3 ~ days until I can go home on vacation 23 ~ days on vacation -25 ~ degrees in Celsius here +5 ~ degrees in Celsius in Toronto, where I'm heading 10 ~ days I've worked in a row 3 ~ days I've had off this month
I think I need to stop counting before I go crazy :)
Here's the first of the finished Christmas presents that have now departed to greener pastures. The pattern is Elm Row and as with all of Anne Hanson's work very easy and well written. I love the inclusion of both charts and line by line instructions, so simple and wonderful to follow. If my lace knitting skills were up to it I'd knit one of her shawl patterns. This is the aforementioned "pink, lacy scarf" that was a long standing Christmas request of a friend. She'd picked out the yarn last spring so I had to find the perfect pattern. In the end Elm Row seemed like a good fit even though I was using sock yarn rather than lace weight. Since the pattern was for a shorter scarf I knit until I ran out of yarn. While the scarf is long enough, I would have loved just a bit more length as the new owner is almost 6 feet tall. If I were to knit it again instead of four repeats I'd use three for a longer and slightly slimmer version. As it stands it looks great with a dress coat, works well as a dress scarf and my friend likes it.
Just in case...
Pattern ~ Elm Row Yarn ~ Sundara Sock Yarn in Passion Fruit over Cream Needles ~ 4mm (US6)
Christmas knitting is a funny thing, all of this good will and energy gets put into something that you're not even sure the recipient will love. Every time I make something I attempt to send it out into the world with out wishing for a big show. It's hard when you spend so much time with a gift to not take it personally when it's not loved. But at least with this one scarf I'm sure I've gotten it right. Pink, lacy and a scarf is what was ordered and that's what is coming off the needles. I knit the first twenty-five repeats earlier this year and that's all the pattern called for so I stopped but I think using up the rest of the yarn to make it a bit longer is a good idea. A few more repeats, some blocking and the Christmas scarf for this year will be finished.
I've given up on waiting for a day with real sunlight to document the issue I've created with this sweater so I have to apologize for the blurry pictures but I think you can see the problem. The pattern calls for decreases and no buffer between three different stitch patterns which is how I knit the right front. It looks messy as far as I'm concerned but I wasn't really sure what to do. When I started knitting the back I switched things up a bit and got rid of the decreases and changed three rib stitches into purls. The cables seem to stand out much better now and the fancy rib (the pattern on the outside) is much less mushy. But this has created a problem since I need to re-knit the front or rip back the back so that they match. Really it's not the end of the world since the pattern knits up fairly quickly but until I reach a conclusion both pieces and the finished sleeves are sitting on the coffee table. The recipient won't miss the waist shaping so that may end up being the deciding factor, I'm going to ask a few people for some advise and then get back to knitting it asap.
I knit this beret a few months ago for one of my sisters. It's a wonderfully simple but quick project for one skein of koigu and really works well with the yarn. Blocking something over a dinner plate was a new but interesting experience. Fear that the brim might get misshapen was fairly strong but it worked just like everyone said it would. If I were to knit it again I think adding more length would help it be a bit more slouchy. Telling where to stop knitting a hat isn't my strong suite but I'll keep trying. All the pretty berets patterns make me want to knit another for myself soon and my sister asked me to help her with one so I have the perfect excuse. Maybe we can go out and get the perfect yarn in January when I go home.
You know that sound that's not quite a yelp of pain but not really a moan - it's the one I'm making right now. I have an entire post written about the sweater I'm knitting - parts of which will soon be ripped I think - but I can't take a picture that works. For days the sun hasn't come out so every picture is all muddy and blurry looking. So instead of knitting I bring you a stack of books, these were all read while on the great internet break of 2008. My favorite of the bunch was Hot, Flat and Crowded which surprised me as I'm usually a fiction reader. Maybe it's a sign that my tastes are changing but that seems unlikely. Why exactly this photo exists is a bit of a mystery but I know exactly when I took it. In a fit of peak I yanked all the books on my shelf down and reorganized them. There is only one small library and a lonely bookstore to supplement my online purchasing so I have a tendency to have a fit when I run out of material before the next batch shows up. Eventually this unscientific sorting process leads to something that I'm excited to reread. I should really go back to knitting now so that when a picture finally arrives around here it will be impressive.
During my hiatus winter arrived in full force and then retreated just a little bit. Unfortunately instead of giving us fall back we ended up with parking lots covered in ice. On a good day I'm not the most graceful creature, make me walk on ice and I'm guaranteed to fall. So far I've landed on the ground three times but one very special occasion left me with a bruised and swollen palm. I'm sure everyone knows what came next - I couldn't knit. My hand wouldn't hold the needles, my stitches were wonky and everything hurt. Eventually things got a bit better and I started knitting one row at a time. I'm fairly sure this has been the most tedious knitting of my life, usually I can knit for hours without a problem but I don't seem to have any patience for slow work. Everyone has pretty stitch and row counters but I'm loving the little tiny hatch marks that have been showing my current progress. The sad little napkin and scrap piece of paper hold all the secreats of this sweater. When I finish they'll end up in the recycling but until then I'll be keeping them by my side as I knit.
When I wrote my last post I really thought I was back for good but little did I know that the internet saga was far from over. The next day things crashed all over again and no one could fix it for what seemed like forever. In the end a big trench was dug and technical people did technical things to finally hook me back up to the outside world. When all was said and done I wasn't really sure what to do with this blog but my mother really encouraged me to start again. So here I am with another picture of yarn this time beautiful lace from the yarn fairy. It's all soft and squishy, quite possibly the perfect yarn for a Jessie Lambdin Shawl. Who knows when I'll ever get around to it, but a girl can dream. While I'm not at all a fan of yellow on a regular day it does add a little bit of sunshine to the dreary winter landscape so I'm willing to push my colour boundaries for it. I hope everyone's still doing well and having a great time gearing up for the holiday festival at the end of the month.