Daily Archives: August 27, 2009

Progress update

And back to knit-related posts. For now, anyway. Eventually, I’ll have more crafts on here then knitting.

Finally finished knitting my shawlette today. I swear those last few rows seem to take forever. It’s still unblocked so I’m not calling it an official FO, but it’s close. I just need to get off my butt and block it then take photos. Even though I haven’t been doing so well on the yarn diet front, I have been doing a great job of knocking out projects in my single skeins this year. I have shawlettes and hats to thank for this. I’ll likely cast on another shawlette/scarf very shortly after I knit another small project that has a deadline.

My Whisper cardigan is slowly getting there. I have about 4″ of the first sleeve done now and even though I’m knitting a bit tighter then gauge, it fits my arm, so it’s all good. I’m not sure I’d want a more gossamer fabric then this. I don’t really see the point in something completely see through. I’m also not 100% sure what this yarn will do when blocked. It’s a cashmere/silk blend so I know it will grow in length from the silk content. I’m intentionally leaving everything just a touch short to compensate for this.

Also making some decent progress on DH’s sweater. I have 8 of 14″ of the body knit before the next cable section and it’s coming along nicely. I have a hard time determining my gauge in ribbing, so I’ve gone up a needle size since I started to make my fabric just a wee bit looser. Now it seems to be just right. I’ve been getting an insane amount of knitting out of each skein of DiC and I suspect that it may be like other indie dyed yarns where it will say a yardage on the label, but sometimes you get bonus yards. I’ve barely touched the second skein and I’m already this far. 8 skeins seems to have been a gross over-estimation and it’s looking like I’ll have enough yarn for a cropped cardi for me or else a sweater for The Boy. I do owe him a handknit and he’d be darling in grey. If I feel like putzing around a bit, I could make him a sweater to match his daddy. Now wouldn’t that be ridiculously cute? I think to make one for him, it would take maybe 2 full skeins of DiC, so we’ll see what I end up with.

I will soon be casting on like a maniac as some of my favorite groups are all doing KALs this fall. So watch out for an insane number of cast ons in the coming weeks. I may have to give up my internet time to keep up with them all.

Fabric related today…

I am a huge fan of Denyse Schmidt’s Flea Market Fancy line, but didn’t learn about it until well after it was out of production. There is a possibility it could be reprinted, with enough interest. This is a pretty new site, but there are already 188 signatures on the list. Please help get this reprinted! I can not afford $40/yard of the rare scrap that comes up for bid on eBay and I really want yards of many of the original prints.