Sunday, September 21, 2008

Knitting Update

This is ostensibly a knitting/fiber blog, after all, and lately I've posted about everything BUT fiber and knitting. But I have been DOING knitting, which is what counts, I think, and now have some photos to prove it.

I have two main projects in the works - the Cascading Leaves Throw and the Botticelli sweater from the latest Rowan magazine.

The Botticelli sweater takes me back into the realm of intarsia, which isn't my most favorite type of knitting to do, but the pattern took hold of me and compelled me to do it. It's quite beautiful. I don't think I'm allowed to reprint photos from the Rowan magazine, and the Rowan site is down/being rebuilt, and I can't find it on Ravelry! So I can't show you how it's supposed to look. But I can show you my work in progress. (Sorry it's a little blurry.)

The sweater as designed had as its main color a kind of wheatish tan, which is not a great color on me, so I decided to go with (surprise!) a dark brown as the base. This necessitated changing one of the greens in the flower, because it was about the same darkness as the brown and wouldn't have been visible; I changed to a lighter green.

The Cascading Leaves throw requires 48 squares, of which I've now done 17.

I started doing them on the bus a couple weeks ago. I can do about a half a square in one bus ride, so I went from only having done six or eight in front of the TV, to quite a few more now.

I got 15.5 squares from one skein of the Luscious Single Silk. I bought three skeins of this yarn in Valkyrie, and I don't think that's going to be quite enough for 48 squares; so I bought one more skein in red, so if I need one or two squares more I can make them in that and dot them randomly into the mix, and use it as well for the border.

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