Friday, June 22, 2012
The project to the right is called "Wingspan" and it is something that I just started recently (so it doesn't qualify for being a long-term unfinished project), but I'd been wanting to make one of these since I saw the pattern pop up on Ravelry. This was a big trending pattern (12,000+ downloads so far) especially this spring, and I finally got the yarn and got around to getting mine done. It was a very quick knit, and took all of 10 days total to make. I used a size 7 needle and Noro Silk garden Sock yarn, 2 skeins. I added one extra triangle since I wanted it to be very cozy, it's a perfect size to cover my shoulders when I wear a summer top or sundress. I think it came out nicely. It is still wet in this picture, the actual colors are a tad lighter and brighter when it is dry.
This is the kind of project that I could actually see myself making another copy of. That's very unusual for me, I usually only want to make one item using a pattern so that I keep doing new things and learning new skills.
I still have more research to do to see if this would be accurate for Civil War reenacting wear (that is, did the people of the era really wear shawls like this during their time?) before I wear it to most events. True, there are plenty of people that just put things on and figure those items "look" old but what they're wearing is inappropriate for the era. The term that reenactors use for people wearing things that didn't exist or were the wrong material, pattern, etc. for the era is "Farby". There is a lot of "Farby" in the reenacting community, but I pride myself by improving the accuracy of my impression as much as I can every chance I get. Everyone learns as they go, and I wore some Farby things as a newcomer to the hobby.
I'm on to the next project...now I'm making the Color Affection shawl and February Lady sweater. The sweater is using up yarn from a horrible attempt at making a sweater for hubby some years ago, the shawl yarn is from my stash. It'll take awhile to clear out the bin of unfinished projects, but I have until August 13 before I go back to school to work on it. :)
Friday, June 15, 2012
I'd been knitting again since about February when my son was in the hospital. With my best friend here visiting, I discovered a yarn shop that I hadn't been to in years, and began to make hats for the family, and because I needed to have something to do while sitting in the hospital with my son. I also needed to keep my hands busy so I didn't get frustrated with my son's (now ex) girlfriend at the hospital. Eventually I knit about 8 hats like this one, all in Noro Silk Garden light, using a free pattern from Ravelry to make them all. I could do one in about a day. They made great gifts for the kids and grandkids, I've now given most of them away..
http://www.ravelry.com/ to look at simple sweater patterns, maybe something with a bit of Fair Isle, and discovered that I really liked Elizabeth Zimmerman's seamless yoke sweater which is found in her "Knitting Without Tears" book.
Ravelry is fantastic, I've got all of my books, magazines, and patterns entered into my library on the website, so it gives me lists of all the patterns in them all and makes it easy for me to look through the patterns to decide what I want. Anyway, I decided to do the dark grey as the main color, with Fair Isle in the other two colors. I got started as soon as the first couple of skeins of yarn came off my spinning wheel. I took the sweater and it's parts everywhere I went and knitted as many hours each day as I could find to knit and finally finished it within a month's time. I think it came out well, but it's a little tight to remind me that I need to lose weight. All in all, it was an enjoyable project and I will undoubetly make another one some day with this pattern..