Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Back and Forth

Finally I can see Corinne's back emerging as I knit back and forth, back and forth, back and...you get the picture.  I love garter stitch but straight knitting can get tiresome--doing the same thing, the same stitch, back and forth.  Since I am not even half way across the back of the sweater (hope to get there today) it's still a long way to the right sleeve and front.  The short row shaping is done in sets of 8 rows that encourage me to stop, sip wine, do a happy dance or just a moment of thankful meditation for yet another pattern set completed.  Okay, so maybe I really do like the back and forth thing!

Other back and forth things I like:
*  Old manual typewriters.  I loved throwing that carriage across!
*  Clocks with pendulums.  They put me to sleep.
*  Rocking chairs.  The dogs beg me to rock them.
*  Newton's Cradle.  Useless but mesmerizing.

 Are there back and forth things you enjoy?

 Finishing first chart of the Mystery Summer Shawl KAL.

This guy came to visit.  He was waiting on the front door screen hoping to fly in and take a bite of something or someone.  Sorry big guy--no vampires allowed!  (Actual size)

Life is good.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

These Things Sneak Up On You

What does it mean when you grab a bunch of DK weight yarn and cast on 239 stitches.  It must mean that you are starting Wendy Johnson's Summer Mystery Shawlette.  That's what I did last night.  I had been under the weather with a stomach upset from some iffy food and spent Saturday and Sunday being a knitting couch potato. 
I was working on Corinne Cardigan and making great progress when I started getting bored with the single project focus.  A little later as I was reading blogs I realized that Wendy is setting up this Mystery Shawl KAL and I was hooked.  Wendy Johnson knits the most beautiful shawls and whenever she shares one it is a must do!  Check out her blog from May 15th for the preliminary shawl set up.  Also check out Corinne's cute short row shaping at the shoulders.  Who said I don't do short rows?

I have also discovered a cute hooded vest by Lion Brand that must be done by the end of summer in preparation for those first cooler days.  Cabled Teal Vest is going to look good in hunter green Knit Picks Wool of the Andes!  Click on the link and think about how versatile this would be for Fall.
EZ Cardi is finally finished and I can't wait to wear it.  We are having an unusually cool week and no one can seem to get the air conditioning adjusted to the change so I have been wearing sweaters with longer sleeves.  Next week it will be back up in the 90's and EZ will be worn with the brown lace tank and brown pants.  Now if I could just find something to wear for GS#1's wedding in June....

Life is sometimes thorny but it's all good!!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

A Little Now, A Little Later

Short post to show my latest FO while EZ Cardigan is blocking.  I'm calling this Kat's Collar.  I had three skeins of bamboo yarn that had been around for some time.  I dislike knitting with bamboo because it feels slippery to me.  I do, however, like the fabric it creates so I decided to bite the bullet and make something.
Yup, that's where I started--something!  I cast on as though I was starting an end-to-end scarf but when I started adding increases with the idea of making the scarf curve around my neck a whole different "scarf" began to develop.  After a few more increase rows I was still knitting with the first skein so I figured a shawl might be possible. 
Knit row, increase row, knit row, increase row and so it went.  When I noticed that I had about two thirds of the last skein left I did something so out of character that even I don't believe it--I CROCHETED an edge.  I crocheted!!  I don't do that.  Ever!  I don't like crochet.  It hurts my hands.  I don't like the way it looks.  I never, never crochet!

Ahem...I give you Kat's Collar (with the crocheted edge).  I'll write up the pattern later if anyone is interested but it is so easy you can do it without a pattern.  Just cast on 200 stitches and go to it.

More later after the EZ Cardi dries.  Life is good!