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Project Spectrum 2009

I’m back from my summer travels! I did quite a bit of flying, and I wanted something I could knit that would be easy to put down if needed. Enter Ysolda Teague’s Ishbel. This particular scarf/shawl pattern has made its way through the knitting scene like white on rice, and I’m glad that I joined in.

This was a great knit for traveling, on and off the plane. I was able to work on this on my way to Seattle, and finish it while staying with my friend Elle during the week before her wedding. It made use of the yarn I picked up in Colorado last year, and I have another warm, colorful something to add to my handknits when it starts to cool.

Yarn: Lonesome Stone %100 Alpaca| Needles: US 6 [4mm]| Blocked Size: 45″ X 19″

Mods: I knit the scarf size as written, but instead of binding off in purl, I knit the bind off. I find that my shawls tend to lay better when that last row is a purl row on the right side.

The other bit of knitting I took with me was my Pomatomus socks. I’m using Plymouth’s Happy Feet. This is the third time I’ve tried knitting this pattern, and I’ve finally had a successful run. The first sock is done, and I’ve knit the cuff of the second. No time for knitting this past week, I’ve been spinning up a storm.

With what kind of knitting do you travel?

In the form of water drops, pollen, and birds. I’m not fond of spring as a season, but I’m trying to get in the spirit of it. I started attending yoga classes at my gym, and part of it involves being aware of everything around me. Spring is all around me, and they are kind of hard to ignore. [Insert a sheepish grin here.]

I finally started Anne Hanson’s Irtfa’a shawl in Malabrigo lace. I picked up the yarn last summer when I was in Seattle; the smooshiness and color just called to me.

You can’t really see the lace pattern here, but you can really see the colors. The main part of the colorway goes in between dark purple, navy and black, with those bright green spots. I’m past the shoulder shaping and am getting ready to start the main part of the body. The faroese shaping is new to me, but the construction of lace is familiar. I’ve wanted to knit this since I saw it on Anne’s blog, and am so happy to be able to use a Christmas gift certificate to get the pattern.

I’m so excited to get started on the next bit, even if knitting with lace weight, for me, is slow and sometimes painful. The end result, though, is going to be worth the slow knitting. And- I can finally contribute something to this part of Project Spectrum- check out the green flecks.

Here I present the northeast view from my front door, 7 o’clock yesterday morning. It looked like that for the rest of yesterday, and today is bright and sunny, though much colder than it was yesterday. Matt and I spent a quiet day at home. He was working and doing homework, and I was knitting and doing laundry.

Remember the blue handspun? I finished up the last of it last Friday, and went ahead and set the twist and let it dry over the weekend. I have just enough to do the medium sized Caricia shawl. This is three out of twelve repeats.  The charts aren’t set up in a manner I’ve seen before, but once I had someone tell me what the directions said, smooth sailing. Sometimes you need someone else to tell you the same thing as someone else to get it.

I’m pleased with how it’s turning out. Unfortunately, the first hank is slightly heavier than the other three, and that’s the one I chose to use first. However, after ripping it out a few times, I’m not starting over again.

Remember the oh so fiddly yet glorious Ironwork socks? I’ve decided I can’t do it.  These socks are back in their balled form. I love the pattern, but I can’t see the pattern on my feet without my glasses on. To me, there isn’t the point of doing that much beautiful work on socks if I can’t even see it. Still, I want to use the pattern. Melinda, from knit night, suggested I use the pattern on a hat. So, that’s what I’m going to do. Three repeats around in stead of two, or going up to the larger sized sock will give me enough stitches to knit this into a hat I can wear- and can appreciate.

I’m stuck with what I’m knitting. The Lady E stole grows ball by ball. I’m on ball 6 of 9, [we are the Knitting!Borg, we will assimilate you] and I’m… bored isn’t quite the word, I think it’s complacent. That, and each ball begins and ends with the same color of purple, and I’m trying to avoid huge purple swathes across the stole. Maybe I could cut the purple out to the length of the fringe?

The socks have half of the cuff ribbing. Same old, same old.

I tried knitting new stuff, like EZ’s Pi Shawl. It is most obviously not going to work for the amount of lace weight I have, but it gave me a nice idea of what the color sequencing is going to be like, and what I can realistically expect from the yarn. Malabrigo lace wieght is so soft, and sturdy. Singly ply lace wieght makes me a bit nervous, but this stuff is holding up well to it’s third frogging.

Pattern suggestions, anyone? I have three balls, about 1400 yards, and I want to use the lot of it up.  It’s a souvenier from my trip to Seattle last summer, and I’m hoping for something feathery. Maybe I should just try and find a stitch dictionary and figure it out myself.

These are bulbs stuck in the glass container, which is now residing in the refrigerator. Matt got me Asiatic Black Out Lily bulbs, with accoutrement, for Valentine’s Day as my flowers. Wasn’t that thoughtful? We get to pick out various other bulbs to keep in rotation for forcing for the rest of the year. I thought it was sweet, and I can’t wait to watch them grow. Does the green in the stems count for PS 2009?

What do you do when you’re stuck on a knitting project, but nothing else seems to capture your attention?