Archive | February, 2013

Scarf in winter

23 Feb

I’ve been spending a fair amount of time on airplanes, lately. The end result of that is that I finished another scarf.

It’s also in Madelinetosh, merino light–colorway “moccasin”. The pattern is “Semele” and it was a joy to knit–an interesting construction, knitting the leaves at an angle to the body of the scarf. And like most lace projects, watching it bloom in the blocking process–crumpled little leaves opening up to show the full stitch detail–was a great pleasure.

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Finally, after all this time.

10 Feb

I finished a sweater!
I started it last May, and it was supposed to be a “quick knit”…but you know how these things go.

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The pattern is called “Colors of Kauai”, by Hanna Maciejewska (here on Ravelry, for you knitters).  The yarn is Madelinetosh DK, a single-ply merino which is heavenly to work with and knits up faster than my all-time favorite, Madelinetosh Merino Light, for when I want that Tosh experience without committing to quite as much stitching.

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Thank heavens for technology

2 Feb

I’m working on a sweater I started quite some time ago. I’m coming down the home stretch, with only one button band and a narrow collar to go. The button band is knit in rib, perpendicular to the sweater body. And I lengthened the whole thing, and I like the look of closely-set buttons, so all told there are fourteen buttons running down the front.

Fourteen buttons require fourteen buttonholes, oriented vertically to my knitting. I avoided thinking about this stage, but was well aware of it creeping up on me–the possibility of knitting this area from fifteen separate pieces of yarn, using a conventional vertical buttonhole method.

But lo, these are marvelous times we live in, and times when conventional methods give way to creativity and crowd-sourced problem-solving. With a single quick Google search, I had found a blog from “Jeshknits”, with an ingenious solution. No need to separate the yarn at all! I swatched a piece to find out just how many rows I would need to work this over, to fit around my chosen buttons (six) and how it would look on my k2, p2 rib (just fine) and now I am off, just a short time later, with a speedy solution to what could have been a tedious situation.

To think: in a previous era, unless I had a Jeshknits in my own family or knitting circle, I would not have learned this new technique, and might have spent all my knitting energies repeating the same things. This goes for Jenny’s super-stretchy bind-off, every single Cat Bordhi video I’ve ever watched on YouTube, and dozens of other sources that have informed my knitting practice over the years. Truly we live in marvelous times. Even centuries-old skills like knitting are improved by this era of information-sharing.

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