Saturday, January 14, 2012
Good thing I've been knitting some warm woollies this week. What have I been knitting? Even better question: what have I finished? I'll start with my only work in progress right now: the Midnight Rose tunic. Oh, I think it's going to be so pretty. I was making great strides and then got a bit distracted by some other stuff. I've got the color a bit better this week (it's darker than this) and can you see the lovely tangle of cabling? This is a fun, fun pattern. No cable needle necessary as you never cross more than one stitch. I do have to count, though. Rows, stitches...in the round that's a lot to keep track of as you increase and decrease at the same time in some places.
I finished the Desert Shadows scarf and have the pattern on Ravelry as a free download. Go here if you'd like to try it. You'll need about 400 meters of 4ply fingering to make a scarf.
After I had written up the pattern, I wanted to make another test knit just to be sure. The pattern is very easy but the writing, as always, can get lost in my translation. So, I cast on some leftover sock yarn for a swatch. It looked so pretty I just kept going 'til the string ran out. I sewed on two stash buttons which can easily slip through a dropped-stitch 'ladder'. Now I have my Swatch Band. It makes a neat little neck-warmer or a headband to keep the ears warm.
In danger of becoming a UFO, these white socks begged me to finish them. The only thing wintery is their name - Snowberry socks. I think, being cotton, they'll be waiting in the drawer for some warmer weather before I actually wear them.
Not a bad week on the knitting front. Now if you could just bring your shovels and buckets and take all this snow away. Please? While I wait for you, I'll be knitting. I have some red recycled yarn that wants to be a jacket. Sounds perfect for a snowy day.