Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Lots of knitting, not a lot of finishing...

This week I feel like I've done a lot of knitting, but there seems to be little to show for it.  I worked on the Lawrence sweater, my daughter's socks and my Ashton shawl came out of hibernation.

FO's (Finished Objects)

Just one finished object this week.
Socks for Janie

Yarn--Four Seasons Gründl Hot Socks
Needles--US size 2, 2.75mm

I cast on 48 stitches, did 20 rounds of 1x1 rib and went straight to the heel.  That made this a very quick project.

WIP's (Works in Progress)
Lawrence Sweater

Yarn--Cascade 220, colorway 9572
Needles--US 8, 5mm

I finished the cowl!! It seemed to take forever, but I'm past it now and have started the lace detail.  The sweater has a lace detail, slightly off center, down the front and the back.  Very pretty.

Ashton Shawlette

Yarn--Gerschubie Fiber Arts, Cottage Sock in the Picot colorway
Needles--US 5, 3.75 mm

I absolutely LOVE the color of this yarn!  It is exactly what I imagined for this shawl.  It has shades of brown, gold, tan (like a fresh hay bale) and little bits of purple and periwinkle.  The photo just doesn't do it justice.

This is my first lace shawl and the pattern is written for novices.  There's lots of hand holding and that has made a huge difference for me.  I've made lots of mistakes, but it's still gorgeous and I've learned loads about reading a chart and knitting simple lace.

The Ashton still looks bunched up and puckery (Is that a word? It is now.) but I think it will be fine once it's washed and blocked.  I'm hoping to get this finished in the next few days.
Podcast Corner
This week's featured podcast is The Knitting Den, hosted by Denise Shulz.  Denise is from the UK, but now lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter.  She has a video podcast which is recorded at her lovely home.  Denise sometimes takes her viewers for a walk around her house.  We get to enjoy the view of the Rocky Mountains, the snow in winter and her welcoming porch in summer.
Denise does a particularly good job of making me feel as though we're enjoying a cup of tea (and a KitKat) with her and chatting about knitting.  The Lawrence sweater I'm knitting is part of  KAL (knit-a-long) with Denise.  I'm inspired by her and the projects she does.  Join Denise for a cuppa!


  1. Thanks for the sweet words :-) and thank you for joining the KAL. How's the sweater coming along?

    1. Hi, Denise! My sweater has taken a back seat this week to finishing the shawl and mittens, but I picked it back up last night. I'm almost ready to split for sleeves.