Sunday, September 21, 2014

i'm knitting a sweater!

…. not that this is "news". but, this one will likely be finished in a reasonable amount of time, and then i can start another.

i'm thinking, i'm more excited about what i might start next instead of what i am working on.

however, this is the heather raglan from knitscene winter/spring 2010.


the yarn used in the pattern is 100% alpaca … which i do have in my stash, but by a different company.

i knitted, washed & blocked my swatch.


and all's good.


i'm happily knitting away … and hoping that i don't end up looking like the michelin tire man! i don't think i will, because of the drape of alpaca vs. wool.

what else is up? S H O E S ! ! !


i got a new pair of shoes today, for the fall (and summer, winter, etc ….).

they are red leather clogs, and they are super-comfy!


they are too casual to wear to work, except on fridays.

and, they also require me to knit some other sweaters to go with the new shoes. isn't that how life is?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

one for me, one for him

the for me part is something i didn't knit.

this is hitchhiker. knitted by deb.


she gave this to me the other day --- and i love it!

the yarn she used is a non-wool sock yarn. i do not have the label, however i used something similar when i made my patchwork socks.

the weather is a bit cooler today, and i've been home most of the day --- i have been wearing it around the house.

… finished project #2 … for marco ….


i finished his socks, but i cannot get them to photograph well. either the color is off, or it's hard to see the stitch pattern.


the color and stitch pattern are better in this shot.

the socks will be a christmas gift, only because sending a package to italy is expensive and unreliable. airfare and a personal visit is definitely the way to go!

i have also finished my pink malabrigo lace banana leaf scarf. it just needs to be blocked (schmutzie volunteered to block it for me).

i'm itching. ITCHING. to cast on something new … but should probably finish other projects first.

Monday, September 01, 2014

pink & green ….. pink & green

happy labor day!

i love a weekday off, especially a monday. however, tomorrow will be twice as challenging.

1st of the month, first business day of the month, … after a 3 day weekend ….

but, back to the knitting!


pink & green!

on the left is my banana leaf shawl. it's lovely. i've never knitted with malabrigo lace before --- but all the rumors are true.

it is delicate (though i've not broken it yet). the end of my scarf has gotten fuzzy (especially the tail where i cast on), and it's deliciously soft!

i bought two hanks of yarn. i fell in love with the 1st hank (a soft pink). but, i could not find a good match for hank #2. i chose the closest one to it.

when i wound the yarn, the yarn i started with was the nice soft pink. as i progressed, the shade grew darker.

i wound the second hank. it was darker --- so i rewound to find the other end which was lighter. the colors are blending well.


the color changes are not due to the angle of my camera or the light, but the dye of the yarn.


here's the green part … sock #2 of marco's socks.

now, both projects have entered the realm of "mindlessness" … i can work on either, without a pattern.