Monday, November 26, 2007

Blanket

Here's a perfect example of "Don't keep knitting, hoping it will look better eventually" and also "You can't expect a 7-color pattern to look good in only 2 colors". I finally decided to frog the blanket and start with a true 2-color geometric pattern.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Chrysopolis - 6.Teil

I can't believe that I'm 3/4 of the way through knitting the Chrysopolis shawl. I hope to finish it by the time my DD comes to visit. I'm going to give her a choice between the dramatic MS3 and the warm and comfy Chrysopolis.

I got a chart keeper from KnitPicks but haven't decided whether or not I like it. I should have read the dimensions more carefully -- or at all. It's half the size I assumed it would be. But, I am able to put one side of the Chrysopolis chart on one side of the chart keeper and the other on the other. The only problem is that the paper is bigger than the chart keeper.

I'm almost finished with my current test knitting for Chrissy -- just in time for my DD to try the garment on -- since it's in her size.

Please take a look at my crocheting tutorial on Bits and Bobs the Blog. It's the first tutorial I've written, and I would love some feedback.

I haven't started the Monthly Dishcloth mid-November KAL yet. But, I do have the yarn picked out. Instead I've just been working on the shawl, the test knitting, and a baby blanket for charity. I haven't started the Sockamaniac sock-a-long yet either -- though I have picked out the yarn for that also -- as well as for another sock from the Sockamaniac Yahoo group.

Happy birthday to my mom who lives with us and who turns 91 today.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Chrysopolis - 5.Teil

Here is a picture of Chrysopolis through Week 5 of the instructions.

Moni, the creator of the pattern, has just announced 2, yes 2, new stole KALs. The Yahoo groups are dem-fischer-sin-fru (aka, the fisherman's wife) and the Secret of Bad Nauheim. Both are based in German, but there are English translation of all the important information. (The German Yahoo info pages are in the same format as similar English-based Yahoo pages.)

The Nautical Knitter has also announced a new shawl KAL on Yahoo. It's simply named Secret of the Stole II. The name of the group has changed. Now it has a "-" in the name.

My viewpoint is that one can never belong to too many shawl KALs.

On another subject, I've posted the second in a series on crocheting -- at Bits and Bobs the Blog. This new post is on the chain stitch. (I'm starting out with the very basics.)

Here is a picture of our "new" car, a 2005 Hyundai. We bought it as a small commuter car. It's a pleasure to drive. It's the first red car we've ever owned. But, there are quite a few red cars around here (because of Rutgers being in the state), and so it won't stand out too much. (When we think red, we think either Ohio State or NC State.)

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Chrysopolis - 4.Teil

I'm still working on Chrysopolis, and I still really like the design. It's over half way done now. The shawl isn't the kind that immediately makes you take notice. It's the kind that you subconsciously think that that's a lovely, stylish, comfortable shawl.

I still haven't gotten time to work on socks again. Though, I hope to shortly. I'm still working on the charity blanket. (Entrelac is fun.) And I'm still working on some test knitting for Chrissy. This time it's a sweater with a complicated lace pattern (which takes more concentration than the shawl does).

I've made my first post to the Bits and Bobs blog. It's a first post of several on crocheting. I haven't crocheted for quite a while. But, like riding a bike, one doesn't forget how. I'm even learning some new stitches (for me) which I'll be posting on in a month or so. This week is an introduction. Next week will be the chain stitch and maybe the single crochet and maybe the start to a pattern.