Friday, November 20, 2009

The Yarnarian Knits.

Yes I do, and I also crochet, and that is my sister's fault.

At the moment, I'm in the middle of about 7-10 projects. Some of these are in hibernation, and most I'm actively working on. But nothing finished yet. I'm in this limbo of almost finished projects, and of course what do I have? Startitis!

Ten-Stitch Blankie: I'm making slow progress on this, but that's just fine. I pick it up whenever I only have a few minutes to knit, and I'm not in a hurry to finish it. It'll get done when it gets done. I'm knitting it in Silk Garden, which irritates me to work on because it is always twisting up. Yes, I'm knitting it from the outside but it still does that. Singles yarn is a pain in the bottom.

Ripple crochet scarf: This one is moving very slowly. I like crochet very much but the motions are very hard on my shoulders. So I do a little at a time. Yep, I need to weave in those ends. Boring.

My zigzag sweater. This is a nameless sweater because I don't name my sweaters. I don't get why people do this, but so it goes. It's a sweater, not a person. Grumble grumble.

This is the one knit out of the Brooks Farm yarn that I bought at Rhinebeck this year. Yet another single, sigh, but much less aggravating than Silk Garden. It feels so wonderful through my fingers, and knits up beautifully. And yes, it fits me. It doesn't look like it would fit anyone, but it has a built in stretch which is pretty powerful. I've zigzagged the body, and the bodice is simply the rib employed in the zigging without the decreases and yarn overs, i.e. a nice rib. I will probably make my usual round neckline. Pick up the stitches from the armholes and work that ribbing downward and then, ta da, will increase and do a zigzag ruffle. Maybe, unless it looks ridiculous, in which case I'll leave out the ruffle.

And what do I have startitis about? I want to make an adult BSJ. I've wanted to do this for a while, and when I was in the Stitching Bee getting a yarn fix, I spotted a larger kids' size of the BSJ. It was so neat. So, having no will power whatsoever, plus Judy made me do it, I bought yarn for it.

I've been good, I haven't even wound up a ball of it yet. But it's calling me very loudly.

What else is in the works? Finishing up the first sock of a pair, 2 lace shawls, another Multnomah (pic at the top of the blog), my crochet blankie (which is growing nicely), and a couple of crochet scarves which are taking forever. Plus various other goodies in hibernation.

Have a lovely weekend. If you are into shopping, the stores are starting to get it together. Me, I'm nowhere near a mall now until after the holidays.

Kitten With a Whiplash - I have the crochet pain in the right shoulder, and I'm right-handed so that arm is doing a lot more motion than when I knit. so I crochet in very tiny time increments and frequently take days off. I'm in no hurry here, unlike knitting, where I always want a gazillion projects in progress.


Kitten With a Whiplash said...

It all looks wonderful. I gave up crochet for the most part becasue of muscle pain in my hand. What I don't understand is it isn't the hand doing the crochet, it's the hand holding the work. That'w why I took up knitting, and I'm loving it, but I wish I could still crochet more.

Jo at Celtic Memory Yarns said...

What is that purple shawl-in-progress at the top of your blog, Ruth? Looks nice and comfy and easy and tempting...

You remind me to start a crochet scarf in ripple stitch too. Or is it fan? Whatever.

I have enough projects on the go already. STOP GIVING ME MORE!


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