Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Bountiful Branching Out

So I know that everyone and their brother has made this scarf, but i haven't...
Branching out unblocked
"Look at me! I look like poo!"
Branching out blocking
It never fails to amaze me how much better lace looks after blocking. You can actually tell there's a pattern here.
Branching out post-blocking
Pattern is Branching out from knitty, I used #8 Bryspun circs and knitpicks alpaca cloud in moss. I started out on denise circs, but it went a lot faster when i switched to bryspuns. i like the points, but the joins are kind of yucky. the join probably didn't matter much for a scarf. I'll have to wait and see if the longer width of a shawl will make it more difficult to use bryspuns. i also have learned to embrace lifelines. the pattern got much easier with more progress also. i think i may actually enjoy knitting lace!

i've come to the conclusion that i do not like the yarn i was using for butterfly and i just can't justify keeping the mistakes. so i'm going to frog that one, get some different yarn, and try it again someday. *sigh* at least i can remove it from the abandoned projects list.

i'm still plugging away at trellis, but after BO, i needed a break from lace knitting. i worked a few rows on the first sleeve of my cardigan but quickly got bored. yay no attention span.

and because i cannot stand to have less than 3 projects otn at once, i cast on for the traveler's stockings from kotr. they have a clock pattern. why do i torture myself? i'm using twinkletoes sock yarn in harlequin. i am loving the colors in this yarn. the pattern is pretty complex, but i think the results will be worth it. i figured it wouldn't hurt to start on my march sock now if i want to keep up with my goal of reducing the sock yarn stash in half by year's end.

i really like the books folk socks and knitting on the road, but i think i may need to invest in sensational knitted socks. that book seems like it has more interesting repetitive patterns, rather than the charts that the first two favor. i think i may run into trouble with charts. too much concentration. i can't really justify purchasing another sock book right now. i have so many. we'll see.

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5 comments:

  1. The scarf looks great-- I dig your canada socks too, so the traveller's stockings will also be fun to watch grow.

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  2. I love how lace is like the kinder surprise of knitting... your scarf looks really great.

    I am dropping your pkg in the mail tomorrow, I hope yo like. I wasn't able to find the skirt pattern, i searched all over! and I also didn't buy you any knitpicks patterns.... so go crazy if you want! I am so sorry, I don't have a credit card and they don't take paypal!

    Your SP, sending you good thoughts and hopefully stuff you like!

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  3. It's beautiful, it's one of the nicest I've seen. It looks very delicate.

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  4. Oh so pretty! I'd be afraid to touch it for fear it would crumble in my hands it looks so delicate!

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  5. Hey I've never made that scarf! I've never even seen it! Very lovely! I should really try lace one of these days.

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