It has been a while since my last post. Since then I have driven to the DC are, flown across the Atlantic, and stayed at numerous places in Ireland (more detail here). All this travel has kept me busy, but airplane, train and bus rides are excellent opportunities to knit.
Carolus Rib Entrelac Scarf by Andrea Krüß-Anders I found on Ravelry. I loved the different shape of the blocks forming each row, and I wanted to make the shape more obvious. I also wanted a multi colored scarf. After some figuring, I discovered that entrelac lends itself to a three ball rotation. I debated using 6 balls, three of each color, in order to create a two-color scarf. I didn't like that idea as much as using three colors. I pulled two colors from my stash and purchased a third color of the same yarn. I love the way it is turning out. As my first entrelac project, I am surprised at how quickly it grows and how easy it is once you have the rhythm. Frequently, I will find myself staying at it for 'just one more block' realizing it only when I reach the end of the row.
Friday, November 12
Saturday, July 10
Circular Shrug by Julia Allan. I changed the stitch pattern in the center section from a mock rib to a seed stitch. I just love the texture of a seed stitch. It also helps that there is no wrong side. I made it out of plain white cotton. What is sometimes called kitchen cotton. It's the same stuff I use for dish cloths etc making it very easy to take care of. All in all, I think this will become a solid accessory in my wardrobe.
As the title of this post suggests, changes are coming. One major change is that I will be moving. I am leaving this little college town and heading for exotic destinations; first the Washington, D.C. area then onto Ireland and Sweden. After my jont across the pond, I will be finished my master's degree! I can't believe I'm so close. I hope to continue posting while I am in lands far far away. Wish me luck!
Friday, April 2
I'm afraid I haven't been as busy with my crafts as I might have been since my last post. Unfortunately, being a student makes my craft time rather sporadic. But I have made some progress.
Saturday, February 13
Yarn Harlot's Knitting Olympics. The rules are fairly straight forward: you choose a project, cast on during or after the opening ceremonies, finish before the Olympics end. I browsed Ravelry for a simple sock pattern, I have some nice sock yarn I wanted to put to good use. I will be attempting to finish the Peppermintoes in the 14 days between lighting the torch and the closing ceremonies. I started my project last night while watching the opening ceremonies. Between last night and this morning, I've completed the first diamond and started the second. You might not be able to tell, but I'm doing two at a time. I really like that technique because any mistakes you make are at least the same on both socks. I haven't done any mitered squares before, so I've been very excited to watch the square take shape. I think I'll be using a lighter yarn for the next round of squares, but I'm going to wait to see how I feel when I get there.
Double-double Scarf from Le Blog de MichelineL (yes, it's in French; no, I don't read French). Two things I really appreciated: she posted an English version of the pattern, she included pictures of how to knit the stitch. I really like how easy this is and how polished it looks. It's based on a basic garter striped scarf. Lovely. However, it's going into a holding pattern until the end of the Olympics.