Saturday, February 26, 2011

Twelve Months of Christmas back

Back of vest on wooly board

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Twelve Months of Christmas vest

Armhole ribbings done

DH's Orion leftover socks

DH's socks finished!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Twelve Months of Christmas vest

Body of vest cast off

Rosemarkie basket of colors

Basket with one skein of each Jamiesons color for my next Rosemarkie vest.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I needed a break!

I needed a small break from what I consider duty knitting - class samples, pattern designing, gift knitting, etc., so I started the Traveling Woman Shawl by Liz Abinante, using the free version from Ravelry. I had bought a skein of Socks That Rock Heavyweight from a Raveler in a destash sale a while back. I tried knitting it into socks but didn't like how the yarn was working. So I ripped them out and put the yarn aside as I pondered what to use it for. I'm now on the edging, about halfway done with it, and it's knitting up beautifully - I made the right choice for this yarn. I'm hoping to get this shawl done by the end of the weekend, wash and block it, so I can put it away to save for wearing at Sock Summit 2011 this summer. I posted a picture of the shawl in progress a couple of days ago and will post one when I finish the shawl but I wanted to explain the change in focus of my knitting journey.


On the long range front, I put up a poll on my Mara_class group on yahoo to see what folks wanted to knit for the next KAL. Since the current project is an Aran sweater, I suggested a Fair Isle project by Alice Starmore. I listed two Fair Isle vest patterns from her 'Fair Isle Knitting' book, and then threw in Rosemarkie from her 'Celtic Collection' book on a whim. So far there are 14 votes for Rosemarkie and none for the other two! Last week I picked out five of the six colors I'll need for my Rosemarkie, since that seems to be the way the votes are going. I need to pick out one more color and then decide which will be the main color so I can place a yarn order with my LYS. I decided to support her and buy Jamiesons instead of buying J & S by mail. I'm hoping to encourage some others to knit along with me locally.


I'm still waiting for the rest of the sock yarn to finish DH's left over socks, should pop over to BMFA and check my account to see how the yarn is coming along. Being a small indie company, they don't keep large stocks of yarns on hand but dye them fresh each week or so. 


Oh, and I gifted the Kitty Selbu mittens I made to my friend Betsy as a belated Christmas gift, after she bought a new bright red car. The pink in the mittens goes with the red car, lol. She loves them and they fit her hands perfectly. 


Happy knitting!
Helen
Bluedragon2@aol.com
Bluedragon on Ravelry.com

Monday, February 07, 2011

Giraffe Tammy top


Giraffe Tammy top
Originally uploaded by BlueDragon2

Saturday, February 05, 2011