24 January 2007

Hello from my sick bed

Hah! As if I could have that luxury. I made the terrible mistake of taking Owen to the family center in town two weeks ago. He had a blast and managed to pick up some nasty flu bug. My baby was so feverish and sick, it just broke my heart. Finally last Friday his fever broke and that's when I started feeling sick myself. Then on Sunday, after bringing me to the Urgent Care (asthma complications), Dave gets it. If you happen to be in the neighborhood and want to drop by: DON'T! Save yourselves. If you see us walking down the street: RUN!
And damn it, I want my $60 back from those flu shots we got last November.

There has been some knitting.

This is the first of a pair of Endpaper Mitts I started a couple of weeks ago, before I got sick. There hasn't been too much progress. Either I'm not feeling well enough, or someone else isn't.
Hmph. Just looked at the original again. It seems the ribbing part ought to be in the main color, not the background color of the colorwork. Oh well. I like the way mine looks anyway.

12 January 2007

Hoodie Pullover

Pattern: I followed the design of the "not your standard-issue sweatshirt" from Yarn Girls' Guide to Simple Knits, but knit it seamlessly in the round, which included following Elizabeth Zimmermann's instructions for "Set-in" Sleeve Seamless Sweater with V-neck (Spun Out #21) though I choose to go back and forth once I got to the V-neck rather than keep it in the round and steek later
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles: 8 (the gauge worked out so I could follow the large pattern sizes but was the same dimensions for the small size, which was perfect for me)
Thoughts: I am so pleased with how the hoodie came out. I made the I-cord too long, but haven't gotten around to doing surgery on it yet.

Here are some design elements of which I am particularly proud:

Weaving the sides of the hood together so that it would also be seamless. The seed stitch border was a bitch, but I'm glad I realized right away that I would need to make both ends match so when I wove them, the seed stitch would look correct.
The seamless set-in sleeves.

The short rows across the back of the neck to insure that the sweater would lie properly.

10 January 2007

Almost there!

And it finally feels like winter so I'll be able to wear it as soon as it's done blocking!

04 January 2007

Knitting along with Mom

My mom had been admiring the Misty Garden scarf from Scarf Style for a long time, but did not think she was ready for a lacy pattern yet. I took a look at the pattern and saw it was a feather and fan pattern. Definitely doable. I told my mom that I'd make one too and we could have a knit-along. I received 3 skeins of Rowan Tapestry under the tree (thanks, Mom) and the knit-along commenced on Christmas.

Here is mine so far:

And here is my mom's:
This yarn is so beautiful. My mom is annoyed because so far her skein had 3 knots in it and, as you can see from the photo, it changed color to blue abruptly after a knot. For the price of Rowan, you'd expect better. Still, it looks beautiful.

I've never participated in a knit-along before, nor started one, but if anyone wants to join this one, feel free! We haven't made too much progress yet.