Saturday, January 07, 2006

knitting 2006

I think that 2006 will be the year of the sweater. I have plans to resuscitate Eris who has been on hold for the holidays. I also will have the yarn to knit Aran Wiggles soon. I should be getting Knit Picks Merino Style in hollyberry as a late xmas gift. I also would like to knit a Fairisle sweater. I'm thinking about using a Philosopher's Wool pattern as I already have their Fairisle Made Simple book and don't want to knit at the traditional gauge the first time around. (If you visit their site make sure and checkout their two-handed fairisle video. I learned how to knit continental from this great video.) But everyone says their yarn is scratchy, so I was thinking of trying some Beaverslide yarn which I have heard such great things about.

Three sweaters sounds like a doable goal, doesn't it?

In the mean time I have started a project that I have wanting to make for forever. It's a clapotis, of course. My father bought me some gorgeous Noro Silk Garden for Christmas. I made a start of it the other day. And look at the pretty stitch markers my father's partner got for me. They're quite beautiful I think. I'm actually up to the knitting straight section in the pattern right now. My dad also got me a lovely handmade bag for my knitting.

I've also wanted to work some lace, so I started the Pomatomus socks from Knitty. Actually I this is the second time I started the first sock. The first time the cuff ribbing was so big I thought that I had done something wrong, but the second time it's still almost as big. I think it's just the 72 stitch caston. That's a lot of stitches even for fingering weight. And I'm using US2 needles which are one or 2 sizes smaller than normal for me. I scoured the net to see if anyone else was worried about it but came up with nothing. So I'm just going to knit some more and see what happens.

While I was in Seattle I went to So Much Yarn looking for some lace weight yarn and picked out the Crystal Palace Kid Merino in the picture. I really like the colors and now I just have to find a pattern.


Lori said...

I'm using silk garden for my clapotis too. I love it. The stitches really stick together, but I don't mind. I think you are a fast knitter who can definitely finish 3 sweaters this year. Love the kid merino, too. I have some in a pink, but also don't know what I'm going to use it for yet.

Agnes said...

Wow ... I love that Aran sweater too! In that red, it's stunning. Hope to see yours in 2006!

Aprilynne said...

sounds like it's going to be a beautiful knitting year for you! =) Can't wait to see the loveliness rolling out.

Mothlady said...

That Aran sweater is beaufitul!

Clapotis was my summer project, I have some fond memories of knitting in parks and terraces :)

Momo said...

Lori, you're right. It's so sticky. No wonder it "spit felts" wonderfully. This is probably the only time I have dropped a stitch and it doesn't really go anywhere.

Thanks for the encouragement gals!

When will we see the infamous baby blanket, April? I missed the first incarnation.