It's been a chilly few days here, though things have warmed up quite a bit today. It's well above freezing and the snow is starting to melt. Of course, that means a certain someone thinks it's spring again...
"Let me out!!!!"
That is, until he gets out there and get's his paws on the ground.
With Dad's boot socks off the needles, my lunch time needed a new knit. I flirted briefly with casting on a pair of Christmas socks for Dave, but since I've already got his scarf on the go, I decided to be selfish.
I wanted to cast on for Pirate Danger, but I think it's just too involved for travel knitting, so I went on the hunt for something else. And that's when I remembered Blackrose.
I'd made a pair back in 2011 out of Jungle Cat. I'd always meant to make another pair, as the colourway I used (Nana's Brooch) didn't allow the beautiful lace panel to really shine. But I have a skein of Twisted House Cat that will
The colourway is Volcanic - an incredibly deep, rich red that's almost black.I cast on early this week.
This is a great pattern for anyone wanting to try lace socks. It's just one small 17-stich panel, and then stockknit for the rest. I've changed to a picot hem, but the orginal calls for ribbing.
With these being a travel/lunch hour project, I don't expect them to be done any time soon. But I think they are going to be stunning when they are finished!
This week must be the week of forgotten projects. Remember this?
It's Princess Franklin. I started a scarf version for Dave way back at the end of January. It was suppose to be a Valentine's present, but I didn't get it done in time. It got tucked away and I figured I'd pick it up again before Christmas.
As Christmas is usually such a busy time, I didn't put it on my list. If I got to it, great, if not, I already have a few things put away for him.
But as you know, my Christmas list is in fantastic shape this year. So the other day, while cleaning up the craft corner, I pulled it out and dusted it off (literally.... I really need to dust on a more regular basis... AH-CHOOOO!)
But the more I thought about finishing it, the more I just wasn't happy with it. About halfway through knitting it, I realized I'd made it too wide. Being loathed to frog, I kept going and finished the knitting.
And as you can see in the first picture, I'd even started some of the weaving. Put when I pulled it out again, I realized, not only was it too wide... it was really too short. Oh, it was an alright length for someone like me; someone who isn't crazy tall and prefers shorter scarves. But for Dave... over 6 foot and built like a linebacker.... it was just going to look ridiculous!
The pretty little lace cardigan called Cygnus that I designed before we went to Virginia last year? I'd always intended to release the design for sale.
And designing itself is pretty easy, once you get the hang of basic garment construction. Working up the pattern so others can follow what you do? Well that's a little harder. And when it's something like a cardigan that requires multiple sizes... well that's just a whole other can of worms.
So, I made a few notes, but the actual pattern writing got shoved to the side and thoughts of releasing the pattern languished. Until last week.
After getting my pretty red boots, I was itching for a pretty red cardigan.
Mom had given me some Bugga in Longhorn Beetle back in May before I went to Chicago for another cardigan. I've since fallen out of love with that cardigan, so I started scouring Ravelry for another. I found one, started it, but quickly lost interest.
As I was frogging it, I looked down at myself. I was wearing Cygnus. Being light-weight and white, it's one of my most-worn cardigans (Not to mention, it's really pretty!). I wear it with my sundresses, I wear it with my jeans. Heck, I've even thrown it on over my pajamas in the summer.
And then I started thinking about how nice it will look in red. Then I stopped thinking, dug out my notes, and cast on..
I'm almost through the yoke. And as I've been knitting, I've been working on the math for the other sizes. I've got to dye up some yarn for Samantha, who's going to test knit it for me.
(And yes, this means poor Old Town has gotten bumped to the back-burner again...)