Wolfen Cam Monday
Well, I came a tad bit short of finishing the shrug. Let’s face it, I’m just not a monogamous knitter. But I did give it a go. I still have to put on the 6 inches of ribbing around the opening. I’m a little hesitant because I’m not the greatest at picking up stitches. This pattern was definitely a challenge for me. My first time with lace AND the magic loop. And it was tricky for me to knit lace in the round. Since I used LB cotton ease, it’s not as poufy as the mohair. I still like the way it looks though. I went up to a size 10 needle for the ribbing and still used an 11 needle for the lace but had to do a couple additional pattern repeats across the back. I also used a different lace pattern because I couldn’t get the hang of doing yarnovers before a purl stitch. Since I was already having issues with numerous other things, I looked through my handy Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches and decided on the feather lace pattern instead. Oh yeah, and in anticipation of running out of yarn before I finish the ribbing, I swapped with someone on Knitty for another skein of cotton ease which was put in the mail on Friday. And that was the main reason that I decided to start the Somewhat Cowl, because I didn’t think I would be able to finish the shrug this weekend anyway. Well, it was fun…I’m glad I participated. And remember girls and boys, it’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.
Yesterday I went to The Point to catch the tail end of their sale. I got several balls of an Adrienne Vittadini cotton blend to make a sweater for a friend that’s expecting a girl in June. I ran into Katy there who is truly my coach for the Knitted Olympics. I wouldn’t have been able to knit the shrug without her help. She cast on for me, cause I cast on too tightly no matter how loose I try to do it, and she helped me out when it was time to go from the round to knitting flat. Where would I be without her? Here is the 1st sleeve of the shrug:
Kara hosted a knitted gift exchange this past weekend. It was her birthday but not only did she host the party (AND her husband catered it with lots of yummy food) but she asked that people bring a gift to exchange in leiu of bringing gifts for her, so we all walked away gifted. How great is that!! Thanks Kara for such a fun evening!
Michelle Kwan pulled out, Bode Miller DQ’d, and the shrug keeps chugging along. Here is a new sleeve, ready to start the lace. This time I’m working with LB Cottonease, and it’s definitely easier to deal with than the Knitpicks mohair…it may be Suri but Dream it ain’t!
I left work today and it was still considerably light out so that put me in good spirits. It also helped that I knew that I had an SP package at home waiting for me. What a great package! There were 2 skeins of Knitpicks Shimmer and a cute measuring tape that all came in an awesome woven box in which I can store all kinds of goodies. My SP must have read my resolutions and seen that I want to try to make a lace shawl. The Shimmer is perfect for the Ene shawl from the Scarfstyle book and I absolutely adore the color. Thanks SP!
I got my package from Elann yesterday. It was my first time ordering from them and I am very pleased. Now I’m ready to get started on warm weather projects….after I’m done with my winter projects of course :)