Finally some photos to post of my WIPs. Seems like forever since I posted photos of what I'm working on, so here goes. I'll show the gift knitting first, since it is taking priority right now. Think I'll start with the project that's been on the needles the longest.....Glorianna.
Pattern: Glorianna (Part of the Elizabeth 1 collection by JoLene Treace. Available through KnitPicks)
Yarn: Knit Picks Shadow in Jewels
Start date: back in the spring sometime
Progress: I have about three feet of this baby complete. I suspect that it will be the first of my current wips to make it across the finish line. This is my project of the day for today
Thoughts: Love working on this since it has only a 16 row repeat and less than 50 stitches across. I always make sure that I can get through the 16 row repeat when I start working on it so that I don't lose my place. Christmas gift--plenty of time.
Next up is Leda's Dream
Pattern: Leda's Dream by Melanie at Pink Lemon Twist This was the Mystery Stole for 2005
Yarn: Jaggerspun Zephyr in Plum
Start date: This summer after passing on the 2006 Mystery Stole
Progress: about 30 rows into the 80+ row repeat. A Christmas gift, so I have time.
Thoughts: A fun knit, but not one that is conducive to TV knitting. Too much concentration needed. Love watching it change and grow.
The following is what remains of Stora Dimun. I bit the bullet yesterday and frogged what I had knit up so far (600+ yds worth) because I knew that I wouldn't have enough yarn. I switched to the Lacy Prairie Shawl from Folk Shawls as a replacement.
Pattern: Lacy Prairie Shawl from Folk Shawls
Yarn: Blackberry Ridge Wool/Silk sport weight in a dark turquoise, I think. The above color is not at all true--it is much deeper in color.
Start date: Yesterday
Progress: Maybe 12 inches so far.
Thoughts: Easy to follow pattern, good TV knitting. Need by Thanksgiving--gotta get moving on this one.
The rest of my projects are for me and, other than FLAK, will not make it back into the daily project rotation until gift knitting is finished.
Pattern: self-designed inspired by the beautiful Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia
Yarn: Handpainted yarns laceweight in Stone chat
Start date: sometime this summer after completing Sampler Shawl
Progress: About 8 inches or so. I'm looking forward to working on this after I finish my gift knitting. Love the sense of accomplishment of knitting something I designed. Yeah, it looks like a blob right now, but we all know that's the way lace is. I can't wait to use my new blocking wires on it!
Pattern: Toe-up Jaywalkers
Yarn: Trekking--forget which colorway, but the photo is pretty accurate. Seems to me it's called muted rainbow
Start date: August? Had them 2/3 of the way done and had to rip them back to close to what you see here.
Thoughts: Love Trekking, Love Jaywalkers.
Last, but certainly not least, my beloved FLAK. 'Beloved,' you say, 'It certainly didn't sound like a love affair when last you posted about the poor, poor FLAK.' Yeah, well, things change. Since ripping out to the armholes things have been progressing much better....especially since I added a little brass ring to let me know when last I did major cable crossings. For some reason I kept forgetting where I was--nope, I don't have paper or pencil to keep track, no charts or pattern, just working the crossings as needed. Sometimes my brain gets a little muddled. The ring is taking care of those foggy moments now. Click here for a link to bigger photo.FLAK by Janet Szabo
Yarn: Briggs and Little Regal in Quoddy Blue
Start date: January 1
Progress: Came to a screeching halt when I ran into trouble back in March/April. I had it too wide at the underarms, so I had to rip out about 4 inches and sew together about an inch and a half on each side of the front and back to get back to the correct width. I misread the instructions. With the advent of cooler weather last week I finally got around to ripping out the too wide portions, picked up again with fewer stitches, and progress is once again being made. This is the one non-gift project I will continue to devote time to so that I can finish it before the really cool weather sets in. Note that my cardigan has a very slight v-neck, whereas Janet's is a traditional crew neck cardi.