i’m in st john’s, newfoundland, ostensibly for an academic conference i am attending (and presenting at), but truly i’m here to soak up the loveliness of the east coast.
the random pondering of a restless mind
hello out there
It’s been a couple of months since I added another knitting primate item. This past weekend I banished my procrastination to the curb and finally finalized my latest pattern, the study in texture shawl. It is a triangular shawl constructed with multiple bands of variously textured stitches. The pattern calls for a lovely soft llama wool; I also recommend using alpaca or merino. The differently textured bands give visual appeal and interest (or at least I hope :]). It also features cable rope edging which lends a unique aspect to the shawl.
It’s a fairly easy to knit pattern. Once you establish the rhythm of the cables and the increases that give the shawl its triangular shape, it’s just a matter of switching between the various textured stitches. Some will be familiar, others maybe a little new but all easy enough to follow after you repeat the stitch pattern once or twice.
Having grown tired of spending endless hours working on a sweater only to have it not fit well (or at all), I decided to design my own sweater from start to finish. I started with some basic measurements for a raglan yoke and an idea of the stitches I wanted to use and this was the result. I am pleased, but haven’t been able to wear it much what with the heat and all.
I thought about writing it up as a pattern for others to maybe knit up; and then I thought about how much work that would be. Inevitably it was my laziness that won out in that battle. I took some pictures though…
I used the little knots stitch on sleeves and back, top down raglan shaping, and short rows for the sleeve caps. Yarn is Malabringo’s Arroyo in coffee toffee (a yarn I wasn’t overly impressed with.) Ta-da!
It is dangerously easy to be lazy. Which is what I have been for some months now. Naturally I have been knitting endlessly, but I really need to be more productive than that. So here is me being productive… if you can consider solipsistic blogging productive. I have designed some simple knitting patterns, so hopefully I can rouse myself out of hibernation enough to write them up.
I have taken a few pictures over the months, though not nearly as many as I should/could/would like to. Several of them are now out of season – it no longer being christmas and all, but I post them none the less. Of course, there are images of the knitting I have done. I am, after all, a woman obsessed.
The cotton flamme yarn from Americo Yarns is definitely the most enjoyable yarn I have worked with. The textures and colour are amazing, and the way the yarn falls before it is even blocked is brilliant. If I had endless money, I would spend a great deal of time in this store! You can also order their yarns online now – so to those knitters out there wanting to work with excellent fibres and colours, try them out.
Below is an image of a shawl I am working on. It is inspired by one of Americo’s patterns (Aspen)
or: being a bother with a new camera lens
I went to Henry’s today and picked up a new camera lens in preparation for my friend’s wedding. She managed to convince me to take the photos of the day for her. I am both excited and utterly terrified. To help calm my jitters, I tried out the new lens on, among other things, their wedding invitation. The new lens is a sigma 2.8 17-70. So far me loves it.