the Intrepid Fiberwizard

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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Dream Sweater continues !

Digital cameras.. I'm still in my learning curve. Just got one, and have been playing with it. The photos are so different than my trusty old Nikon 35mm - but I'm learning! Good fun.

So - here's the continuation of my dream sweater.... The shopping was done, the gifts were wrapped, the hand knitted gifts were complete.. now it was my turn ! I spent the week after Christmas spinning up all of the 28 ounces I ordered of the Peacock Plume. For those of you who have just tuned in to this blog, it is a delicious 50/50 blend of bombyx silk and merino hand dyed by Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks.
Next I plyed it all together, and have been patiently washing and drying each finished skein.
Finally... two skeins were dry and I began knitting!!. I chose Cinixia from Knitty.com. I've knit about 8 inches of the sweater, and am going to begin a sleeve.

This is a fun pattern thus far, seamless (yeah!) and the sleeves are knit in rather than sewn in at the end. When I read ahead in the pattern my head begins to spin, so needless-to-say, I slowed myself down, and am looking at only one part at a time. I remind myself that its much more fun to knit this way, rather than peeking ahead :-)
The sweater is knit in a twisted stockingette stitch - it produces a square slanted stitch, that is going to have a bias twist and give a unique drape to the front of the sweater. Here's the close up of what I began with - pretty eh?!
So far so good - can't wait for more yarn to dry!!

Speaking of dry, its still raining here (with a few short sun breaks, thankfully) - only 6 more days until a 53 year old record is broken for the number of continuous days of rain. We are fortunate to be high and dry on a rocky hill. Goats and sheep are jumping all around - loving their "mountain"

Thanks to all who have asked about my youngest daughter - she is rapidly improving and hopes to get back to school for half days beginning monday.

I'm off to knit now - Bloomin' Feet is calling my name. I have chosen the yarn- (my secret pal gave me great colors to choose from) Isn't this colorway a beauty?!
Now begins the fun - the delightful process of selecting the purr-fect pattern... I truly enjoy this part of the process, especially when we have been given the favorite flowers of our Secret pal. I'm trying to incorporate this into my choice. I began with Schurch's new book, Sensational knitted socks - ah so clever.. I picked out a pattern (a toe up sock, which of course I have never done), and thought to myself, I can do this TOP DOWN, it looks so simple! Hah! foiled again ! The pattern didn't work this way.. got a blob instead of a cool design. Back to the drawing board!
I've ripped out about 6 choices thus far, yet, intrepid fiberwizard that I am, I keep knitting.. The current pattern on the needles has great potential! More to come soon.

9 Comments:

At January 14, 2006 at 2:00 PM, Blogger amanda said...

Oh I love that sweater pattern---and with that handspun it will be gorgeous!

Re: toe up vs cuff down. I do both, depending on my mood when I co. I find that it is simply a matter of reversing the pattern if I go toe up. So instead of knitting rows 1-4 I would do rows 4-1. I've never knit a pattern specifically written for toe up cuff down but I'm guessing you could apply the same logic. Best of luck!

 
At January 14, 2006 at 2:18 PM, Blogger Jane said...

What beautiful yarn, Teyani! I just love those watery colors...

 
At January 14, 2006 at 4:47 PM, Blogger Knitter Interrupted said...

I'm sure you'll find just the perfect sock for it! That's such a pretty color combo.

How's the rain? Is it STILL raining there? How are the babies doing? Must ask. I've fallen in love with your smallest of the flock! GRIN.

 
At January 14, 2006 at 8:28 PM, Anonymous Leah said...

Beautiful yarn. Every single yarn I have seen in the Bloomin' Feet swap has been glorious! We will have quite a sock gallery when we are done.

The sweater looks like it will be fabulous as well!

 
At January 15, 2006 at 6:57 AM, Blogger Stacey said...

Beautiful colors (the sweater and the sock yarn!) I'm with Amanda on the toe/cuff start debate. I seem to do more cuff down, but whatever suits my mood. Can't wait to see the pattern you pick!

 
At January 15, 2006 at 9:55 AM, Anonymous Esther said...

Those yarn colors are just breathaking!!!!

 
At January 15, 2006 at 2:41 PM, Blogger Momo said...

Your yarn turned out so beautiful!

 
At January 16, 2006 at 12:10 PM, Anonymous Allison said...

Very nice color! The colors I have seen everyone pick so far are very springy- very appropriate!

 
At January 18, 2006 at 5:20 AM, Anonymous Emily said...

I love the Bloomin' Yarn! It's looks like an Impressionist painting. And I don't have to tell you that your Cixnia is going to be delicious!

 

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