Friday, February 16, 2007

While I was gone... (Adriana)

I'm back! My computer has been returned to me fully functioning (or so it seems). It's such a relief to be able to do all the interneting I want! My beloved knitting blogs have been neglected for the past two weeks. I can't wait to catch up on everything.

Although there has been much drama lately, mostly to do with the computer problems, I've still managed to get in a fair amount of knitting. I finished Odessa, pictures to follow in a later post, but trust me, it looks awesome (think olive green yarn with amber beads)!

I finished the mystery project and am starting another one (I love secret knitting!). You can get a peek at it here. My hands are so cold now that winter has hit so I've started a pair of gauntlets from Sally Melville's The Purl Stitch. I'm making them at the same time on two circs out of some of my hand-dyed yarn.
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It looks darker here than in real life. The yarn has lots of pinks and purples in it.

I wanted to knit my Granny a pair of socks for her 90th birthday this spring but I was faced with a bit of a challenge. In order to do the feet the way she likes I need to knit them top-down however she also requested really long socks so ordinarily I would have knit them toe-up and just continue until I ran out. I came up with a rather clever solution, if I do say so myself:
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I did a provisional cast on so that I can do the feet as she wants and then knit the leg until the yarn runs out! This is Regia Silk in the Venice colourway.

The big project which has been occupying most of my knitting time these days is Birch! I was inspired by Heather's lovely version in Silky Wool (by the way, are we ever going to see pictures of that?). I am using Rowanspun 4ply in Midnight doubled. I cast on two less repeats and am almost 70% of the way through. I have a feeling that I will run out of yarn so I've been trying to think up things to do with another bag of this stuff. But enough rambling about yarn. Time for pictures!

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Spread out on the table in all its unblocked glory

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For once the flash actually helped to show off the motif

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The obligatory close-up

What's next for this knitter, you might ask? When I look in my crystal ball I see Katy knit from Mission Falls and a shrug present for a summer birthday (not you Heather!). Also, I'm anxious to get my hands on the new Lace Style. Anyone else have ambitious future knitting plans?

5 comments:

spillyjane said...

birch is looking great! if you do end up running out of yarn and buy another bag i'm sure you'll have plaenty of 4 ply left over to knit a shawl single strand. i'm geting great mileage out of mine on my Gothic Leaf Stole.

Heather G. said...

I keep forgetting to photograph Birch, I have a particular setup in mind. Yours looks fab-oo-lous!

Can't wait to see the bead-yarn combo on your Odessa! I am ready to start the decreases on her yet again.

Rachel said...

Wow, you've been busy while waiting for your computer to return! I think you method of doing your grandmother's socks is genius -- and I LOVE the colorway you're using. I also really like your hand-dyed colors, which is saying something because I'm not generally a huge fan of pinks and purples.

Birch is looking wonderful!

Kate said...

Very clever sock soloution!
How are you liking working with the rowanspun? I just got some to make Thermal from knitty and am really looking forward to starting it.
Glad you're back!

Azura said...

oooo.... i wanna know what the mystery knitting is! secrets drive me bonkers! :)

rest of stuff = gorgeous as always!