Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Is that some twisted stockinette on your uniform?

Behold - if you can - black does not photograph well - the beginnings of my Cinxia:

I figured out my miscounting issue and my misplaced stitch markers, and am cruising along on the twisted stockinette. It's easier to make out the detail in person, and yes, you really can see the slip stitch edge, even in black (if not in photo):

The Softwist Bulky snags if you even look at it funny. This does not impress me. But, I intend this to be a "keep at the office for when I get chilly" sweater, so that's ok.

I'm also working on a lap blanket for my mom, using the pattern from Weekend Knitting:

Her birthday was earlier this month, so I'm a little late. I'm hoping this cozy thing will make it up to her though.

In other news, I'm presenting at a conference next week and am debating whether to take the train for extra knitting time or drive so I can get home quicker. As it's Z's birthday the day I get back, I will probably drive. My little baby turns 2!

My husband is still getting over his knee surgery, so I hope he can drive by then. To thank me for being nursemaid/single parent/mom's taxi, he bought me the Thin Man box set on DVD! Now I can channel my inner Myrna Loy.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Cinxia knitalong

I'm cohosting a knitalong for Cinxia from the fall Knitty! See http://cinxiaknitalong.blogspot.com if you'd like to join, or check out the Yahoo group "cinxia".

Monday, September 19, 2005

Full of hope

Here is my finished Hopeful drying last week. I have since worn it twice and love it to bits.

Specs: Sirdar Snuggly DK in Khaki green, not quite 4 balls; size 6 needles (Denise). I made the largest pattern size.
The Snuggly is a very lightweight yarn, so it was nigh on impossible to press the seams flat, but luckily the ribbing stayed put just fine. I could've made the sleeve openings a little bigger but they are ok as is. Once my daughter is a little older, I'd be tempted to make myself another one of these in Wool Cotton. It's very cute. And did I mention my husband really likes it on me? 'Nuff said.

Currently on the needles:

Rosebud. More stockinette in the round on size 5 needles. I need another long car trip or something because I frankly get too too bored. Plus I must've missed a couple decreases because I'm ready to start the ribbing but have too many stitches. And while I love the Dale Svale, I am getting less enthused with the pale pink. As I was getting curmudgeonly about this, I decided to start...

Cinxia. Subway Knitter was counseling me on whether Softwist Bulky would work for this. She feels it would be best to rework the pattern for the heaviness of the yarn and is I think planning to do that. As an experiment (I.e. because I don't know how to adapt patterns and am lazy), I'm knitting a smaller size to account for the different gauge and will see how it goes. It's not that fitted a garment, so maybe it'll work out. If not, someone will get it for the holidays, heh. I have finished the slip stitch trim and have done the first row of twisted stockinette (I was attracted to the pattern by the complete lack of stockinette!) but again have a different number of stitches than the pattern says I should. After just one row! I mean, I know I am math impaired, but honestly. I'll figure it out tonight.

Hoodie for Z - on last sleeve, may finish it this month so it can be a birthday present

Lap blanket for my mom - in Patons Divine, froth, froth. Also hard to work on for long periods at a time - size 13 needles.

Fair Isle pillow - there's no deadline for this one, as my living room doesn't have a birthday or a baby due or anything. I do have a number of friends with babies due, though, so I should get cracking.

Oh, and I ordered a bag of Noro Sumile Multi 102 from Webs. Was thinking I'd use it for a Klaralund, but am now reconsidering. My husband saw the Klaralund photo and said he thought it wasn't "form-fitting" enough. Maybe a Rosedale United? Or the Hourglass sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts? Any thoughts? Your input is welcomed.