first lace of summer

After a bit of swatching, a bit of meandering about the patterns, a bit of yarn shopping (opps!), and a bit of wavering on the decision, I finally opted to start with Elm Row for my first Seasons of Lace project.  Sure, Pear and Trellis is still on the needles, but what’s an old project to a nice new shiny one?

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I worked a little bit, decided to pin it out and took a picture or two. Then I worked a bit more. This has the (dis)advantage of being a fast and addictive knit. As it currently stands:

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The yarn is Knitting Notions Classic Merino Supersock, colorway Stormy Seas.

I started this on Saturday and already have (8 ) repeats finished – which may not be a lot, but I havn’t spent much time knitting lately.  I did also spend time starting another new lace project only to decide I needed to go down a needle size.  Which means I actually need to finish this pretty quickly – I’m working on US 3 (3.25 mm) and now, not one but two other projects need a 3.25 mm needle! It seems to be a popular size for me!

welcome!

If you’ve followed me over from my old blogger account, thanks and welcome!  I’m hoping this site will make me happier – I don’t need much, just a simple place to post, and an easy way to respond to comments.  I’ve received  a number of compliments on my finished projects lately (thank you very much!) and I don’t really like only responding to them within the blog…

Ok, enough business…I have a finished object!

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Pattern: Dickinson Pullover (Fall 2007 Interweave Knits), size 40″ (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Araucania Nature Wool
Needles: Size 5 US/3.75 mm (The pattern called for a um…US 9…little loose over here…)
Mods: I shortened the sweater body and sleeves, modifying the deceases appropriately so it would actually fit me. I also got gauge with a 6 US and then went down 1 needle size so the sweater wouldn’t be so sloppy. Pre-blocking, it fits!

With the summer upon us, it seemed a most appropriate time to finish up a heavy wool sweater so that I could put it away until the fall! Actually, I just really wanted to finish it and get it out of my hair. I now plan to fully devote myself to lace, lace, lace – yes, of course I’m participating in Seasons of Lace! I have a 2 projects already on the needles and several more planned – probably more than I can finish, but it’ll be fun trying. And I have these to look at….

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catch-up

Wow, thank you for the kind compliments on my Morning Glory. My new wrap and I are both blushing! Of course, no sooner did I finish it, than the weather warmed up…I guess I’ll have to wait until next fall to use it.

I really should make an effort to post more frequently – I have so many things I want to share. However, overtime has again reared its ugly head (non-mandatory – but if we don’t work it now, it’ll be two weeks of 12 hour days to finish the project in the end – working a little extra now to avoid that is worth it), not to mention there just seem to be so many things I want to be doing. Of course, overtime means more money, which means I feel completely less guilty about all the money I spent on stash enhancement last weekend!

My mom and I went to our first ever Great Lakes Fiber Show (of course, I can no longer find the website…) last Saturday (May 24) and had way too much fun. We were so busy looking at all the pretty yarns and knits, that I didn’t get any pictures there (not even the cute alpaca or bunnies!), but I did manage to find my billfold a few times…opps…

From Briar Rose:
Legend, a sportweight merino, 1300 yards
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Sea Pearl, a fingering weight merino/tencel blend, 1000 yards
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From Knitting Notions:
A hand turned shawl pin
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Classic Merino Supersock, Dusk, 3 skeins (1260 yards)
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Classic Merino Supersock, Ruby, 1 skein (420 yards)
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Afterward, we stopped at the Secrest Arboretum, part of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, The Ohio State University. It’s free and open to the general public, and a lovely place to stop and visit. There are plenty of trees, of course, but we stopped for the flowers.

As far as my actual knitting goes, I finished the front of my sweater last week and have started on the sleeves. I’m working both at the same time, so I make sure I increase and decrease at the same rate. I also felt like the added challenge of two balls of yarn to tangle, of course…

Pear and Trellis is also coming along nicely:

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I’ve managed to finish four repeats. Once I finish the sweater, I’ll spend more time on this, but it’s mostly hit-or-miss at the moment. I plan to work pretty exclusively on lace this summer (aforementioned sweater aside). To that end, I decided I might as well sign up for the Seasons of Lace knit-along. Usually, I’m absolutely terrible at KALs, but I knit so much lace anyways, I thought I might as well. As it doesn’t start officially until June 21, I suppose this scarf counts as my “warm-up” project. I’m hoping to (finally) get going on Bee Fields, and work on the Alpine Knit Scarf (Ravelry link) from Victorian Lace Today for the summer. Given the overtime situation at work, I think that will be plenty of challenge!