Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Are these bright enough?

bright enough?
Originally uploaded by spindledreams
Okay my LYSO says I have been buying too many muted and dull colors and need to add some bright yarn to my life. Specifically she suggested a pair of socks. So we spent about half an hour looking through her sock yarns to find a "bright" yarn I approved of. We came up with the Trekking on the right.

Then yesterday I was in Ft Collins for "tea" at Lambspun and my friend Linda said she agreed with my LYSO. She then helped me pick out another hank of yarn with "color" the center ball which is Araucania Ranco Multy color number 303.

When we got home I was digging around looking for something else and found a wonderful ball of hand painted merino/tencel sock yarn that I had bought off eBay earlier this year. I really wish that picture could show you all the wonderful colors in it. Besides the vivid blue, red, and yellow that really show up it has lavender and green areas.

Next question now is which do I use for that pair of socks....

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Wow we have actual progress on my FLAK

Grin I got to start the sweater this weekend. My cable swatch is done. You can see it here before I cast off using EZs sewn bind off. That was fun as I underestimated the amount of yarn needed and finished with just an inch of my tail left.

My cable swatch has been washed, dried and measured. I enjoyed knitting this swatch and really love the way the cables have turned out.

I have the saddles started and tomorrow I may be able to start the back of the sweater :-) I am so thrilled to have actual sweater progress pictures. Another nice thing that happened this weekend was the arrival of my new stitch markers from Chappy. They are beautiful and stand out nicely on this yarn. I adore the row marker. It has been a huge help while knitting the saddles. (Wry grin)They have a 4 row cable repeat in the center and I kept getting my rows mixed up until that little marker arrived. Thanks Chappy.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

We have a winner!

Whew I was so relived when this set of cable plans turned out so nicely. I picked Attempt 2 to swatch first as I liked it a bit better then the Attempt 1. I just picked up were I was on my cable swatch which meant I actually started on Row 2 and knit upwards. I managed to finish row 12 before my stitches started to blur when I looked at them. Grin I figured that was a sign I had been up too long. Took some pictures and I am headed to bed as soon as this post is finished.

photo of attempt 2 knitted up
cable swatch
Originally uploaded by spindledreams

This photo is about the best I could get to show the new cable plan. Notice that the swatch for my orginal graph is below the current work. This lets me compare both patterns easily but grin I don't think there is any contest between the two plans. The second plan shows off my cables much better and is much closer to what I was wanting.