Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Coming Up for Air

Busy. Wow ... the past couple of weeks have been very, very busy!

Happy to report that I've been knitting every day,
but no time for picture-taking and processing, 
writing and everything else involved here in the blogosphere.
But things are settling down ... 
I'm getting my groove back.

For now, my progress on my "learning to knit" project:

The pocket is complete, well, almost complete.
It hasn't been cast off, hence the stitch holder.

The pocket was added to the lining and now I'm at the part of continuing the scarf
for a total of at least 38 running inches ... all in stockinette
with a border of 5 garter stitches on the edges.

At least 38 inches! Thankfully I can watch movies and knit at the same time.

I still have about 10 inches to go, maybe more.
Next lesson will be the start of the other pocket.

I'm using the other stitch holder to make measuring the stockinette run easier.
I set the stitch holder at 20" from the pocket.
It's much easier to measure shorter distances of knit when using a tape measure.
At least, I find it to be so.

Here's a close up of the yarn I'm using:

It's a very pretty color ... you can see the gold highlights in this picture.
It's 100% wool and not a bad hand although it's certainly not Merino.
And the price was a nice $4.99 a skein of 219 yards.
But unfortunately, it's not a consistent skein of yarn.
It has slubs, and I came across broken plies in a couple of places.
But for a first time project, it knits smoothly and this particular
one does not split, unlike some of the other Ella Rae yarns
I've practiced with.

One other note:

I found the perfect use for this carryall I was forced to make
back when I was working at the sewing machine shop.
And yes, forced is what it was!
It was the sample made for a sewing club meeting.
It was the hardest thing I ever put together.
The bottom was a bear to sew ... ugh.
But I loved the fabric, still do, and all those pockets
are just right for holding circular needles.
Anything else has a tendency to fall out of the pockets
because they are not very deep, but just right
for circular needles.

And it's a great place to store my Wooley Ewe Ravelry dog tags!

I've been working on another totally fun project (knitwise) that will
be the topic of my next post.
In the meantime, I'm off to spend some time I really do NOT have
over on crack for knitters Ravelry.com.


Ginger Davis Allman (The Blue Bottle Tree) said...

Hi Hillary! I was wondering how your knitting was coming along. I'm still jealous of your even stockinette stitch, by the way. Mine is always wonky.

I'd say you're an official knitter now. You've got mad skills, a great bag, and you're making up your own ways of keeping track of what your'e doing. Next thing you'll be using rubber bands as stitch holders and the day you use a stick from the ground as a cable needle you will know you've arrived!

HeY J said...

love the color it is beautiful... I want ti learn ^,^

Jacquelineand.... said...

It's looking great! Hope everything else is going well for you.

Hilary Johnson said...

LOLOL ... Ginger!! I never would have, in my wildest imagination, thought I'd be picking up sticks off the ground to use as cable needles.

But now that the thought is in my mind .... :o)

Hilary said...

Beautiful... I don't knit but loved to crochet... lost allmy books and needles in the storm though...

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