Aug 19, 2007
Baccarat Bind-off Bash
Yep, I like alliteration. It's fun! Anyways, Baccarat Player is finished, seamed, and even has a crocheted edging. I packaged it up and will mail it out tomorrow. I am so excited! And very proud of my seam job. It's the first time I've ever used the mattress stitch thing...you know, the way you are supposed to seam. I don't even know why it was so hard for me to figure out! Not only was it simple, but every time I cinched the stitches tight, it was like magic! Seriously, I made Mr. Shad pause his video game to watch me do it. lol Oh, if you want to see the picture closer up you'll have to click it. Not sure it will be any clearer though.
There are lots of pictures of this. My new book (Vogue Knitting: Quick Reference), showed me all sorts of tricks and I used it to put a crab stitch (backward crochet) edging on the neck, armhole, and bottom of Mom's top. Not sure exactly how I feel about it, although I really like the way it made my slip stitch edge around the armhole into eyelets.
Of course, all knitters know, the hardest part comes next. What should I knit next? None of us have any lack of projects waiting in the wings, but sometimes it is so hard to choose between deserving patterns and yarns. Goddes has really been calling to me, but I feel like it has been forever since I had a sock on the needles. Recently there has been a lot of other garments I'm cranking out. Summer is good for fast knitting. :) I realize that I enjoy all knitting, but socks are still my true love. So, following Mr. Shad's advice, I cast-on the Fancy Silk Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks. Goddess will have to wait until I finish Eiffel.
The pattern is fun and simple. Gorgeous to watch in progress. I'm already halfway through the leg of the first sock. Much further that the pictures here show. Can I just say, I truly love this yarn? It's soft and buttery. Plus, the colors are gorgeous. Ranging in color from raspberry champagne, to merlot, to blackberry wine. (All in Project Spectrum range) Simply delicious. It's a stark contrast to knitting with the hemp.
Eiffel is a pretty easy pattern and all. But knitting with the hemp is like...well knitting with twine. lol It doesn't feel good on my hands, which means it's hard for me to really enjoy the process. I did get the sleeves joined, plus an inch. Next I start decreasing for the yoke. Hopefully I will have enough yarn. I think that I will, but there is always that chance. Right? I'm itching to swatch for Goddess now, so I will probably be finished with Eiffel before I know it.
And to leave you all with some more good stuff, I made cookies Friday night. I used the recipe from Sheri's (Loopy Ewe) blog. It uses shortening instead of butter, so they are not so sweet. HOWEVER, they did stay nice and soft for days. Well...for the few days they lasted anyways. Homebaked cookies are the best. Random fact: A guy at the mall asked me to knit him socks. I have no idea if he is seriuos or not. But I was amused.
[EDT Monday, Aug. 20, 2007 2:17EST]
P.S. Mom I know you are
reading this. You better leave a comment! Oh, and I sent this off for you today.
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