Sunday, January 31, 2010

New Shawl

Here is one of my new skeins from the Clever Cat Knits all wound up and ready to knit.

I was having a hard time deciding which of the four skeins I would knit with first. It was suggested that I start with the one that I liked the least. That sounded like a good starting point to me. The Delphinium, while very pretty, is not really my colour but I have to say that since it has been wound I like it better. Don't get me wrong, it still doesn't hold a candle to the beautiful brown, orange and greens of the other skeins but I think that the shades of blue, lavender and pinks will knit up nicely into the new Citron shawl that is in the current issue of knitty. Everything is ready, I have the pattern printed out and have decided on which needle I am going to use. Now the only thing standing in the way is for the body of the blue, top down sweater to be finished (or really, really close to being done) before I cast on.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

It is here!!

I have been holding my breath as I checked the mail all this week waiting for this package to arrive. It arrived today. I am so excited about this wool! This is the first time I have actually seen the colours and they are wonderful!!

After Sue from Clever Cat Knits gave a talk at the Knitting Goddesses Knitting Guild in December I took a look on her website and found these four skeins, Delphinium, Dorset Bright, Autumn and Key Lime, . Each on is a 50g skein of hand dyed, lace weight SuperLamb which, as the name implies, is 100% superwash lambswool.

Now to find a pattern...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The fun of entrelac knitting!

Look at this knitting! This is the start of everyone's entrelac knitting projects. One is going to be a pillow cover(great idea!) and the rest will be beautiful scarves. The colours are amazing. It doesn't seem to matter what wool was chosen they are all turning out wonderful and the best part is that everyone seems to be having fun knitting them. I can't wait to see how they look next week!

Happy entrelac knitting everyone!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Almost to the sleeves

I am getting there! This sweater is certainly taking longer to knit than the smaller size but I still love doing it. The first ball is almost finished so that is making me feel like I am making some progress. I still have about 2" to knit before I will be ready to knit the sleeves and I am hoping to have most of that done by late tonight. Then I get to do the fun part, try it on! Knitting the sleeves is going to seem like a breeze. It is going to have so many less stitches. I can't wait!

My poor scarf has been almost forgotten about since Monday night. I have only done one row of rectangles. Any spare time I have had has been to used to get another round done on the sweater. The scarf will be my weekend project.

Happy knitting :)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sweater vs Scarf

The sweater won out last night as the project to be knit. I just couldn't put it down! Here you can see how it looks with half of the stitches slipped onto another circular needle so I could try it on. I know it doesn't look much like a sweater yet but it is about half way to the arm holes so there is about another 6" to knit before starting the sleeves. Progress is getting slower as more stitches are still being added every other round but I am happy with how much I have done and how it is fitting.

I also managed to find some time to start the entrelac scarf this afternoon. This is being knit with Noro's Silk Garden. Just knitting the entrelac pattern is fun but when you add in this wonderful varigated wool as well you just want to keep knitting to see that next colour knit up on the needles!

This week's knitting is going to focus on these two projects. I am keeping my fingers crossed for lots of knitting time as I am really excited about both of these projects and can't wait to get some knitting done on both of them.

Happy knitting everyone!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

One Finished, Another One Started

Here is the start of my new sweater. It is knit with hempwol from hemp for knitting. As the name implies, it is a blend of 65% wool and 35% hemp. It is very nice to knit with especially after that pink acrylic. I don't usually mind knitting with acrylics but that one was not very soft at all. I love this colour of blue even though it is not my usual choice of green, brown or orange. This sweater is also being knit from the top down following the same guidelines as the pink sweater. So far I have cast on at the neck opening and I am knitting downwards increasing as I go until this piece is large enough to go all the way around the neck then it will be joined and worked in the round down towards the shoulders. I am going to have a hard time putting this project down tonight to work on the entrelac scarf. I may have to keep switching back and forth from project to project. The next set of pictures will show which project won out :)

The sweater is finished and it fits her great!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Almost Done

I am not sure what I like about this sweater the most.

I love the fact that by knitting it top down all of the "hard" work is done. All of the shaping, both sleeves, and the neckband are all finished.

Now the only thing left is to pick up the body stitches and knit in the round until it is long enough. I like the idea of just knitting around and around and around. No row counting, no pattern reading, just knitting.

I know that it fits because she has tried it on. The sleeves are the perfect length (too perfect for a fast growing little girl so I am going to add some extra length.)

The final reason that I may be liking this so much may have to due with the fact that I am knitting this sweater in approximately a child's size 4.

The real test will come in a couple of nights when I start one for myself.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Sweater Progress

Well, here is the sweater so far. I am following Barbara Walkers basic instructions for a top down raglan pullover and knitting approx a child's size 4. I tried what I had knit on my niece yesterday and so far it fits. Today I continued knitting for another 4" to where I have estimated will be the correct length for the armhole. The first picture is what it looked like still on the circular needle. The second picture is after the front, back, and right sleeve have been put on stitch holders. I am now ready to knit the left sleeve. I am having fun with this sweater! With any luck, I will be able to show you a finished sleeve tomorrow.