Something strange is afoot...

So we went away for the Bank Holiday weekend, and on the Friday I found myself in a bit of a quandry: I had finished my current portable WIP (the Coffee Date Shawl by C. C. Almon), had a test knit on the go that turns my hands blue (not suitable for travel knitting) and was facing the prospect of lots of time in the car coupled with a weekend away from the real world with No Knitting Project! Clearly the endtimes were I boldly rallied forth and,

picked up a crochet hook. 

This may seem a bit off piste, but I do crochet, and clearly my newly rediscovered fascination with crochet (as detailed in a recent Yarn in the City Podcast episode) has not gone away. I started making Bear's Rainbow Blanket for Dev not long after finishing a Sock Yarn Blanket for Boo, using the left over scraps of fingering weight yarn and some gorgeous alpaca Himself brought me from Peru many years ago. It was the perfect project to take up north with us - small pieces, easy to pick up and put down, and also very gratifying - one center takes me about half an hour, ditto for the edging.

Over the course of the weekend, I played Yarn Chicken both successfully and unsuccessfully,

Crocheted with yarn matching the Wee Ridiculous Dog,

And managed to finish a pile of squares, leaving only a few left before assembly can start. Eldest is suitably pleased!

And the frenzy has continued. There's a ripple baby blanket happening for one of Himself's work colleagues (pattern from Lucy at Attic24) and last night I swatched for the Kippen Cardigan by Kat Goldin.

And got gauge...will miracles never cease?


If nothing else, this blog has been good at motivating me to finish things. I guess the looming deadline coming up in a few weeks also has something to do with that, but I'll give the blog credit. I've actually been doing some finishing in the last week or so, my absolute least favorite thing about knitting. Oh, I like having things done and getting to wear them, but seaming and blocking and weaving in ends is pretty mind-numbing as far as I'm concerned. So I tend to procrastinate until I have an entire cupboard full of things that are "finished", i.e. I've finished knitting them, but not "finished", as in I could give them away to their intended recipiants because they are, in fact, really done. So without further ado, I give you the trifecta:

1) Devil's Christmas sweater, since she's going to be up in the great white north for the holidays

Devil's pinwheel
Devil's pinwheel

Pattern: Child's Pinwheel Sweater by Shelly Mackie at Elann

Yarn: Nature Spun Worsted from stash, less then one ball each of Brick Road, Blueberry and Touche Teal (who comes up with these names?)

Needles: US 8/5 mm

Start/finish: 9/19-11/11/07, but the majority of the sweater was done in about a week and a half

Comments/mods: knit pretty much as written, except that I used a size 8 for the body instead of a size 9 in order to get gauge. The loopy edgy was interminable, but looks really cute, so I'm glad I did it. I made the sleeves a bit shorter then called for, because I was afraid I would run out of yarn. Instead of ribbing at the cuffs, I used garter stitch to mimic the edge of the jacket. A fun pattern - I'm tempted to make one for myself, but I suspect it would look really silly on me...

2) Hemlock Ring (not shown in its entirety since it is going to be a C%$^&$**^& present for someone)

Devil's pinwheel
Devil's pinwheel
Devil's pinwheel
Devil's pinwheel

Pattern: Hemlock Ring from brooklyntweed

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, 5 skeins plus about 15 yards

Needles: US 10 (I think)

Start/finish: 9/12-11/11/07 (finished knitting 9/19)

Comments: Very fast to knit, I love knitting lace in worsted weight yarn. It ended up a bit smaller then I expected, about 44 inches in diameter, so if I make it again, I'll probably keep feather and fanning for quite a bit longer to get a bigger blanket. And maybe block it out a bit more severely. As it is, it will be a good lap blanket for someone for C#$#&^*. (Note: friends and family can place bids in the comments as to who gets this one).

3) Mini-bandwagon

Thistle mini-Clapotis
Thistle mini-Clapotis

Pattern: Clapotis. If you don't know where to find this, I'm sorry, you'll just have to be out of luck because I am not linking to it. And really, it's time to crawl out from under that nice rock you've got there.

Yarn: my own handspun, from the Hello Yarn Fiber Club June offering, colorway Thistle

Needles: US 8/5 mm

Start/finish: Started as a reward for finishing the Halloween costumes 11/1. Finished the knitting on 11/3 - completely addictive! Blocked and dried, 11/11/07.

Comments/mods: Since I only had just over 200 yds of yarn, of course I couldn't do a full sized Clapotis. And I don't really need a full sized one - it just doesn't get that cold in Houston. So with the help of numerous other folks who have already done mini versions, I decided to do one set of increase rows and then weigh the start of the scarf (17 g). I then knit straight sections until I had 20 g of yarn remaining and did the decrease rows. I probably could have knit one more straight section, but the scarf starts and ends on the same part of the color repeat, which I like for symmetry's sake.

Thistle mini-Clapotis

I read the very informative post here and decided to twist my stitches on both the knit and purl sides, and to twist them so that the front leg pointed into the stockinette sections. I really like how it looks once the stitches are dropped - there's no wonkiness along the edges of the stockinette sections at all. This yarn is my first chain plied yarn, and as I've already said, I'm a big fan of the three ply. It's wonderfully soft, and I'm anxiously waiting for it to be cold enough to need this beauty in the mornings. I can't wait to show it off!