Friday, April 17, 2009

Show and Tell

It's been much too quiet around here! I thought that while I was out of work I would be posting more often, but somehow that just hasn't worked out yet. The upside of being temporarily unemployed is, of course, the extra time to spend with my kids and knit. I knit at the computer while I job hunt. I knit while I read stories and Matthew turns the pages. I knit while the kids play at the park. I knit while being forced to watch SuperWhy (again). I knit after the kids go to bed at night. In short, I have been knitting like it's my job.

I just finished a pair of socks.

My Cabled Thank You Socks on US size 2 needles, made with Miss Babs Yummy sock yarn. I picked up this yarn last summer at the Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair. I love the color and tight twist of the yarn.

I've also been making progress on Kingscot by Norah Gaughan. My sister bought me the yarn to make it for Christmas. It's Mission Falls 136 Merino Superwash. It is so soft and fabulous to knit. I'm enjoying the pattern, but I found that I need to add about 3.5 inches to the length. If I kept it as written, it would fall just below the waist. A very unflattering look if you're bottom heavy, I think.

I also pulled the Candle Flame scarf out of hibernation and have been adding a repeat here and there. I love the colorway for the project. It looks like all the colors in fire to me.

I've been slogging away on a zip up cardi of my own design as well. It's knit top down, with matching cable panels on the back and both fronts, and different matched cable panels down the sleeves. A sleeve and a half and the knitting is done. Then I'll find out if my limited sewing skills are up to the task of installing a zipper. It's knit with Northampton from Webs. Great workhouse wool, soft but sturdy.

Last I finished a new design. A girl's tank. It's knit seamlessly from the bottom up, with a slightly gathered empire waist and applied i-cord edging. I'm working on the grading now and I hope to offer in possibly sizes 2-10. It's knit in Dale of Norway Svale, a lovely, if splitty, yarn. Any other dk weight, warm weather yarn should work as well. If any of my bungapeeps are interested in test knitting in exchange for a final copy of the pattern, please let me know.

So, what are you working on?


Steff said...

Wow- you have been busy!

Those are all great. I love the scarf, and the girl's tank. :)
And I can't wait to see that cardigan finished. :)

LeaAnna said...

You've been busy! I have been, too, but can't upload pics right now. I'm hoping to have a big post soon, though. That cardigan looks like it's going to be great! I'd love to test knit your tank. It's super-cute. I think the girls would really like it!