Monday, February 23, 2009

This FO only took a year

I just couldn't bring myself to finish the seaming.
Now that I have, I really don't know why.

This is Sirdar Cardigan #8872 knit with Sirdar Ocean.

The yarn is a cotton/nylon ribbon yarn.

Makes for a very interesting texture but is not my favorite to knit with.

Back to your regularly scheduled programming now.....

Friday, February 20, 2009

Idle hands...

...are the devil's workshop, or so they say.

Here is the next project.

And a bag of yarn for it

And one skein worth of knitting

Juicy DK is a new Sirdar yarn - 80% bamboo and 20% cotton. Soft, supple and splitty (as most cotton yarns are). The color is #426 - a soft peachy/nectarine.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

FO: Eyelet Cardi

OMG ~ it fits!! (happy dance)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Why, oh why

Why, oh why do sleeves take so long? There are only a few stitches on the needles (started at 62 and decreased to 42). They are not very big, yet it took me 4 nights of knitting!

It feels really wonderful to know this is going to fit :-) And I love, love, love the Silky Tweed! Too bad it is discontinued.

I was browsing Ravelry for new projects and found Broderie. All I could think of was how great this would look on stage if it was knit in black!

I searched for the yarn recommended and decided it was over my budget so decided on this RYC Luxury Cotton DK instead. Yummy - cotton/rayon/silk softness! Since my LYS didn't enough, I ordered from Webs.

Now I must hurry to finish that second sleeve....

Thursday, February 05, 2009

I think I can, I think I can

I think I can, I think I can - knit a sweater that fits!! The Eyelet Cardi is coming along nicely.... since it is a top-down raglan, I can try it on. I believe it is going to fit!

The yarn is an Elsebeth Lavold DK Silky Tweed and I am using #4 Options.

Thanks for all the comments about the too-big bluebell. I have been wearing it around the house 'cos it's been cold here but I cannot wear it out. The WoolEase feels *really* soft and warm so I may have to give it another chance on some other item. We'll see how pilly it gets after wearing and washing a few times.

And regarding reed making - yes, professional oboists make all their own on a daily basis. It is just part of what we do. I learned when I was in college but try to teach my advanced students while they are still in high school. We split, chop, gouge, scrape and agonize over the reed constantly. I think playing oboe is a love/hate relationship. Actually that is a good thing for me as it keeps my brain cells a-hoppin'!
We are performing the Poulenc Sextet today on a recital at one of the local community colleges. We played it yesterday for a music club meeting and it was very well received. I hope today will be as good. Cross your fingers for us :-)