March 25th, 2007
So I haven’t been knitting a lot this week because of the whole tailbone thing (it hurts to sit up on a chair!) but I did manage to finished Project #2 – The Shawl. I had bought this yarn maybe two years ago at a craft show with Sam and never got the nerve to actually knit it up. Shockingly called “Thea’s Triangular Shawl,” it uses two skeins of PORTRAIT by Artful Yarns and giant needles (I used size 8 that I had at home). They say to switch to circular needles but I found the mohair so slippery that I stuck with straight ones for the duration of the project. And double props to my lovely RRHB who kindly modeled the shawl for me.
It’s not perfect but I think it’ll look nice with a jean jacket this fall. The hardest part was making so called ‘invisible’ additions in the middle, it always looks crooked. Oh well, at least I finished!
March 11th, 2007
Well, I’ve finished my very first sweater. Coming from a long line of knitters (mother, grandmother), I feel kind of guilty it’s taken me this long to pick it all back up again. Regardless, I’ve finished a project that’s bigger and more complex than a scarf. Who knew it was possible?
Now that I’m all confident and cocky and sh*t, I’ve started a St. Bart’s Mini from Twinkle’s Big City Knits by Wenlan Chia. Overall, the book is for more advanced knitters, and I’m still referring to books in terms of how to read a pattern, but this ‘dress’ (which I’ll wear as a sweater, natch) is fairly simple (except for the bobbins, which I’ll not be doing) and a lot like the last pattern I just did, so hence the attempt.