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I’ve joined a new ring: knitting scientists.

I’ve completed the front, back and neckband of Nothin’ but a T-shirt.


Front blocking (with rolled-up towel under short rows)


The moss-stitch neckband (worked in the round)

..and a teeny mistake..

shit

My clematis is flowering


Yeah!

I’ve swatched for the Lotus Blossom Shawl (loving the colours)

My Star Trek socks are nearly done (and the Six Sox KAL will be continuing for another 12 months).

I’m beginning to love Oceanography more than I love Infectious Diseases!

Must learn to write in complete sentences. Will bring pictures of top-down sleeves and Martha next time. Star Trek socks will be done. Must study “Rossby waves” and try and understand it all!

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Boring stuff first, then on to the goodies!

I’ve almost finished with Nothin’ but a T-shirt’s frontage (click on any/all of the pictures for a bigger view):


V-neck shaping


A closer look

And using nona’s Japanese short rows technique:

Now for the good stuff:


Sock it to me Esprit, Skacel Sirenetta and some Brittany Birch 5″ d.p. in 3.5 mm. (from Elann)


Regia Mini Ringel


Reiga Silk (for my mum’s cold little feet) (both from here)


Assorted sock yarn – hmmm…. (some from Elann, some from Mavis Crafts, some from The Knitting Zone and the rest from the Secret Pal 3 programme)

Still nada on the Secret Pal 4 parcel – I’m now assuming one of the following: it went surface instead of air, it got lost, or it’s stuck in customs Heck*. Either way, I’m sure that my still-mysterious SP is peeved just as much as I am!

Martha progress: not much, although I’m now done with the decreases and it works up faster than I was anticipating.

Go Team Star Trek socks: I’m nearly done with the gusset increases and I know that it’ll go faster from here on in.

Ta-ta!

*you know Heck, one level up from Hell. Ruled by Phil, the Prince of Insufficent Light. Fans of Dilbert will already be laughing. For those of you who aren’t, go here.

SP4 reveal – part 1

SP4 reveal – part 1

I wasn’t in a big hurry to do this because the person I was gifting went on holiday before I could reveal myself, and the final package from the person who was gifting me still hasn’t arrived (flipping Royal Mail, grumble, grumble…).

So, I was sending lovely things to Sooze in NYC.

I’m sitting out SP5 but for those that want, sign up is over here (by the 29th of May).

In happier news, my “Nothin’ but a T-shirt” now has a back!

I always block stocking stitch “wrong side up” so the edges don’t curl under, but rather curl over. I think it looks like one of those animal pelts, all stretched out and drying.

I also have a second toe for my Go Team! socks, but since it looks just the same as the first toe I didn’t think there was much point in taking a picture.

I’m on the fourth pattern repeat of Martha, but it’s killing my left arm. It’s probably because I’m incredibly tense about my tension!

Anyway, hopefully my next post will bring happier news on the secret pal parcel front (although this one has gone a lot better than SP3, where my original pal fell off the face of the Earth) and also some photo-worthy progress on socks, Martha and Nothin’.

Swatch-a-roo!

Swatch-a-roo!

So, two swatches and a 40 degree wash later (all pictures can be clicked on to enlarge them):

It turns out that cotton shrinks. Who knew?! Armed with this knowledge I have been ploughing on at the incredible rate of a row every two minutes. I’ve a feeling that this project is going to be a case of heart over head. My head says: “You have got to be kidding me? 28 stitches over 4″, and in a knit/purl lace pattern!”. My heart says: “Awww, but it will look so purdy, and I’ve always wanted a lacy 4-ply cotton cardigan. It will be so practical!”

Progress so far:

Right Side

And, because I love this kind of stuff, the wrong side (oooohhhh!)

Nothin’ but a Shirt news:

See – I told it was going quickly. And, yes, that really is the shape of my body. Wait until you see the front (there will be a lot of short row shaping).

I’ve also done a teeny swatch for the modified Honeymoon Cami I’ll be doing.

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And look what I got in post this morning, from The Knitting Zone (NAYY):

In there was a row counter (the kind that you hit to count on one), a Fiddlesticks Lotus Blossom shawl pattern, Fiber Trends Bella lace poncho pattern and two balls of Lana Grossa cotton/wool/nylon sock yarn. I’m now looking for a lace weight/light sport weight yarn in either merino wool, or cotton/viscose mix, for the Lotus Blossom shawl, that wont cripple me financially.

EDIT: I had a look at a yarn-comparison chart I had and it turns out the Country Silk (described as a “light sportweight”) is approximately equivalent to UK 4-ply. Therefore, it isn’t going to be as difficult as I thought to get hold of the right kind of yarn!

I’m getting into some heavy biochemistry in my work now, so my knitting is taking more of a back seat than normal. I’d recommend if you pop by here on a semi-regular basis to subscribe via Bloglines or BlogRoll just to make your life easier.

Next time:
I hope to show you progress on my Star Trek Go Team! socks, a completed t-shirt back, a few more rows on Martha, and the start of a self-designed pattern for a cotton Aran cardigan for my mum.

Nothin’

Nothin’

But a shirt, that is!

I really like working with the Calmer yarn, although it is quite slippery. I’ve also discovered a few places where the yarn has snapped (I’m hoping that this is a one off).

I’m working the waist decreases two stitches in from the edge and I really like the way they are working up. (You can view larger versions of all the pictures in this post by clicking on them. The wonders of JavaScript and Peatbogfaery)

It’s also going quite quickly. I put this down to a mixture of a simple pattern, shaping (making it less boring) and the combination method of knitting.

I’ve also made a start on Martha. One hundred and sixty three blinkin’ stitches! What was I thinking?

I was a little concerned that the tension seemed to be a bit loose. So, I cast on 30 stitches, made a “tension rectangle” and washed it.

I will wait and see…

Someone on the Ample Knitter’s list mentioned that (at the very least) it looked quite similar to this cardigan from Cabin Fever (#404 – Checkmate Cardigan). Hmm…. There are differences in the actual pattern and I don’t think that a generic stitch pattern can be copywritten, so nothing illegal has occurred, but quite interesting none-the-less.

I’m considering knitting Mariposa from the latest issue of Knitty. For once, I actually have the yarn in my stash:

King Cole cheap-as cotton/acrylic Stonewash Denim in Red Denim and Sirdar Sorrento in Party Pink. However, I only need 900 m of the denim yarn for Mariposa, but I have 1450 m (1600 yds). This would mean that I’d only be able to make another short sleeved/sleeveless top from the remaining amount. I also have in mind for it a really simple top-down raglan jumper, so I now have to make a decision. For those interested, there is a knit-along kicking off at the end of May.

Oh, and my secret pal (Hi – waves hand in a manic, restraining-order, kind of way) has contacted me and said that my last parcel will get to me by the deadline (end of April) so that the customs forms don’t totally give it away! I’m all done with the parcel-giving and I’m preparing for the “reveal”. I’ve decided against going in for Secret Pal 5 because it will coincide with my exams, and I don’t need any more distractions.