Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Donegal: Part 2

My Donegal is officially blocked and it was actually cold enough to wear it today. So here is the official picture. As an aside, the wooly board is new. My husband helped me make it which almost makes up for past Christmas gifts.

On another topic, my little girl started preschool today. My baby is growing up. Sniff. Sniff.

Related links:
More Donegal swatches
Even more Donegal swatches
Ribbing finished
Slow progress
More slow progress
Getting started
Body almost completed
Donegal Finished!

Monday, September 11, 2006

Donegal Finished!

Pattern: Donegal from Celtic Collection by Alice Starmore
Needles: Addi Turbos 3.0mm and 3.25mm and Knitpicks 3.0mm and 3.25mm in a variety of circular sizes.
Yarn: Knitpicks Palette in 11 colors.

Impressions: This pattern was a lot of fun to make although the color pattern was so irregular that it was hard to memorize. This was my first stranded sweater in a small gauge and I had fewer problems with it than I thought I might. I am still not sure about the colors though. The sweater is a bit loud although perhaps that will come back in style when we revisit the 80's. The Knitpicks Palette was nice yarn to work with. It was sticky and the steeks did not run at all. It blocked out nicely and most the tension problems that I initially encountered blocked out completely. The problem, of course, is the color choices. Since this sweater uses 11 colors and Palette only comes in 30, it is very limiting. I also prefer the heathered colors found in Jamieson and Smith or Jamieson's. In the future, for the time I am putting into knitting, I will splurge on other yarn.

So my sweater is done in time for winter. For a next colorwork project I am planning to knit Katherine of Aragon although I still need to work out the colors for this sweater.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Quick Update

Just thought I would add a quick update. I am working along on my Donegal sweater. I am halfway through the second sleeve so I should be done in time to wear it for winter. Yeah!

I have finished a skirt for my daughter. Isn't it just awful? She loves it though. Colors hand-selected by a four year old girl. The pattern is from Greetings from Knit Cafe. A very quick knit for a little girl who loves anything frilly but who won't wear sweaters. The only thing that I would do differently is to use a hemmed edge on the bottom the next time around. (No pun intended.)

I have also finished my entrelac scarf finally. I am not much of a scarf knitter but I think that it came out nice thanks to the Noro Kuyeron yarn. My onlycomplaintt is that I like my scarves to be reversible and this one definitely has a wrong side.

In the future I have a lot of sock action that I have not yet blogged on. But that is for another day. . .