Best thing about being a teacher on Spring Break: Ample knitting time! Here are some things I'm working on while I'm free this week, plus recently finished projects.1) WIP: Lace Kerchief, in Caron Simply Soft "Berry Blue".
The yarn is left over from the baby mittens
I made over Christmas. Now that Spring has...somewhat half-heartedly; this is
, after all, Indiana...Sprung, it's getting too warm (well, on alternate days of the week it's too warm...then the next day it snows or hails or rains again!) to wear my nice cozy purple and gold hat
much longer. But I like how wearing a hat keeps my hair from going frizzy in its usual fashion. So I'm thinking a nice little kerchief would be good, to keep my hair safe from the springy and summery elements. And it struck me that it would be nice to have a kerchief in...lace.
I did some pattern-Googling, but didn't come up with anything I particularly loved - I could use a lace triangle shawl pattern and just stop after it was big enough for a kerchief, but I wasn't finding much I liked. So I grabbed the Caron (because it's fairly lightweight, and I don't have much of anything laceweight in my stash just yet) and started playing around with yarnovers and decreases. And now it appears that I am knitting a lace kerchief from scratch! This boggles my mind. The only lace I've knit before was Liesel
and the Little Shell Socks
. But that pretty much gave me a general idea of how lace works, and I've been reading Eunny Jang's
"Majoring in Lace" posts and picking up more of an idea from that...So now I'm freestyle knitting a lace kerchief. I love how it's turning out, but I'll probably try making another when this is done to see if I can incorporate more intricate patterns. I'll probably have to actually chart those, because it's confusing enough keeping mental track of the little bit of lace I'm doing on this one...( Collapse )2) WIP: Twisted Rib Socks for Mom in Knitpicks' "Dancing", Ballet colorway
I've made this sock pattern
once before in LB Magic Stripes for myself
. It's perhaps the hardest sock pattern I've made yet - most of my socks have been just straight stockinette after the cuff ribbing - but I liked how that earlier pair turned out so I wanted to use that pattern again with this yarn Mom picked out for herself. "Dancing" is rather nice to work with, but thinner than other sock yarns I've used so it's slower going! I'm using smaller needles than I usually do for socks as well...and the twisted rib pattern stitch makes things go slower, too. So who knows how long it may take me to finish this pair! But they sure are looking pretty, and the pink/purple colorway is perfect for my Mom. Half her wardrobe is hot pink. The other half is black, because that goes with anything, including hot pink/purple socks. ;-)( Collapse )3) FO: Kt's second pair of socks
This is just the basic sock pattern from a Lion Brand Magic Stripes label, the first sock pattern I learned...well, not quite. I made the cuff on this pair more fitted by starting out with fewer stitches than the leg calls for, then increasing to the regular number after the ribbing was finished. My sister Katie picked the yarn out since this pair is for her; it's Knitpicks Simple Stripes in I forget what colorway. This is the second pair I've made her. The yarn's a little thinner than the Lion Brand Magic Stripes I'd used before so I probably should have made these on smaller needles (I used size 3 'cause I'm used to those) but they're not too terribly loosely stitched. Kt likes them. :-)( Collapse )4) FO: JCL Hats!
This is what happens when one can't keep one's knitting life and one's Latin teaching/JCL-sponsoring
life separate. I've made a lot of JCL hats so far. My students are buying them - the money goes to our JCL club funds and the hats make good publicity! I use Elizabeth Zimmermann's pattern from the Knitting Workshop series, which is nice and simple and leaves plenty of room for playing with two-color patterns. Then there's just the weaving in of ends, which can take a while when I'm using up to 6 different colors of yarn in a hat...I've been following EZ's advice to split the plies and weave in each little part separately and it makes a much neater finished product. The kids love them; our club president, one of my favorite students, says they look professional and store-saleable, high praise from someone who's only barely learned to refer to what I do as "knitting" and not "sewing". :-) ( Collapse )
(x-posted in part to my own journal terrathree
, with the addition of basketweaving pictures...)