I’ve finally finished my green lacey scarf in Popcorn. It went very quickly once I actually spent a chunk of time on it (it was my party project). It’s very soft and looks good, but the yarn didn’t block very nicely. Next time I wash it I will try to stretch it further so that the lace pattern is clearer. I wonder if it’s a feature of vegetable yarns that they don’t block well.
I’ve started on the last of my Xmas gifts: Alexandra’s lacey flower sweater. It’s going really quickly, thanks to the lovely yarn and small size. I’m knitting it while watching my Xmas present (the collected Star Trek: The Next Generation). Mmm, knitting and ST combined with boyfriend and cat snuggles. Paradise .
My Hempathy yarn from everymoment finally arrived, via red-headed glamazon in lime green sequinned high heels. It’s so lovely and the colour is perfect. I was going to knit this DNA vest but have since decided to knit this dress as a tunic instead. I’m not sure why, really. I think the lacey panels of the vest will stretch horribly over my expansive bosom and just look ugly, and I don’t like the high rounded neck. A deeper v-neck is more flattering on larger chests. I might still knit the vest, but once I’ve lost a bit of that Xmas weight. The dress pattern has a cross-over bust, which is much more flattering to those of us blessed with huge tracts of land. I also wanted a top that was a bit smarter, that I could wear for smart-casual occasions in summer. The vest would require another top underneath. I am slightly worried that I won’t have enough yarn for the tunic, so we’ll see how it goes. I might need to make it less flared to save yarn. When I asked for 8 balls I was going on the yardage of the vest. I might need to get creative .
I also bought some cotton sock yarn for my bf’s socks. I plan to knit “Diamonds in his shoes” and “Ladder of life”. If all goes well I might get some Elle sock wool as well. I am starting on toe-up socks so that he can try them on as he goes. Once I have an idea of how to adapt patterns to fit his size 11.5(UK) feet, I’ll try cuff-down patterns as well.
While I was wandering around in Woolworld, I spotted this Escapade. It’s the same yarn I used for Kathleen’s cardi, but in shades of green. I just had to buy a bag, it was my colour! I don’t know what I’ll use it for, I’ll have to see how the striping comes out in the larger width needed for me. Possibly a vest or something.
I can’t wait til finish this lacey sweater, I want to start on the bf’s ribbed sweater (no link, I’m afraid, it’s a paper pattern and I can’t seem to find it online). I have also promised some pencil cases for schoolchildren in Sudan. It’s something small that will make a difference, instead of seeing the carnage on TV and just saying “ag, shame”. If anyone else has a couple of hours free to knit one (or many) please let me know.
That’s all from the knitting front, stay tuned for progress reports.
Ps: do readers prefer that I post the pictures or the links to the pictures? Other knit-blogs that I read have the pictures in-post, but it can slow down my feed reader.