Friday, June 29, 2012

One Finish, More to Go

Ahhh .... got the "Wingspan" shawl done! It was FUN, I like how it turned out, and I want to make another one.

Also, I'm still working away on the "Cashsilk Fern" scarf. It's getting easier and easier as I go along. Just don't anyone talk to me while I'm working on it, it's a complex pattern (to me anyway), and I get mixed up easily if I get distracted! But I LOVE how it's looking.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Flying by the Seat of My Pants

I'm the type of person who likes directions and a pattern that tells me exactly what to do by steps.

Here awhile back, I came across a "wrap" knitting stitch on YouTube that gives a long, stringy effect. The more wraps you take, the longer the stitch "strings." I thought it looked like fun.

So ... though I tend to like to stick to rules and patterns and directions, I'm knitting a "decorative scarf" using this long stitch. I'm not using a pattern. I'm pretty much free-wheeling it ... unfamiliar territory for me! But I'm sticking with just a basic knit stitch plus the "wrap" stitch. So far, I like it, and it's turning out exactly as I pictured it. No pattern, I just knit however many rows, then make a long stitch row with whatever length seems good. It's supposed to be kind of haphazard-looking, in an organized way. Woo-hoo!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Knitting Progress

I'm happy to report good progress (for me) on a couple of my main projects right now.

First, I'm having a lot of fun knitting this "Wingspan" shawl. Today I reached the halfway point (four triangles out of eight), and started the second skein (ball) of yarn. This is easy and fast to knit, but turns out looking very impressive and "modern art"-looking. Different yarns give a different effect - it's been fun to see others on Ravelry and on the 'net.

This next project is probably the most challenging one I've attempted to date. The "Cashsilk Fern" scarf has a very lacy pattern, but it's not as intimidating as it first appears. After getting into the pattern, I'm actually enjoying it. Yet I have to really pay attention to the rows in the pattern repeat, and where I am in each row. I definitely like how it's going so far. And each time I go through a pattern repeat (only twice so far), it gets easier. So maybe I'll really start sailing along the next few times I work on it!