Monday, January 30, 2006

Cursed Cozy & More

Quite a bit's been happening wooly related, woo-hoo!

Thursday night, I cast on Cozy from Fall 2004 edition. That's about as far as I've gotten. Well, I have knitted up to the third row in the feather pattern, but I keep screwing it up and frogging. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, but needless to say much cursing has been happening the past few nights. After casting on for the fifth time, I finally started using a lifeline after every successfully created row. Its cursed lace, I've came to accept this. It would have been burnt long before now if the yarn wasn't so yummy, Knitpicks Andean Silk in bluebell. At this point, after the fifth row in the feather pattern, I wind up a stitch short. I’m just avoiding it at this point…maybe it will knit itself in my knitting bag.

Cursed Cozy, note the use of the black lifeline and ghetto drinking straw stitch markers

For Cozy, I'm using Brylane plastic circulars. Personally, I prefer these circulars over Addis as they're longer and fit my utilitarian, big mitts better. The concave point also lends itself pretty well for the k2tog tbl stitch without too much fuss.

For a bit of light movie watching knitting, I cast on a second pair of Irish Hiking fingerless gloves in Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in Winter Night. Exactly like the set I just made for my little sister, but this time for my mom. How can you deny knitting when prefaced with "Oh, those would be perfect for keeping my arthritis pain patches on my hands while driving"? My little sister seemingly loves the IHS ipod sock and fingerless gloves; she's been wearing the gloves all weekend in the house, lol!

Friday, my mom and I tried our hands at felting. Nothing quite like purposefully melting and shrinking something you knit. We kept it small with a few coasters out of Cascade Pastaza. I doubt if I'll ever use it as a real coaster as my dog would steal and eat it off the living room tables. He seemed all too interested in this yarn while still in the hank, guess he likes llamas and sheep.

Irish Hiking Wrist Warmers, Part Deux!

Funky hand-felted coaster

Saturday, I was signed up for a two circular needle sock knitting class that was unfortunately cancelled. Instead, I picked up some wee double pointed needles and a few hanks of Lorna's Lace sock yarn and will set out on the web to teach myself. I'm really excited to see how the Lorna's Lace will knit up. Being the fantasy geek that I am, I had to buy the "Aslan" color scheme. *grin* I can't help but wonder how it would look knitted as a Clapotis...

Lorna's Lace Shepherd Sock in Aslan colorway - purty!

Hopefully, I'll be able to put in another Knitpicks order soon. I'd like to get the materials ordered for the Gryffindor and DNA scarves. The baby blanket pattern should be reaching my local yarn store this week, too. I settled on a pattern from Oat Couture, and I am pretty excited to see the pattern details!


Nicole said...

I'm going to be taking some classes at

You should come take a couple with me!! ;) There are sock classes and a lace shawl class that I will need to take because I have a shawl to make that I'm terrified of, and there's another class that teaches a lot of cable stitches that you would probably dig because it might give you ideas to try for your cabled scarves and gloves.

lkmanitou said...'s payday and they're running a toe up sock knitting class. Me thinks I'll be signing up for that this evening :)