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Stop the presses – I actually have pictures of knit items

It’s been a long knitting content drought here on the WordTapestry. But I have been knitting all along, just sporadically on different projects.

Like I mentioned earlier, I frogged the little ISBN sweater (called Limetwist in a hurry in my rav queue). The yarn was nice — Baby Ull in blue-green (7502 colorway) and lime-green (9013 colorway). Unfortunately my gauge was so exponentially *tiny* that only a dwarf lop bunny could have worn the resulting sweater (DROPS design b14-27 jacket). I will probably try this jacket again, since I find the design intriguing. I did knit something else with the leftover yarn (Limetwist2), and that has been sent away in a package (sneak peak to the left).

I’ve also started improvising a design in Koigu KPPPM. The design is based on the dreamswatch pattern I did earlier. I cast on 96 stitches, and am alternating the dreamswatch crossover pattern with a dropped stitch row. I was thinking it was going to be a shawl, but it’s more likely to be a spring-weight cowl or scarflette. I have a quick deadline for this one, so I’m hoping the weekend with travel = prime knitting time. Eh, we’ll see how that works out.

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Noodling about, thinking about a dreamswatch shawl

Koigu KPPPM dye code P820I have some Koigu that I’m swatching today. I will see how the swatch(es) knit up (size 0 needles, but they’re square needles so the gauge is really small), and then think about what I want to do next. It may all depend on what the yarn feels like when it’s washed. Options include:

  • Dreamswatch (7 to 15 repeats of the pattern) for a kind of shawl or stole if the yarn does not wash up to be as soft as I hope
  • Socks (that’s a ravelry link — it’s for the Interweave Knits Windowpane socks, and would need a background color)
  • A baby hat (no pattern in mind, but it needs to be soft!)

I kind of wish there was more olive in the yarn, because that would have made it visually fight less. It’s always interesting the difference between the nicely coiled hank and the yarn balled up or knit up. Of course, it’s always interesting to knit up items that have marinated for a long time in the stash drawer. I can’t remember which pattern I originally thought I’d do. So, think the dream swatch shawl would be a good idea?

Finishing Up a DreamSwatch

closeupFinally the end is in sight. This project, after logging in hours with me listening to BBC7 Listen Again broadcasts, is done. Stats: 38″ long and 3 1/2 inches wide. Made from Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Cotton Print in color 0435 Blueberry-Grape. The stitch on this one was lots of fun.

Of course, I’m having trouble photographing this one without natural light. So here it is with a blue background in an attempt to show the color. Look — two ends are in sight.twoends

It may be a small project, but finishing this lets me focus on finishing other projects. And then start working on some of the projects that have been on hold. Anyone who’s seen my Ravelry queue knows it’s a long one.

Update on the Dreamswatch

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Dreamswatch in progress

Dreamswatch in progress

I’ve finally made a bit of progress on the Dreamswatch. I’m up to 25 inches, and hoping to finish it up today. Maybe pictures soon?

I love this yarn (Panda Cotton), given to me by a friend last year. Just a lovely gift — especially the colors. I’m having fun thinking how nice it might look on the recipient too, due to coloring and straight red hair.

If it looks really cute on me, I might need to buy some more Panda Cotton, maybe in Muir Woods so I can make another one of these now that I’ve memorized the pattern. Or, maybe I’ll invest in enough to make a vest with the center panel in the Dream swatch pattern (or, while I’m at it, maybe I should just adapt some thicker weight wool to that, so I don’t really tackle a project that becomes huge because I’m using sock-weight yarn). It’s a hobby, right?

Letting the Silk Out of the Bag

Today’s post is going to be loaded with things in progress. With my new schedule, all photoshoots are being done in my home office, with the flash (and I’m seeing spots right now). Some items may be letting themselves out of the bag prematurely. For starters, there’s this:

Silk, slightly washed out by the flash

Silk, slightly washed out by the flash

Which may or may not become a gift for someone. It’s still in process, and hopefully there will be enough on this skein to finish.

Nicknamed “Arches,” because I first thought that I’d get in a couple of arabesque arches in the thing. I don’t think that’s been accomplished, so maybe I’ll just call this thing, made out of the silk from the swap table, “Archie” after a character from Eight Cousins.

The next item is a picture of the Dream Swatch (design by Wendy Bernard of Knit and Tonic). It’s going slowly, but it looks like it may be turning out ok:

Dreamswatch in progress

Dreamswatch in progress

I had quite the run on knitting it on Sundays, during Dr. Who radio broadcasts for Christmas. Alas, it isn’t finished yet. But I love how the colors are turning out in this yarn. Just yummy. Again, this was destined for someone, but I found I needed more time to make sure my tension was correct with this yarn. Oh well, probably a book was a better bet for this person anyway.

Louet Gems yarn in caribou, pewter, and aqua

Louet Gems yarn in caribou, pewter, and aqua

And then, what’s this? Louet Gems, destined to be mittens, I think. This was my last big purchase, mentioned before and finally photographed. Colors: aqua, caribou, and pewter. I think there’s a pattern for something like that in Ravelry, and I’m hoping I have enough knitting mojo to tackle it! So, what do you think — do I need to buy some white for snowflakes if I try to do a silhouette of trees against a blue sky? Any amazing mitten patterns for sockweight yarn I should know about? I’m being fickle with deciding what this lovely stuff is going to be. 🙂


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