Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What's on the Needles?

Before I show you what I've been working on lately, I wanted to let you know I'm celebrating a third blogibirthday this week, and assembling a giveaway package for one of you. I'll have details at some point this week.

My attention has been divided between several projects lately, but I enjoy it, even if it means it takes me longer to finish.

Progress: Impressionist Socks

Back in July, I started this pair of Impressionist Socks, but stalled out after starting the heel too soon. The sad sock sat (say that five times fast) untouched for months, but has new life now. I've knit past the length described in the pattern, but I've decided to continue the pattern until I run out of yarn, as I want to use every inch of this Koigu (which I picked up in Boston last fall). I'm excited to actually be knitting a sock during Socktoberfest; I believe that's a first. The lace pattern keeps my interest, and the variegated Koigu doesn't hurt either.

Progress: Gray Skies Cardigan

Up next, I cast on for the Emerald Isle Cardigan a few weeks ago. I've dubbed it my Gray Skies Cardigan, and I'm using Wool of the Andes in Onyx Heather. I'm currently about mid-way through the back piece. I just love the tab sleeves; it looks so wearable.

New project: Opus Spicatum

The third knitted project getting my attention is a cast-on inspired by Kara, who's been rocking the colorwork as of late. Colorwork was a 2010 goal, so I decided to jump in with Opus Spicatum, a gorgeous hat pattern.
I'm only a few rows into the colorwork, and it feels so foreign. Part of the problem is that I hold my yarn very differently than other knitters I've seen. I think it's going to hurt me on more complicated colorwork patterns, so I'm trying to be conscious and modify my hand posture.
I picked up this RYC Cashsoft Aran in a soft red and gray this weekend in Austin.

Progress: Table Runner

Finally, I've been working on the table runner project, and I'm nearly done with the top (and don't worry; I haven't forgotten about the quilt!). The striped squares were so much fun to make, and two more of those is all that's missing from the top pieces.

So, to recap, a lot of projects, some progress, but nothing finished.


  1. RYC Cashsoft is a wonderful yarn and I love the colors you chose!

  2. Wow! All these projects look fantastic!

  3. Some fab project on the needles! I love, love, love Opus Spectrum. Adding it to my queue now. Glad I could spread the colorwork love.

  4. everything looks great!

    on the colorwork, are you holding one strand in each hand? i find that method the easiest.

  5. Loooove the combo of red and grey! And the table runner is looking fab! I do love me the Koigu, but be prepared - as socks, they pill like MAD.

  6. All these look great! Sounds like you and I are similar...there's nothing like ripping a portion of a project back to take the joy out of it. I always get back to it but it has to sit in time-out for awhile before that happens!

    I hadn't seen that sweater pattern...but wow, I love it (I agree, the tab sleeves are perfect). I love your deep grey color choice...this will be gorgeous!

  7. Ohhh, your projects look so pretty. I also love those tabbed sleeves. And the hat you are making is going to be stunning!

  8. Very nice! I've been thinking about that Emerald Isle cardi for awhile. I got the magazine just for the pattern, but I haven't picked a yarn, yet.


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