Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Today I had the window open while I worked and I wore this!

I decided to “sew” it up with ribbon. Eventually, I’ll get some nicer silk ribbon. I just couldn’t commit to it being a full time poncho. This way, it can be a poncho for now and later it can be a wrap. I need a shawl pin (saw some pretty ones at Cloverhill, but they are pricey!) for when it is a wrap. The yarn is so beautiful. It is Manos del Uruguay color 113, Wildflowers. It doesn't come in dye lots. You are supposed to knit two rows at a time, alternating between balls. I thought that was a pain, so I didn't. Can you see where I switched balls in the picture above? Here is a close up of this lucious yarn:

I telecommute out of my home. I love it and one of my favorite perks of working at home is being able to open my window! And wearing whatever I want. And not having to shower before work. And not wearing shoes. And not having to pack my lunch. And getting to sleep more, etc., etc., etc.

I am ready for spring. While waiting, I’ve been living vicariously through Jamie, a writer I work with. She is in Georgia and has been busy outdoors already this year. She knits too!

I finally borrowed my roommate’s camera and have pictures:

This is my first project. My mom taught me how to knit. Only she hadn’t knit for years and just remembered that you knit and purled to get stockinette. We were both confused about why it curled! But the yarn shop ladies said that was normal. Luckily, I made it really wide, so it curls into a nice tube-y scarf. The Yarn Girls Guide to Beyond the Basics has a similar pattern. I can’t remember what kind of yarn it is. I think it is some kind of cotton/silk blend. You may note that the gray stripes are not blended throughout. That is because I only had three balls of yarn and that wasn't enough, so I bought the gray to add to it. I still wear this sometimes. But in a future post, you'll see that I have no shortage of scarves to wear.

It is like a snake digesting its dinner:

This is a shawl that I made with cheapo Lion Brand Microspun. It is very soft. It makes a great bellydance hip scarf too!

This is a scary big shawl I made from Lion Brand Homespun. It got away from me. I was knitting it on vacation in Quebec last summer and just couldn’t stop, so it got way too big. But, it is a pretty good size for wearing at the Maryland Renaissance Festival when it starts to get cool in October. (Only five months till it opens again!)

On needles:
Shawl for my mom. I am trying to decide if I want to make something lacy instead. Right now it is in blocks of stockinette and reverse stockinette. I think it could be pretty all done up. But it is taking a LONG time. It is the first time I've worked with such small yarn. I tend to like the really bulky yarn, because, hey quicker gratification.

Green scarf:
In 2X2 rib OR cable. I really want this scarf to be soft, and the ribbing is softest of all the patterns I’ve tried, but it is doesn’t seem “pretty” enough for this yarn.


Jen said...

Isn't Manos fantastic? They also have a 100% cotton yarn that I'm dying to try.

Your projects loks great!

Elinor said...

I love the cable in the green scarf at the bottom. Very lovely! I also love the Renn-Fest shawl-- it looks perfect. Plus also Renn Fest rocks everything.

Jamie said...

You bellydance? Or was that hypothetical? :-)

Awesome stuff. I'm so glad you started blogging. I especially like the "snake digesting its dinner." And thank you for the mention!

Theresa said...

Yeah comments!

Manos is amazing. It felt to work with. I have seen the cotton and am tempted, but need to manage my projects first.

I will do cables sometime soon, but sadly not for this scarf. I decided to go ribbed b/c it really is the softest.

And I do bellydance! I take classes at the Avalon Dance Studio in Catonsville (conveniently close to my local yarn shop, Cloverhill, which just happens to be open late the night of my class. I love it when things work so nicely.)