Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Ravelry is dangerous.

Somehow, Wicked has suddenly jumped into my queue. The yarn for it arrived over the weekend ...

how's that for yarn pr0n?

... and I look forward to winding it tonight and casting on tonight or tomorrow. After all, I've got to have something that requires less attention than the Forest Canopy Shawl to take to Hurricane Knitters this week!

As far as the FCS goes, I have gotten a little better, and after some humiliation* encouragement from Yvonne, I have taken to using only one lifeline after a pattern repeat (and taking the onld ones out) rather than lifelining after every repeat. It still looks like a big black blob:


Hope to see you all at Hurricane Knitters this Wednesday, 7-10 p.m. at the Waterworks Barnes & Noble!

* I should clarify: Yvonne's "humiliation" was more good-natured teasing than anything else :)

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

What to do now?

I worked on Lady Eleanor for so long that I wasn't quite sure what to do when she was finished! Luckily, some friends of ours had a baby boy just a month ago, so I stitched these up to send to them:

I always forget how great baby socks are to knit. They are so quick (even for me!), and they are absolutely precious. This pair was knit up using my regular recipe with 40 sts cast on. The yarn is leftover Claudia's Hand Painted in the "walk in the woods" colorway.

With the socks finished, it was time to start in earnest on the Forest Canopy Shawl. I cast on and completed the set up rows last Wednesday with no problem, then made the mistake of taking it with me to last week's Hurricane Knitters. I was chatting away as I worked on the first pattern repeat and, of course, screwed up right away. Since I wasn't very far along, I ripped out the whole thing today and restarted:

excuse my flash

I thought it wise to use lifelines as I knit this one. It's probably overkill to use them after every pattern repeat (as you can see here), but this is me we're talking about. So far, so good, although I needed silence to work on this today. I hope that, in time, I will actually be able to watch television while I knit this, but so far, it doesn't seem likely!

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