|Visit Tami's Amis to view other WIPs. Come on, you want to be inspired, right??|
|Icced....Just waiting on picking up be-dump-teen stitches for shawl collar.|
|Garter stitch edging at cuff and bottom edges.|
This cardigan by Carol Feller has been the fastest knit ever. Thanks to the chunky yarn and size 11 needles, what was cast on last Friday night is now at the last step. That's right, all is done but to pick up collar stiches and knit a 5" wide shawl collar. This sweater has top down construction, great raglan sleeve directions, and stitches in stockinette and garter. And the yarn, well that is probably why it has flown so effortlessly off and the needles. I love the texture it creates in this project.
|Swag from Red Line Yarn Crawl|
Using Ravelry's pattern search tool, I plugged in the type of pattern I was searching for, the yardage and weight of the skeins and up popped a number of possibilities. I settled on the Iced cardigan because of its easy style and comfort. I liked it when I first saw it on the Knitty website a while ago, but I never had the proper weight yarn to cast on until now. The pattern is straight forward, the skills required make it within reach of a fairly new knitter, but it is interesting enough that I couldn't put it down. I made the hem edge using garter stitch to avoid curling, as the designer suggests. I am eager to see how it looks after blocking. I will need to go in search of buttons soon!
|Operation time, off the needles, ripping back to scene of THE MISTAKE.|
I was making nice progress on the central panel of garter stitch, increasing a stitch at the start of each row. I have become accustomed to the thin yarn and the small needles, but imagine the horror of discovering a mistake about ten rows back; there are 120 stitches on the needles now. So I sit and ponder if repair will work or do I have to tink/frog back to the mistake and begin all over again?
|Humble beginnings, soon to look more like this.... I hope|
|Wholehearted Shawl by Erika Flory|
I have no right to be casting on another big project, but I was gifted the pattern and I am using yarn from the stash, so don't be too harsh in your judgement, ok?
Evelyn of the blog, Project Stash, was recently in town with her family. They were visiting from New York and she graciously spared a few hours of her morning to hang out at Windsor Button, one of my favorite LYS and later go for coffee. I was so eager to meet this fellow crafter, this person who understands that one must have stash, and that buying vacation yarn is a rite of passage as a knitter on the road. (She blogged about it here.)
Evelyn and I came to know each other over a Yarn Swap on Ravelry about a year ago. She sent me the yarn that became this... Since then, we correspond on Ravelry and on each other's blogs. She is a true knitting friend that I count on for encouragement and advice when uncertainty or questions arise. She and I have done a number of blog challenges and we often remark incredulously to one another at the friends we find on the web.
This weekend I got an email from Evelyn, announcing that there was a pattern to be downloaded. In her email, she shared her reason for the gift. Last year she made this shrug and was later contacted by the designer for permission to use the project photo. They emailed back and forth and shared comments on their blogs, but this connection was further cemented when Evelyn discovered that a recently released pattern was being used as a fundraiser; the proceeds would go to the emergency fund established for the designer's daughter. They lost much of what they had in a house fire and are now rebuilding their lives.
So, I navigated to Ravelry to check things out and downloaded this pattern. Later in the day, as I was reading Evelyn's most recent post, I discovered that she had generously gifted the same pattern to a number of other knitters and there was a KAL. (Defined: Knit A Long, when a group of knitters make the same pattern and share tips and experiences with each other.)
Well, the fingerless mitt had been tossed down. I can't resist such a challenge, so I grabbed my circulars and a cake of Cascade Heritage Paints sock yarn, and cast on. About an hour later, I had start of a soothing project underway. Easy to follow, and because I am using a variegated skein, the unfolding of color keeps me enthralled.
There are other WIPs in my work basket but they did not get much love this week. I will dedicate Sunday to Sprouted Cloche since it has been lingering the longest.