Tuesday, October 31, 2006
I have not forgotten about my blog, just have been busy with projects. I completed 6-7 scarves for our office fund raiser, and sold all but three, so I gave them away to folks in the office. One of my yarn buddies won the felted bag I knitted, so I was very happy about that since she had been eyeballing it the whole time.
I also finished by Icelandic sweater from the Opionated knitter book by Elizabeth Zimmerman. I have not taken a picture though, because I am not very happy with the colors in the yoke section. I ran out of the black of the main color of the sweater and had to just finish knitting it witht he pink and grey colors I was using. There is not much contrast in those two color combinations, but I am going to look at as a learning leasson and call it my prototype sweater, so maybe I will post a picture just to remind me of life's knitting lessons.
I did learn a lot from doing this project though so let me list though out ( I am a person who likes list).
1. I can knit and finish a sweater of this size
2. You should knit the ribbing for the cuffs and body on smaller needles than the one used for the rest of the body.
3. Always buy more yarn then you think you need, and the bonus of that is you can build up your stash for more color knitted if you do not use it all.
4. Two color knitting is a great way to work out your brain since you have to learn how to knit with both hands, the English way (right hand) and the Continental way (left hand).
5. Elizabeth was so right in her book on the part about knitting the left hand way, it would be slow at first, but you would pick up speed astonishly fast! I was so happy when I was doing this part of the sweater, but it was a brain and hand work out in the beginning.
6. Even though I am not happy with the colors of the sweater, I am very happy that I was able to complete this project.
So there you have it.
Keep on Knitting!
Thursday, October 05, 2006
This week I have not been very good at working on my knitting projects. Stayed home sick on Monday, and thought that I would maybe be able to work on some of the projects while I was sick, but just could not manage much progress on them as was feeling so ill.
Then the rest of the week has been spent getting ready to go out of town to go camping and ATV riding with the family. But I will take some projects with me to work on while on the road and at the campsite. I think I will take that wool sweater I started this last winter and try to make a dent in that project. It is from Elizabeth Zimmerman, and knitting in the round is just so easy and makes so much more sense then making a bunch of flat pieces and having to sew them together at the end. Just can not stand that finishing part.
This sweater will be like the Icelandic wool sweaters I so admire. I admire them because as a kid our family was stationed on the NATO base there in Iceland. Needless to say I did not appreciate that little island at the time. So I will be trying my hand at the fair isle knitting when I get to the chest area. Going to make my own design as EZ recommends.
For now, keep on knitting!