Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Instant gratification


I needed a quick knitting pick-me-up after the vest debacle, so I took the mohair I bought from Wendy and whipped out an Airy Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. This is the second time I've made this scarf, and I neither time have I gotten the measurements they have in the book. It's supposed to be 36 inches; mine is close to 30. But it doesn't matter; it's a scarf and it's cute the way it is.


I've also got some other projects on the needles, but nothing too exciting to show you. I'm making a second attempt at the Jaywalkers, this time in the blue/green yarn from Wendy. I'm only 4 rounds past the ribbing, so I can't tell whether I've screwed them up yet. The colors are turning out very yummy, though, so hopefully it'll work. My idiot project is a hat for a friend who made me copies of 6 workout DVDs. At $30 a pop, that's $180 worth of DVDs, so I feel he is very hat-worthy. Because he did Ironman Wisconsin last year with me, I'm making a basic black hat with a band of red, and in the red I'm putting little black Ironman logos. I actually swatched for this over the weekend with scrap yarn (and blocked the swatch - first time ever!) and it looked great, so I'm excited about finishing the hat and giving it to him.

Haven't made any progress on my Sockapaloooza socks, other than buying some Koigu, exchanging it a week later for a different, more subtle color, and changing my mind about a pattern at least 4 times. My first thought was Pomatomus, but then after I failed at my first Jaywalking attempt, I decided that maybe I wasn't ready for Pomatomus. Then I thought about Sockbug's River Rapids, but I don't like the fact the repeat starts with a purl stitch because I can't seem to not get a ladder when doing the first stitch on dpns as a purl stitch. Then I thought about Broadripple, but I think now I'm back to Pomatomus. Ack! I've never been this indecisive about anything. I need to start the damn socks already so I can't change my mind anymore. Once the Ironman hat is done, they'll be on the needles.

6 comments:

Juniper said...

Pomatomus is working very well for me, despite the fact that I've run out of yarn and am on a self-imposed yarn buying ban. The pattern takes a few rounds to get used to, but after that you begin to notice how everything lines up and where all the stitches go on each round. I'd imagine it would look weird with any yarn more colourful than a heather, however.

michelleknits said...

It's beautiful, and you look so sophisticated in that first photo!

eunny said...

Gorgeous! I love those subtly shifting colors.

spaazlicious said...

Tres swanky! ;)

MeBeth said...

I love the little scarf - so chic looking!

Jen said...

Very nice Airy Scarf, and quick too! I wish I didn't have such a sensitivity to mohair or I'd be all over furry little scarves like this...

I'm going to vote for lace socks for your sockpal. They seem to have more stretch in them so there's more of a range of sizes that one pair of socks will fit so you don't run into the same problem that you had with the Jaywalkers. Did you see the Sheri's Lace socks by Sockbug? The lace repeat looks nice and doesn't look too complicated. Only half of the rows start with purls, so maybe that would help with the ladder issue?

Thanks for voting on the dresses btw. I was quite excited when you voted for the "right" dress. It was a big relief after making the decision...