Sunday, May 24, 2009

WIP: Picovoli

It has been a lovely weekend. I did realize something very unhappy, though - I will be missing WWKIP (World wide knit in public) day here in Halifax! I had thought, how lovely, I'll be in one place in June and not moving around and all stable and all that. I even have a nice knitting group to meet with on Tuesdays, and I know they've been active at KIP day before. And then thoughts of the calendar started to run around in my head - and I realized I'll be in DC at a conference the same darned weekend. Checked the official KIP website and there are no listed events in DC that weekend. Grr. I never manage to be in the right place at the right time for KIP day. Several years running.

On the plus side of things, I wandered into the Loop this weekend and though I wasn't looking for anything in particular (except to use a lovely gift cert I've had kicking around and waiting for me to decide!) I impulsively bought some lovely pewter gray butterfly 10 cotton, hopefully enough to make the popular Picovoli tank. It's such a nice dark gray, if it comes out and fits it will go with tons of summer stuff. I think I can pull it off at work, and I need some more modest sort of sleeveless tops.

Unfortunately I seem to have left the little gadget that helps me download photos behind at the last apartment I was living in - and therefore in the tender care of my friend whose place it is. I still have to pick up the remainder of my stuff, so hopefully it is hanging out with those things. So no pictures. Even though I've been actually taking them! The Drops cardigan is progressing wonderfully, and now I have a new WIP. I also have to think about a nice small portable project for that conference trip in June. I'll need to set aside some time to browse the Rav queue before I go - and then visit my yarn stash which is currently hibernating in another friend's huge closet since she was good enough to store some of my things while I moved!

Hope you had a good weekend - with some nice knitting time.

Friday, May 15, 2009

WIP: endpaper mitts

These are being worked on every once in awhile, whenever all other projects have come to a halt. lame. But pretty:

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Eunny Jang's Endpaper Mitts. Free pattern. Yarn is Knit Picks Palette, 100% wool. Bark and Rainforest heather, I think. I think the needles are size 2, but I'd have to check.

My camera had also died in April, leaving me unable to document pretty handiwork. No such excuse any longer. My new excuse is that my space is a disaster after moving twice in less than a month. I'm not unpacked, but there is stuff everywhere and finding clothes in the morning is possibly the biggest challenge of the day. So I am not complaining, but wishing I was slightly more organized and had more time for knitting.

I'm currently separated from my yarn and pattern stashes. It's not a problem - for now. I have my knitting project bag - that reminds me, I should take a picture of that because it is fantastic - and there is plenty in it to keep me busy. Hooray for a long weekend!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

WIP: Drops cardigan progress

It's so hard to see because the needle is not truly long enough and the whole thing is scrunched up, but the yarn is so pretty:

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I've just finished the waist decreases and get to knit straight for a little bit, then do some increases. It's nice to be knitting something simple, and I finally got the edge to look the way I wanted - and I wasn't even afraid of dropping the edge stitch and picking it back up again so that it was twisted the way I wanted - I'd slipped the first stitch of each row so that it would look nice and tidy after I was so happy with my February Lady Sweater and the garter button band border.

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It's so exciting to be knitting something in a fine gauge that should be useful at times of year other than the depths of winter. And the yarn is so nice to work with!

Monday, May 4, 2009

FO: Ene's Scarf

I got to knit a lot on this lovely project while traveling home to the green mountains. I ran out of yarn, maybe 20 yards short or so, which didn't turn out to be a huge surprise; I'd been knitting so loosely on the plane rides and not thinking about the consequences.

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I decided to look for a solid or semi-solid yarn that would compliment some of the deeper colors in the beautiful Fleece Artist variegated yarn I was using, and found some Blue Sky Alpaca/Silk blend to fit the bill. Overall, quite happy with this piece. And though it hasn't been blocked, it is lovely, and maybe I will rig up some blocking apparatus of some sort when I am a bit more settled; currently I am sort of between apartments and yet not quite out on the street. Hooray for friends with a bit of spare room. Enjoy the spring weather!

ps oops! A wee pic of a sleeping kitty snuck in there - it is fun to take pictures of my friend's cat with my swanky new camera as he snoozes away the weekend!!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

WIP: Drops tailored cardigan

Finally this evening I've found time to figure out how to download pictures from my snazzy new camera, hurrah! I've cast on for the tailored cardigan pattern, free from Drops Design, in my gorgeous Fleece Artist sockweight special Nyoni.

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I think it was last weekend that I wound up the yarn and swatched. Not as much knitting time in my week as I would have liked.

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I would like a better selection of lighter weight cardigans/sweaters in my wardrobe, and I got a great deal on a whole lot of this yarn, so I thought a super simple pattern to show off the yarn would be perfect. Also great for TV watching. Better photos of the work in progress as it, well, progresses :)

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