Sunday, September 24, 2006

My Icarus is done!

Done, and I love it. The pattern from Interweave Knits summer 06 issue was easy to follow and the lace repeats were only 12 stitches wide, so mistakes were quick to spot and correct. Now just to figure where to wear it.

Of course, every project comes with dramas and traumas. Back when I started it last month, I decided my Knit Picks Options needles were the best for lace. The smallest I had were size 4. Even though the pattern called for size 3 and I knit loosely often going down at least one needle size, I used the 4. The pattern said one 100 gram skein of 875 yard lace weight yarn was used with 10 grams left over. I didn't think it would make that much of a difference.

As you can see from the 1st photo, I was 4 rows from the end and knew I'd have to break into my 2nd skein of 875 yards. I was up to over 500 stitches per row, so there was no way. I wound the skein up I had hoped to return to the yarn shop for another color. When it was all said and done, I used 8 grams of second 100 gram skein. Does anyone have a lace pattern calling for 805 yards of yarn?

I made use of my new lace blocking wires for the top ridge and T pins for each point. I feel like such a professional.

Next on my lace quest is an all over lace pattern.

Realizing I would not have enough from 1st skein.

Icarus before blocking

Icarus completed and blocked.

Icarus point detail.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Vest Photos

This is the Many Seasons vest I'll be working on for my fall workshop main project. Just switch the panel to reflect the season or occasion. Once I get these done with the many color and beading techniques, I'm going to be on the look out for playing cards for my Vegas trips.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Bear-Brain Teddy

Too cute, although I have no idea what to do with it. The buttons and movable limbs make it non-childproof. I love it any way. Made with KnitPicks bulky yarn "Sierra" in the Cinnamon color. Felted up easily.

This pattern was written by a Teddy Bear designer and had all kinds of short rows to shape it. Easy to knit up, but my hands hurt from stuffing it and sewing it together. You should see the size of upholstery needle I used to go through the body!

The pattern called for worsted weight yarn, but I went with bulky to get a larger bear. This one's about a foot tall sitting down. I used 2 skeins of 110 yards each and have about 10 inches left after sewing it up.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Icarus progress

After a marathon knitting day yesterday, I am finally done with the 'chart 1' part of the Icarus. I can now start the lacey parts. On row 4 of chart 2, I'm up to 383 stitches. Every right side row adds 4 stitches and I'll continue increasing to 483 then start the edging ending with 561 stitches. I hope to finish this project by the end of September. We'll see...

I have so many WIPs. I had hoped to have them under control by the time Workshop started, but I keep falling in love with new yarns and patterns.

There are 2 cardigans on the needles, 3 pairs of socks, this shawl, the lace sampler for the monthly class I'm taking at the Bonita Knitting Store, another scarf for the Breast Cancer booth, and will probably work up another lacey neckerchief for myself. I do a row here and there as the spirit moves me. I used to be much more focused, but with hanging around so many luscious yarns at the store and with so many knitters, I want to make EVERYTHING I see!

School Days

The Knitting Workshop started up again last Friday and I am so very happy. Although I did a lot of knitting this summer with new friends at the Bonita Knitting Store, I missed all the talented folks from class where I get to be a student. During our 1st session, I went around from table to table checking out all the projects everyone was working on - a feast of ideas enough to put you in creative overload!

The Friday afternoon class is the 'smallest' with ONLY 35 or so attendees. I heard there were 50 at the Tuesday night session. Our projects for the semester, which are always optional, are a felted Teddy Bear and a vest. Seemingly mundane, but with so many new to me techniques.

The bear is a pattern we each bought from Bear Brain Enterprises and is both felted and jointed. I already knitted up the sections to be sewed together before felting. It has a lot of short rows giving shape to the snout, feet, butt and belly. I don't need a bear, but it was too cute to pass up on.

The Many Seasons vest is a sampler. The plain vest is made shorter than normal and has interchangeable button on panels. We are doing 4 panels, one for each season. Intarsia, fair isle, duplicate stitching, beading - all kinds of fun techniques I've been wanting to try. I'll probably also do a totally plain panel for my 'boring' days, or maybe come up with a gambling theme so I can wear it to Vegas during the winter.

I'll be taking pix of the instructor's vest as references, so will post those later.

I could not get Blogger to upload this photo! Here's the lacey neckerchief made from Diakeito, a Japanese novelty yarn, using size 15 needles.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Busy, busy

There have been clinics, lessons, ballgames plus sewing and lots of knitting going on in the past few weeks.

Knitting at the Padres game for the Stitch and Pitch last Saturday, the 2nd, was a lot of fun. I'm definitely a fan. It was the 10th game I attended this season. I hope the Padres get more into the spirit of this event next year, as we were barely a blip on their radar. The good news is Security didn't even blink at my knitting and I've already warned my DH that I'll bringing a project along for future games - especially since he prefers to arrive about an hour before game time. Alas, I forgot my camera, so no pix of the 150ish folking knitting and crocheting in the stands.

Here are the circular needle holders I made for the Bonita Knitting Store. I had made one for myself years ago - 1st out of cardboard, then in fabric. Susan requested some and I'm pleased how they turned out. I was as proud as a mother hen when I was at the store on Saturday and 2 of the blue ones were purchased.

I have also been enjoying making some simple scarves. I am personally not a scarf person. It's too hot for me in San Diego. When I get chilly, I grab a shawl. These pink ones are in support of breast cancer. The LYS, along with a total of 12 in the San Diego area are collecting pink scarves to be sold after the Susan G. Komen Breast cancer walk in November. Last year over $4k was raised. I got the fuzzy stuff from the store. The lacey one is from my Alpaca Cloud. It's so light, I may make one for myself since it barely used 1/3 of a 50 gram skein.

My last bit of fluff is a mini shawl or neckerchief. I saw one made up at the store and figured it would be a good Xmas present for my mom, especially with a nice shawl pin. [Blogger's not cooperating. I'll try to post shawl pix later.]