Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A New Beginning

I've abandoned the big grey monster that is my second sweater for the time being in order to be able to knit ... another sweater. Sounds crazy. However, this big grey sweater is shaping up to be another one of those "ugly sweaters" that everyone makes in the beginning of their knitting career. I can feel it, it just looks wrong. And so, although I refuse to give up the project completely after 2 years of hard work and the fact that I am about 85% finished, I just can't bear to keep working on it right now. In order to keep my zest for knitting alive, I've started a new project that contrasts the old.

It's a shrug -- so much smaller. I'm using Sandnesgarn Alpakka DK wool, which is so soft and light and (finally) a good quality wool. It's bright purple and I get excited every time I look at it! On the four flights I had last week I managed to finish about 70% of the back, so the progress is promising. Also, its in stocking stitch so I can finally stop concentrating on lace and cable. Ahhh its relaxing.

The only challenge is to keep it from smelling like dog ...

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The last of the socks ... for now.

Finally! I finished the socks that didn't want to be finished ... First, they were intended to finish up a roll of pink wool. Then I ran out of that wool only to find it was discontinued. So instead of abandoning the project, I re-started them using leftover white wool! Then I made a mistake somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, and had to undo 24 painstakingly tiny and lacy rows. Then I spilled port on the rest of the wool and had to carefully wash it out without wrecking the wool. But finally, finally, they are done!
Not as exciting as their creation would suggest, unfortunately. I vow to not make socks anymore. For now. They make such good gifts though!!

Next project (as the gigantic sweater is still on hold) is a silk shrug. I am hoping to get some silk wool shortly but the lack of knitting stores in Calgary combined with my new puppy tell me it will be a while before that happens ...