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Archive for October, 2008

Tomten

I started knitting a Tomten jacket for my co-worker’s baby, I got the book Knitting without Tears from the Library to see if I liked it enough to purchase a copy for my personal textile library.  I like the book although you have to get into a different mind set to read the project specifics,  EZ speaks through the instructions and you have to pick up what you need.  It’s an interesting way to write and read a pattern and I am enjoying the process, I didn’t find anything else I would need from the book, but I have been told that the Knitter’s Almanac is worth the price.  Since the holidays are around the corner I may just put them both on the wish list, you could never have enough reference books IMHO.

On to the Tomten,  I started with RH Royal Blue and am doing some stripes in RH White.  Although some knitters will cringe at that fact, I find that RH is the most practical yarn for babies and stressed moms.  I’m making it a little on the larger size so that the kid can get at least two season out of it and his mom has asked for a zipper and the hoodie.

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I have always loved the thought of starting a long term project, something that can be done while I watch tv or sit in bed listening to the radio, but geez, does that get old fast.  I’ve been working on the Stash Busting Entrelac Afghan and I bound off the top triangles, yes *happy dance* I did the edging  and it’s fini’.  Since I switched colors every row, I have a massive amount of ends to weaving in and as most knitter’s know weaving in ends a curse.  I really don’t enjoy doing it, but of course must in order to have a completed object.  I have decided to do easy peasy garter stitch edges so as to not tax my brain and my hands which hurt as I work on this one because of it’s sheer weight.  I’ve got what I’ve been calling knitter’s pinkie, cause those are the most affect digits hehe.

The bottom photo is of the reverse side, someone asked if I could post a pic of it so here it is. You can tell is lumpy, bumpy and forms these great ridges, I love the textural effect of it, but it’s not as pretty as the front.

Another lifer as I’m going to call it, is the Folk Shawl Ruana, I took it to work so that I can knit at lunch time and I must say there has been progress on it.  I’m past the opening for the neck and on my way to the second half.  I may just be able to finish this one before Thanksgiving.  I think will also take it to knit nite on Wednesdays so hasten the progress, since I may need it.  The temps are down in the 60’s today and I hope it stays that way, it would be a Godsend, from the 90’s we’ve had all summer. The neon yellow strip is the center strip for the collar which will be worked after the ruana is completed. Now all I need to do it keep the same color combination in reverse, this should be fun.

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