Sunday, June 26, 2011

Spinning and Knitting

There has been much spinning and this month I finished up the wool/tencel for the Spin-off 25th Anniversary Sweater. I still have another 6 oz of other colors to spin and ply, but I might get to knit this sweater this year.

There has also been progress on the bohus sweater. I finished one sleeve, part of the body and the other sleeve. It's so pretty, it is so PINK.

I also worked on the sweater for my mother. I hope to get the knitting done this week and the sewing up the next.

In other news I was right about the Prussian Jewels sweater. I've put it on a couple times, but every time I look in the mirror I don't like the look of it. I promised my mother that I would wear it once for her to see so I will, but it will probably be unknit and the yarn repurposed. I really enjoyed knitting it though.

I guess I really am a process knitter, since I'm not really that upset about the thought of ripping it back and reusing the yarn.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sweater for June

Finished this.

Messed up the side fronts and had to undo all the finishing, knit some more and redo all the finishing. YUCK.

Pattern is Soleil from, the yarn is Muskat from Drops. For cotton the yarn isn't bad, but I hate knitting with cotton. This yarn is an exercise in attention, while it has a nice sheen it also splits something fierce.

I purchased this yarn at Yellow Dog, in Eau Claire WI. I intended to make something else, but after starting it and knitting for a while I realized what it would look like on me and decided that was a bad idea. The current sweater is quite nice and will be nice to wear. I'm quite pleased with the fit.

Now I have to just choose what to start next!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A new challenge

I have decided, in the interest of managing my stash acquisition, that for the next 12 months I am going to push more yarn out than I take in. So from June 1, 2011 through May 31, 2012 I'm going to calculate yardage in and yardage out.

I hope this doesn't turn out to be has hard to do as I think it will. Focus is a problem.

On the knitting front I have made Ice Cream Cozies. These are cool. I'm going to make some more. I'm not sure I agree that a pint is a single serving, but there aren't melt rings on my table, my hand isn't frozen and my ice cream didn't melt as fast. These are all good things.

Adding - this pattern is from the 2011 Pattern a Day Calendar, designed by Heather Narbit Strawser (June 3). It's made with worsted weight yarn on size 6mm (I used US 6 and the pattern worked fine, fits the ice cream container to my satisfaction and if I make more I'll make them exactly the same)