Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Knitting Update Q1

Finally! It was not my intention to skip updates for an entire quarter but it happened. :( I apologize. It has not been easy juggling a new role at work, going to (trying to go to) yoga classes, knitting, quilting, sewing, cross-stitching and some traveling. But I will try to update more; quarterly updates are just unacceptable!

Of the crafts, knitting has been the least productive, partly because I am still suffering from post-Christmas knitting drain and I still have not received the new Vogue Knitting SS08! Grrr... There are a few VK patterns I have been eyeing online and I am ready to use up the cotton yarns... Where is my copy of the magazine? When my subscription expires, I will not renew it. I much prefer to go to the book store and fondle the newest copy (even if it costs more) instead of waiting weeks and weeks for the subscription. Grrr....

There are few FO's in the last few months:

I had all these little leftover balls of Madil Kid Seta from this project, where the variegated colors pooled like a disease. I tried to use it in a few lace projects, including River, but the colors were too busy to justify a 16 row lace pattern . Frog, frog, frog and some patience later, I found Wisp, which was an easy pattern that worked well with the colors. I used up ALL the leftovers and coincidently, the scarf is the perfect length & size!

I bought the book partly for this pattern (primarily for the felted slippers). For the longest time, I thought buying 2 skeins of Noro Iro for one hat was just too expensive. But then it happened. In the Loop Cafe had a sale. And I indulged. After reading experiences from Ravelry, I ended up only using one skein for a hat. I was short a few yards and used a merino wool on the inside. There are 2 benefits for this 1) I can save the 2nd skein of Noro Iro for something else and 2) Merino wool for the interior feels better for my forehead. I love win-win solutions!

Intended to be a quickie birthday present, I have not yet sent this to the recipient yet. This yarn was from the Lewiscraft close-out. I cast on a bunch of stitches (don't remember how many), knit a few rows, added a drop stitch row, repeated a few times and cast off. It's soft, somewhat fluffy and lacey but I'm not sure if it's my friend's style. Since her birthday was over 1 month ago, at this point, I might make something else for her since it's already belated. I may bookmark the scarf for another birthday.
Stashbuster Meter
Wisp: All leftovers of Madil Kid Seta (about 2 skeins)
Lady Detective Hat: 1 Skein of Noro Iro (75% Wool, 25% Silk) and a few yards of Elsebeth Lavold Classic AL in Aged Oak (50% baby alpaca/50% merino wool)
Galaxy Lengthwise Scarf: 3 skeins of 50g (55 m) Bernat Galaxy in Star (77% acrylic, 8% polyester, 7.5% mohair, 7.5% alpaca)

In the meantime, I sewed up 2 clothing items, finished 2 quilts, re-quilted 1 quilt and revisited a cross-stitch project which I started over 1 year ago. Sewing update to come!


Elena said...

Wow, that hat looks lovely. Could I possibly ask you to take a photo of you wearing it?

jacquieblackman said...

Very nice recap. I LOVE the hat!! I may have to do that pattern too.