Monthly Archives: March 2008

Slow but steady knitting progress

I’ve been knitting very slowly for the last few weeks.  I have enjoyed and really want the items I’m knitting to be finished but I haven’t been so excited by them that I have been in a crazy rush to finish them.  Life seems so busy right now that knitting is playing a very small role.  However I’m sure that won’t last for too long!wisp finished

I have finished Wisp for my mother’s birthday next week.  Unfortunately it is not perfect – it took me quite a while to stop dropping stitches at the start and a lace mohair pattern is not too forgiving of that!  They are very carefully concealed for the photo but hopefully she will turn a blind eye….

And I’ve finally settled on what to use my Rowan Tapestry for …. a Clapotis

clapatis

This was my progress as of last week before my camera died – I have actually just now finished the straight rows so I should be finished but the end of the week.  I am so in love with this – I love the colour, the feel of the yarn and how soft it is.  It will be perfect for the freezing cold spring we are having.  What are the chances though that by the end of the week we will have sun splitting the rocks??

I think that it is knitting so slowly as it isn’t very involved knitting.  Great for in front of the tv!  I think I need to get my teeth into a cable or lace project.

I’ve been playing with a few more knitting designs some summer tops and cardigans, I’ve got a few skiens of Araucania Patagonia that I think that could make a really good summer cardigan for our Irish summer.  Must get thinking and swatching.

My thoughts on lace knitting

I’ve discovered in the last few months that I really enjoy lace knitting. It is such a simple technique that when you block it and open it out produces such surprising and beautiful results. However I’m not always very fond of the patterns for lace patterns that are out there. The majority seem to be for shawls or scarfs and while they are challenging and enjoyable to knit they are totally useless to me as I really am not overly fond of shawls and one scarf is enough for me!!

I think that I’ve come to conclusion that I prefer the effect you get from smaller panels of lace stitches incorporated into a plainer piece. You end up with a more wearable piece that still has a bit of mental challenge as a knitter. As a knitter I would rather knit something that gets loved a worn rather than something that just sits on a shelf and looks pretty.

Socks finished – Wisp started

DH socks

I am very happy to say that the eternal socks are finished. The yarn may have been sitting here half knitted for 12 months but they are happy now on their intended feet.

I have started work on my first project in Silken Kydd from Elann.com. It is very, very soft – feels a bit like knitting air! I’ve started work on Wisp from Knitty which should make a great birthday present for my mother. I am not normally prone to dropping stitches but for whatever reason knitting with this lightweight yarn I keep find a floating stitch that got lost somewhere rows back from some of the K2tog. I am finding it getting easier as I’m getting used to the yarn and the lacework is starting to look a little less wobbly!!

Wisp

I also have a ball of Rowan Kidsilk hiding around in the office somewhere that I may attempt an Ice Queen with now that I’m getting the hang of knitting with floaty hairs!!