I've been away so long! I think I may finally be caught up after my vacation, so can post a few pictures of what I've been working on. The Myrtle Leaf Shawl went with me to Italy and really helped the airplane and layover hours pass pleasantly. It's getting a little big to carry around now, so I found an old plate box to keep it in. I love cool containers! I'm about a third of the way through the second hank of… Continue
I am sooo close to being done with the regular knitting. I still have to cut the steeks, do the neck/hood ribbing, sew up the hem, weave in ends, etc. The deep v-neck steek makes the neck look so much smaller than it will be after I cut it open. It certainly doesn't look like it could fit an adult human right now, but maybe an alien..? My alien says hello.
I realized last night that I DO have to steek the v-neck because, since I am knitting it in the round, I started my rounds under the left arm. But, if I were to knit to the beginning of the neckline, then turn and knit back, I would end up on different pattern rows in that next row - the front left would be one pattern row ahead of the rest of the sweater. Aaargh! I prefer steeking anyway, but I’m a little worried about the cotton/Modal yarn - I’ll… Continue
Added by Tina on June 6, 2008 at 8:58am — No Comments
I finally took a picture, so I can show you my latest lace project - the Myrtle Leaf Shawl from Victorian Lace Today. I am in love with this book, and every time I finish one project from it, I start another. I'm making this shawl nine pattern repeats wide because I prefer wider lace shawls that can wrap around really warmly. There is… Continue
Whew! Now that it looks better, I'll show it to you.... When I took the photos of my Apres Surf Hoodie on Monday, I placed the body strategically so you couldn't see the sides because I was embarrassed by how the sides looked. Early on, I had decided that I didn't want to deal with increasing and decreasing in pattern while I was knitting in the round, so I started at the hem with an extra 8 stitches in… Continue
Wow - it doesn't feel like I knit all weekend. I had time to work in the yard, start sewing a blouse, go to a movie with a friend, plus do all the normal weekend catch-up-on-housework stuff (oh, except go to the grocery store; I didn't do that), yet, I was shocked this morning when I laid the sweater out and looked at how far along it is! The lace pattern is so easy and fast (plus I'm knitting it in the round, so I don't have to purl the WS… Continue
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Do you remember the evening before the first day of school each year, when you laid out all your brand new school supplies, and organized and reorganized them, and couldn't wait until you could use the crayons for the first time on the clean white paper? That's how starting a new knitting project is for me every time. I usually stay up late collecting all the supplies and skimming through the instructions to make sure I'm not missing anything so I can… Continue
Look who came to visit - a pair of goldfinches! (Can you see their heads just above the window sill?) Aren't they cute?
After a little episode with a smoking cookie sheet under the broiler, I decided that I need some new pot holders. And, I wanted them to match my kitchen, which would require dyeing the yarn. The Fire King jadite color is one of my all-time favorites; but I can't wear that color, so I painted my kitchen that color instead. I was so excited to try out dyeing in my new, dedicated dye pot. I followed Melissa's excellent advice from her… Continue
A friend pointed out that this lace shawl looks like a dead animal in one of my previous posts. Ugh! She's right though, lace looks horribly ugly until it's blocked (and perhaps my photography skills need improvement :-). My HUGE problem is that I'm pretty sure I won't have enough yarn. I made the body of the shawl bigger than the pattern said, so I guessed at how much yarn I would need - oops. For some reason, I have this feeling that if I knit… Continue
I was on vacation last week, doing a HUGE basement repair project, which means hardly any knitting happened. Every time I sat down for more than 10 minutes, I fell asleep! Also, what I'm knitting on is kind of secret. I can at least tell you that it is our Bare Essential yarn, which Alison dyed using… Continue
This is Spencer, our intrepid photographer. He's getting all his lights set up in my kitchen so we can photograph a special dyeing tutorial for our June catalog. We were very fortunate to have an overcast day so we didn't have to deal with bright sunlight coming in the kitchen window.
This is Alison, who has outlined every photo we need to take to go with the step-by-step instructions she's written. The… Continue
Added by Tina on March 13, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments
I love watching NASCAR races. I was trying to remember how this came to be, and I think it stems from going with my family to Champ car qualifying days at Portland International Raceway when we could get free passes. My Dad and brother absolutely loved going, and Mom and I would tag along and sit under the makeshift lean-to awning and read - back when they would… Continue
I started the Curved Shawl from Victorian Lace Today back in August. It is my first real, full-sized lace project. I set it aside for a few months because I was worried I would run out of yarn (Autumn Heather… Continue
Added by Tina on February 27, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments