Saturday, March 28

Knitting Progress

Here's what I've been making lately:

A Clapotis in Malabrigo Silky Merino...



I used a spreadsheet I found on Ravelry (see my project entry for more information), and purled the stitches to be dropped, instead of using stitch markers to mark them. This made for some lovely, rhythmic knitting, and it went fairly fast, especially the second half. The colorway didn't suit me, and I am very glad that it found a happy home with my stepdaughter Cailleach.

A cowl, based on the Three Seas Cowl pattern, in Koigu for Dragana...



I loved my variation on the pattern, which creates straight rib alternating with cabled rib. I cabled both ribs, but I staggered the cables, which produced a wave like effect. The yarn is famously beautiful, but being fingering weight it was sometimes tedious to knit. It's also superwash, meaning it will not felt. This results in a yarn that is more smooth and less warm than regular wool, but it's still fairly warm and is perfect for spring and fall.

I think that when next winter approaches, I'll be knitting more of these in merino, alpaca and cashmere.

An Ariosa cowl in brioche stitch, using Noro Silk Garden...



Two color brioche stitch is a perfect opportunity to play with color. But playing with color doesn't always produce the results one planned. This is a perfectly serviceable cowl, and attractive enough in its own way, but it's not what I had in mind. I plan to knit lots of these, until I have achieved the kind of colorplay I'm imagining. After all, as a cowl it's a fairly quick knit. And even aside from what I have in mind, which (probably) involves self striping yarn, I think two color brioche would be a great way to get more beautiful results from variegated yarns.

I'm currently working on a Clapotis in pink, a pair of fingerless gloves from the Dashing pattern to keep my hands warm while knitting, a Baby Surprise Jacket, Knitting Accreditation Level 1 through the Canadian Knitter's Guild, and another Ariosa cowl or two. I have also delved into a book called The Complete Book of Decorative Knots, and I'm intrigued by the possibilities.

3 comments:

  1. Hiking in forested mountains? Thailand, for sure! It's gorgeous there!

    You've been to India?? I am dying to go there! How was it?

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  2. Wow. You are so outta my league. I just figured out how to do a purl properly and not accidently increase as I go. I can't wait to learn how to do the cable stitch. Love that second one as well. :)

    ~Tara

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  3. Tara, you'd be surprised how easy you'd find the first two projects. I mean the thing that makes the Clapotis fancy is dropping stitches--I used to do that all the time by accident ;) I used knittinghelp.com a lot for the Clapotis to get the hang of the kfbs (knit front loop and back loop) and such, but once you get the hang of those new stitches it's easy. (Especially with the spreadsheet helping you to keep track of which row is which.) And then with the Three Seas Cowl, if you can do a rib the cable is really a simple extra step. (If you haven't done ribs yet, they are a great thing for beginners, and I find them more fun than stockinette stitch... ribbed scarves are great practice!)

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