Saturday, August 19, 2006

Short Rows Aplenty

This week I have been physically exhausted. I feel like I have nothing to talk about because all I'm doing is working...and I'm pretty sure most of you wouldn't find the finer points of employment immigration all that interesting, although get me started and I could talk for hours. I haven't been knitting as much as I would like to this week because my hands have been bothering me as well. I think all the hours at the office have taken their toll and when I knit it exacerbates the problem. I'm trying out a new wrist pad for my keyboard and I am hoping that does the trick. Fortunately, this little project has required a bit of finishing. I feel I have been able to make some progress on my projects without it bothering my hands.

There's also been a whole lotta a short rows going on around here. Not only did the little shawl collar above use short rows, but I also made my first short row heel. I'm fairly new to short rows and I don't know yet how to use them for shoulder shaping or bust shaping, but I am learning a bit about their contruction and enough to recognize that there was a pretty big error in the pattern for the shawl collar above. When I checked the errata page on line for Debbie Bliss patterns, there it was, just like I thought.

I'm pretty proud of this heel as well. It is a little pointy at the tip of the heel, but I think between blocking and it being on the larger foot that it is intended to fit, it will work itself out. I also have to apologize for the pictures. I finally got some daylight today, but of course I waited until 6:30 to take photos and at my place that is practically night time.

Finally, I got my hands on some of Scout's Hand-painted Swag yarn this week. I picked up a hank of the superwash merino in Harlot's Mums that is some of the softest sock yarn I've touched. The colors are so pretty and I can't wait to see it knit up.

The part I'm most excited about is that she does custom orders and man can that girl put some colors together. She put up examples of some of her most recent custom orders and they are fabulous!


Jennifer said...

Your short-row heel looks great! Is it an easy heel to do? I've only had experience with heel flaps.

The Stitchin' Sheep said...

Which short row instructions (pattern?) did you use for that heel? That's by far the best looking short row heel I've seen, and I've done several from following directions from different sources. I'd love to know where that one came from.

Scoutj said...

Awww. Thanks for the shout out! I'm e-mailing you about the laceweight!

Theresa said...

Both are looking good. The heel in particular - no holes at all!

Nonnahs said...

Great job with that heel!