Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sock Bag

I haven't been working on my Emerald Green cardigan for the past few days. Instead, I've been working on a Sock bag. It is out of some lovely pale blue cotton yarn sent to me as the "extra" with my monthly Sock Yarnista shipment from 3 Irish Girls Yarns. The pattern for the sock bag was part of the "extra." I am very pleased with it, but have no pictures to post yet because I threw it in the washer as soon as I finished with it earlier this evening, and it is still there.
DD#2 bought herself a boxer puppy so we have been playing with him and keeping him close to us so that we can keep an eye on him and try to house train him. In doing this, I have discovered that he likes yarn and knitted items (oh, how fun this is going to be!) I will be knitting him some playthings that I can substitute for MY playthings whenever he decides he needs to play with yarn. I am also trying to finish a pair of knee socks for same DD before I put them down and completely lose interest in them. I am turning the second heel right now then have to finish the feet on them. And then I will get back to the Emerald Green cardigan soon after that. Pictures on all items mentioned will follow soon.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Emerald Green - Nov. 12, 09 update

I knitted the remaining 20 rows under the lattice cable pattern tonight then the first 2 rows of the lattice cable. This doesn't appear to be a very difficult cable pattern, and should be pretty simple to memorize. It is a 16 row repeat, but it looks to be pretty intuitive, so it shouldn't be a problem. No progress pictures tonight. I'll wait until it actually looks like progress.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Emerald Green - Nov. 11, 09 update

Well, I knitted the 10 inner rows, then the turning row, then I knitted the 10 outer rows. Then came the hardest part - undoing the provisional cast on one loop at a time to slip each one of those 224 stitches onto a spare needle. That took almost as much time as it took me to knit 2 or 3 rows. T E D I O U S ! ! ! Anyway, got that done, then knit the front stitches together with the back stitches to make the hem. Now it looks like a long tube. I've added 2 more rows on top of the tube, and am stopping for the night to go to bed. Here are progress pictures thus far:

These pictures show the entire hem laid out. In a couple of them, I have lifted the end up, so that the "tube" is visible. And in another, I am trying to point out the purl turning row.

Emerald Green

I was hoping to hold off on casting on for this sweater until after Christmas. But it kept calling to me. And CALLING TO ME! So I cast on for it last night. All 224 stitches of it. It is knit all in one piece, so that’s good, but it makes for some LOOOOOOONNNGG rows. I got 5 rows done last night then had to quit because it was time for bed. I hope I love the pattern as much as I love the yarn!