Loose Ends

Loose Ends

the creative impulse gone awry

Saturday, January 26, 2008

ruffles!


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I really like how this turned out. I had started to knit this same project with a different color of Solo (the purple/black) and black smart mohair but I got bored and wandered off. Eventually I scrapped that project, but this yarn has been sitting on my shelves for over a year and desparately needed a cute sample so I tried it again, this time with pure merino as the base.

perhaps it’s the sleep dep from new parenthood, but this time it held my attention and I finished it in a few days. I am not really a cravat kind of girl but i’m really pleased with the results. I’m working up another sample of the Solo next, this time fingerless gloves (also from the fall 2006 Knit.1) and a hat that I’m designing. this time I’ll pair it with the misti Pima cotton and silk. I’m excited!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Clapotis, oh how I love thee!


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Originally uploaded by bellayarns
Man, I love this yarn, and I love the pattern. It was fun to knit and something I could keep up with given that I get not a whole lot of sleep these days. At the end, I have to say, that dropping all those stitches with a mohair blend was not so much fun. It was great the first few times, but next time I knit this I’ll use something slinky that will drop easily.

of course, I want to make it next in this laceweight alpaca i just got in from J. Knits… which won’t drop easily at all. sigh. I torture myself.

the colorway practically glows from within, seriously. It makes up for the fact that the dye comes off on my hands (!!!) and I ended up looking like a corpse after only knitting for a few minutes. I definitely have to do some serious rinsing on this before I wear it. of course, it’s going to the store for a while, so I won’t have to worry about it until next winter most likely!

back from the pregnant!


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Hi there,






This has been a long time coming! It seems like being pregnant makes your brain foggy and having the baby makes it disappear completely! But I'm back and I'm going to try to blog a little more frequently! Now that Clara has arrived (www.flickr.com/photos/conterio_clan) I'm knitting for big people again, so it won't be endless baby sweaters and booties! I can't believe the last time I posted was in April of last year... but when I look at what we had to do to prepare for Clara's arrival, y'know, it's not all that shocking!






But now that she's napping, I've had some time to enter some projects on Ravelry and I thought I'd blog about them while I'm at it! Right now the most impressive thing i'm working on is this fantastic sweater from Norsk Strikkedesign out of Naturewool. holy cow is this thing beautiful. It's slow going because I need to be highly caffeinated and well rested to work on it, the caffeine I get daily, the sleep, well, that's another story. I'm also working on a bunch of samples for the store (which take precedence in my knitting queue, of course) so this ends up on the back burner more than I would like. I stopped knitting this when i got pregnant with the littles (Jan 07) because i was uninspired to finish something so complicated when i wasn't sure it would fit me after her arrival. Luckily, the weight loss is on target and this should fit me, provided it goes over the lacating orbs easily. I will eventually be finished breastfeeding (in a few years or so...) so at least I know I can wear it then if all else fails!




I'm thoroughly loving working the naturewool in fairisle. it is even more interesting how the colors subtly change and it really keeps me knitting. It was really the only yarn in my shop that had the right colors for the sweater. I really wanted to stay very true to the original colorway because I love blue and black. The yardage on the naturewool is amazing, i've only barely cracked into the second skeins of the two main colors. Given how much I've put aside for the project, I'll definitely have enough for the wristers and hat. yay!