Saturday, March 28, 2009

Vernal Equinox Shawl!

Really, I am sorry about the FO only posts, but I'm having trouble keeping up with life right now. But, I have managed to finish the latest in my Mystery Shawl KALs. (and only a week late!)
Name: Vernal Equinox Shawl Surprise
Yarn: Winterbury Hill Farm Coopworth Yarn 2 ply Lace weight
Needles: KnitPicks Harmony interchangeables, size 5
Notes: This shawl was knit in 7 clues, and uses the "pi" method to increase. It was quite fun, easy to follow, and the clues were of a manageable size.

I've never knit a half circle shawl before, so I was excited to see that I was when I finished clue 1! It really does stay on the shoulders well, and covers your whole arm, with out having a point down to the back of your knees - like a triangle. I might be a half circle convert.

The yarn is a little stiff when you knit with it, but it softens wonderfully after a wash. I was afraid that the added "sparkles" would make it scratchy, but it really isn't. The natural color of the wool is beautiful, and is not too warm or cool. The bonus is that is is from CT! Home grown, spun and knit!

I decided to do the crocheted cast off instead of the knit cast off variation. I don't mind a crochet now and then.

Pinning this sucker was quite the adventure. A billionty pins later, I really like the outcome. Be prepared if you knit this one. buy stock in pins.
Well, I shooould go. I need to get back to making armor. Woo Hoo!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

tap... tap... is this thing on?

Ladies and gentlemen, I interrupt your regularly scheduled radio silence, to bring yu a brief update.
Since I last posted on the blog - ten years ago - I have been a busy gal.
*Mr. Ship came to visit.
*I went to see WWE Raw at Mohegan Sun

*I teched and opened a play called "Death Dances the Tarantella"
*I had an oral implant removed
*I started and finished one knitting project, knit half of another, and have almost finished my Equinox shawl.
Unfortunately, I expect that my quiet blog will continue until the middle of May. I have four shows between now and then. One new play, one old play, one opera, and one Shakespeare. I'm going to try to keep you updated with at least FO pics....
My latest FO - Migrations Scarf!

Look familiar? Well, it's because I've knit it again for Schaefer Yarn's. This time in Susan, in (I think) Elizabeth Blackwell colorway. I had to go the whole way down to size 4 needles, but it was worth it!

I also might finally have the gist of grafting "in pattern". What do you think?

The 100% cotton was a little slower in the knitting, since I had to take more breaks, well, and I was a little slower due to the pain meds from the oral surgery.

All in all, still a fun knit, and still addictive!