Friday, August 31, 2007

Hanami Knit A Long

I am knitting Hanami out of Brown Sheep Naturespun Fingering weight in the Cherry Delight color. I am using the new Addi Lace needles size 5 (love them). This is a fun knit. The pattern seems easy to follow to me and I am using stitch markers (from Hide and Sheep at Etsy, love them) between repeats. I plan to make a scarf version of just the basketweave with some Silky Wool that I have and I plan to add more beads in the triangular sections. Cayli on the knitalong is doing that and they look great. My beads clash a little too much to add them throughout the shawl. I think it would work great on a scarf though and plan to try it after the stole is done.
My MS3 is in time out right now. I really am not sure if I like it in the yarn I am using or what. So, I plan to wait awhile and work on this one and the Bee Fields shawl (which I will start as soon as I wind the yarn, not sure when as I have had the yarn for a few weeks but haven't gotten around to winding it up).

Saturday, August 18, 2007

A Vest, in progress

My mother requested a vest. She is 80 so I said sure even though I have never seen her wear anything I have made her except scarves and mittens. She tells me she wears them but I don't know. When my niece was in high school or middle school she gave me one of her school pictures. What was she wearing but a vest I had made for my mother that she gave to my niece without telling me . I am glad someone liked it.

Anyway, I showed my mother a few vest options and with her approval, went to MA Sheep & Wool and on to Webs on my way home. I picked up some yarn and last week started swatching and starting. The pattern and yarn just didn't mesh so I decided to dig out one of the Just One More Row vest patterns that I know I have. Couldn't find them, searched high and low. So, I went online and re-ordered the missing patterns plus a few more. Yarn and pattern are now happy but I thought I might run out of yarn. So, another hour last night online trying to find more yarn, ended up with 4 more of the same color (who knows what dyelot) and then 4 more of another color. Since it is made up of squares I can play around with it and it should work out. Told my mother on the phone and she then said I shouldn't have bothered, she would be fine without it. I told her it is started and that is it.

It is above in Laines Du Nord Giunco and it is fun so far.

I also started a scarf for the Red Scarf Project which shouldn't take too long to knit. I ended up ripping out my Chevron Scarf as I changed needles (needed them for some shawl knitting) and I liked the fabric on the wooden needles I switched to better. I love Koigu so it wasn't a hard decision to rip and knit over.