Monday, 27 August 2007

Just a quick thank you for your comment, Rosie - glad you like the vest. It's turned out better than I hoped - I was seriously worried about having enough yarn to finish it.
As for the knitting room, it's coming along, but you really haven't seen the green! I've been tackling the clear up operation a little at a time and I didn't think it was possible for one bedroom to conceal so much rubbish! She claims it was a scientific experiment.
Currently working on a shawl for Tamsin in the laceweight I dyed at Liz's, and a hip length jacket in Cherry Tree Hill merino laceweight. I want to finish both of these before I start anything else. They're both large projects and tend to get put aside if I start something else. The jacket's been otn for several months now and I'm still not up to the armhole shaping! I think I'll head for the garden and indulge in my favourite past-time - an afternoon knitting out of doors.

Thursday, 23 August 2007

One Finished Object!

Sorry about the silence of late - lots going on that isn't knitting related. We've been helping our eldest daughter to move into a shared house with 2 friends in Cambridge. This happened 3 weeks ago now, and she's settled in well and seems really happy. We now have a spare bedroom - weird! Much as I love her dearly, I have to say that she was never the tidiest of people and for the past *#!^ years I've pretty much turned my back on her room as it really was a waste of time entering it with cleaning materials. Now we know what lay behind that closed door, and it's not a pretty sight! However, it soon will be, because I can vacuum and tidy up, and know that it will stay that way for more than 5 minutes. So we're winning, and eventually we'll redecorate and remove the lime green curtains and paint over the dark green walls with something a little more calming. Actually, it'd make a very nice knitting room!
Pictured is the sleeveless vest - I finished it with the tiniest amout of yarn leftover. It was a very close thing and I had to forget a deep ribbed neckline and settle for a couple of rows of garter stitch to neaten all the raw edges. So, the specs are this:
Schaefer Anne bought from Hipknits moving sale for a bargain; it's sock yarn, but I wanted to do something different with this cos I love the colours and didn't want to hide the yarn under a pair of trousers. It's 60% merino, 25% mohair and 15% nylon, knit on 2.75mm, gauge 28sts/10cm. The stitch pattern is called large openwork and involves yo to create an extra stitch which you lose later by passing it over the original stitches.

Thursday, 2 August 2007

Something to show!

At last, an evening of knitting! I was beginning to get withdrawal symptoms. I finished the back and this is it roughly pinned out. I love the colours - they're so rich and warm looking. It took just 50g to complete - exactly half the skein! It'll be a close thing but I don't think the front will take so much. I wanted to knit quite a deep rib on the neckline, but will probably have to re-think when I get there.

And this is a close up of the stitch pattern.

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Not much knitting.....

.....but certain members of the diviknitty household have been indulging in a little sunbathing with the onset of a (long awaited) burst of summer weather! Everyone say aaah......!

So, there really hasn't been a lot of knitting go on, due to a period of manic activity both at work and home, but I did crochet a square with the laceweight I dyed at Liz's workshop. Youngest daughter has asked for a shawl - she loved the colours - and I want to work it from the centre out but it was so fiddly and in the end I couldn't be bothered. A central crocheted square seemed like a good compromise. Stitches will be picked up on 4dpns and worked in rounds, increasing at the corners with yarn overs.
This has had a few false starts and has been ripped out and started over more than once. I've got just the one skein of Schaeffer Anne in this colourway, and with 560 yards, I'm hoping to be able to complete a short sleeveless vest. Initially, I picked stitch patterns that used too much yarn, but I eventually found this one and so far, so good. I'm about halfway up the armhole shaping and seem to have plenty of yarn left. If I do a deep v-neck on the front, I should be able to stretch it out.....