Monday, February 27, 2006

Two Down!!!

A few days ago I posted a pic of my first partially complete Branching Out. I inquired here about trying a second with Douceur et Soie. After a few ill-fated attempts, I scrapped that idea and purchased some Frog Tree Alpaca fingering weight yarn and started a second scarf with that.

Inspired by the Harlot and others, I decided to try and double my original Olympic goal. (Since I finished the first B.O. only halfway through the Olympics I felt guilty and obligated to keep going. There was another reason...keep reading.) I finished Saturday and had it blocked before the closing ceremonies.

Anyway, here they are. The green one is Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, and the blue one is Frog Tree Alpaca. Both on US size 8 needles, 27 and 30 pattern repeats, respectively.

OhByTheWay: Three repeats from the end of the first B.O. I had a moment of enlightenment and realized I was DOING THE DAMN YARNOVERS WRONG!!!! The purists among you would have frogged the whole thing and started over. I rationalized that the pattern was more or less "emerging" and that as long as I remained consistent, it would be OK. So I finished it. The second one is done correctly, and it was in some way pay back for the faux pas on the first. Wrong yarnovers don't make me a bad person, just a crappy knitter :^)

This was my first attempt at lace. I already have the ingredients for a bigger lace project, so I guess it wasn't too bad once I got the hang of it. I have to say that the invention of the "lifeline" is right up there with fire and the integrated circuit!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Slow Going

This is Day 12 of my Branching Out. I am knitting this for the Kniting Olympics as part of my first lace project. It's slow going because I keep frogging rows, but I'm getting there. I am using Merino Style in Moss from Knitpicks and am on my second ball which I felt-spliced.

I only have a few days left to complete this thing, wish me luck!

Friday, February 17, 2006

Almost Done

I will be completing my first Branching Out today or tomorrow. I chose this project for the Knitting Olympics. Since I'm finishing with a whole week+ to go before the end of the Olympics, I was thinking about starting a second Olympics project. I'm looking for some input on this.

My first Branching Out is in Elisabeth Lavold Silky Wool. I also bought some Douceur et Soie (these are the two yarns mentioned in the Knitty pattern as most of you probably know - so I wasn't too adventurous I guess!)

After a few rough moments and some frogging in the beginning, I didn't find this pattern very difficult even though it was my first lace. The Silky Wool was fine to work with. For yells, I cast on the Douceur et Soie and knit a row or two this morning to see how it feels. Am I imagining it, or is this yarn tricky to work with? I ended up frogging the couple of rows and found that very prone to shredding the yarn.

So for those of you have used this yarn (or Kidsilk Haze, which I imagine is about the same thing), would I be nuts to try to work with this? I have a fantasy that I can finish TWO Branching Outs during the Olympics, but having tried the ligher yarn I'm not so sure.

My alternative is a Clapotis in Lion and Lamb. I know I can't finish that before the closing ceremonies (unless I quit my job and cut back on sleeping) but I don't think it will be hard (famous last words).

So do any of you B.O. fans have any words of wisdom on this? Shall I forge into the D.e.S. yarn, or give it a rest?

BTW - here is a picture of my Branching Out a few days ago. I expect it will look much better blocked.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

here she is!

My first Branching Out. What a lovely design, especially after blocking! I'd like to knit it again, in a different yarn (not that I didn't like the Silky Wool, I did--I'd just like to see how it looks in a laceweight yarn). But for the moment I've got to focus on the vest I'm making for the Knitting Olympics.

Everyone should knit Branching Out!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Just Getting Started

This week I started Branching Out using Andean Silk by Knit Picks. So far I like the way it looks and I love the way it feels!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Finally I have it!

The right yarn for my branching out. It spoke to me, whispered sweet nothings to me, would not let me out of my lys without it. Sooooo, after the Knitting Olympics are over...(or if I can't get gauge!).... I will be casting on finally. Oh forgot to tell you! It's Kid Merino from Crystal Palace in a pale pink close the shade used on Knitty. Can't wait!!!