Friday, October 12, 2007

WIP Catch Up!

First of all, thank you for your nice comments about my capelet and Silk Garden Lite socks! I'd probably already be well on my way to a finished second sock except that knitting these socks is killing my hands! That when combined with A LOT of typing at the office has made for a seriously sore right hand. So sore, that I've had to forgo knitting in the evenings a couple times this week. :-(

Anyway, I wanted to follow up my FO Catch Up post with an equally enthralling ( :-P ) update of my current projects. First of all, I've FINALLY started my Icarus. I had been going back and forth on what yarn to use for this project since it was first published and nothing I had in my stash seemed to be right. Then on our way to this year's retreat, we made a quick stop in at A Mano where Nonnahs and I found their stash of Malabrigo lace. I fell head over heels for the Pearl colorway. It's a lovely, subtly variegated combination of soft grays, purples, pinks and white. I knew instantly it was destined to become my Icarus! And so, as soon as I got home from the retreat, I cast on.

Icarus - 2.5 repeats of chart 1 done

I am now almost done with the third repeat of the repeat portion of the first chart. I've been working on the shawl fairly consistently and it has served as my break-from-the-killer-socks project.

Icarus close up - stitch markers

I am also test knitting these lovely stitch markers. A friend of mine at the office is in the process of opening an Etsy shop and plans to carry stitch markers. I'm test knitting with them to make sure they are aren't too heavy and don't snag. I really like them and will let you all know once they are available for purchase.

I have also started a new wool project. I've been itching for a 'real' sweater to work on, but also I know that wool is easier on my hands than cotton and except for my shawl and socks, everything I have on the needles is cotton. I have several sweaters in my queue, but I don't quite feel like reading a cable chart, so I decided to knit my Hourglass from Last Minute Knitted Gifts.

Brooks Farm Yarn - Solana

I'm using the Brooks Farm Solana that I got at Stitches in February. It reminded me a lot of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted, which I really liked in the version Knitzalot knit. So, I swatched and ended up casting on last night.

Hourglass Sweater swatch

I'm a bit concerned about the quantity of yarn I have, so I decided to knit the hems in a different yarn. Cora had a ball of a dark gold Mission Falls that matches perfectly. It should be exactly what I need to stretch the yardage of my Solana. But of course I didn't manage to take a photo!

Finally, I have made a little more progress on my Britannia. I still really like the looks of this top, but I hate knitting the twisted rib. I picked out some Kona Bay Cotton I had in my stash for this project because I thought that the pattern could work with the way I know the cotton is going to end up flopping. However, part way through the ribbing on the front, I began to question the ability of this yarn to hold up the ribbed waste band at all.

Britania - back done, front started

I contemplated just stopping now and riping it out completely, but the idea of knitting all of that twisted ribbing again in a different yarn killed me. So, once I finished the ribbing for the front, I pinned it together and tried on the complete waste band portion. It actually fit better than I expected, at least well enough to continue with the stockinette portion of the front. I will seam it together once the front is done and try it on again before I knit the sleeves and all the collar twisted ribbing. I do want this top, but I DO NOT want to knit any more of that ribbing if it isn't going to work out.

(Incidentally, don't look too close at this WIP photo, after I took it, I discovered that I had made a MASSIVE mistake on the front portion when I divided it for the front and back. I have no idea what I was thinking (or not, in this case) but, I'm just glad I discovered the mistake when I did or I KNOW Britannia would have never, ever seen the light of day again.)


mle said...

Oh I think Hourgladd will look great in the blue and brown yarn! and if worst comes to worst, you could always do 3/4 sleeves which I think would look great too.

knitzalot said...

I can't see the mistake, but I'm curious. What is it?

Mouse said...

I really like the hourglass sweater.. I think its a really flattering shape. I also agree that you could do 3/4th sleeves if you run out of yarn.

Krista said...

I think I see the mistake. Were you supposed to cross some stitches there?

It's a really cute pattern, though, and I bet it'll be very cute on you.

Rachel said...

It's actually pretty unbelievable how accurately that "Pearl" colorway portrays the material it's named for. Gorgeous!

The yarn for the Hourglass sweater looks like a great choice too.

Nonnahs said...

Look how big your Icarus is! I'm glad Britannia is going to work out. :)

Theresa said...

Glad you found a good yarn for the hems. You have a lovely variety of projects.