It's not a good sign
weatherwise when you need your car a/c on before 5:30am. Ga-a-ack!
I did a bit on Rosendal last night -- here
is a photo, showing the front steek. The steek will be machine stitched
before being cut open -- the typical Dale of Norway technique. Same with
I woulda got more done on Rosendal last
night but was not only distracted by domestic incidents (e.g., exploding
microwave), but finished up a sock and cast on for another. Wanna see my
provisional cast-on? Do ya? Huh?
That's the crocheted chain with stitches
picked up in the "bumps" of the center of the chain, then knitted back. I
did a short row toe on the train this morning and am now ready to begin
I hope you all have a great weekend. I'll
be buying a new microwave.
Ah, it was nice to
have some extra knitting time yesterday. I made good progress on Rosendal.
I love Dale of Norway sweaters and I love the ones knitted at the finer
gauge, like this one. Knitted from Daletta wool at 7 stitches/inch.
This will be a short cardigan and it's
knitted in the round, with steeks. The pattern directs you to cast on 4
stitches for the center front steek. When the body is done, it's machine
stitched on either side and cut open. Then you pick up stitches for the
Now I personally think a two-stitch steek
isn't enough when you're picking up stitches. The pattern tells you to
pick them up with a crochet hook, which minimizes pulling on the knitted
fabric, but still . . .
So I added two stitches for a total of
six. Three on each side. After knitting the front bands I can always trim
it back down to two stitches.
I updated my sock-in-progress pic too -- here.
Wednesday - Home Improvement
work for me today -- I'm at home waiting for a couple of people who are
gonna install stuff in my home. Ah. home improvement. More important,
enforced knitting time! I can't go out -- I have to knit.
Yesterday at work Odie and I got lots of
attention for our new ID chains, courtesy of
Kate. They all wanted to know where they could get one too.
Last night I did a bit of knitting on
Rosendal -- at least I'm into the colorwork. See here.
Not the best photo and the colors are paler than shown, but you get the
idea. Hopefully tomorrow I'll have lots more progress to show you.
And here, for your viewing pleasure, is a
photo of Izzy, being chatty.
Excitement! I got stuff
in the mail! I got my trade items from
I opened the package to a lovely aroma --
Kate had tucked a fragrant bar of soap inside. First, the purse!
||Isn't it adorable? I put
my stuff in it immediately!
Then, the necklaces!
My photos don't show how really gorgeous
they are. And last but not least, the ID chains!
You can see that I've already put my work
ID on the green one. And I'm wearing it now. The blue one is for my friend
Odet -- I'll give it to her this morning.
So Kate, you are a star! Big
internet kiss: mmmmmmmwha! Thanks so much!
I also got some sock yarn in the mail --
the Lorna's Laces fall colorway
Socks Digest subscribers. You can see Izzy playing with it in my new
blog photo, above left.
And I have a wee bit of progress on
Rosendal -- here
is the photo. How is it that the hem facing takes foreever? Since taking
that photo, I've started the colorwork, so the next photo will be far more
Again, thanks everyone for your
compliments about my fair isle!
A full weekend --
are photos of Saturday morning after running errands.
But the big news is . . .
I finished my Fearless Fair Isle! Photos are
here. Finished it up
Saturday night and took photos on Sunday. Yes, in 90+ degree weather.
Also worked on my sock-in-progress -- a blue
jacquard -- photo here.
And last night I cast on and barely started
Dale of Norway "Rosendal." No photo yet, as I'm still on the bottom
facing. It's a short cardigan in off white, light blue, and putty. Very