Friday, August 29, 2008

Project progress

Working away at my Noro Silk Garden Sock vest and finished the braided cables at the waist last night:

Close up showing the cast off edge and a little cable splay left after trying to adjust for it - not too bad - any more will be compensated for once I add the braided edges

Love the colours!

Counting down to Rhinebeck! Oct 18 and 19th

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Whistle while you work

I don't whistle but I do listen to music while I am working away at my lovely new built in desk - custom built for me by my wonderful contractor Matt.

When CBC Radio2 announced major changes to its programming I went in search of something else. CFMX (96.3FM here in Toronto) was my first attempt but it seems to play lighter classics and I have heard Chopin Piano Concerto #2 at least 4 times in the short time I have listened to it. Not quite what I am looking for.

I can get WNED-FM (94.5FM) in my car but not on the system in my house. They also have streaming audio so I tried tuning in via computer and have loved what I am hearing. I like my classical music with a bit of history and an educational component to it and WNED is fulfilling those needs in spades.

They even have a request show (I asked for the Faure Piano Trio and am hoping they will play it today).

Some sputnik like pods from my newly planted Cornus Kousa (Japanese Dogwood). I guess it likes it here!

Finished another row of squares on my Silk Garden Sock vest - great colours

Monday, August 25, 2008

Many projects

Many projects started lately and a few pics to show

Am enamoured of the new Noro Silk Garden Sock and chose colour #84 to do some small projects to try it out

This started out as a sock - my Feather,Vine and Shale pattern - Feather and Fan Version but was so pretty that I turned it into a fingerless mitten instead

The colours move from taupe and pumpkin through to green pink and fuchsia. The pair of mitts isn't really a pair since the colour changes are so long but I like them.

And with what was left of the first ball (a lot!), I started something modular (yes another modular project - love it and you can size it as you go!) that is turning out to be a vest!

I started with a row of squares and then added a braided cable. I plan to continue with the squares and border the neck and front and armholes with the same braid. Am into the 2nd ball and think it will take perhaps 4 for the whole thing.

Stealth shots

The left front - loving the colours!

And one of my other projects started recently - this one is in Hemp4Knitting's AllHemp6Lux - the Italian spun version of their wonderful AllHemp6. colour is "Gin"

The washed swatch:

The body - knit in the round and shaped by decreases each time the pattern changes - about 2 1/2 inches apart
And a close up of the unblocked body

The yarn has a very pleasing firmness and does not split at all

Love love love