Casting on :: Casting off

                                                                            Clapotis 

                                                 

Pattern: Clapotis from Knitty

Yarn: Fearless Fibers colourway Mermaid

Needles: U.S. 8 circs

Start Date: May 18th 2008

Finish Date: June 2nd 2008

                                                 

                                                                           Thoughts      

550 yards was definately NOT enough for this pattern. I ended up having to fudge the end as I was running out of yarn and still had the end decreases to do. I managed to make it work and was glad in the end to get it off the needles. The end result is nice but I must say it does get rather boring after a while. I don’t think I’ll be knitting this pattern again.                                                            

                                   

                      After my problems with Spencer I was anxious to finish a sweater that was actually going to FIT. While perusing Ravelry I fell in love with mskat’s version of 28Thirty. I had some yummy Cascade 220 heathers in my stash just begging to be knit into it and so 28Thirty was born.

                                   

While its not my usual colour, something about it caught my eye. I still wasn’t sure even when I brought it home what the heck I would make out of it. Its not something I had destined for a project or even a colour I could really see myself wearing but it came home anyway and sat with the rest. It only sat for a few days before I cast on for 28Thirty, if the colour choice was totally up to me it would probably still be sitting on the shelf but Moose and Heidi’s hubby suggested the blue would make the best 28Thirty so who was I to argue. I mean come on they picked out fabo knitters like myself and Heidi so how could they go wrong??? ;) As I cast on I was still unsure that another choice would have been better but then, it clicked! Something about that shade of blue made me fall in love….. me fall in love with blue???? For reals?? Every stitch I knit, I liked it more and more, I think this is going to be a favourite sweater for me this fall. I’ve only had one minor hickup so far….. see its back to the old Spencer routine again. Serously people I swear someone’s inserted a pump and given it a good couple of shots to my bust because once again I had fitting issues. 28Thirty is knit top down so I was fortunate enough to be able to try it on as I went. I got to the point where you seperate the sleeves and are able to try it on. Slipped it on, fits good, looks great, went to place one button band on top of the other…………no go. NO FREAKIN GO!!!! What in the world is going on???? I was knitting the size s which is a 32-34 and it wasn’t freaking fitting!!! All my clothes are this size! At this point i’m devastated, in love with the yarn, love the pattern and yet SOMETHING is getting in the way!!!!  I just happened to glance at the pattern and just below the point where I was it said, if it doesn’t fit just go back a row and add more increases, well we may as well give that a try because I DO NOT want to rip this whole thing out and start over. Then I glance at the sizing again for the pattern and realized that the measurements for the xs,s and m were all the same numbers up until this point, sooooo if I went back a row and started doing the medium *there was no difference except the number of increases* all should be well and it SHOULD, HOPEFULLY, BETTER, fit. So i’m back on track knitting a medium and am just at the point where I separate for the sleeves again so fingers crossed this works!!!!

I’ve also cast on for a pair of socks. I think Summer of Socks kinda stirred the sock knitting mojo up in me because I have several pairs in mind that will get rid of a good chunk of my stash. There was one particular skein that I was longing to knit with, it had already been wound into a center pull, and if I remember correctly I had even cast on for a sock with it but do you think I could find it??? All I could think about where socks were concerned was this particular skein and the stockinette socks I wanted to make with it. Finally a week or so ago I found the ball, wound just like I thought and a few stitches cast on the needles like I remembered….. in the basement! IN THE FLAMING BASEMENT of all places. How it got down there I do not know but I’m very lucky it wasn’t moth/bug eaten as our basement is not finished. I squealed with glee when I found it and promptly cast on for my plain jane socks.  One down one to go!

    

      Have a great weekend, good treat yourself to a big ole ice cream!!!          

Birthday Shawl

                                           

Pattern: Forest Canopy Shawl by Susan Lawerence

Yarn: Elspeth Lavold Silky Wool

Needles: U.S. 8 circs

Start Date: March 22nd 2008

Finish Date: May 11th 2008

I made this shawl for my mum, for her birthday on the 17th of May. I knew I wanted to make her a shawl, my very first lace project and shawl project and had had the exact pattern and yarn in my stash for a while waiting patiently to be knit. Laura gifted me with the pattern when I went to visit her in Kansas last year and the yarn I bought online months ago with mum in mind as she loves brown. I only really worked on this shawl for 4 days out of the almost two months it took to complete. My biggest mistake was putting it down after the second day and starting another knit. NEVER AGAIN will I do that…. with lace I mean, i’m not getting too carried away. It just wasn’t the same the next time I picked it up, I couldn’t seem to get a flow again like I had originally. Alot of tinking occured, some mistakes, tinking, frustration and finally I decided I’d done pretty dang good on my first lace project and cut it short. I wanted to make it twice the size but ended up only added 2 extra repeats, to save my sanity.

                                           

                          

 

Now that the shawl is done two knits have been occupying my time. The first is Clapotis from Knitty.  I’m sure i’m the only knitter left that hasn’t knit this and never really had the desire to until a few weeks ago. I wanted a simple wrap type garment to mostly just cover my arms up when i’m sitting for periods of time during the summer, I get cold fairly easily and Clapotis seemed like the perfect antidote. I’m using Fearless Fibers Mermaid that I won in one of Kelli’s contest’s oh a year or so ago. This picture doesn’t represent the true colours very well, its much brighter in daylight, more pictures to come.

                                            

The second knit was actually the culprit that drew me away from mum’s shawl in the first place. Its Anne Elliot Spencer by CanarySanctuary, a popular queued item by many folks of ravelry but not many knit up. I have one more front panel to knit and it will be complete. Can’t wait to wear it!