Thursday, December 27, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
I've got big plans for Chevron Scarf city here at Wanderlust Knits. I'm full to bursting with plans for colour combinations for people I know and love. But the biggest barrier to actually following through on these was not a lack of yarn (considering I've already bought it) or a shortage of needles (how many 3.75mm needles do I own? You don't want to know...) or even lack of passion for the project despite the intervening months.(1st project conceived in May, first scarf started in June) Nope.
My biggest problem was straights vs. circs. I have straight needles everwhere. I like them for some things, but I hands down and 100%ly hated them for this project. It turns out that, despite how much I want to love straights, I just ain't a straight kinda girl. (Take that how you will. It's probably true on more than just needle-y levels.) For months and months and months (6 to be more or less exact) I only made about 5inches progress on my scarf. Holding the long (14in) straights really bothered me (10in is more my thing) and the Brittany Birch needles don't have particularly pointy tips (which wasn't perfect for k2tog or kfb) and the yarn doesn't slip along the needles very well, they're not slick like bamboo needles.
I did happen to have some new Addi Lace Circs in stash for another project I'd just finished (Hello Aubergine Shawlette, glad to finally meet you) in exactly the right size so I switched them over 3 or 4 days ago. After 6 months with less than an inch per month (1 inch total per month if I'm feeling generous) and within days of switching from dull birch straights to pointy metal circs I'm now just over halfway there. I don't have a measuring tape here at work but I've just measured it against my leg (which is looong folks) and it goes from my hip down to the floor. The scarf is for someone who's approximately much shorter than I am so I reckon in another two or three days I'm done.
This is fantastic progress after so much project guilt! My friend will definitely have it in time for Christmas, and as a recent poster (Kristin wasn't it?) just said it's already cold in Washington so the gift is long overdue! Furthermore the colour combo is fantastic (thanks, Tiennie!!). It's STR Mediumweight in Monsoon and Footzey
Foo. I am so chuffed at the colours I'm thinking of making one for myself! After I make the other 6 I've got planned anyway. :)
Much of my progress was made this weekend in the car and on the ferry ride to France and then in the car around France and then in the car and ferry ride back from France. Also, much TV knitting has been done. And it knits up so fast! Amazing how a project grows more when you work on it than when you don't!
Also, I recently bought a lovely project bag from Piddleloop and I put my two huge STR yarn cakes into the bag so that they sit side by side. This makes it SO much easier to change colours. I don't have to worry about tangles or fiddling with moving one ball under the other. I just turn the bag so the working yarn (new colour) can be picked up in front of the old colour and then back again at the next change. It's genius. I'm sure you all have thought of this before but it's a new and wonderful revelation to me. I've got this Chevron thing down pat! (Except for the time when I k2tog on the wrong coloured row, and the time I knit the patterend row, purled all the way back, and then became convinced that I'd knit it in plain stocking stitch and tinked or lruped all the way back only to find I HAD done it right. Except for that I've got it down pat.)
I promise to post photos as soon as I can get a daylight picture (probably tomorrow...)
It's seriously unblocked though so you know, curly scarf photos. Everyone's favourite. But I just have to show you my progress!
Friday, November 30, 2007
I am working on one right now- out of 2 skiens of spaced dyed cashmere- 87% cashmere 13% nylon it is turning out lovely..
thanks for the help.. will post pics soon.
Monday, November 19, 2007
For this Chevron, I used STR in Lucy and Little Bunny Foo Foo. I knit it about 7" shorter than called for, not that I feared running out of yarn, I just felt that it was long enough for me.
Have a great Thanksgiving and Happy Knitting!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I have been dying to start this project since seeing the wonderful work of some the members, most notably Shannon of Minerva Turkey.
Anyhoo, after some last minutes changes to this last minute gift project, I have decided to take a chance and use a different type and weight of yarn than the pattern suggests. I will be using two skeins of Marshmallow from Decadent Yarns.
This is a sport weight yarn made from 80% alpaca and 20% merino fibers. This will be the first time I have used this yarn. I purchased it on a whim at Rhinebeck last month.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
I haven't posted recently, have just been working away at this, a little at a time, between projects.
With cooler weather starting here, I was spurred on to finish up last night, and finally, here it is.
I used Scout's Swag merino "Orchids" and Fleece Artist merino 2/6 "Moss, and did a slight modification to the pattern.
Thanks to you all for the inspiration (and excellent colour choices for the next one I do :) !)
