This has been a rather rough-and-tumble year so far, but hey, things have to start looking up sometime, right? That doesn't mean knitting hasn't been going on, quite the contrary, it is quite sanity-making. I haven't really been keeping up with photographing each hank of yarn and cataloging in flickr, or updating even the finished objects here. When I get new yarn, I just want to tear into it. I would like to catalogue what I've been buying, and finishing, though.
Things I've knit so far this year:
Roscalie, Alice Starmore vest, in Harrisville Tweed and EL Silky Wool, US #3 and #5 Addis.
2x2 ribbed socks, Cool Socks Warm Feet, Trekking XXL in blues on US #1.
Stockinette socks, Cool Socks Warm Feet, Trekking XXL 100 on US #1.
Hat for nephew, 2x2 rib beanie, Artyarns Supermerino in red on US #7.
Pinwheel Baby Blanket, knitlist, Artyarns Supermerino in teal on US #8.
Thuja socks (modified), Knitty, Artyarns Supermerino in teal on US #4.
5 Swatches for knitblog. Artyarns teal, Silk garden clapotis, Anatolian pattern in Socks that Rock and Twisted Sisters Jazz, Trekking XXL (first swatch and first sock swatch), madiera lace in SWTC bamboo.
2 Swatches for felting, Cascade 220, US 10.5 vs 11 - currently unfelted.
Clapotis, Knitty, Noro Silk Garden #84 on US #8.
1 Swatch, Hempathy.
Lace lesson / swatch with Annie Modesitt in Hempathy.
Facecloth, falling leaves stitch pattern, Hempathy on US #4.
1 sock, beaded rib, Sensational Knitted Socks, CTH supersock potluck, US 0s.
Baby blanket minus edging, self-designed with cables from Viking Knits, Dream in Color, US 9s.
Scarf 1/3 done, free pattern from Borealis Yarns, CTH Silken Mohair, US 8s.
Baby blanket in swatch, brocade celtic design from Alice Starmore, Klaus Koch Clip, US 6 or 7.
Shawl in swatch, 2 leaf patterns, Schaefer Anne in red, US 5 or 6 or 7.
Shadow Shawl #3, Kinver Knits, Schaefer Anne and Annie Blatt Fine Kid, US 7. Ran out of Anne, need to rip past center point.
Kitty Pi bed, Noro Big Kureyon, need to finish last few rows and felt.
In the queue
1 pair gift socks, Mountain Colors Barefoot in Glacial Teal, US 1
2 climbing beanies, Opal (black) and Blackbunnyfibers (black and grey), US 3 or 4
1 Bauhaus hat (from kit)
1 gift cabled throw, Maidenhair shawl from Alice Starmore, Araucania Nature Wool in teal
1 aran sweater or cardigan, Two Sticks and Some String, Araucania Nature Wool in cream
I get about 20-30 hits a day from searches (the background level when life takes over from blogging). I am always curious to see what people are searching for, and whether they have a hope of actually finding it here. Sometimes I know the answer, but it is not in the blog, and there is no way to communicate the knowledge. I could write a new entry with the information, but there is very little chance of the person finding it. That's just not how things work.
There was a person searching for yarn substitutions for the DNA scarf today. It is too bad that they didn't wait a day, since I've found my favorite yarn yet. My first scarf, the Plymouth Baby Alpaca, didn't have enough stitch definition - it was warm with beautiful drape, but the cables were mushy. The second one in Silky Wool had incredible stitch definition, but was too light to make a good scarf. Jamieson's DK didn't work at all - the cables didn't pop. My swatch in Araucania Nature Wool was also abandoned - I think it would have worked if I had gone up in needle size (from an 8 to a 9) to give the cable elements enough room, but then the scarf would have been too wide.
But the Twisted Sisters Jazz 100% merino in Argent! Heaven! And knitting on 7s gave the perfect size. Soft, drape, warm, beautiful cables. I did four repeats on both sides and extended the ribbing section a bit to display the panels better. I've finally figured out that the pattern, which calls for five repeats, is too long unless you are 6'4" and wear greatcoats. The scarf took two skeins (167 yds each) and had a couple yards left over.
Further news on the DNA knitting front? I think the Classic Elite Yarns Miracle (50% Alpaca, 50% Tencel, #6 needles) comes very close to the original yarn used in the pattern, from Haneke Exotics (25% alpaca, 25% merino, 50% Tencel). So soft and shiny, I could pet it all night long. I'm thinking a DNA cabled hat.