Tuesday, June 27, 2006 

Whoosh!

...and there goes a week. I had a lovely birthday, filled with much knitting-related goodness. In addition to that gorgeous silk, I got some great books: Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan, Inspired Cable Knits by Fiona Ellis, the new Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK book, and I finally got with the program and received Yarn Harlot: The secret life of a knitter. In reverse order, OH MY GOODNESS Stephanie is so funny. I have had to read several passages aloud to the husband already, and I'm not even 70 pages in. Love the new Debbie Bliss book, too. There are some gorgeous cardigans, including one that I definitely need to make myself soon:





The detail on the back there makes me swoon, I swear. I like the cable knits book but nothing called out to me immediately. Knitting Nature is full of completely fabulous pictures, and despite the problems others have had with the patterns, in addition to the ordinary number of errors, I think I need to knit several things out of this book. Of course, it basically is marketed at me personally, with all of the lovely little math bits. :) The basalt tank will be the first, I think. I have some dark blue Rowan wool cottom that will be just perfect.

Only one more repeat on the shawl done, but I'm nearing completion on the hoodie!



I always forget that hoods are enormous. Still, the hood is now finished and seamed (though the seams aren't pressed yet):



The sassy recipient Miz. N was gracious enough to try it on.



Just ribbing, seaming, and pressing to go!

Monday, June 19, 2006 

Why I have the best husband ever.

One down-side to knitting multiple projects at once is that sometimes, even though you've been knitting and making progress, there's very little in the way of interesting pictures. I finished both hoodie sleeves and they're blocking along with the front ("only" the hood and finishing to go!), I got over my splicing fear and have knit a few more rows on the leaf lace shawl... but that doesn't really make for anything visually exciting.

This, however...



This is my birthday present. Now, my birthday isn't until Sunday, but since Mr. Stash is going to be out of town until next Monday, we celebrated this weekend. That's *two* hanks of Cherry Tree Hill Cascade Silk, fingering weight, Java colorway. It's going to become Seraphim, probably after Leaf Lace is done. Because the Misti Alpaca is wonderful and light and airy and all that, but the Pure Silk is definitely giving me a taste for silk's smooth feel.

So three cheers for Mr. Stash!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 

To life!

I have a brand-spanking-new nephew as of Saturday afternoon, so not much knitting. I had a nice long drive to Maine to ponder the socks, though. I think I just love the colorway too much to let myself knit a pair of "enh" socks out of it. So back into the stash it goes, and if I bring it up again before September, please pour forth with fire and brimstone. It is now *definitely* time-out for that yarn.

I do have a little bit to show, though. The Fibonacci hoodie now has a finished front and a tiny little zygote of a sleeve.



I've also finished four out of ten repeats for the Leaf Lace Shawl.





That sounds like a lot, except that the shawl is started in the center back with just a few stitches. So, the repeats are getting much longer each time. Still, the yarn is a dream to knit with and I really like the resulting fabric. (Well, as much as one can really tell what the resulting fabric is, with lace.)



So off the list with the Oak Ribbed Sock! With only two projects to finish, I should have a new gift and a new shawl in no time.

Monday, June 05, 2006 

On sizing and socks, and help from you.

Remember Harvey? When I knit it for my unusually-large child last fall in the 3-6 month size, I assumed it would be just right. Turns out, it was huge. Then this spring, it was still kind of large. And now, on my still-unusually-large 9 month old, it's still kind of big!





He'll be able to wear it this fall! What's *up* with that? Not that I'm complaining, mind you.

Knitting has progressed, but since 4 repeats of the leaf lace shawl looks about like 3--that is to say, a crumpled mess--I will give you a peek of how the Pebble Beach socks are turning out.



...and I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that I actually like the striping. Or did, at least.



I was okay with the striping! But then there was flashing, and now there's striping again. And I know what you're saying out there. "Come on, Amy. This is just a sock. No need to get neurotic." And you're probably right.



But don't you think it looks a little bit weird? Please tell me. And please be honest, now. Because I'm not sure I can learn to wear and love these socks. And I'm happy giving them away, if they're not objectively hideous. But I don't want to gift someone with hideous socks and not even realize it.



(Although I am so thoroughly in love with the heel that it's hard to express in words.)

Friday, June 02, 2006 

Thank you, drive through

Sadly, the Yorkshire Tweed in my last post is no longer destined for anything.



(Apologies for the crappy lighting--things are good and dark and stormy here in Boston.) I had hopes that it would work for Eunny's Deep-V Argyle Vest, which I'll be knitting for a friend later this year, but sadly not. The tweed obscures the argyle pattern, and the whole fabric is generally too heavy and scratchy. It might make a good yarn to crochet the steeks with, but for the main body it's just too rough.

The other yarn is Debbie Bliss Pure HeavenSilk, and it's a definite winner.



When we have some natural light, I'll have to capture the beautiful sheen of this yarn. It's indescribably luscious. And it's on its way to being the Leaf Lace Shawl from Fibertrends. There has also been small progress on the Fibonacci Hoodie and the socks, but pictures will have to wait for another day.