Knitter up!

I’m happily progressing on the two projects that are getting all of my knitting time these days.

Serenity is a fabulous knit.  It has cables, lace and “resting rows.”   I love lace, but I really like the patterns where I get  every other row to just knit (or purl, but knit is better).  I’ve made tons more progress since the photo, but you get the idea.  I’m knitting with Caron One Pound, which is about as good as a “cheap” acrylic gets.  It will wear like iron, and that’s what matters for this project.   The baby shower is this coming Saturday, but the baby is due in mid-April, so I hope to finish it up as soon as possible.

I’m almost afraid to mention that my sock mojo is back.  I’m twitching and itching to get back to it so I can turn the heel on sock #1.  The pattern is the Horcrux Sock, and the yarn was a gift from Monica, from London.    I love the lightning bolt pooling too.  Since we’re back to seasonal temperatures again, if I can finish the socks post-haste, I might even be able to wear them once or twice before it is too warm for such.  Oh – the yarn is a Regia.

I’m still spinning away on this unknown wool.  It has a long, crimped fiber, if that helps anyone help me guess.   The photos don’t show all the little crimps sticking out all over the place, even on the bobbin.  It’s a little rough to the touch, but not annoyingly so.

That’s the bag of fiber.  It’s roughly a pound, so my plan is to spin it up and knit Grace‘s Comforting Embrace Shawl, in memory of  the friend who lost her battle with breast cancer last month.  She loved tie-dyed stuff, so I’m hoping this will ply into something really cool.

I’m reading American Gods.  The college friend who recommended it called it “grittier” than Anansi Boys, but I’m having trouble putting it down.  For a change, I wasn’t late to work because I couldn’t resist snuggling the fur-girls…  I couldn’t put the book down.  It’s dark, it’s violent, and I have to confess that I like that in a book now and then.  (But not sad.  I don’t like sad.)

What are you working on, reading or otherwise doing?

18 comments on “Knitter up!

  1. Ooh it’s neat to see how that Regia works up. Happy Horcrux-ing 🙂

  2. gaylen says:

    Beautiful baby blanket. Can’t wait to see it finished! It’s amazing that is starts round and finishes square. Love that.

    Socks are fabulous and always my go to portable project – but you knew that. The fiber is lovely. Whoda thunk it? Can’t wait to see how that plies and then knits up. It’s a very interesting process to watch and no matter what you say I still have no desire to spin – drop or otherwise.

    Hmmm – I’m not up to much. Obsessing about healthy food choices. Have a few quick crafty sewing projects to knock out soon! I think TMO leave tomorrow to visit The Princess. GAH. Procrastinate much? g

  3. AlisonH says:

    Oooh, pretty, pretty…

  4. Grace says:

    thomas is so unhappy with the plethora of shawls laying around the house that I am thinking of knitting socks—no wait it passed maybe more Gnomes for Christmas gifts, and baby things that he doesn’t have to block!!!!

    Your knitting and spinning is lovely and I am so excited you want to knit my pattern!!!

  5. Barbara says:

    Love those colors! But I love nearly everything you do!

    My daughter was visiting for a few days and aside from shopping and going to see Alice fall down the rabbit hole, we went searching for a special digestif that I am going to do a posting on. Then my son came over for dinner and we sampled. And sampled. Mmmmmm. Posting coming soon!

  6. Sue says:

    I’m reading ‘Blog! How the newest media revolution is changing politics, business and culture’ by David Kline and Dan Burnstein.

    I’m also reading a Russian novel but I don’t remember the title.

    Wish I could get into my knitting. Your baby blanket is going to be lovely. Will it be for a boy or girl?

  7. Nichole says:

    Serenity is looking great… and its still on my to-knit list! 🙂

    What a wonderful idea to spin that up to knit the shawl in memory of her… wonderful!

  8. Amy says:

    Yeah for getting your Sock Mojo back!!!

    With my wrist hurting, I’ve been giving though to switiching from DPNs to Magic Loop. It doesn’t look that hard.

  9. Louise says:

    Oh how pretty, Chan. I love learning about all these knitting “techniques” and styles. Chances are, I’ll never be a knitter, but then between you and Marion, you just never know!!!

    I found this cool article in the local paper that reminded me of you. I think you’ll get a real kick out of it. I posted it on google docs. I hope it works. Knitters wrap up gun at military museum.

  10. Natalie says:

    Wow…the pattern looks awesome! The spinning is looking good too.

  11. You know how I feel about your sock mojo…yeah! I wish my knitting mojo in general was a little better just now…Reading The third book in the Friday Night Knitting Club series, Knit The Season, and listening to My Life In France, by Julia Child. Knitting my lace scarf, started back in October, I think, and avoiding the owl baby vest(s) diligently!

  12. Terrie says:

    Serenity is looking really pretty. I think I need to knit that pattern 🙂 I love your idea for the yarn you’re knitting! I think it will look great!

    I need to finish my Temple Cars hat so I can get back to my Sunday Swing socks.

  13. Anita says:

    I’m not sure what I’m working on…. too many things at once? I need to stop that, make my life more simple. Maybe that would help this scattered feeling I seem to carry with me…..

    That baby blanket is gonna be gorgeous!! And I can’t wait to see your plied yarn, love the bright colors. I did finish spinning my dyed cotton, need to give that a bath….

  14. km says:

    What a great baby blanket.

    I’m working on my 2nd spring forward sock. I started these last year. Maybe I’ll finish the pair soonish. And I’m working on my green hoodie. I just have to finish that by August…when 1 year from when I bought the yarn…since I already missed the St. Paddy’s Day deadline. And I’m working on another homespun blanket. =0)

  15. Anniebananie says:

    Holy Crow, you are busy! Me? Auction… working on a hat for my friend Sharon…LAX practice…. trying not to lose my mind…

  16. Dawn says:

    ooooh that serenity is beautiful! The socks look like a lot of fun too! That is some wild roving….what an awesome thing to do with it too!

  17. Marjie says:

    You know I don’t knit, but I do enjoy your pictures and progress!

  18. […] a fast start, Serenity literally became a pain to knit.  I like the pattern.  Despite the cables, it’s an easy […]

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