Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Knitting update

Happy Spring!  (Or, for my friends south of the equator, Happy Autumn!)

Just popping in while I have a little daylight for a couple photos of the latest WIPs:

March socks in Lorna's Laces Sock, colorway "Franklin's Panopticon":

I love that the slack balls of yarn show that they've been knit previously... I think it's my desire to make the most of the colorway that has led me to attempt sock patterns that are for me a bit trickier, at least in terms of fit. I think I'm past the difficult bits, just knitting in stockinette on the foot to get things done. I'm determined to finish by the end of the month.

When I've been frustrated by the socks, I have gone to some comfort knitting on my second Vivid blanket:

These are knit from leftovers from my Apres Chartres lace blanket, augmented by some chartreuse BFL I picked up in my travels.

I've also been picking up my Fair Isle vest again, teased by the mercurial weather into trying to crank out one more vest before the heat of summer creeps in. It's so nice to work with and watch grow, and I managed to weave in a mess of tails last night, just to make this even more pleasant.

The pattern repeat is pretty long, due to the offset band of snowflakes, so I'm still working on the first time through. You can probably see how it goes, nonetheless.

For a little harp inspiration, here's a piece performed by the lovely Maeve Gilchrist:

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Is it spring yet?

Leaves are starting to show up on the trees! The weather is warming up, and I'm enjoying being able to wear my vest(s) out without needing a full coat to cover up. 

We've been making crafts to decorate and hurry spring along at work. I'm pretty pleased with how this project turned out:

For my February pair of socks, I successfully finished a pair of simple stockinette while watching a whole mess of movies at the theater.  The fancy yarn fooled many a person into thinking I was accomplishing some amazing feat of handiwork - to the untrained eye, it really gives of the impression of colorwork.

The knitting was completely mindless, the only tricky part being when it came time to place the heels. Even that was not too difficult - just a bit fiddly, perhaps.

I finished them just in time to wear for the Oscars. (By the way, Chris Rock did an amazing job.)

I've been working on a prayer shawl using a stitch from a fairly new acquisition of Sequence Knitting.  For my rather utilitarian purposes, I think the concept of sequence knitting has a good bit of potential to take on new energy when wedded with a prayer or mantra.  This particular pattern is working pretty well, and when other knitting becomes to difficult, this is a nice project to return to.

Speaking of difficult project, I've been working hard on my March socks.  This yarn has already given me lots of trouble (at no fault of the yarn, mind you) in the past, and I am struggling to make it work.  I think my latest solution may work, but time will tell. 

The leg of the sock is pretty tight, and I had to tweak some things to modify that. I had departed from the pattern after working the leg, since I wanted to knit a padded heel. The problem there is that the heel ends up rather short, due to all the slipped stitches.  After knitting a typically pretty deep heel, I determined that I needed  a section of short rows to extend  the slipped-stitch section. That led me to Cat Bordi's Padded Sweet Tomato Sock Heel.

I'll get there.

The good news is that I have a beautiful FO to share.  I call it my "Love Wins" scarf because I picked up the yarn at Churchmouse Yarns & Teas the day the Supreme Court made a decision in favor of marriage equality. 

I knit it in the round, improvising the widths for each color. To finish, I worked each end with a few rounds of garter stitch and a 3-needle bindoff. I love the result!

Now I have a scarf that will coordinate with a whole mess of colors! And such happy colors they are! The yarn is Rowan Fine Tweed, and it gave me a beautiful rainbow just in time to go looking for a pot of gold.

Happy knitting, and Happy St. Patrick's Day!