Monday, June 18, 2007

Shrug, Jacket, Cardigan

So the shrug is off the needles and all that remains it to tuck all of the ends into the fabric. Oh, and fix that tiny little mistake I made while knitting on an evening car ride:

So maybe there is not enough light on the highway to see that you've dropped a stitch. Oops. I of course caught my mistake after casting off the sleeve, so I am going to have to do some creative darning rather than unbinding and forcing the stitch back into the fold. I'm rolling my eyes at this one.

I might have to put the shrug on the back-burner while I work on my first Baby Surprise Jacket. I started it on a camping trip this weekend and I have two weeks to finish it before my friend has her baby shower. I trust Mrs. Zimmermann completely, but I have no idea how this thing is going to turn into a baby jacket. In the meantime, I am following the pattern to a T.

Once the BSJ is done, I have this strange urge to work on a large scale project. I must be hankering for a cardigan because I seem to be bookmarking a lot of cardigan patterns these days. I am also digging the Feminine Puffed Sleeved Cardigan from Fitted Knits, which I already have yarn for, so that one might win out in the end. Though have you seen the very cool (non-cardigan) design of Cochella in the summer issue Knitty? Genius! As always, so many patterns, so little time.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Fitted Knits Shrug

Since starting to spin, I have been trying to find projects that require only 4 or 8 oz of wool. Not enough to make a sweater, but nice enough yarn that I want to do something interesting with it. I picked up a copy of Stephanie Japel's new book, Fitted Knits, the other day and immediately fell in love with her designs. I was all ready to cast on the Feminine Puffed-Sleeved Cardigan when I remembered my handspun. Instead, I started the Two-Toned Ribbed Shrug from the same book:

I have about 8 oz of this handspun and the body of the shrug has used about 6 oz. I ran out to my LYS on Sunday to find the perfect shade of Cascade 220 for the ribbed border and am loving how everything is coming together!

Next up on the needles: a baby suprise jacket!