Monday, September 30, 2013

DH's plain vacation socks finished!

Knitting plain socks is one thing I can do while home sick with a cold and not (usually!) screw up! DH is happy with his new socks.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Halfway through large circles chart.

Got halfway through the large circles chart tonight while enjoying my last day of vacation. Hope to get this chart finished this week - I can almost feel myself wearing a new sweater!

Yarns and pattern for Octoberrrrrrr Mitten KAL

Ready to cast on 10-01-13 for start of KAL. I'm using some sock yarns left over from finishing the toes of socks. The gold will be the background color and the bright green the design color.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Body of first Zemgale mitten finished!

I'll run in the top ends today and then set this aside until later so I can do the Octoberrrrr Mitten KAL on Ravelry.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Zemgale mitten progress 9-23-13.

I've decided that I will do the second mitten, but this winter, after I get some other mittens done in time for the KAL on Ravelry. I think I'm just getting burned out fighting to knit on these in a bouncing, swaying car, but I can't face the second mitten right away. I'm going to finish this one except for the thumb. I've noticed that my tension is looser where I'm carrying four colors while bouncing along, so I'll have to match that tension on the second mitten. Also, I tried catching long carries in the four color sections and it really messes up the tension and the evenness of the knitting, so I quit. Since I'm using Shetland wool, it will stick to itself easily and the long strands shouldn't be a problem in the finger area.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

First Zemgale mitten halfway to the tip from the thumb.

Very sore fingers from working in this in a bouncing car over mountain and desert roads! But I'm making good progress so it balances out.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Past the thumb hold stitches!

While on the road and at stops I was able to make good progress on my first mitten. I put 25 stitches for the thumb on a piece of waxed dental floss, so it will be easier to pick them up to work the thumb. Now I'm doing the next section, with three and four colors in the rounds.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Past halfway on main chart!

Making good progress today on my Zemgale mittens - over an inch knit while riding in the car!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Whovian Argyle socks

Whovian Argyle socks by BlueDragon2
Whovian Argyle socks, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Cast off the second sock tonight - so happy to have them finished! Notice in the picture that the design is not centered, this is how the designer set the pattern up. It gives the design more interest, to me. I can't wait to wear them to knitting group in two weeks!

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Incendia MCN worsted weight from Three Fates Yarns

I had Stephania custom dye three skeins for me to design kilt hose with. I think it's time they went for my mind's eye to my needles! I'm suggesting a Mystery KAL on the Celtic Art Lovers group on Ravelry starting October first.

Sirkler sleeves with small circle pattern and increase every five rounds.

Haven't had much time to work on this this past week as I've been focusing more on Zauberflote. But I did want to establish the small circle pattern. I centered a circle at the top of the sleeve for symmetry. Now it's easy to pick up and knit a bit on it with the small circle chart. Since I'm doing both sleeves at the same time, I'm not bothering to record the increases. This is a design I will likely only knit one time, as the designer has another one I am already promising myself to knit next year. Saint Olav and His Men is a wonderful Scandinavian design and she even created a cardigan version for those of us on the Ravelry Stranded group - is that an awesome designer or what?!

First Whovian Argyle sock.

I'm now on the leg of the second sock and working right along. I really like how my mods to the pattern are working out!

Monday, September 02, 2013

Ready to start the toes on my first Whovian Argyles sock.

The sock fits perfectly - not too tight and not saggy. Toe will be in the Denim Blues to balance the yarn usage.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Zauberflote sleeve progress, about halfway down the armhole.

I've been working diligently today on the first sleeve and am about at the halfway point down the armhole. I'm picking up in each row as I work down and it looks to be an appropriate rate at this point.

One thing I will do for the second sleeve is to make three copies of the main chart. Then I will use a fine point highlighter to draw the shape of the sleeve on the charts. That will make pattern continuity much easier.