I am going to skip over my apologies for missing yesterday. Clearly, this is not going to manage to be a daily event.
There are a lot of patterns out there for knitted skirts. Lots of them are cute on the right figure and lots of them look like interesting knitting. I never thought I’d find one that looked like interesting knitting but also like something I could wear but I think I have. Dickson, by Norah Gaughan (of course). I won’t be knitting it in the alpaca/wool yarn it calls for but I have enough of a cotton/acrylic Berocco yarn called Love It to make it with that instead. It’s blue, just like the denim skirts I wear all the time.
I’m pretty excited about the idea of this but I need to finish my sweater first… right? I’m almost done with the first sleeve so I’m going to go work on that.
First order of business, I finished something!
It’s lovely and I really enjoyed knitting it. I expect to make another one some day.
I also cast on for a Clapo-Ktus. It’s a combination of the Clapotis (of which I have knit 5 or so) and Baktus, which I have not knit but I know lots of people have. I kind of love that someone combined those two patterns and gave it that name. Knitters rock.
The yarn is Handmaiden Sea Silk, which I think is just beautiful. I have a month to finish it. Woot, deadline knitting.
Okay, but really what I came here to post about is fingering weight yarn. There has been a trend in recent years towards using sock yarn for nonsock projects. First there were shawls and now there are sweaters. I am 100% behind the trend towards smaller gauge sweaters but it leaves me with a dilemma. I really want to knit one, in particular: Afterlight. The dilemma comes from the lack of yarns at that weight without wool that won’t break the bank. You can find lots of really lovely fingering weight silk yarns if you don’t mind paying $300 for a sweater. I do mind that though.
If anyone out there in knitting land knows about a good fingering weight nonwool yarn that I could use for sweaters, please tell me!
In the past week I have talked about fabric, chickens, studying, and baking bread. Oh, and yarn. I have not talked about knitting. I don’t think I’ve actually done much knitting in the past week. All of my projects are stalled because of being in school, basically. That and having to use my evenings to prep for Arts Focus and my days to exercise, study, and try to keep my house from descending into a pit of chaos.
It’s a wonder that I ever had time to knit!
Anyway, I was recently given some yarn from a friend’s destash. The advantage of being allergic to wool is that when people have nonwool yarn to give away, they immediately think of me. I got these two yarns…
The shiny, coppery one is Tilli Tomas Asteroid: 100% silk with a strand with beads spun with it. It’s lovely and soft but only about 78 yards. I was debating what to do with it and the friend who gave it to me suggested pairing it with the above brown which is Blue Sky Cotton. So now I’m contemplating a quick project, on large needles. I’m thinking a cowl with the silk and beads on the edges. I want to swatch to get some idea of what it would look like but I’m afraid to use up too much of the silk and not have enough left. It doesn’t strike me as the type of yarn that would take well to being ripped back and reknit.
Perhaps I will find out! First, I need to wind these hanks into balls. Oh, and perhaps I should finish one of my other projects first.
This morning, Cookie and I did this:
I think she said she had 240 books signed and padded and I put them in envelopes, she and I taped them and I labeled a few before I had to go off to pick up the kids. I think she said she could use my help for one more day of this kind of packing up and her preorders would be done. I have to say that I see the value in having someone else to do all of that for you! Although I think her having complete creative control over her book was a good thing. Have I mentioned that the book is gorgeous? I know I have.
As promised, I took progress photos. First of wedge.
I’m pretty close to the heel, I think. This yarn is turning out to go farther than I expected. Thanks to Jen C, I can whip out my cool tiny scale and weigh the ball at intervals to check how far into I am. I assume I’ll need slightly more than half of the ball for the foot. I guess I’ll find out the hard way if that is wrong assumption.
Next up is my younger nieces cardigan.
I cast on that sleeve this afternoon and knit most of it while watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with my older son. I had to stop knitting to comfort him at one point. Even though he read the book he was still sad! He’s such a sweetie.
Today my younger son asked me to knit him a baby doll friend for his other doll. We have a gorgeous Waldorf doll that I bought for my older son when his brother was born but no one loves that one. Poor ignored doll. Anyway, I’m thinking of making this baby doll for him. i don’t know what yarn to use, though. I love the Lion organic cotton for the hair though. So cute! I’m thinking this should be a birthday gift because I don’t want him to think that I can just whip up a babydoll at a moments notice. That gives me until mid-January. We’ll see how that goes!