Monday, August 8, 2011

Latest knitting projects

Oh my. I swore I'd post every week, and here I notice that I haven't been around for TWO weeks? Ah well.....

One of the Black and Gold Knitters on Ravelry runs a charity scarf collection. The scarves are given to women in crisis when they first go into a shelter environment, and are meant to let them know that others (especially other women who are craftspersons) care about them. So I spent most of July knitting up some of my wool handspun and acrylic leftovers into scarves. These are most of the results (three others were still drying and not available for photography).

And then I went back to the pile of WIPs. Finished the Trekking Handpaint socks, the yarn for which was purchased at Will's Wools in Hoorn, Netherlands. I'd never seen that color of Handpaint locally and just HAD to have it! I love the socks. Then I moved on to the handspun socks, where I had stopped the second sock at the ankle because I was distracted by starting yet another project. I find this happening a lot, starting more projects, because I love the planning and problem-solving stages. Which brought me to the third pair of socks that I started this weekend. It's more of my handspun, but this time it's from a blend I sold several years ago. I may have to resurrect this blend, maybe add some camel or cashmere to the blend--what do you think? Would you like navy/turquoise sock spinning batts with camel or cashmere?
Handspun socks
Trekking Handpaint socks

Handspun Navy/Turquoise socks

Last but not least, I've also restarted on the lace curtain that I began in Europe in May. It's a bit tedious knitting--36" wide and 39" long with Size 10 Crochet Cotton--but I think it's turning out well. It's the Frost Flowers lace pattern from Barbara Walker's First Treasury and I've always loved that lace. To break the monotony of the lace and to make it a pretty door curtain, I've inserted a mesh in the middle which widens as the curtain grows. The mesh is at it's widest at this point, so it's the same rows repeated for another 12-15" until I can make the hem.
I must be testing my stamina this month, because I'm planning a major renovation of my attic studio due to mistakes made by the original contractor (whom we fired), two out-of-town trips and a rather large festival in the coming 6-weeks. Yikes!


Doris Sturm said...

Wow, you have been very busy - those scarves will keep some lucky recipient nice and warm ... It's been a long time since I've knitted socks and I only know how to use 5 needles, not the circular one...I also want to try knitting from the top down, but I'll need to buy the book with the illustrations so I can learn it. It sounds intriguing. When you say Cashmere or Camel do you mean colors or texture? Isn't Cashmere the creme de la creme?

Feisty said...

I blend baby camel down or cashmere with wool and nylon to make spinning fiber for socks. The nylon content gives it durability, and the camel/cashmere is just wonderful against your foot!

Annie said...

Nice to see the Trekking yarn I saw as a skein here, changed into socks. They have come out well! I also like trekking sock yarn.
Your handspun socks are nice, too.
And WIPs? Getting distracted sometimes, because you want to start a new project? Srange - that would never happen here... (-;