Monday, July 30, 2007

I'm back....

I didn't realize, again, that it had been so long! I think every year goes by faster than the one before it. I can remember being six and seven years old and thinking that a year was such a long time. First grade lasted a millenium. Now in my 30's weeks go by and I feel like it's only been a few days.

And even though it's been more than three weeks, I have nothing finished to show you. I've started many things though:

I am quite a bit farther on this now but I haven't taken an updated photo. This is the Luna Moth Shawl, a free pattern from I love Shui Kuen Kozinski's designs, and there are several other free ones on Elann. I am using Elann Callista in the linen colorway (which appears to be sold out), and I am loving everything about this knit - the pattern and the yarn are a good match, the yarn feels good and knits up quickly, and the pattern is just complicated enough that I can't quite memorize it so I don't get bored. Also, you can't beat $15 for a project of this size.

Next up is a summer top from Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2005:

Yeah, I know, it doesn't look like much at this point. I can't find a photo of the finished top outside of Ravelry. If you are on Ravelry already, you can see it here. It has a deep V neck that ends in what appears to be a twist, with one side of the front twisted through the other side, and a crochet edging all the way around. The original pattern calls for Karabella Empire Silk, which would be lovely and drapey, but oh so impractical and expensive. I am using King Tut mercerized cotton, which is still shiny and drapey, and less than half the cost. I am getting exact gauge, but I am kind of thinking this design would be better overall in a lighter DK or sport weight rather than the 18 st/4" worsted weight. It just seems overly chunky for a warm weather top that is supposed to be light and drapey. We'll see how it looks when it's done though.

I also cast on this bolero last night, because I've been obsessed with it since I first saw it on Ravelry. I'm using the exact yarn, same color even, because it's just too perfect to change. Only one store in my town sells Cotton Ease, and it couldn't be any farther away from my house than it is, so I'd been avoiding making the trip out there for some time. I finally broke down and went yesterday though and got the cotton ease for this plus two balls of light gray for another one, some taupe Paton's Grace for a camisole and cream kitchen cotton for a shopping tote. It was a very colorless and cottony yarn haul, but nice. I think those are the only craft store yarns I ever buy, and I do have to admit I love the Cotton Ease. It's so round and squishy! I wish it came in more colors, because it would be perfect for kid sweaters but the girlie very definitely looks better in jewel tones than in the muted shades of Cotton Ease.

There have been other projects over the last few weeks. I had a brief fling with Mystery Stole 3, until I made a mistake I couldn't recover from and decided I didn't love it enough to continue (i.e. start over). I was doing it solely for the experience, because I don't think I'd ever wear lace of that kind and I don't know anyone else who would either. I love lace shawls (hence Kiri and the Luna Moth), but of a different kind. I like them to be substantial and more casual, as much as lace can be casual. Actually, I think it can, in the same way that I pair ballet flats and little camisoles with army green cargo pants. I like that girlie/tough mixture. The Luna Moth would be perfect for that kind of thing. The floaty and delicate Mystery Stole, not so much.

I also tried to cast on, well, did cast on, my Hourglass Sweater using Dream in Color Classy, which I love love love unreasonably. Well, not unreasonably - it's amazingly soft and bouncy and incredibly subtly colored. Love it! Anyway, I swatched on 6's and got gauge knitting flat. The Hourglass is knit in the round. Since gauge tends to be tighter in the round than flat, I decided 6's were the way to go because I'd like mine to be slightly smaller than the smallest size. So, I cast on and had gone about eight rounds when I started noticing that it was really, really bunched up on the 29" circular needle and obviously had to be bigger than 32" or 33" around. So, I took it off. FORTY-FOUR inches around! I have no idea how my gauge can differ so much, and why it would be so much bigger in the round, which is supposed to be tighter. I guess that tells me that my purls are tighter than my knits, unlike most English style knitters. Yikes. I bought a size 5 needle, but I think this one will go on hold until I finish a few other things first.

So, there's the knit update for the day. Hopefully later this week I'll have progress of another sort to show - my first quilt in 20 years!

1 comment:

joshua h. said...

time is a bastard. but! i like the way it feels slipping through my fingers.
though it seems to move faster & faster as each day piles on my shoulders (at least for you & at least for me), i think it makes sense if you consider this:

when you were a child, say in first grade, experiencing the school year or summer as an entire epoch of your life... well, it really was. your entire concept of time was based on only a handful of years. same w/me. same w/every child. however, now that i'm 26, a summer isn't really that vast in the ratio of my awareness.

(no matter how cruel & backwards that might seem)

very best to you.