Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Hey look, another post! I just couldn't bring myself to make the one with the pictures any longer. I only listed the WIPs I'm actually planning on finishing in the next couple weeks.

The Llama socks are a commission from someone I met who raises Llamas. (I have a ton of pictures of when I met them, but that will have to wait for another post) All the yarn is naturally colored, and she gave me a couple skeins of a dark color, which comes from a father and daughter, and then a single skein of a light color, which was the mother. I was going to do a cabled pattern I had seen but in the end I decided do something classic. 1x1 twisted rib, plain stockinette for the rest. Its coming out better than I thought, I was worried the yarn wouldn't be suited well for socks, but it looks good. Plus the llama fiber has this really neat texture, it almost feels damp to me if that makes sense.

Winding up the skeins was quite an adventure. I spent about an hour and a half Monday night doing just two of the skeins. I went to put them on my swift, and they were about a foot and a half too long. My mom was in bed (or so I thought) and I really needed to get started on them b/c they have to be finished in two weeks so I tried gently laying the skeins on the table and using the ball winder.

Next time, I'll wake my mom up.

I wound up with a horrible mess of knots, and it took me forever to do it. I should have taken pictures, it was horrible and there was Llama fur flying everywhere.

The Short Sleeved Ribbed Cardigan was the first project I started from Fitted Knits, and it has been sitting around for over a month because I ran out of yarn. I was trying to stashbust, so I used a strand of black and a strand of red Simply Soft because a couple skeins each lying around (plus I frogged my alien illusion scarf, I was never going to finish and I decided I HATE illusion knitting, if you look I wrote about it in one of my first blog posts, that's how old it was). Anyway, I refused to buy more yarn just for the sleeves, so I was waiting around to do some trades and wound up with a partial skein of each thanks to the people who responded to my plea. Anyway, it doesn't fit me anyway, the ribbing is too tight, so I haven't been worried about finishing it. Whenever I do get around to it it'll go to my sister until I lose enough weight for it to fit me. Note to self: NEVER do ribbing in a smaller needle. Your body is just too pear shaped for it to EVER work out properly.

I've literally only done one row of the Puff Sleeved Cardigan. Its my 'I Can't Stand Knitting the Llama Socks any Longer' project. It'll probably get a lot more work done on it if I don't get some more exciting television to watch while doing stockinette. Anyway, I'm using 'old' Cotton Ease in Cherry Red. I just used that yarn to complete yet another project from Fitted Knits, the Coquette Lace Tube Top. I just need to sew on the ribbing I bought for straps and there will be pictures.

The SWS Granny Square Scarf is my living room knitting (er, crocheting). I'm addicted to granny squares, and I really wanted some black SWS. Did you know they have black SWS? Dude, the new solid colors of SWS are so stunning. If I could have thought of a reason I needed a sweaters worth, I would have bought it. I decided to grab one ball of black and use the pink verigated I already have to make a granny square scarf. I love SWS.

Anyway, I think I've rambled on enough already. Maybe if I actually blog daily my two readers won't have to deal with super long rambly posts. :)

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