Seems joined a few year ago intending to learn but here I am waiting on yarn and knitting needles coming in the post tomorrow. I'm looking forward to getting to learn the basics and thought it would be something to help the evenings pass by. Lovely sunny weather here in England right now, so hopefully by the time winter arrives I'll have at least a scarf ready !
I was intrigued by the mock kilting stitch, so I played around and tried it in a prayer shawl for my church. Love the depth and texture to the fabric, as well as the drape. I doubt that I will block this one as I fear the steam might kill the texture.
I've not done an update lately. A busy summer and first few weeks of college starting. But, hey, we set new records for the college bookstore, so that's a good thing.
An extravagant and generous friend gave me a gift of the the entire 150 color Knit Picks "Palette" Wool Collection. It truly is a palette of colors to use in my love of fair isle knitting. My usual preference is for darker, muted, or heathered colors, but for my first project I decided to step it up a bit and chose sixteen of the brightest colors.
When spiral ribbing is worked with striped yarn, an interesting illusion is created: diamond zig-zags appear! The perfect yarn for this technique is KnitPicks "Felici"..... the color contrasts are bold and the stripes are broad and even. The color "Foxglove" was used for these socks. Spiral knitting is best worked on a circular needle, as the stitches "travel" as you knit round and round.
This yarn is Brown Sheep Company's Nature Spun 100% wool sportweight from a one pound cone that was only $16 on sale.The color is "eucalyptus"..... green with a grayish tint. To alleviate the tedium of working plain stockinette stitch and to add textural interest, every fourth row is worked in a pattern repeat of K4, P2, offsetting the purl stitches on alternating pattern rows.
I call the colorway of these socks "Autumn Harvest"....changing leaves and ripening grapes. The yarn is "On Line Supersocke Neptun-Color"(#1680) The 459 yd, 100 gr ball easily allowed for these men's size 10 socks, with 10" legs....and plenty to spare.
Friends, I am in the process of knitting a neckdown pullover sweater for the first time. It is with circular needles and I have come to the point of having to cast on another skein of yarn. In the past I have used the braided method of adding new yarn. I am a little leery of using this method for a sweater.
It is amazing how difficult it is to learn a new skill. With this pair of ankle socks, I was bound and determined to conquer the Wrap and Turn stitches in the heel. The first sock was ripped out several times, not because I hadn't learned to do the W&T but because I let my concentration wander and made silly little mistakes.