Posted on | August 10, 2006 | 2 Comments

We’re finally moved in! Everything’s in boxes and the apartment definitely needs a good once-over, but our precious posessions are out of that mildy sketchy garage.

And now, I can finally post some pictures of the silk shrug I’m knitting for my old LYS. It’s a Blue Sky Alpacas pattern and is knit in their sportweight Alpaca & Silk. Here’s a picture of the pattern:

Posted on | August 4, 2006 | 1 Comment

I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been busy moving down the street. Unfortunately, we hit a snag where our new place won’t be available until the 9th of August, but we had to move out of our old place by July 31. The temporary, unsatisfactory solution? – We moved all of our junk to a dark, dusty garage without air conditioning. I was afraid that my yarn stash would mold in all of this heat and humidity (on Wednesday it was 100 in NJ with a heat index of 110!) so I made my poor, put-upon husband take my rapidly growing out-of-control stash all the way to Ithaca where we are temporarily staying with a friend until our new apartment becomes available. Our friend’s place is not good enough for my yarn either ;) – there are bugs galore who have made themselves quite at home – so the stash is sitting in my husband’s campus office, much to the amusement of his office mates.

And I’ve added to the stash in the few short days I’ve been here in Ithaca – a small town with two yarn stores! I got my first assignment as a sample knitter for my favorite of the two shops – Knitting Etc. I don’t have the USB cables for my camera with me, so pictures will have to wait, but I get to knit with a luxuriously soft, alpaca-silk sportweight blend (Blue Sky Alpaca’s Alpaca & Silk). And I’m knitting a shrug! I just hope I don’t disappoint the proprietor of the store. She’s so nice and enthusiastic. It’s definitely a good change in direction for the knitting community here as she has big plans with classes and such. It’s really nice to have a space where one can knit happily with like-minded individuals. And I can see how sample knitting can get addictive. In the past, my knitting has been confined to objects I *think* I might actually wear. Now, the sky’s the limit! I can see much actual work being shunted aside for this new, dangerously seductive opportunity :)

Until I can get my own pictures up, here’s a stock photo from the company website of the shrug:

Posted on | July 27, 2006 | 2 Comments

My husband’s back so work on the Cambridge Jacket has stopped. I’m done with both cardigan fronts. Next up, the back – lots of mindless TV knitting is in my future. Here’s a progress shot, laid out against one of his cardigans for comparison.

Posted on | July 24, 2006 | No Comments

Secret knitting and a Sunday in the city…

Posted on | July 22, 2006 | No Comments

Swatched for Grannie Smith. I’ve never knit anything lace before where the size of the object matters and I’m a bit nervous. I’m not sure how to measure the swatch. The laciness makes the swatch very amendable to stretching in all directions, making pinning down a gauge difficult.

Here’s the swatch. It’s knit with size 3 needles in Jaggerspun Zephyr Merino/silk lace in color Suede. The yarn is incredibly soft. If I can actually manage to knit this thing, it’ll be a very comfortable, lightweight sweater – perfect for throwing over the shoulders on a breezy day.

Posted on | July 22, 2006 | No Comments

I just received the yarn I intend to use for Melissa’s (at Grannie Smith lace cardigan. The pattern is written for Kidsilk haze, but I’m not crazy about the idea of knitting a fuzzy, mohair lace cardigan. I have in mind something a little smoother, with drape.

The yarn I will attempt to use is Jaggerspun’s laceweight Zephyr merino/silk blend. This is the first time I’m trying to knit a sweater with this yarn. Previously, I’ve knitted shawls and stoles with it. I’m excited to see how this’ll turn out. The color is Suede – a soft, brown color.

I’ve already knitted a swatch with size 4 needles, but the gauge is a bit off. I think I’d like a tighter look, so I’m switching to size 3 needles. The little bunch of tangled thread next to the cone is the size 4 swatch remnant.

Posted on | July 21, 2006 | 1 Comment

The second object is a cabled tank from one of the old Rowan spring magazines. The original pattern skimmed the belly button – a bit too revealing for conservative me – and was strapless. I added I-cord straps and lengthened it a bit. This was knitted out of a cotton 4ply yarn – much nicer in terms of feel (weight-wise) than the worsted weight Cotton Fleece.

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