Friday, August 10, 2007

3 FOs and One Great Find!

OK, so the 3 FOs are kind of cheating because they are a set of 20-inch-long headbands...but it's nice to say you completed something!

The patterns are free on the KnitPicks website. I knit them out of KnitPicks Elegance in the color Lilac. I bought the yarn for this purpose at the beginning of the summer and promised my little sister I would make her a headband...but I never got around to it and thought she forgot about it. But the day before I hit the road she sauntered up to me and put her hands on her hips and said, "So. How are those headbands coming?" Leave it to a 7-year-old to remember something like that for so long! I promised her I really would finish them this time and send them to her in a special package.

I have also made more progress on the MS3. I am done with the first half of Clue 5:

I just have a little corner done of the wing that people either love or hate. Personally, I am ambivalent about it. I'm not planning on keeping or wearing this stole (and I don't have anyone to give it to, either). I'm just knitting it because I happened to have the yarn to do it with and it's neat. I even bought yarn for the Hanami stole already and I have no idea what I'm going to do with that, either! LOL I guess that makes me a process knitter, huh?

And here is my great find of the day:

Berroco Peruvia in color 7140 at 40% off! That's enough to make the cover sweater for the upcoming Interweave Knits. I have really been wanting to make another sweater and really like the pics from the magazine. I decided I wanted this to be my next project before I even found the yarn. I am so excited about this that I am thinking about buying enough for a second sweater before it's all gone! (Which is why I'm hesitant to say where I found it.) I just wish moving hadn't eaten up every last cent I had!

But back to the yarn: when I ordered it, I thought it was just a solid purple color, but when I got it today I was delighted to see that it actually has a lot of other colors in it. Purple is the "main" color, but there is also some teal and even some gold in there. I think it gives the yarn more depth and I am even more excited now for the magazine to come out next week!

I tried to take good pictures but I really couldn't get the lighting right. The real color is somewhere in between the blue of the first one and the faded out color on the right.

I have to admit that I am a little apprehensive about knitting a pattern "right out of the box", so to speak. There won't be any errata yet and I don't think I'm that skilled yet that I can spot a mistake right away, notice one while I'm knitting the thing, or fix something if there's a big problem. Yes, I know that you can always "undo" knitting and mistakes but...I just don't think I can stomach that!

Btw, I'm sure many people have seen the Bohus sweaters but I recently came across them and I think they are so beautiful! Really not my style, but beautiful nonetheless and I would love to knit one for my mother someday. I particularly like the Blue Flowers one, but I wish it was a cardigan instead. I haven't done any colorwork yet so I'm going to have to learn that skill first. The Fairly Easy Fair Isle sweater from Stitch 'n' Bitch Nation is pretty cute...maybe I'll have a go at that soon. I have a sister who would love it.

1 comment:

Carolyn said...

That yarn is so beautiful! It makes my mouth water :)