Wednesday, May 30, 2007

one little monkey

This is a comfy sock--can't wait to finish the mate. Even though it's in the low 90's, I like wearing them so much! If I wear them at home, no one will see them and think I'm nuts.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Opal revisited

Hurray, I've finally settled on a pattern for the Opal Neon. It's "Monkey" designed by Cookie A., and can be found in the archives at Just as Cookie A. says, it's an addictive little design. I started on Friday.Coordinates pretty well with my purple music stand, doesn't it?

Friday, May 18, 2007

Projects, finished, halfway done, and unstarted

Unstarted: socks in Liisu hand-dyed yarn. This yarn has a small mohair component, which makes it feel very cozy. I'm looking forward to choosing a pattern for this one.For Sheila, here's a close up:
I didn't intend to make this a cat picture, but I really couldn't keep Henry off of these sweaters today. The Wigwam diagonal T is ready to wear as soon as it dries, which could be a while. I dunked it good. The slightly heavy gauge makes this a Spring knit, not a Summer T. My rosy cheeks would be a little too rosy in a sweater like this on an 85 degree afternoon.
The Iris Schreier P90 tank is coming along nicely. My only modification so far has been to add a few more rows before shaping the shoulders. I'm hoping to make the plunging V plunge a little less so.
Progress will be slow over the weekend--I have 3 rehearsals, a concert, and a wedding. Triangle concert-goers might be interested in the concert on Sunday at 3:00 at the Carolina Theater in Durham. The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle will perform works by Dvorak. You can see part of the score in the first 2 pictures of this post!

Monday, May 14, 2007

a moment of silence, please....

.....for the Opal Neon socks seen previously on this blog. The first try was a bust because they were coming out way too small for this chunky leg. The next try failed because the stitch pattern couldn't be seen in the busy color pattern of the yarn. A third try is underway, and details will be withheld until there is some certainty concerning the sock's survivability. Sigh.

knitting update

First of all, let me say that I don't know why the pictures are positioned like this. They started out in a jumble, and I was able to move some of them so that they weren't overlapping. I guess I'm out of practice on blogging!

Second, I will admit that there has been no progress at all on the Noro log cabin cardigan. I got motivated to make spring sweaters, and that's all I've been doing. Above, it's a diagonal T made from Colinette Wigwam. The front and back are both done, and one sleeve is almost finished. I should be wearing it today, but I got started on another one last week.
This is the diagonal tank, pattern P90 from Artyarns, and "diagonal" doesn't really describe it accurately. It's multi-directional diagonal knitting. None of the knitting is straight across. Fun! The end result is that the sweater is knit on the bias, which makes the fit especially nice. I tried on the sample model at Great Yarns last week and decided to go for it. The yarn is Ariel by Filatura di Crosa. There's not a good shot of the front of the sweater yet because it's cramped up on the needles. I'll take a good pic when the front is done. In the meantime, these close-ups show off the yarn nicely.

I hope to wear both of these items soon, then get started on another simple T pattern that I got at great yarns, but haven't picked a yarn for it yet.

Next I'd like to do something with some ocean blue Berocco Zodiac that I got from Cozy. Maybe another multi-directional sweater like the Ariel, maybe something else.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

no sleeves yet

The log cabin cardigan looks like a sweater now, or at least a vest. Sleeves are next!