Thursday, July 29, 2010

Decision Time

I've done the seven repeats of chart 1. Do I chance it and do another repeat? Or do I start chart 2? I want to use up as much yarn as possible. I am also in the solid purple of the yarn. I believe this means I should have half a ball left. But it doesn't look like I have that much left. Tomorrow I will weigh the remaining yarn and see.

I wonder if there is some way to calculate if I have enough yarn left to do another repeat or not.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

a change

I needed a change. I was getting tired of knitting with cotton and having to pay attention to each stitch. This new shawl is the Shetland Triangle by Evelyn Clark in Sundara fingerling silk merino ruby port. This is a little more complicated then a lot of the shawl I've been working on lately. It's a project I can only work on when the kiddos are asleep. I'm working my way up to a shawl knit in lace weight yarn that was inspired by the Eiffel Tower.

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Three strands of pink and three strands of purple. I'm about to finish the fifth repeat of seven of the Chart 1. It'll be interesting to see how this ends up.

Friday, July 16, 2010

playing with color

I read somewhere on line about freezing water with a few drops of food coloring in muffin tins for kids to play with. I'm not sure what I expected but I was a little disappointed. They melted really quickly and it wasn't that hot. The Boy and I did have a good conversation about mixing colors and why ice melts. The Boy enjoyed it and asked to do it again. In the end, that's all that matters.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Biding my time

There's a lovely shawl that I want to start with some special yarn that I've been saving for awhile but I need to learn crochet cast on. Donna at Knit Night volunteered to teach me but I have to wait until Wednesday night. That's a long time to wait. And both of my current projects are kind of dull so I decided to start something a bit more interesting to help pass the time.

This is the Little Arrowheads Shawl by Pam Allen in Wolle's Yarn Creations 6-ply Color Changing Cotton in the Pink Petals colorway. The yarn is really interesting. It's six threads of cotton and the colors change one thread at a time. One thread changes color at a time until all six threads are the new color. It'll be a fun project to watch grow.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Car knitting

We took a day trip up to Mt St Helens today. It was a spur of the moment trip. On the way up I worked on my Chevron Scarf. On the way back I worked on the Catseat Blanket. About halfway home I got to a point where I needed to measure the blanket and discovered I didn't have my measuring tape in my bag. And, of course, the scarf was in the trunk. I dug around in my bag and found another project.

This is the Lacy Baktus by Terhi Montonen in Malabrigo Sock in the Caribeno colorway. This was one of those yarns that looked beautiful in the skein. The different shades of blue and purple melted me. Then I balled the yarn up and thought WTF! The color repeats are so short! All the projects I looked at on line showed really bad pooling. I thought I'd try this pattern since its knit from side to side and in garter stitch. I admit I'm not 100% happy with the way it's turning out but I needed some car knitting.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Not exactly summer knitting

My new big needle project is the Carseat Blanket by Ruth Homrighaus in Knit Picks Swish Bulky (of course). The colors are brown and light blue. This blanket is for my baby blanket knitting buddy Kylie. She had her second boy at the end of June. Since I'm not up for knitting another mitered square blanket on my own I decided to go for something smaller. This is meant to fit over the baby in an infant car seat. This I can do on my own.

The only problem is... This is a heavy wool project and summer has finally arrived. I can't say I like having this thing on my lap during the heat. This may turn into a knit night project where I know I'll have some A/C.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Knit Night Shawl

Another finished object to show off. This is La-La's Simple Shawl in Noro Kureyon Sock. This shawl is one of those projects that took a long time to knit because I pretty much only brought it out once a week to work on it. I knit five pattern repeats and actually started a sixth before binding off. I wish I had kept going because I have a lot of yarn leftover but I needed the needles to start my Daybreak shawl.

I actually call this my La La Lou Shawl. Does anyone else watch Dinosaur Train? La-La makes me think of Don singing "la la lou" and doing a little dance. Perhaps I watch the show a little too much?

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