Wednesday, June 23, 2010

WIP: Tilted Duster

It's a bit chilly in Halifax at the moment, and the time is good for working on my Tilted Duster, which has been languishing.

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I really like how this is coming out, and think it just might be my go-to cozy sweater this fall and winter. I'm working on the skirt, which is coming along very quickly, since it's 4.5 stitches to the inch and simple increases along the sides, along this triangle of stockinette which is developing by each hip.

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I've just been poking around online looking for advice on how to work the sleeves from the top down. I'd really like to have control over how long the sleeves are, and I usually find that when I work them from the cuff up, even if I do some math to get the sleeve cap right, the length can sometimes end up being off.

I think it'll work with some short rows, and I found a useful video explaining the technique, plus various blog posts, of course. I have a smaller cone of this yarn and am thinking of trying out the top down sleeve even as I continue knitting the skirt. The skirt is really good TV knitting, while the short row sleeve cap is going to take more attention.

As for TV watching, I'm halfway through the second season of the Tudors. Poor Sir Thomas More. Ouch.

Monday, June 21, 2010

WIP: Handkerchief Tee

This got put down for a few weeks in favor of the simpler Damson, but I really do like how it's turning out so I'm trying to work through it again. I have to follow the lace chart for every row but I know the pattern well enough now that I can tell when I've gone off the rails, so that's something.

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I've finished one of the top pieces, and am nearly halfway through the second one. Then I get to join them together and work the skirt piece, and I think it'll go fairly quickly. I also located the elusive 7th ball, hiding below a bunch of other summery cotton I'd like to use in the next month or two, and I think it'll take just about as much of the Elann Nilo as I have to finish this project.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

FO: Damson

I'm back! Sorry about the hiatus, I've been in a French immersion program for five weeks. There wasn't as much time for knitting as I would have liked but I did manage to finish Damson pretty quickly and wear it out a few times, even to a fancy dress river cruise.

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The yarn is Estelle Cadenza, lovely and drapey with the silk in it. I used about 1.2 skeins, so I have a bit left over for something else... maybe another Lace Ribbon scarf?

And, hoping that if I had a simple project to work on I'd be able to watch French movies and still keep my hands moving, I picked up a pretty skein of alpaca at a local yarn shop (yeah, souvenir yarn!) and cast on for another Damson. I messed up the stitch count but decided it just doesn't matter enough to go back. Funny, because the first one turned out perfectly with zero effort on my part.

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The colors are much more fall-like. I'm ok with that. It's another Estelle yarn, I only realized when I went to start the project in Ravelry. This time it's Arequipa, a wool-alpaca-nylon blend that is fuzzier than the Cadenza.