Pat's Knitting and Quilting
April 28, 2009
I did finish Vilai - Beautiful socks from every direction!
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A close up of the 2 stitch patterns
Pattern: Vilai from Sock Innovations by Cookie A.
As for my top down v-neck pullover...I worked on it all week and it is right back where it was the day I left! How could that be?? A few unfortunate events - Worked on it in the car all the way to VA finishing all the raglan increases and then realized I had missed one V neck increase - tried to figure out a way to "live with it", but just couldn't do it - ripped back 26 rows! Got it back on the needles and started knitting again right away so as not to let it languish and die -THEN while sitting in the car on the way to Busch Gardens, Dave elbowed me while I was holding a full cup of coffee and SPLAT the cup flew out of my hands and the coffee all landed right in my lap - my sweater was the bucket that caught it! I screamed like a crazy woman - knowing my sweater was doomed. Dave immediately pulled into a grocery store parking lot (he understood the severity of the situation) and I ran into the bathroom holding my coffee dripping sweater on it's 40" circular needle. I washed it in the sink (there were several people there watching and no one said a word - definitely not knitters!) The only water that came out of the faucet was very hot and I knew the heavenly soft angora/cotton was not going to survive even if I got the coffee stains out. I left the wet heap of pullover in the car all day while we ventured through Busch Gardens and when we got back 10 hours later the sweater looked PERFECT - I couldn't tell anything had happened! The story doesn't end there (another missed v neck increase - how could I do the same thing AGAIN?)), but I realize this story is getting too long and I won't bore you anymore - if you want to see what it looks like, just look at this picture from the last post - exactly the same! I'm determined to continue on - I can't let this simple sweater get the best of me!
When I got home this is what was waiting for me....
I've also pulled lots of blue - all blue - fabric for a new quilt - will show you that next time...
April 16, 2009
My plan is to finish Vilai. I've started the gusset, so it shouldn't be too difficult to get them done with the abundant car knitting time. Here are the 2 different views...I think they are awfully pretty
I started another easy vacation knitting project in Artful Yarns Serenade a soft and beautiful pima cotton/angora yarn - I just keep touching and putting it up to my face - so so soft! The pattern is "Pink" from Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard - it is a top-down raglan v-neck pullover with 3/4 sleeves - something I can see myself wearing on spring days and summer evenings.
When stepping out the door to take Cam to school this morning, this is the 1st thing I saw - I ran back in to get the camera - spring is here!
We'll be back a week from Sunday - see you a few days later....
April 11, 2009
It wasn't fast, but what fun it was watching this tessellating mosaic pattern develop!
Pattern: Curlicue by Robyn Gallimore (Patternfish download) of Red Bird Knits. This was the January SOTM from my quarterly sock club membership.
Slip stitch is much slower than stranded colorwork since each pattern round is worked twice. The good news is that only one color is used at a time (2 rounds of red/ 2 rounds of black etc.), which is nice for those who don't like to strand colors. There is also more texture in slip stitch patterns than in fair isle or stranded colorwork - I love the texture in these socks!
a few other angles....
We leave on Friday for a family vacation in Virginia where we are hoping for lots of warmth and sunshine - I don't know if I'll get another post up before we leave, but I've figured out my very important knitting plans for the trip, which include a new sweater that I just cast on last night.
April 3, 2009
In the spirit of spring.... a simple and fun batik lap quilt.
Pattern: Salt-Water Taffy by Amy Walsh
It is just one repeated block with spacers on the right and left sides - no need to match up any seams - just fun color play!
The back looks like the ocean
I got my Cookie A book and have already started my 1st sock - Vilai (such a pretty pattern!!) in Lilac Lorna's Laces. See the cute little "cookie" project bag? It fits 2 yarn cakes, the socks, the chart - everything in one place so I can grab it and go. My talented friend Linda made this for me and I love it! She is on a roll and has made even more of these fun project bags, and as of yesterday was setting up an Etsy Shop to sell them (along with pretty stitch markers). So if you want your own cookie bag....
They look complicated, but the chart is simple enough that I was able to work on them after a glass of wine last night with no problems at all! (at least none that I've discovered yet)