22 February 2012

Works in progress

I have (as always) a few projects on the go.

The angora hat is inn time out, as it was bugging me and I may change the way it is implemented. I frogged it part way, and I’m letting it sit while I contemplate frogging it the rest of the way and starting over with something a little different.

I woke up at 5 am again with the beginnings of a shawl design in my head, and while that percolates in my mind I am working on some simple, straightforward knitting.

Lateral Thinking is a side to side sweater, done ‘recipe style’, like most of the things I unvent (to use Elizabeth Zimmerman’s term – I can’t possibly be inventing anything … knitting’s been around too long and surely someone else has done this before). This is the prototype, and so far I’m happy with how it is turning out. The linen stitch really shows off the variegated yarn (which is just a plain old acrylic/wool blend from Patons, nothing special but it will hold up well to washing and wearing) and because of the side to side construction, the stripes go up and down the body of the sweater, rather than round and round, which is a good thing if, like me, your circumference is a bit larger than might be considered optimal.

It doesn’t look like much sitting in an unformed lump on the chair, but you can see the sleeve, at least.

I have another project underway, but it’s top secret. :) It’s in several shades of blue, and that’s all I’m gonna say about it for now.

There’s also a pair of socks, of course, for knitting when I go places and need a small project to take along, and I had started some colourwork mittens, but I see several people have had issues with the pattern I was using. My new Elizabeth Zimmerman Knitter’s Almanac (which the Reluctant Farmer got for me just because he knew I wanted it) has a pattern for some lovely colourwork mittens, so when I feel ready I’ll probably frog what I have and try her pattern instead.

I’m sure there are other things here on the needles … there’s definitely more brewing in my head, anyway. Two shawls are slowly forming, and there’s a third that keeps popping up for consideration then fading back into the distance while I contemplate how, exactly, to get the shaping I see in my mind to work with needles and yarn. It’ll come to me eventually.

In the meantime, I will just keep knitting. :)


  1. Anonymous2:15 pm

    I am so reminded of "something useless" that your sister had to take to school in grade 3. She was very proud of her show and tell - a partially knit sweater I had started, long before the assignment - are you sure we are related???

  2. Anonymous5:47 pm

    Your book arrived yesterday and I couldn't put I couldn't put it down. When's the sequel due out?

  3. Look in the mirror, Mom - I think we're related! :)

    Deb, glad the book met expectations. No sequel for a while - but I do have ideas already for the second one!


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