting to go on the needles again. Then there's the 2 shirts in progress :P

Just waiting for work to download, then back at that for the day.... and a friend in Ohio wants to commission me for kilt hose for him, soon as he gets his tax return in another week or two. So I'm hoping to spend part of tomorrow fondling yarns so I can choose one :) He wants it simple, but I'm gonna throw in a couple cables or braids for my own sanity, so I don't get bored from nothing but knit stitches like the last kneehighs I did. I'm also thinking of asking to get those back, and possibly frogging those and redoing them. My brain can't seem to wrap around the fact that socks need to be made *smaller* so that they stretch around the foot. So I'd likely subtract at least a good inch, maybe 1.5, from the circumference of her socks all the way down.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Socks and shawl

Here's finally a picture of the two sets of socks I'm working on. The upper sock is Dicentra Designs colorway Kingsfoil knit on 2 mm needles, and the lower sock is Opal Handpainted #21 (half price at the LYS when I was there) on 2.25 mm needles.

Since that picture, however, I decided that since I only have one skein of either yarn, I frogged the upper sock, and plan to frog the bottom one, and do toe-up socks, so I can match the length of the socks and use up the whole skeins, or close to it. I've gotten the first Dicentra sock toe started, about 4-6 rows from starting the foot. The Opal will get going eventually, although I think I'm going to wait and do those on 2 mm as well, as I feel the 2.25mm isn't making as thick a fabric as I would like. I also want the 2.25 needles for the Kroy Socks yarn I have, so I can try Knitty's Falling Leaves socks. The yarn is Muslin at the moment, but I'll be dying them some shade of green after the socks are knit.

On the Peacock Feathers front, I've gotten to row 92, I believe, in the third or fourth chart. I'm not sure, because I can't find the pattern! I went to PEI with a couple friends a few weeks ago, and took the pattern and shawl with me to show friends, but after I got home, I remember dumping a bunch of stuff in one spot. Then when I went to look for the pattern and shawl a few days ago, I found the shawl and needles no problem, but the pattern is missing. I've yet to do an exhaustive search, but am emailing the lady who's place we stayed at, to see if I may have forgotten it there.
Anyways, there's a picture I got of it before that trip, at my friend's again, stretched out to see half the pattern. I have at least 4 YO mistakes in there, where I've forgotten to YO, then fudged it on the next row, but they're thankfully not that visible. I just hope I find the pattern so I can keep going on this, as I was having fun with it, and still want to do at least one more in a different color. I've yet to decide which color.
Yay for pictures!

Laceweight goodness...

Well, I finally spun up that 30/70 silk/merino into approx. 215 yards of laceweight 2-ply goodness. It's a pinky grey, which I normally don't like, but it's all MINE!!

After looking at several patterns and trying out a few, I've decided on Knitty's Branching Out, and am knitting it with 3 repeats on 2.75 mm needles. I'm only halfway through the first repeat, but it looks like it will come out well.

One thing I've noticed, though, about my spinning is I really tend to overspin. The first ply of this definitely has more twist than the second ply, and so the yarn is a bit stiffer than I would have liked. Good thing is, though, that I have lots of the original 100g left (the ball of 2-ply is 23g). So I can play with making a second ball of laceweight. I also want to try other colorways from Ashland Bay. :) Or maybe from ebay, where I've also found several colorways in the 30/70 I want to try, soon as I get some cash.

I'll update with pictures hopefully Tuesday, as Mondays are when I get to my friend's place with her camera.