Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Uninspired title

I can't come up with a catchy title for this one hence the 'uninspired title'.

Anyways just a bit of update on things here. There was some good knitting time this weekend with the wet rainy weekend here. On Saturday Michelle stopped by to knit and we got her started on her Spanish Christening Shawl (baby blanket). She's using some lovely pastel colored variegated yarn by Jojoland from my shop. This is a pattern from Folk Shawls and is designed as a large square lady's shawl but we agreed to size it down for a baby blanket which was the inspiration for this shawl. I have to say this is my 'go to' shawl book. Need a shawl for an occasion/gift you will find it there no problem. Can't wait to see how she's coming on with it this Saturday. On Sunday another lady came over for knitting lessons and we had a great time and know she left with some new tips and techniques.

Sonnet Sweater Update - On Saturday while Michelle was working away on her blanket I finished the buttonhole band and cast off the body of the Sonnet Sweater. Then promptly cast on the sleeve (more on that another day).

Here it is with the buttons placed where they will be sewn on after blocking.

The picture on the left is the 'right side' where you can plainly see the bind of edge.
Picture on the right is the 'wrong side' where the bind off is not visible and the edge blends in.
I'm leaning towards making the 'wrong side' the 'right side' so the bind off not so noticeable.
Given the stitch patterns used in this sweater are reversible I can get away with this kind of thing. What do you think?

Weekly Sock Project - Ok, so I haven't quite finished my Dexter's Canvas sock I went ahead and cast on for my next sock a week project Lace Cuff Anklet in Dusky Plum. There's less than 3 repeats left to complete the Dexter's sock which I will do tonight and that will complete 2 pair so far in '08. This pattern comes from Favorite Socks by Interweave Press. I saw this pattern and have been itching to do it for quite a while now and love it.

photo from book

I'm using Hand Jive's Nature's Pallet Fingering weight yarn in Dusky Plum.
Isn't it yummy? This pattern starts at the top (yep, I know... what not starting at the toe?).
You start by knitting the Lacy cuff in a really simple 4 stitch pattern, purl 1 row to help the cuff fold neatly then onto the supporting rib section of the cuff that the lace folds over. Really a quick knit sock so far. I can see a lace cuff sock addiction coming on. I have Nicky Epstein's' Over the Edge series that I could use to make up my own.

lace and cuff - wouldn't it make the cutest doll dress/skirt? - top of the cuff.

Lace in the Woods update - Lookie there less than 4 months until the retreat.
Still thinking about joining us? Sign up soon as the group hold on the cottages will expire March 1st and they will go quickly. There are over 60 in the group on Ravelry and I sense a rush of registrations any time now ;-)

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