Sunday, March 18, 2007

Missing Something

I finished the Ram's Horn Jacket this weekend while being snowed in by a disgusting snow and ice storm. The only thing is, it is missing the ram's horn. I made it but it just didn't look right. First I started it over about eight times. Then I finally just knit it through. It just looked strange and didn't even fit the neckline. So I made a different collar. I took one from a Berocco pattern. I just picked up the stitches and knit a twisted rib for 10 inches. The jacket is a little big but very comfy and I am happy with it. I used some stash yarn, Plymouth Encore Colorspun. It looks green but is really made with strands of blue, white, yellow and green yarn.
I finally sewed the buttons on my first Baby Surprise sweater so I can post a picture. What can I say; I already have another one on the needles.

My son moved into an apartment in Brooklyn, NY and is near a wonderful lys, Brooklyn General. I walked over last week and was overcome by the selection and ambience in the place. I may even take some spindle spinning lessons there. They had the latest Rowan magazine that I wanted to buy and I couldn't resist this yarn. It has over 200 yards but I don't really think it is enough for a scarf. I may make some mittens or maybe go back to the store for another skein.

Here is a great Project Spectrum photo I took from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade of my favorite city, New York.

Friday, March 09, 2007

No New News

Not much has been happening on the knitting front. I have been really tired lately, maybe because it has been so horribly cold. I have finished all the pieces of the Ram's Horn Jacket, except for the collar which has me completely stumped. I've started it about six times and frogged each time. This is my latest effort. See how it is twisty and uneven. I'm not even sure what the directions mean. I'll never finish if I can't finish the collar so I will persevere. I am so neurotic about finishing things. I won't let myself start anything else big until this is done and I have other things I want to make.

Last week I was on jury duty and I needed something mindless and in Project Spectrum colors so I started this scarf. I called the court the day before and they told me I could not bring any kind of needles, even bamboo, but I did anyway and there was no problem. I just put this whole project in my handbag and it went through the metal detector with no problem. I would have gone crazy with no knitting.
I have a list of new projects to start so l'd better try that collar again tonight. Then all that is left is sewing together all the pieces, another slow job. Berroco has been having some nice patterns on their site lately. I've been wanting to crochet something for a long time and today they had a pattern for a nice cardigan, Cali. I may use up my brown Paton's Merino on it. Last time I crocheted I did too much and my wrist started hurting. It has been over a year now so it is time to try again. I also liked the vest they called Pike. For that I may have to buy the yarn. I don't have anything in my stash with the correct gauge so I may just order their yarn from Webs.