Thursday, December 15, 2005

Starting Leaves In Relief

Now that the Peacock Feathers Shawl is behind me, I have launched into starting other big projects and finishing up other small projects. The one project that I am starting is the Leaves In Relief from the Fall 2005 issue of I had been hoping to have some company in knitting this but I cannot find anyone on the Internet that has started this sweater or who seems like they are actually planning to knit it. It is such a beautiful sweater but I think that all of the charts are scaring some people away. My life, on the other hand, is filled with wiping bums and cleaning up baby spit-up so I am finding that unless it includes complex charts I am not interested. I think I need something to keep my brain moving.

Anyhow I have started that first sleeve in silver sage Nature Spun that I purchased from the LYS. I have just been plowing through chart B and have found it quite easy and engaging after I got going. A lot of people have commented that they don't like the sleeve on this sweater. That was my initial reaction but I like the way the leaves compliment the twin trees. Now that I am actually knitting the leaves, I love them. I have been trying to think of a way to adapt the stitch pattern to a hat maybe.

So far I am loving this pattern. My only reservation is that it seems very fitted and I am not sure how it will look on me. I have been thinking that maybe a few sit-ups and 10 less pounds will compliment the sweater better. Maybe it will motivate me.

By the way, thank you to everyone who commented on my Peacock Feathers Shawl. I have been rushing to my computer each day to see what people have to say. It is such a feeling of accomplishment to finish such a complex piece. Thank you!


junieann said...

Hey, you Peacock is just beautiful. Many congratulations

Martha Frey said...

Hi Lorri, I'm reading your blog at the moment. I'm new to the Heirloom Knitting list, and found your web page there.
I started Leaves in Relief in Dec. , and was looking for help with it. I didn't get far with the chart, and my stitch count was off, and I put it aside, and haven't picked it up again. I also have a number of projects going. I just finished mystery shawl #3, and the Heirloom shawl in the Patons book. I made that twice. The first time with Patons sock yarn, and the second time with Jaggerspun Zephyr.

The last few night, I have been trying to decide what to do next. At the moment, I'm almost to the end of Lily of the Valley from Knitter's Magazine, Summer of 2004. It is in mohair, lovely, and I have a lot of white fuzz everywhere. This shawl is designed by Galina Khmeleva.

I've been reading through Sharon Miller's book the last two nights, and am leaning towards the Unst shawl.

I have one sleeve to do on Alice Starmore's Luskentyre, and have the yarn to start Henry the 8th. I have a Dale of Norway sweater in the works also, Kongsberg,

How was the gal who wrote the Leaves in Relief able to help you. Perhaps I should try to finish it, since I have the yarn for it.

Enjoy your little guy, they grow up quickly.

I'm in he process of reading back issues of heirloom knitting list.

Martha (Marty) Frey , Lancaster, PA