Sunday, May 25, 2008

UFO day

I've been watching X-Files on DVD from the beginning over the past few months (I'm on disc 6 of season 4!), so you'll have to forgive me the UFO reference. (Can't wait for the new X-Files movie... does that make me hopelessly geeky?)

First up:
A stole in progress knit from my handspun in the colorway Seascape. I got the roving from etsy seller spinswim. I love how it turned out. It's about a sport weight and very squooshy (the technical term) and sproingy (also technical terminology).

Stole in progress

I'm using the chart from the Drawstring Chemise in the Spring 2008 Interweave Knits. I like how it's turning out. I plan to use this primarily as a scarf, all bunched up, but it may be nice to have a stole if I ever need one... You know, for all the fancy dinner parties I attend.

Moving on...
Aleita Shell in progress
The Aleita Shell, also from the Spring 2008 Interweave Knits. I'm using a flat ribbon (?) type yarn that I recycled from a thrift store sweater. As close as I can remember, the fiber make up was part linen, part cotton. At the moment it's in the middle of the slightly-boring body section (I'm knitting it in the round) but I should be at the dividing point soon.

Roundabout Leaf Tank in progress
The Roundabout Leaf Tank from Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan. I picked up this book on Friday, after a truly horrid few days at work. I felt like I needed a treat and I've wanted this book for a while. It's very tempting to cast on for more than one project in this book, but I'm being good and allowing myself just this one (for now).

In lieu of swatching, I decided to just start on the first round of the spiral, since it is about the size I would need to swatch anyway. I'm using a cotton yarn from another recycled thrift store sweater, dyed and overdyed in greens, blues and purple. The dye job came out really wierd and uneven but I really like how it's knitting up and I got gauge (yay!).

And next up, the Leftover Blanket...
Leftover blanket in progress
I'm working on adding solid colored bands around the leftover portion. I don't anticipate this project being completed anytime soon, but that's okay. I'm still really happy with it and will plug away on it when I get a chance here or there. It's really mindless knitting, just slightly awkward. I'm waiting on 3 new cables for my Knit Picks options set (I ordered one each of the 40", 47" and 60" which should take me all the way to the outer edges of the blanket as it grows).

And, lastly (of what I'll show today anyway)...
A felted sweater blanket for my friend
Felted Sweater blanket in progress
I made one of these about 4 or so years ago for another friend and always meant to make another. In the years since, I've seen them all over the internet but realized that I didn't ever take a picture of the one I made (it was pre-blog). For this one, I'll be using a tip from Betz White I saw linked to on the Craft blog a few days ago. I'm using roving and a needle felting tool to cover the seams and add some stability to the zig-zagged line.

The Boy keeps telling me to focus (re: crafting projects)... I have no idea what he's talking about... do you?


  1. Ha! That's funny--I just started watching the X-Files DVDs too. Love the blankets--they both look great!

  2. Your leftover sock yarn blanket looks gorgeous. I saw your first post and had to start making one of my own. of course, I don't have that many scraps, so I've dived into full balls of yarn because Must. Not. Stop. The Squares.

    And now I have to make a felted blanket, too. Shoot.

  3. Your handspun is looking great in that pattern! I want to make the roundabout leaf tank sometime, too - your overdyed yarn is perfect for it.

    The leftover blanket is so pretty, and the felted sweater blanket looks so warm!

    P.S. Your duvet cover is gorgeous!

  4. That's a gorgeous scarf/stole!
    I can't wait to see your tank top. I love that book so much!

  5. I always get fired up about felting when I see your work. (Well, I get fired up about all your work.) Just this morning, I was thinking about the felted stone rug. I love your delicate work too, but that rug was really special!

  6. Oh wow, I just finished reading through your blog, you have some amazing work. I think you've inspired me to start working on a quilt myself~


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