I really do have this kickass post full of FOs percolating...slowly...I got a big list, and I keep plugging away on the draft. Yesterday, I wanted to post this for "Ten Things I Like About Spring":
I knocked off a couple more repeats on Evenstar tonight. That means I'm now at only, ONLY 18 repeats to go! Then I have to figure out how to graft the edges...then I have to find a BIG place to block this baby...should be interesting. I'll post a picture once I'm there. You really don't want to see any more pictures of my wrinkly lace.
I also worked on Clapotis this week. I'm almost to the halfway point. Yippeeee!
Echo Flower Shawl
Yarn: Wolles Yarn Creations Color Changing Cotton in Lights 2
Date Started: March 18, 2011
Last year, I knit the Luna Moth Shawl in the Rainbow colorway of this yarn and had a blast with it, so I just didn't think it would be officially spring without casting on a new Color Changing Cotton shawl. I chose Echo Flower because one of the women in my knitting group made a gorgeous one (in red silk with beads...to die for!), and I thought the echo-y flowers would look quite lovely in this yarn.
The pattern calls for #4 - #7 needles. I cast on with #7s and worked about 30 rows. I hated the results. This cotton has a wonderful soft drape with the right size needles. I used #6 for Luna Moth, but that pattern didn't have nupps or the big, awkward 2into9 and 3into9 increases. My fabric felt heavy and stiff. I contemplated using a different yarn but first decided to bump up the needle size to #9s and see what happened. You can see the results above. The increases aren't bulky. I haven't come to the dreaded nupps yet, but I'm optimistic about them. The shawl feels all soft and fluffy...awesome!
Just before I stopped working on this yesterday, I came to the beginning of the first color change - always a WooHoo moment with this yarn.
Ruffled Edge Wrap
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed DK in Watery
Date Started: February 17, 2011
Chugging along on my knitting group project. I love the yarn, and the pattern is a lot of fun...and it's easy to knit while eating and talking which is a MUST for knitting group.
Hearts Abound Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Essential Kettle Dyed in Wine (Discontinued)
Date Started: March 5, 2011
Isn't that gorgeous yarn? It's been hard to restrain myself from working on these while my pesky knuckle mends. Not that it's totally mended, but I figured, hey, what could 8 or 9 rows here and there hurt? So, this morning, I finished off the toe and worked a couple rows of the instep...and lived to tell the tale. ;-) I can't wait to have enough of this done to show you the darling pattern!
The knuckle? Well...it's still there. I've started weight training again, and I'm confident the problem isn't a carpal tunnel thing. Wrist curls would kill me if it were, and I'm easily curling five pounds right now. My theory...and it's a crazy one...is that my hand is complaining from too much knitting because it doesn't move enough. So...I decided to make playing my instruments a priority again. A half hour of knitting...a half hour of rest then a half hour of fiddling...or playing guitar or piano. And I found a copy of my hand exercises from my heavier fiddling days and have started working on them. Knit on, knit on!!