In spite of not getting started as early as I planned (isn’t being on line and cruising around Ravelry good for burning up lots of time?), I managed the following:
sides sewn together
neck edging started
which meant that sweater, hanger, camera and I headed outside.
Finished - front
Finished - the back
(slight detour involving teenage son, a meal, and a ride to the train station so that he could catch the 1614 instead of a later train back to school).
moving on to the
Textured Sleeveless Vest
I managed to figure out an alternative way of constructing the next and binding off the shoulders together that did not involve more than two rows of frogging.
shoulders bound off
Since it looked like it was going to take longer to knit the collar than the armholes – I went there next, increasing needle sizes about every inch plus increasing a few stitches in the back of the collar.
start of collar
This particular color has never photo’d well, and it is worse at night.
Finally, I used a much smaller needle for the armhole ribbing and was done.
Being as how it was only 2100, I moved on to
and finally got past the cuff on the first sleeve
progress on first sleeve
If I can finish the first sleeve tomorrow, then I will let myself start Brage on the 15th.
I am off to update my Ravelry Project page since I finally have progress to show and only two (Pagode and Faery Ring) left as WIP.
Thank you all for the thoughts, well wishes, prayers, and sympathy. Friends now stretch across the globe and your comments and those off my f&f email list have helped ease the pain of her loss. Elana was a good dog, well loved by the family. She enjoyed her walks, barks, and bones.
My bone, what a treat!
The rest of us mortals are just muddling along.
Making progress again. The right front is finished. The back is finished and the first shoulder bound off. The second front is now with in a few cm of completion.
Faery Ring Cardigan
I frogged the EZ Baby Surprise, not liking how the striping was turning out. Since I only had straight needles with me (wait, these are not ordinary straight needles – they are wonderful Signature Needle Arts with stiletto points) it seemed time to knit verticle tops with some texture which I can graft closed before reversing directions for the instep, heel and foot.
And then there is With the Lightnings – David Drake. It is the first of the LT Leary space opera novels that were on sale at iTunes last week along with Starship: Pirates by Mike Resnick (already heard the first one – Starship: Mutiny). They are great knitting as well as travel listening.
Now, isn’t this better? Taking pictures in the daylight is an improvement and shows off the cable work a bit better.
admittedly, it is taking longer to knit a row that I thought, even with the huge – for me – needles since there is cabling in every right sided rown and purling back is just not my favorite in the whole world.
Looking at other member’s progress on Ravelry, I don’t think I will be either the first or the last to finish up this project.
Today is the official start of the Faery Ring KAL. I started it middle of last month. After all, there was the issue of a gauge swatch.
Why not start with a cable? And then pick up stitches along the one side to knit toward the bodice meanwhile seeing if my gauge matched that on the yarn label. Since it did, it seemed more than reasonable to continue on, adjusting down a bit the number of stitches all around to go down a bit in size.
This first pix shows a bit of the cable, but most importantly shows the denim color pretty closely.
Progress – just into the cable patterning on the bodice (or cable with lower stockineette = about 15″)
now I just have to convince the printer that I need just one more page out of this cartridge or continue to knit in front of the computer screen……
Back home, I realized that I was nowhere near as coherent yesterday as I thought.
There is a reason why the written instructions (instructions? who reads pesky instructions) are very specific about not driving for 24 hours after anesthesia (legally impaired I think were the specific words).
Forgot to show you the progress on the Faery Ring Aran
ready to start bodice cabling
Other than driving home mid day and rescuing the dog – the only useful things I accomplished this morning were a stop at the library and a stop at the craft store (Lakenheath both).
in no particular order Wormwood – Susan Wittig Albert A Cedar Cove Christmas – Debbie Macomber (written soap opera) Undead and Unworthy – Mary Janice Davidson. What am I doing with this book anyway? The last one in audio drove me insane! Wings of Wrath– C.S. Friedman The Language of Bees – Laurie R King Three Bags Full – Leonie Swann (I skimmed through it in the original German. wanted to see how it was in translation). odd girl out – Timothy Zahn (real scifi!) Dark of Night – Suzanne Brockman (the next in the Troubleshooters series).
I have been listening to audio books (not a surprise there) and knitting.
The colors on this shawl are actually pretty close to accurate and I am over half way through the first ball. The needle is one two Kollage circs that I own. Turned out to split the size difference between two normal circs and be just perfect for the pattern.
progress on Twinings
Faery Ring Aran
Mary Scott Huff posted this wonderfully fun pattern (Ravelry, sorry about that) for a knitted jacket with hood. Knit in worsted weight yarn, it looked like something that might go quickly. The KAL officially begins 1 July. I decided that I could play if, and only if, I could find yarn in my stash.
And, as luck would have it, last year I orderd some lovely denim blue from an Irish Woolen Mill. I have eight balls (350 meters each) which looks like it should be just about enough. And if it is not, I will skip the hood….
It starts with a cable around the bottom which then has stitches picked up from the side.
this photo is a bit more acurate on color while you can see the cable a bit better here (I think).
cable plus first 10 cm
I have the stitches jammed fairly tightly on the needle. The other Kollage, it knits smoothly except for the fact that the join holds up the flow of stitches a bit. It also might have something to do with the cable being completely limp. That is right – no twisting, no kinking, no memory, no stiffness. Pushing yarn up a noodle?
Anyway, I like the looks of the project so far. Since Ms Copper has decided it is not for her, I will have a fall knock around sweater for me.