Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Yarn Along #3: It is Complete

It is complete.

The other evening I finished the Twinkle, Vintage Baby Cardigan. 
I followed the traditional lace pattern as it was written for the body and the sleeves.  Instead of a ribbon, I knit an i-cord to thread through the eyelets and tie at the neck.  I really prefer it with the i-cord and i think it will tie and look nicer for longer than if I had used a ribbon.

In the meantime, I have begun another Prayer Shawl.  I'm using up wool that I have in my stash and have started with the Tree of Life pattern from Nicky Epstein's Knitting Over the Edge.  I had worked several inches of it last week, but ripped it out to start again with a different cast on.  I'm knitting up worst weight on size 11 and the basic cast on that my grandmother taught me wasn't working.  It was very loose.  So I looked up a video, practiced a bit and did a long tail cast on.  I love the way the edge will look and it is much tighter and finished looking.  I have started with a cream color and plan to knit right through this skein then do a strip of a deep scarlet red then finish it, with the majority of the shawl being in a beautiful caramel colored baby alpaca I've been holding onto.  The Tree of Life will only be on the edge, then I will switch to the traditional broken rib.  I usually don't like doing Prayer Shawls in the simple traditional pattern, but this needs to be masculine and I think this time the broken rib will do just fine.

I'm still strolling through Dracula, the Undead but have also picked up two nonfiction books since last week.  I'm reading Kimberly Hahn's Life Giving Love and Stephanie Pearl McPhee's At Knit's End.  I'm not a very fast reader anymore and bouncing from book to book might find me reposting about these same pieces for several weeks to come!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Yarn Along....Same Song, Different Verse

After frogging the progress I had made on the neckline and yoke of the Twinkle, Vintage Baby Cardigan , I've now completed the body and one sleeve.

It has traveled everywhere with me.  After school pick up, soccer practice, dental appointments.  I'm not afraid to KIP (knit-in-public). 

Last night, I started the second sleeve.  Somewhere I either missed or the directions missed casting on additional stitches before placing the sleeves on marker when I began working the body.  My stitch count was off anyways with the sleeves.  That remains a mystery as well.  But I easily remedied that with some kfbs at the beginning and end of the very first knit row of the sleeves and a couple cast ons - this is after I joined for in the round.  I think they are well hidden in the armpit and will be completely hidden when I stitch the gap closed.

As for reading, after finishing The Hunger Games, I searched through my book stash for anything that's been waiting for more than a year - or 3- to be read. I settled on Girl with a Pearl Earring.  It is one of the many stacks of books I've purchased at our local library's annual used book sale that I haven't read yet.  It was quick...and good!  I finished it in under a week, then couldn't decide what I wanted to read next.  I'm not ready to pick up the second Hunger Games book.  Yesterday, I decided to start Dracula, the Undead written by Dacre Stolker.  I started it, hoping it will be good.  There was a bit in the first couple chapters that didn't impress me - seemed a bit gratuitous.  But I have high hopes for the rest!