Happy Friday, Bloggers!
I finished a pair of socks last night --
blue striped Regia -- photo
I also did a bit of work on Rosendal. I
finished knitting the front bands and knitted the shoulders together. Here
is a photo of it -- unblocked and without any facings sewn down.
Some of you seem confused about why I did
the neck steeks. The pattern directs you to cast off "x" number of
stitches at the front when you begin shaping the neck. You cast off the
front band steek stitches and an equal number of stitches on either side
of the steek. Then you are supposed to work back and forth, decreasing
stitches on each side of the neck to create the front neck shaping. Rather
than work back and forth, on the first row of the neck shaping, I cast on
some steek stitches so that I could work in the round. Then I did my
neckline decreases on each side of the steek. And did the same for the
back neck, when I got to that point.
This is the way you shape the neckline in
a traditional fair isle pattern and I find it easier and quicker than
working back and forth. It involves a bit of thinking and figuring, but
once you do one sweater this way, it's pretty easy to figure out.
is what I had installed yesterday that cost as much as several Norsk Strikkedesign
kits. Oh well. At least it's much quieter and more efficient than my old
I did a lot of work on Rosendal
yesterday. I created a separate
Norwegian steek page with
photos of the process. I machine stitched all the steeks and cut open the
neck and front steeks. I picked up stitches along the front steeks and
have completed one front band and have the other one half done. I still
have the shoulder stitches on holders -- I'll knit them together before
picking up stitches for the neckband.
is what I paid for yesterday that cost as much as a Norsk Strikkedesign
kit. Yeah, a new bathroom faucet installed in the master bath. I don't have
to hear "drip . . . drip . . . drip" anymore. But it kills me to
think of all the yarn I coulda bought.
Influenced by Theresa at
signed up at a "Rate My Blog" site -- so y'all go
vote that my blog is totally hot, please? :-)
Again influenced by Bagatelle, I have put
up a "100 Things About Me"
page. Read it and be bored to tears!
is the Rosendal in progress picture. Today I should get to machine
stitching and cutting of steeks. I'll take pictures.
First off, everybody go
look at my buddy Geane's latest FO -- the
Cold Duck cardi, designed by Alice Starmore. The pattern is from "The
Scottish Collection," long out-of-print. Before you ask, I don't know
where you can get a copy. It's been in great demand recently and copies
were going on eBay for $400.
I did quite a bit of laboring on Labor
Day (i.e. cleaning up the home place) so didn't get as much knitting done as I woulda liked.
Also, I made cheese blintzes.
But I did start the front neck shaping. Here
is the center front right after being cast off. And here
is the front neck steek.
Right now Izzy is being a major pain --
she wants to walk on the keyboard and I won't let her so She Is Not
Amused. So here
is a photo of her last night, being a little angel.
Monday -- Labor Day
Day, Bloggers, to those of you who celebrate it.
In honor of this holiday, I want to
The Ships Project. If you follow the link, you can read all about it.
Briefly, it's a project headed by a woman named Ellen Harpin to send
handknitted and crocheted items (among other things) to American troops at
sea and on land fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom. If you visit the
webpage (link above) you'll find all the information you need about what
items they need and where to send them. There are pages of thank you notes
and photos from grateful recipients that are very moving -- seeing the
smiles on the faces of the recipients and reading their notes will make
you want to send everything you've knitted all year! I'll be shipping a
box of handknit socks and scarves out this week.
And speaking of knitting, I worked on Rosendal -- here
is the photo.
A blog reader (Hi Elizabeth!) asked for a
close-up of my steek. Here
is the right side. The pattern directions say to make a four-stitch steek
-- I made a six-stitch one, and I alternated the background colors with
the foreground color, keeping two background colors together in the
is the wrong side of the steek. Notice that I don't cut the tan color,
just bring it up from the last row that it was used. You have to watch
your tension very carefully if you do this.
I hope you all had a good weekend. It was
rainy and cool here, but what a nice change from the upper 90s every day.
We went to a Cat Show yesterday -- saw a lot of beautiful kitties, but
none as beautiful as Izzy, I was quick to assure her!