It's all Baxternits fault. At least that's who I'm gonna blame.
and now - if that weren't enough - I am in the throes of knitting the Progressive as a circular! 13 rows to go before I start the edge.
And you know what is worse? she's got at least two other projects in the works.
ADDENDUM: 1/26 - only
1200 (as of 1:50 -eastern) 800 stitches to go before starting the edge...
and again: really bad photo attached - 1/4 of circle still to cast off/edge.
Cynthia @ Baxterknits gave me permission to adapt her 'Progressive' shawl as a square -- and here is the results. (see attached photos) - the colour is more true in the one you can't really see the patterning, and it is much more square then it appears in the photo where you CAN see the pattern - between the angle, the camera, my eyesight -- quality photos 'R' not us.
Red Heart 'Soft Baby' in a pale yellow - so pale as to be almost cream. Done on a size 10.5 (US) needle. It took about 12 ounces -- the soft baby comes in 7 0z skeins, so less then two skeins.
addendum - started the circular version over the weekend - it's currently 224 stitches around - 58 rows.
This is a duplicate of a project I was working on on another forum. I have added some items and changed some others - so it isn't just copy and paste.
I thought I'd I'd put down somewhere all the different "standard" shapes that shawls/wraps seem to come in, and some notes on how to get that shape - This is not including ponchos. I've also (for the most part) excluded consturction methods that involve piecing.
attached photos of the Irish Hiking Scarf - finished; as I said before it was suppossed to be a Christmas 2005 gift; the second item is a a jo sharp mohair 'Indulgence' and KidSilk Haze scarf - which was suppossed to be another 2005 Christmas present. The mohair one doesn't have to be shipped though - the recipent took it about 30 seconds after I took the photo.
while most of my friends are already quite willing to tell you I am insane - I'm afraid this project will prove them right.
I've cast on for Eunny Jang's Bayerische Socks - done toe-up as kilt hose.
Wish me luck! I have a feeling I'm going to need it.
In addition to the twisted rib, cables, etc, I'm converting the pattern to toe-up, converting it to kilt hose, and changing the size.
AND - (and this may be the worst part) if I am successful - the intent is to wear the hose with a kilt. I scored enough black watch tartan in an auction last fall to make a great kilt.
We share the house with a 5 foot bear - 'Blackie' is handy to have around as he does like to model knitted items - however, he tends to lounge around the house in a kimono (He's home all day - the least he could do is clean up a little or occasionally have dinner ready)
and he also insists on his constitutional right to arm bears.
see attached photo.
(sorry for the duplicates)
"Cables Untangled: An Exploration of Cable Knitting "
by Melissa Leapman
anyone own it? Seen it? used it?
I'm looking for a "cable library" and this came up in a search -
I've mentioned my dragon shaped knitting bag in a couple posts - so have attached a photo of him. He has a large zippered pocket in his back (currently holding two skeins of knitpicks superwash "bare" yarn in fingering weight) and a zippered pocket in each haunch. I wish they had included another in his tail, but he can swallow an incredible amount of stuff as it is.
Also atttached is my first project of 2007 - an Irish Hiking Scarf in Jo Sharp Silk Road dk Tweed - colour 'Emerald'. It was suppossed to be nephew-by-marriage Christmas present two years ago - so about time I started it.
Frequently I see people complaining about garter stitch lace; especially when they are knitting lace shawls in the round. The very thought of purling entire rows seems to make a lot of people blanch. Likewise many people complain about the long purl back rows when doing stockinette knit back and forth.
Now I don't mind purling that much; well, not unless I'm doing a 1 x 1 rib and then more because I can't count. But I've also learned to knit backwards (or purl backwards - depending on how one looks at it)- which means a number of things:
a) when knitting flat I don't turn my work, I just purl back/knit back backwards. It's faster and more convenient then turning and purling, partially because when I "purl" backwards I'm scooping yarn rather then throwing.
b) in the round, I can TURN my work and knit backwards/purl backwards for garter stitch - again faster.
C) when knitting on edges - I don't have to turn the work after each of thsose short rows.
d) it confuses the heck out of people watching my knitting! (added bonus)
you've been warned.
okay - this isn't a full head of steam screaming rant - more of an "I don't understand the world I'm living in and think I may be crazy" rant.
Let me say first that I'm no expert; I am also aware I am much more "fly by the seat of my pants" in style then many people; and I try to take the advice of my acting coach (Dare to Suck!) to heart in life as well as on-stage;
But just how detailed do people expect directions to be ??? ! ???
For example - There is a circular shawl pattern out there that starts with:
Cast on 8 stitches; knit one round; double the number of stitches on the next round (16 stitches).
I can think of several ways to accomplish the above - most of which would not make much difference at all in the final product. We are talking a total of 32 stitches in an item with many thousands of stitches. The three most miniscule rows in a shawl with almost 200 rounds.
Would you believe over ***THREE WEEKS*** of discussion on how to cast on and what method to double the stitches? and wether or not they should join the stitches into a round at the caston, on the first round, or after doubling.
Am I the crazy one or is the above taking obsessive to an extreme? Good God, if you can't decide which way - an hour or so of experimenting could give you multiple examples to choose from and you could then proceed!