Monday, November 26, 2007

Knitting, and ....

I got home just as the sun was setting today and tried to take pictures with at least a little natural lighting. I succeeded for about a minute, but no more. These photos are presentable only because of Adobe Lightroom. I contemplated saving some of them for another post, but I think I'm better off just doing it all at once this time:
This is Mystic Waters -- I'm now 5/8 done! I'm still keeping up, and it's a mound of knitting all jumbled together. It's too large for my needle now so I only have an idea of what it will look like when it is stretched out. This is my largest triangular shawl -- it looks like it might be the size of my veil. I really like how it's coming out, and I like the way we get to do a certain amount at a time. It makes it more fun.

Next, we have one finished sock. The photo doesn't do it justice, partially because of lighting and partially because I have trouble taking pictures of my sock myself!

After Eunny's Endpaper Mitts, this is the first fair-isle I have done, and I'm impressing myself. Not only is it fun, but my stitches are much more even than last time. It might be time for some more fair isle work in the near future! I'm thinking Tiit's socks or some warm mittens. It's getting cooler outside and I'm craving wool.

(Also, see how I'm tired of blue? Imagine these two projects, plus a skirt knit in indigo!)
You can tell I went home to my mom's house for Thanksgiving because every time I return bearing crafting supplies.

The buttons on the bottom are for my Garnstudio jacket, which is finished and already well-worn -- but not yet photographed. The toggles on the top are for my Central Park Hoodie, which I finished last April and have yet to photograph. I realize this is disgraceful, but I don't seem to get around to it much. Until now, I haven't been able to close the hoodie. In the cold weather I have realized it would be quite advantageous to change the structure and make this possible, so I will have to do some i-cord magic to make loops for these toggles.

And have you noticed the backdrop for these buttons? Yes, I went to Joann Fabrics and found some great fat quarters. I'm hoping to make some of the toys from here for some of the new babies popping up all around me. The prints are playful and much more interesting than what I anticipated finding, see?
We'll see how many years it takes me to make something from this fabric. I tend to stash fabric a lot more than I do yarn, and use it much less frequently!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Blue, Blue and More Blue

I finished the jacket, but haven't had a chance to take any pics yet. I also finished the second clue of Mystic Waters, which is still a beautiful pattern. Then I continued working on the Indigo Ripples (my row gauge is quite off, because I'm planning to dry the skirt in the dryer, and checked gauge that way, so I had to order more yarn). I also cast on for Virve's Stockings from Folk Knitting in Estonia. When I was looking for it in Ravelry, I couldn't find it at all -- is it possible there is a Nancy Bush pattern that no one has knit yet? I really think it's impossible....

And then I was looking at my projects and realized: I'm getting bored of blue! All three projects are blue -- not just blue, but an indigo blue. And they are going to last me a while longer, because I'm not close to finishing the socks or the skirt!