August 7, 2009 § Leave a comment
I thought that I had blogged about this before, but now it looks like I haven’t introduced the argyle vest yet. Please meet the first inches of Lars’ argyle vest. It has been a planned work in progress for years now, but didn’t really get a start on it until about a year ago. After starting the ribbing I looked the fear of argyle in the face and asked for advise on how to start at my LYS. That was a number of months ago and it turns out this not really that complicated, or as complicated as I think it seemed. I had a few errors and set backs at the begining since it’s a lot of work to get the hang of the process while reading the pattern chart and increaseing every 17 rows. So I didn’t work on it for a while, but I think I’ve gotten passed the trouble spots and I’m on a knitting high. The knitting high makes me want to knit all the time and not only this but a billion other things at the same time. Don’t worry Lars, I will finish your vest some day.
September 2, 2008 § 2 Comments
Just in time for the chilly weather that has started to roll in and make the floors cold, I finally finished the circle rug I started way back when. More pictures at Flickr. Before the circles were felted they looked like baby berets, especially when my little nephew put them on his baby head. Turns out that half done knitting projects make good toys for little ones to throw around and put back into a basket.
Pattern: Table Runner pattern from Felt Forward by Maggie Pace
Yarn: Cascade 220/colors: New Lavender, Granny Smith, Maiz, Vandyke Brown, Doeskin Heather, Gris, Sky) and Knit Picks-Wool of the Andes in Carrot
I made more circles than the table runner pattern so the rug would fit nicely in the space between my side of the bed and the window. I have thought of the fact that felted yarn on hardwood floors= slips, trips and falls (or STF as they call them at my workplace- very serious and very dangerous they tell me). My plan was to sew some of that rubbery stuff that one puts under a rug so one doesn’t fall. But so far it’s not as slippery as I thought. I also haven’t decided what side I like better.
Since I hand felted all of the circles, even the ones that I put through the machine, they each have an individual look and some are felted more than others. The dark blue ones have almost no stitch definition and are velvety soft. The orange, that I thought was Cascade 220 too and turned out to be a different yarn, didn’t felt as well and looks more ragged. So what I am trying to say is that the back looks smoother but I also like the way the front looks and I don’t really want to decide what side I like better yet. I think I will see if I hurt myself and experience a STF before I sew on the backing. That’s the lazy way. A good pair of felted slippers will complete my mission against cold feet this winter.