Friday, August 25, 2006

norwegian sock and some more angora!

Here is one of my Norwegian socks. I was shocked to see how tiny my feet are after finishing this. The fit is lovely, and I have high hopes that the bit of curling on top will go away after a good wash. The red striping reminds me a little of an illustrated view of one's nervous system, but I think it's kind of cool. The second sock is going to be on hold until I can make the trip to Morehouse Farm for some more red yarn. In the meantime, I'm going to start another pair in charcoal and cream. I really don't have any idea how I'm going to wear these (I returned the boots that I mentioned earlier - they were just too clunky on me), but even if I have to hide them under jeans I will be proud and WARM!

How many of you will groan when I tell you that the angora lace sweater is no more? I finished everything except the buttonband, tried it on and realized it was way too bulky to very be stylish. This is the fourth pattern that I've made from Vintage Knits (Sarah Dallas), and the fourth that I've been unhappy with. I think it might be time for the book to be donated to the library - it has beautiful pictures, but clearly something isn't working for me. The angora is now becoming a very thick, soft scarf. I only have a few more repeats left and it will be done, with just enough yarn left over for matching gloves (maybe gauntlets?). Can you see my tulips in the pattern? I'd like to think they're more visible in real life - today was my only day for blogging, and of course it had to rain. The picture only shows one, but there are actually two separate bands of patterns in the scarf. I'll photograph the whole thing when it's finished.

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

lace cardigan and norwegian stockings

The angora, it seems, can be turned into something. I'm following the lace cardigan pattern from Sarah Dallas's Vintage Knits, and so far it's going well. I've finished the back and will start the fronts as soon as the humidity holds off - sweat and angora fuzz do not work so well together. I'm probably going to end up with 3/4 length or cap sleeves, but that's fine with me. I think it's going to look really nice once it's all washed and blocked.

In more photogenic news, I've just started the Norwegian stockings that Meg Swansen had published in the latest Vogue (Fall 2006). The pattern is absolutely gorgeous, and it's going so quickly for me. I'm using up some leftover Morehouse merino wool instead of the suggested Schoolhouse brand. The stripes go on the left and right of the leg, and the diamond pattern runs down the front and back of the leg. Not so coincidentally, the red matches perfectly with the new Kenneth Cole boots I just bought. It's going to be a lovely fall.

Whoops - more knitting bad luck. The stocking pattern is completely incorrect from the heel flap on. If anyone else is working on these, I've already contacted Vogue Knitting and Meg Swansen and will post the response once I get it.
And here it is!

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