Spooky knits!

I heart knitting. And zombies. And zombies who knit. With entrails. Or yarn.

A good day. June 14, 2010

The pattern I am knitting, Annis, is a crescent-shaped shawl described as ‘piquant’ (which, according to Knitty, means ‘A little something for the seasoned knitter. Daring but not exhausting’). I’d say this is overestimating the difficulty. The lace rows were simple but there were nupps involved which tend to freak people out. The rest of the shawl is simple knitting and purling with short rows. It’s definitely a TV/movie knitting project.
This morning I knit while watching The Unbearable Lightness of Being. I have seen quite a few Philip Kaufman films lately.
I’m almost through with the short row section which essentially means that I’m nearly finished with the shawl.

This yarn is very soft and is kettle-dyed so there is a bit of color variation. I like how there is a subtle striping effect in the body of the shawl. I am looking forward to seeing this blocked.
Speaking of blocking supplies, I still haven’t received the blocking wires I ordered. For some reason they shipped separately from everything else. I did receive the yarn (because I had to have enough in my cart to qualify for free shipping and there is always room for more laceweight) and it was not what I expected. I ordered ‘deep waters’ thinking it was a deep, murky marine suitable for a Shipwreck shawl. What I received was this vibrant, royal blue yarn:

I’m sure this would work but it wouldn’t be what I pictured which is really what I want for that shawl — a deep, murky color with a bit of glittery beads like grains of sand or light dancing on water. Perhaps I’ll use it to make Forget-Me-Not; I received that pattern in a swap last year and have it around here somewhere. Or maybe I’ll use it for something more ambitious, I have 3 skeins of it after all.
Still, I’m disappointed it isn’t what I had envisioned.

In non-knitting news, today I baked blondies loosely based on Dorie Greenspan’s recipe. I ran a bit low on chocolate chips so I used what I had and added sweetened, shredded coconut; roasted, salted almonds; pecans. I’m thinking they will still be good.

There was also time for a rousing game of tug.

Life is good.

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WIP round up. July 29, 2009

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It is nearing the end of July and I’m still working on the July KAL with the BLK group on ravelry (the finest group of ravelers one will ever have the pleasure of interacting with, incidentally). This is, of course, the Percy shawlette. I had a moment of near-histrionics yesterday when I couldn’t figure out the nuts and bolts of chart C but they talked me off the ledge and now I’m back to grooving along. I’ve completed row 6 of the 31 row chart. I’m considering ordering some proper blocking supplies. I probably will, along with a sweater’s worth of yarn. More on that later.
The blob shawlette isn’t much to look at but it is getting bigger:

In other news, I’ve cast on for the baby owl vest for Keri’s little bambino. This is following the disaster that was the ribbed jacket. That was the only Debbie Bliss pattern I’ve ever knit and I wouldn’t do it again. It was the seaming that killed me. The cast on and off created stair step increases and decreases along the sleeves and it was impossible to seam them neatly. If I were to do it again — and I’m not saying I would — I’d leave those stitches live and do a three needle bind off for the seams. Anyway, this is knit in the round which means minimal seaming, the owls are a cable pattern. I’m about 3 inches into the body here:

Another inch or so of stockinette and then I’ll start the owling. So to speak.

Oh, and remember the socks I was working on? Oh, you’d forgotten? Apparently I had too. I got past the gusset decreases yesterday and am working on the instep. This is still the first one.

I’m still in love with the malabrigo sock yarn but I can’t help but think it’s almost too soft for socks. I wonder how durable they will be. I guess we’ll find out in the near future!

On deck is something with this yarn, hand-dyed by Terri. I’ve gone through a few patterns but haven’t settled on anything yet:

Suggestions? It is fingering weight, 400+ yards.