Monday, February 28, 2011

Stitches West Wrap-up

Normally I have a "rule" that I only buy fiber at Stitches West. My fiber stash is pretty big at this point, not to mention all the knitting and designing I should be doing with my own yarn in preparation for Sock Summit! I decided I would buy books this year. In the past, I've missed out on some of the stitch dictionaries I've wanted to buy.

Stitches West 2011 Purchases

This year I snagged Omas Strickgeheimnisse and Twisted-Stitch Knitting from the Yarn Barn booth on Friday morning. Sunday during the lunch break from my lace designing class with Janel Laidman, I scored the last copy of The Haapsalu Shawl from the Village Spinning and Weaving Booth. I also got Heirloom Knitting there.
I bought some handmade buttons similar to these at the Creatively Dyed booth. I think they are very Klimt-y.

Here's the shawl I started in the lace design class.
Lace Design Class Project
I need to keep going at least long enough to see if the way I shoehorned the stitch pattern into the triangle shape is going to look weird or not. If I decide to make the entire shawl, I may go down another needle size. The yarn is some Conjoined Creations Pastimes I got at Purlescence. I rather like it.

All in all, I have a lot more confidence now about my ability to fit stitch patterns into the triangle shape. I hope to come up with something really awesome and scale-y for my Merino/silk sock yarn in the Dagon colorway before Sock Summit.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

FO Roundup: Linen Stitch Scarf + Pleiades Scarf

My startitis at the beginning of the year has started to pay off!
I'm still somewhat afflicted. I've been getting completely obsessed with the idea of starting certain projects.

Linen Stitch Scarf

The Linen Stitch Scarf is a Churchmouse pattern we've started carrying at Yarndogs. After helping a customer pick out colors for her scarf, I decided I had to do one too! This one is going to be a shop sample for a few months, so you can go visit it yourself if you'd like. I knit this in 3 balls of Claudia Fingering. The fuchsia and the red are actually both the Rubies Playing colorway, but hugely different dye lots! The variegated color is Just Plum.

Pleiades

The Pleiades scarf is the February project for the Dream in Color Dream Club. This is a club that operates on the yarn shop level. Shops that sign up for the club get a shipment each month of an exclusive colorway and a pattern. This month, the yarn is Starry.

Those of you who are very astute may have realized both these scarves are knit lengthwise. In fingering weight. For a few miserable days, I had both projects going at the same time. One with 450 stitches and one with almost 600!

I'm kind of obsessed with the dayflower lace pattern seen along the top of the Pleiades scarf. I'd never seen the Dayflower Daydream shawl from a Best of Knitter's Magazine book until I leafed through the book at my recent lace design class with Janel Laidman at Stitches West (more on that later).

I'd also sort of forgotten about the Myrtle Cardigan by Snowden Becker (a super talented knitter/designer from the Austin Meetup Group). I think I will have to do one or both of these. I have 5 skeins of Cascade Alpaca Lace I'd been saving for a Cap Shawl. I'd sort of fallen out of love with that idea after realizing the outer portion of the Cap Shawl has basically the same stitch pattern as the Leaf and Trellis Shawl I've been stalled out on for (gulp!) years. It's really the edging on that shawl that has me stalled out, though. I pulled it out around the holidays and tried to do a few repeats every day, but it didn't last. Maybe I'll give it another shot.

I might knit the Myrtle in my own hand dyed yarn. I think I'd make it a pullover, like this one. A cardigan's easier to just throw on and wear, but I'm wary of fussy buttons and afraid of possible gapping at the front. All of the cardigans I've made so far are worn open or closed with pins or a single button.