Saturday, July 21, 2007

Whew, it's coming along

Well, I am doing okay on my Mystery Stole. It's actually very pretty.

The yarn itself is a sort of off-white color like a natural unbleached white and the bead I am using are an iridescent green. Kind of a lime green.

I just finished clue #2 and let me tell you that it was quite an adventure. I had finished clue #1 earlier and started clue #2. Then I found a mistake way back and couldn't fix it without ripping.

I frogged the whole thing and started over. Now I use a lifeline. (That's the dark line you see toward the needles.)

I like the pattern a lot. Even though it's quite a challenge for me and probably not something I would jump into unknowing again until I am more experienced at lace knitting. It's so soft and gorgeous that I can't wait until it's finished and I can wear it. Even if I don't have anywhere fancy to wear it, I am looking forward to the possibility.

Clue #4 is out and Clue #5 won't be posted for two weeks so hopefully, I will be able to catch up. I just have to get through 3 and 4. Four is actually two charts so it's almost like 2 clues. Hopefully, I will be able to not mess up horribly again.
Next post, the things I am neglecting in order to knit this lace.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Well, so far, so good

So I've been working all morning on the Mystery Stole 3
I've made it through Chart A of Clue 1.
I did have the 4-row tink of doom (as my husband named it.) when I accidentally got lost on the pattern and had to fix it.
Things I have learned:
1. Homemade stitch markers, while cute and fun should be tightly sealed so they don't catch your beautiful yarn.
2. Beads on lace knitting are very pretty but kinda a pain in the arse.
3. Paying attention to the chart is extremely important and you shouldn't get distracted.
All in all, it's a good experience and so far, I'm not having too hard a time actually knitting it. I'm actually enjoying it a ton. It's so beautiful (doesn't really look like it's knotted dental floss) and I can't believe that I am actually making something this gorgeous.
More later.

Monday, July 16, 2007

New Project

So, I found my new project. It uses this:
What is it?
It's called Indie II from little knits.
It's Cashmere/silk laceweight. It is the most fabulous, soft beautiful yarn that I have ever had next to my skin.
What am I knitting with it?
I signed up before the deadling (July 6) and have just been waiting for the yarn to come in the mail. I have not mentioned it because I somehow felt that it wouldn't really happen. I somehow thought I wouldn't really be able to knit this really fun thing.
The truth, now that I have my yarn in hand (and the pattern printed off and ready to go) I am terrified. I am not exactly a novice lace knitter, but I am not an expert either and this fabulous, beautiful yarn that I hold in my hand (I haven't been able to put it down since I brought it home from the post office which makes it interesting to type) is extremely intimidating.
Like, a lot. I am afraid I am going to mess up horribly and create some ugly, nasty thing out of this beautiful yarn about the size of dental floss. Someone, I need some encouragement!
Tell me, it'll be okay, I'll do a decent job and not end up with one giant "Mystery Knot"
Thank you.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Button, button, what kind of button

Well, the fabulous yellow surprise is done except that it needs buttons. I have to run to the yarn store later this week and find some and then it will be done being blocked and you will get to see the results. I am very happy with it and the only problem is...
I feel a bit lost now. I've finished a big project and I have to figure out what I should do next.
some options:
One of the many balls of sock yarn that I have on-hand
Finishing my niece's birthday sweater
A baby blanket for a friend who's due in a month (I'd actually better get on that!)
An already started hat/scarf set.
A funky yarn scarf with some Bling Bling yarn I recently purchased on sale.
Felted Slippers which are set to be Christmas gifts for many different people.
hmm, the trouble is that if I go stash diving to find the yarn I need for any one of these projects, I will end up with something else and start something that I don't really need to do.
Hmm, I'll keep you updated and get the pictures of the yellow surprise soon. :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Oops, I forgot!

I totally forgot to post the picture of the completed Dulaan project hats.

Don't worry, they got mailed off in time.

Remember this?

The Beautiful 100% wool Tesoro yarn?
It is becoming something. It is about halfway done.
I'll just leave you on pins and needles until later.