Sunday, June 25, 2006

Around and around...

The twisted float shrug is getting bigger - I've finished my third pattern repeat now and I have inserted the waste yarn for the sleeves. The shrug is all scrunched on the needles right now so there is no point in photographing the yarn lump.

The braided cable sock was 90% complete and then frogged, too long yet too narrow. I was in denial for about half of the sock and yet I knitted on. Oh well. I started it again and I decided to knit just a plain stockinette sock.

I have about 800 yards of Schaefer Laurel in Billie Holiday. It is a gorgeous shiny cotton yarn.

I would like to make a shawl in this yarn as my next big project. I'm looking for a shawl pattern for an aran weight yarn that is faroese or semicircular in shape with some sort of delicate lace pattern. Natural themes would be nice. Now if only I can find such a pattern...

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The start of the Twisted Float Shrug and... MORE Socks!

I started the famous Twisted Float Shrug from Vogue Winter 2005. I'm doing it in Lorna's Laces with Lakeview and Charcoal as the main colors and Blackberry Grace for the edging.
It has grown to about 12" in diameter but it is a little scrunched as you see it here on the needles. I'm two pattern repeats into it.

A better view of the colors - but still not quite right. The colors are fab in person.

And now for the socks - summer is the season for ankle socks...

First up is a little pair of lacey ribbed anklets in Knit Picks Sock Garden

Then there is this pair - an anklet version of Knitty's Cut Your Teeth Socks in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Purple Club.

Then I knitted the famous Jaywalker pattern in Austermann Step yarn - it is nice but not everything I hoped. The non-matchingness was on purpose I had a ton of yarn left over, I think I got the unmatched stripes out of my system though and will probably stripe match from now on.

I wanted a quick fun to wear pair of socks and these are now my favorite socks! Comfort, comfort, comfort - it is hot down here in Florida and these socks are so soft and squishy without being too hot. It is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in Gold Hill - I was unsure how I would feel about this weight of yarn that I got at the sale but I love it. I usually feel a little bit of the stitches even with skinny needles but these beauties were knit on size 2s and I don't feel the stitches one bit.

As a side project when I'm sick of those annoying twisted floats I started working on these simple socks in LL Shepherd Sport in Watercolor. Just a nice braided cable for interest.

And that's what I'm up to this summer - Netflix, knitting and cooking, what could be better?