Friday, October 31, 2008

Making Progress

After finishing my Monhegan sweater, I realized I had an awfully lot of sweaters and probably should make some for someone else. I cornered my sister one day and she sat down with some of my books and picked out this one. It is the "Polperro Gansey" by Cheryl Oberle in the Jamieson's Shetland Knitting book. She wanted it in a dark teal green - which I had just purchased in Jamieson's DK, color Rosemary. I obtained gauge with Addi size 4 & 6 and am now just starting the second sleeve. It's an easy knit and has been enjoyable.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Back From Monhegan

Picture this - gorgeous sunshine, warm, waves crashing on the shore, 17 knitters on the lawn, M&M's to munch on. What more could one wish for? Hurricane Hanna went through during the first night about midnight with 45 knot winds and pouring rain. I slept through it all! The flag pole on the lawn didn't fare too well and was gone when we walked up to the dining hall for breakfast. But the weather cleared and was beautiful and sunny for the rest of the stay. The whole group vows to return next year. Surf from the hurricane was spectacular, and the sunsets were glorious! We shared the Trailing Yew with a group of artists on retreat with an art teacher. They said we were having much more fun! Cousin Jean and I are ready to make our reservations on Jan.2 for next Sept.

Bressay is progressing very nicely, body finished, neckline done and one sleeve half done. It's a very easy knit. One more bag out of the stash closet! Already planning the next in the line - something with cables - either a cardigan in beige and white or a pullover in blue. That is unless something else catches my eye.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Bressay Jumper

She's on the needles and progressing nicely. The Bressay Jumper from Ann Feitelson's "The Art of Fair Isle Knitting". I'm off to a knitting retreat on Monhegan Island, a small island off the coast of Rockland, Maine, and this was to be the project I started there. As usual, I couldn't wait and once cast on could not put it down, but there should be plenty left to knit by Friday. No electricity in the buildings so will be working by headlamp in the evenings - may be more talking and sipping than knitting - and out in the sunshine during the day ( we hope ). Hurricane Hanna can just go the other way! I'm enjoying this knit ( what's not to enjoy?), directions are very easy to follow and it is going to be the perfect size. I'm using J&S Shetland on 2.75 and 3.25mm needles. Have changed the colors from Turquoise/Sand to a beautiful Sky Blue/White and really like it. The ribbing is not really ribbing at all - it's mostly knit with purl stitches in every other row.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Rocky's Winter Vest

This has to be the easiest garment I have ever knitted! It's from Briggs & Little's "Easy Family Knits" and was probably the most boring knit I ever did. will be perfect for the cold Maine winters. It is a utility vest made just for warmth. It took just one week and 4.5 skeins of Briggs "Anniversary Twist" worsted, knit on size 8 needles. It was supposed to be made in two pieces but I knit it on a circular needle - no seams, all in one piece, no ribbing to pick up for the armholes and neck. Did a three needle bind-off and had a total of 6 ends to weave in. What could be easier? This would be a great first sweater for a beginning knitter.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Winter Sunset

This pattern has called to me for several years and I finally got to make it. I happened to pick up most of the yarn on EBay, added a few to it and got started. After "Oregon" it was nice to not have to change the pattern and it only uses 5 colors so it went quite quickly. I have to finish up one button band and do the clean-up work and it will be done. I used Jamieson Spindrift and a 3.25 needle. The pattern is in the Jamieson Shetland Knitting book. Colors are Eesit, Shaela, Natural White, Sunset and Bramble. Managed to liberate some Irish Wool from a shop here in Maine this week, it wants to be next, but hubby wants a vest for Winter so that is next. Just plain stockinette stitch on a circular needle in worsted so shouldn't take long - I hope!

Oregon Finished

Finally have a chance to update here, it's been a busy summer. Oregon is finished and my next sweater is almost done so it is about time I put something up on my blog! "Oregon" was a fun knit, I found the pattern easy to follow and it held my interest til finished. I did not enjoy the changing of the pattern from a v-neck to cardi but with help from friend Anne managed to get it done. This was the first time I had done a crocheted steek and I really like the way it looks and the neat finished edge. Will probably never do a machine stitched steek again. Alas, it would not fit when it was done - too small! Have no idea why I knit the small size but the wooly board saved the day - isn't Shetland yarn wonderful? It stretched out just to the right size!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Autumn Oregon KAL Starts

Alice Starmore's Autumn Oregon" from the Vogue Knitting magazine. Friend Anne is fortunate to have the VY kit so we got together and I matched colors from my stash as closely as possible and it is looking quite nice. I had to change two colors and they just mushed together but I like the result so far. I'm up to row 28 of chart B, and as usual find I can't put it down. The yarns are Jamieson's Spindrift and I am using size 3.0 and 3.5 to get gauge of 7 st per inch. The colors are vibrant and it has kind of a "persian rug" look. Dark and rich. Started on 2/1 and going quite quickly. The pattern is easy to follow, am enjoying this one!


With Alcea finished I have no project to work on. The "Oregon" KAL does not start for two weeks and there are lots of hockey games to watch. Needed something to keep my hands busy so decided to pull something from my stash. Imagine that! My sister has a birthday in April and she like soft greens so I decided to start a cardigan for her. The yarn is Reynolds "Whiskey" DK which has been calling to me ever since I bought it. The pattern is Penny Straker's "Galway. I got guage right away with size 3 and 5. The KAL starts soon so have to get to it!

(Managed to finish the back and start the first front - now have to put it aside as FairIsle is so addicting I know I won't touch this again until "Oregon" is finished.)

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

"Alcea" Finished!

Finished "Alcea" just after the first of the year. This clears out my UFO's basket, just in time for the Mara Class KAL - Autumn Oregon. This is the first time I have altered a pattern - the directions were for a pullover and I wanted a cardigan. Thanks to Anne Featonby of "She Ewe Knits" for all the posts on changing this sweater. It's knit with Jamieson's Spindrift on a size 4 circular needle. Ribbing was done on a size 2.75mm and this is the first time I have really been satisfied with the ribbing. It's nice and firm. Fit's pretty darn good though my sister is not too happy about that. It would have been hers if it didn't fit me. Guess I will have to make another. Don't look too closely at the picture (look like I had been sucking on lemons). But the sweater is gorgeous. Now filling my time while waiting for "Oregon" yarns to come by working on a pair of gloves from the Selbuvotter book. I'm having a devil of a time with the fingers - they have come close to the trash bucket a couple of times. Had no problems with the mittens but the gloves are going to send me to the funny farm!