Thursday, June 29, 2006

Project Spectrum: June is for Blue

I've just come back from vacation, from Hawaii! Lots of opportunities for blue pictures of course:




It was truly paradise.

Also:


Finally! I have something to show for Project Spectrum that is finished object-wise. I have been working on this sweater for a LONG time. This was knit with Rowan Soft Tweed in Slate Blue. More details on it are on the Year of the Sweater KAL: http://yearofthesweater.blogspot.com - I feel too lazy to repeat myself here. If you're feeling equally lazy, just click on the Sweater icon in the sidebar. :)

My current projects now are:

1) Felted purse for the Tote Exchange KAL
2) Purse I was first working on when I started knitting (I'm just NOW sewing the lining)
3) Amazing Lace KAL: Zigzag hat from Knitty


I can't wait for July (purple). I have lots of purple projects to show off. Well, lots by my standards (i.e. more than one).

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Entry 26 - Amazing Lace - the Warmup (warning - Picture Heavy!)



I have a finished object to share. The Honeymoon Cami which I started way back in February. My first finished garment! I was excited when I finished this camisole! As you can see, the V-neck is quite... *ahem* low. I think the problem was I wasn't paying too much close attention to gauge. I sort of fudged it a bit, hoping I wouldn't have to change needles. I think this process has taught me a lesson. You see, I knitted just one size up instead of changing needles. Ugh. Well, I'm fortunate that it didn't turn out too badly. I also blocked it by immersing it in a lukewarm bath of Eucalan.

Technical Specifications:
Pattern: Honeymoon Cami from Knitty by Julia Trice
Knitted up Size: 34"
Yarn: 4 balls of Dale of Norway Svale in a pale pink color (bought 5 - one skein left)
Needles: #6 Addi Turbo Circulars, #6 Fiddlesticks bamboo straight needles (for armhole shaping), #6 Clover double pointed bamboo needles ( for the I-cord straps)
Notions: Clover stitch markers
Knitting Time: mid-Feb - end of April.

This garment was finished prior to the start of the Amazing Lace, so unfortunately, it didn't make the 'team'. :) Really, though, just a few holes on the eyelet trim seems like a somewhat lame candidate. However, it makes for a good warm-up, no?

Inspired again by Project Spectrum, I took a flash picture of my stash in blue:



From left to right, the sparkly skein is some Blue Heron Deep Space rayon yarn, next is my only blue FO - an Artyarn Silk Ribbon eyeglass case containing some of my needles. Next column from top: Plymouth Encore in dark variegated blue, Lion Brand Baby Soft, Bernat's Softee in light blue, Full Thread Ahead's Optim DK in Sterling (2 balls), Plymouth Encore in light variegated blue and Bernat Twister in Bongo Blue. The gray-blue swatch is some Rowan Soft Tweed in Slate Blue and next to it is a small swatch of Artyarns Supermerino #123. On the last section at the top is all that I have left of the Rowan Soft Tweed, Artyarns Silk Ribbon and then to the far right is two skeins of Regia Sock yarn. Whew. I have a lot more blue than I thought.

Of all the blue skeins, this one is my favorite:



Okay, maybe it's a little hard to see, but it's a sparkly rayon yarn called Deep Space from Blue Heron. (Note: if you click on the picture, you can definitely see the sparkles.) It's like looking at a dark sky scattered with stars. I don't know what I was going to knit with it, but I was so enchanted with it.

Want more blue? Okay, here is a picture of my Gemma Sweater pieces blocking:


Quite honestly, it looks more gray than blue. But the label says Slate Blue! :) I'm now seaming the sweater. I have to tell you that this project is SO warm that in this California heat, it's kind of too hot to work with for long stretches of time.