Monday, February 18, 2008

Vine Lace Shawl is Done

Done. Complete. Blocked. Ends woven in and everything.

I could wear it tomorrow if I wanted and I just might. I'm very happy with it and the Acero yarn is wonderful to work with. It blocked beautifully. I would definitely use it again.

The finished dimensions are 17" x 85." I was actually hoping it would be a tad wider, but it will be OK. The length is good. I didn't want it to get too long so I was on the cautious side about when to stop. I did the lace pattern all one direction, no provisional cast on kitchner for me. Both the cast on and cast off edges have a similar scallop.

I used ~580 yards of yarn. I have 2 partials skeins totalling 260 yards. I don't think that's enough for a pair of socks. Not sure what I will do with it, but I know I would love to knit it. Maybe I can find something that will work for toes and heels.

Friday, February 15, 2008

I Just Couldn't Do It - Plain Ribbing

The vine lace shawl is still getting much knitting and I think it will be done this weekend. Rumor has it the weather is going to be bad, so it will be a good time to snuggle up, watch a movie and knit.

The Pomatomus is hibernating. I'm undecided if the "knit thru the back loop, purl" repetition is something I really want to get into. They are lovely socks, but I'm just not in the mood. I'm much more in the mood for these slippery socks. I'm not really sure where the name comes from, but I love the pattern. I also think it's fabulous that they were created by a young designer. I think the wollmeise will provide outstanding stitch definition. So I'm seriously considering these socks.

In the meantime, I needed something to knit on for the SKA February challenge. So I cast on, toe-up of course, socks using my caribbean colorway Some Assembly Required sock yarn. I planned to do a 6 x 2 rib with an afterthought heel (I've never done that type of heel before.) But I just couldn't do it. A plain old rib, no way. So I searched my stitch pattern books for a cable, just a simple cable I can run up the sides of the sock. I'm not coming up with some brand new, off the wall design, just building off existing ideas.

I found several 4 stitch cables that might work. Six stitch cables would also be an option. I haven't actually gotten both socks to the point yet where I want to start the cables. So I still have time to plan and scheme. But when I get the socks going, and if my plan works. I'll share the recipe.