Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Start of Josephine Top

I've started working on the Josephine Top from the IK Summer 2007. I got my yarn for this top last week.

So far I've knitted two of the pattern repeats of the rib/lace. I'm using Knit Pick Shine Sport. The color is Willow. I couldn't get my gauge to the suggest one so I changed the pattern to match mine. I can't decided if I like the right side with the reverse stockinette showing mostly between the lace panels. or the wrong side, that shows stockinette v's. I may just go with the wrong side as being my right side!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Finished Anthropologie-inspired capelet

Pattern:Anthropologie-inspired capelet

Yarn: Lion Brand DK Wool-Ease (2 strands held together)

Gauge: 3 st/ inc

Needles: Size 13
I finished the Anthropologie-inspired capelet that is posted on the Craftsters site. It was a pretty quick knit. I started this last weekend and finished it yesterday.

The inside ribbing folds in some. I tried blocking last night but then read on Craftsters that you can't block acrylic. Some one said they iron acrylic but I haven't had success with that in the past.

I went looking for my grandmother's jewelry box that has some of her old jewelry including some broaches. But I could find the box. But I did find a couple of cuff link and money holder boxes that were my grandfathers. There was a lot of cool ones in there.

So I used a cuff link instead of a broach. This one must have been my dad's though. His name was Ronald. So of course, since my name is Rhonda it is perfect for me too.

And when I wear the shrug with the cuff link I'll be able to smile and think of my dad and how much he meant/means to me.

There were some other great cuff links in the box. I picked out some silver flower shaped ones that I can use with this or another one I knit.

I plan on knitting at least another one. But on the next one, I plan on using worsted weight yarn or something lighter and just adjust the gauge. This one has two strands held together of DK Lion Brand Wool Ease. It will be perfect for winter but not for fall.

I'd like to make a shrug that is kinda lacey that I can wear over tops during the summer. Maybe in a cotton blend yarn.

Now I need to get back to the socks I have on the needles. Plus I have a list of things I want to knit for Xmas. And I'm waiting for yarn from KnitPicks so I can knit the Josephine Top from the Summer 2007 IK.

Oh, and I want to somehow convert this this crotchet top to a knitted one.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Anthropologie Inspired Caplet Shrug

I just started working on the Anthropologie Inspired Caplet Shrug posted on the Craftsers site. I'm using Lion Brand Sportweight yarn that I had left over from a project from a few years ago. I've doubled the yarn and went up to a size 13 needle to get the 3 st/per inch gauge. It is knitting up pretty fast.

I worked on it last night while we watch The Prestige on Pay-Per-View. Interesting movie. I liked it but it was hard to keep up with at times.

The shrug is a nice break from the toe-up socks I'm working on. I've finished one of those and started the second. I plan on working on both these projects so that neither gets left unfinished.

I'm notorious for that. I have a half-finished cardigan I started from awhile back that I'm thinking of frogging.

I think I'm going to use the yarn for another of these shrugs and/or the Josephine Top in the Summer 2007 Interweave Knits magazine. There is KAL on the Craftser list that just started a week or so ago that has me inspired. I'd like to get a cotton blend for the top, but I'm thinking that I probably won't wear something like that until it gets cooler and by then a wool blend would probably be better.