Details are at Ravelry: KarinB,
and on my blog soon: http://pointeshoespunkrockandpurl.blogspot.com/
Friday, November 2, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Well, after several months of knitting (work has been nuts, so down time has been limited) my first chevron scarf is complete. I am very happy with the ways that the colors worked together. This will definitely not languish in the closet. I am thrilled to be adding this to my closet. Full details are available over on my blog, knitting harvest. I will definitely do another one of these, probably as a gift for the next holiday season. Handmade knits are not in the cards for this season, but I will be shopping on Etsy for all in support of others' handmades.
-B from knitting harvest
Monday, October 22, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I'm using Socks That Rock Mediumweight in Fred Flintstone and Farmhouse. I needed something with a little red in it since my winter coat is a dark red. All in all, I'm pleased with the way it's turning out, though I sure hope blocking it when I'm all done will take out some of the puckering.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
I blatantly "stole" my colour combination from Tiennie of Tiennie Knits but I have two more planned (if I can ever finish this one).
I want to love the needles, but I just can't. They're too long. I either need shorter straights or some circular needles, so I think I'll admit this to myself now and then pick up some Addis at iKnit when I head down for next week's knit night. Then I might actually finish it. (This needle preference is a complete turnaround. I used to hate circs...)
Anyway, here's the latest glamour shot of my scarf. It will be a gift for a friend back home in Seattle (incidentally, sorry Tiennie, but that means there will be three scarves of this exact colour combination running around the same part of the world. Probably not the best choice on my part now that I think of it. But it's so perfect for my friend I didn't really think before running to Blue Moon to get more yarn!)
The yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock mediumweight and the colours are "Monsoon" (the darker colour, and the Rockin' Sock Club 2007 yarn for February) and Footzey Foo.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I've started on my second Chevron scarf, using Socks that Rock Mediumweight in Backstabber (maroons) and Chapman Springs (blues/teals with accents of lemon and maroon). I'm already planning the colors for the next one....
I added the 'fancy ends' to the needles myself using polymer clay; it adds to the enjoyment of knitting with scrumptious yarn to use fun and funky needles.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
I made mine from 2 skeins Koigu KPPM (the turquoise) and one of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock (the red). I think I used size 5 needles.
I was worried about how it would look before I blocked it and it still wants to form ribs as it hangs. . . I haven't worn it yet, it's still too hot, but I hope it keeps its shape. It was a simple, fun things to knit.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Hello everyone! I am new to this group:o) I started this Chevron Scarf a few months ago and haven't been really good about working on it. I really love socks, so that takes up most my knitting time:o) Also, I have never been the type of knitter that can stick to one project until it's finished. I used to laugh at my sister when she counted the many projects that she was working on - but I understand now why that is possible:o)
Anyway, I am using STR in Lucy and Pucks Mischief and I am really loving the way it's knitting up. The color combo is very wearable for me - it has a great mix of neutal colors with little splashes of brighter color. Right now it's well over three feet long (that's what the marker is for) and hopefully joining this KAL is going to inspire me to finish it this year;o)
If you'd like to see my other WIPs, check out my flickr page at:
Thanks for reading and happy knitting:o)
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
My first attempt at this great pattern. The "will be frogged" part from my FLickr page is because I am not happy with the color blend of the 2 yarns I picked from Artsygal's collection - they are gorgeous on their own, but together - there is too much brown for my intended FO.
So I am starting over with Lorna's Laces Bittersweet and Koigu KPPM in P610-45 (???) and will update with new piccies.
Have a fab day!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Have a great weekend everyone and Happy Knitting!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I just couldn't resist. This project is such an easy knit, and I really did want a project to keep in my purse to work on during lunch at my office. :) I am very happy with the way the two colors are blending. When I picked out these colourways I tried to pick something totally different from my first chevron scarf. I wanted something more subtle. These two are just close enough to each other to blend well, but they are different enough to add some variety. They are both Fiesta Boomerang. The one on the left is Plum Pudding, and the one on the right is Mochachino.
I will not knit this one as quick since it is not one of my main projects right now, but I will keep you all updated on my progress.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Yarn used: Artyarns supermerino color 105
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Overall, I am very happy with how this turned out. It was a fairly fast knit, and the pattern is a snap. It is 75 inches long and about 6 inches wide. Since I used DK weight yarn I got a bit more bulk, but I really like that. In fact, I purchased two more skeins of Fiesta Boomerang from The Loopy Ewe last night to make another chevron scarf. I am very excited about the new color combo I chose. I hope it works out well. I picked two shades in the same color family so it will be very different from this one. This will be the perfect project to keep in my purse so that I have something to work on at work during my lunch break. When I actually take a lunch break that is. :)
Once I straightened it out and re-read the directions, then I was set.
The picture below is where I am at today.
I'm almost done the first two skeins, and I've got some built in knitting time this weekend, so I should be on to the second two skeins by Monday.