October 9, 2009
I started a new scarf yesterday.
I bought this “Queensland Haze” last month because I liked it – I had no project idea in mind. It turned out not to be stretchy enough for knitting: it is 60% corn (!) and 40% cotton. The skein is 275 yards, not quite enough for a scarf on its own, so I had to find a weft from my stash to go with it.
I tried black, purple and a “terra cotta” cotton:
(the color is off in this picture: it’s a royal purple, not blue)
I had to beat pretty severely to get a nice fabric: you can see both loose and tight beating in the terra cotta swatch.
My favorite was the terra cotta, which is Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Cotton. It completely changes the original colorway from the Queensland Haze – here’s a shot of the warp by itself:
And here is the warp and weft:
October 3, 2009
I needed a small gift for my sister and what is nicer than a hand-knit dishcloth? Well, maybe a flat-screen TV, but my time and budget made me lean more towards the dishcloth.
The pattern is the ubiquitous Ballband Dishcloth. I used King Tut cotton (natural) and Cascade Sierra cotton/wool blend (blue) (both from KnitKnack) on US 7 needles.
I hope to get it in the mail tomorrow.
September 19, 2009
I started the “Must Have Cardigan” from the Paton’s booklet “Street Smart.”
These are the 2 sleeves:
I have learned to only knit on this project when I’m by myself and not multitasking. When I try to talk to someone and knit, a skill I usually do quite well, I forget to turn a cable or something and end up ripping back a row (or more).
I haven’t knit this type of cardigan for many years, and I’m enjoying the texture. I’m calling it Maybe-Have instead of Must-Have since it won’t be done for a couple of months. The wool is vintage Bernat Sesame.