Feb 5, 2007
Gets Ta Knittin
Yep, I'm ridiculous. And busy. The thing I love about the weekend is that Justin soaks up the computer (to play WoW nonstop), so I get more involved with my knitting and get LOADS done. Which means more pictures for all of you. I'm going to have to lay off the post tomorrow and possibly the next day just to give all of you time to read, look, and comment! lol Most of these pictures were taken Friday, which means that they are deceiving, I'm further along by now than I was in the pictures.
Wicked's sleeves are off on waste yarn, and the body has about two to three inches finished. In the picture there is only about one inch. This is a great sweater, I may make it again, maybe with a different collar? Who knows, either way it's wonderful and I will be so happy when it's finished! Cascade 220 is just about the best yarn ever, I can't wait to start Tubey in April. Sweaters definitely are not as scary as I once thought.
The Endpaper Mitts are fantastic! Even if the greyish color looks almost purple sometimes. Is that weird? Either way I LOVE them, I love the pattern. I think I'll make another pair in some fun colors, green and yellow anyone? My floats look pretty good to me, for someone who is a fair isle newb anyway. They fit...well, like a glove. Which is great because I have ridiculously thin wrists. I'm hoping they fit around my hands though, which are slightly large in comparison to my wrists. The thumb is now off on scrap yarn, maybe I'll try them on later to make sure. The first mitt should be done by tomorrow, way ahead of schedule I might add. Actually, that's good because I had a few projects I was afraid I wouldn't get around to during Feb/March. Now I don't have to worry too much about not being able to finish things and having to wait until after Project Spectrum is over to return to them. lol
Finally started my I Dreamed of Africa socks on Saturday. The pattern is super easy to memorize, making them a great portable project. I only had one little thing to tweak on it though, which is good. The pattern is written very clearly. Just a note if you make them though, the bows might look a bit wonky at first, that's normal. When they stretch (as they will around your ankle) they look just fine.
I didn't just knit this weekend though. Nope, I did some spinning and painting too! My spinning is getting much better, probably because I did a better job carding and drafting this time around. Still got a few slubs, but not as many. I managed to spin up some of the pink Icelandic pencil roving too, which I just couldn't get for some reason the last time I tried it. Apparently I wasn't putting enough twist into it, so it kept breaking, bleh. It looks a bit like neopolitan ice cream apparently, because of the pink and white and brown. Now I need to buy more fleece I suppose. hehehe And a wheel...must get a wheel. I didn't really like the Ashford Traditional that I tried out this weekend though, the bench kept getting in the way of my legs. Maybe it's because I am all knees.
Friday evening I tried something new, fabric painting! When I was in high school it was a very "in" thing to wear t-shirts with fabric paint on them. The designs were usually either semi-gang related or else very strange though. I went for a more demure, scrolling design. Something abstract and pretty. Although I should have used a lighter color denim, the jeans still look pretty cute. There is plenty of paint leftover if I decide to try again, or paint some more on the back of the jeans. Is that all I did this weekend? I want to say yes. Sure, why not.
Oh, I did get some new things. New yarn, Patons Classic wool for a pair of Jester booties, and some Patons SWS for a fake-isle hat. Those will come later on though. Also, the Winter 2006 issue of IK, and a really great fiction novel Knitting Under the Influence by Claire LeZebnik. It's pretty good, I've already started it. Gotta love reading about knitting. No, I don't have a problem...I can stop any time I want. Right after this row.