Kirsti Knits

Time - such a precious Gift is it; To work, to read, and Yes, to knit. - Minnie Gertz

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Works in Progress

So.. after the previous introduction.. this is what's currently in my knitting tote bag. Clicking on any of the pictures should take you to a larger size view.

Funky Scarf

funky scarf

This is a simple garter stitch scarf, with Lion Brand Fancy Fur in Stained Glass knitted together with their Wool-Ease worsted weight in Blue Heather. Very funky, very fun, easy to knit, and the black furry bits cover any dropped stitches. The pattern, such as it is, is the Fireworks scarf from Stitch'n'Bitch.

Twisted Purling

twisted purling

This was my first attempt at purling, using a knit 2 purl 2 rib. As you can see, while there's definitely a ribbing thing happen, the stitches don't look right. This is because I'm lousy at turning 2-D pictures into 3-D actions. (Not sure how well that bodes for my future career as a knitter, but oh well.) What I was doing was putting the right hand needle in at the back of the stitch, and twisting it round to the front, then purling it. Oops. Luckily a video clip from and a few minutes with Suzy at my City Knits class last night got me sorted. As proven by....

The start of the hat

hat start

Here it is. The start of my simple seamed hat. The yarn is Cascade 220 color 9453, and Suzy talked me into buying Addi Turbo circular needles. They're certainly fun to use, though I'm not up to any kind of speed with them yet! That's about 8 rows of ribbing, and it's looking so much better. There's still a few wonky moments here and there, but I think it'll be fine once it's done. My goal for next Wednesday night is to finish up to 14 rows of ribbing, then purl one row .. then I'm ready to start increasing.

So that's where I'm up to for now. I'm also wanting to start the Big Bad Baby Blanket from Stitch'n'Bitch, especially coz I'm off to a festival for Mothers Day weekend, so will have loads of knitting time... but I need to find out colour choices from my sister, and I'm not sure if I can afford to splurge on any more yarn at the moment. Hmmm.

At 4:37 PM, Blogger Dixie said...

Isn't eyelash yarn the greatest? Makes some very fun, funky things and hides a multitude of knitting sins!

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Poppymom said...

I almost made that baby blanket for Oz, but decided I wasn't quite up to it yet. s

My current favorite baby gifts are the knitted bibs in the Vogue Knits Baby Gifts book. They're pretty simple, terribly cute, and so useful.

I don't know how I lived before I discovered Addi Turbo needles. Once you get used to them, you'll really be able to tell a difference in the speed. I'm currently using a pair to knit a border on a baby blanket. I did six 36-inch rows of garter stitch in 45 minutes last night. I'm also a fan of bamboo, but the Addis have another perk: when I leave them on my couch, I'm much less likely to sit on them and break them!


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