Wednesday, August 1, 2007

I WIP'd it good.......

.......if casting on 4 big new projects in the last 7 days is good, that is.

I cast on this Fitted Tank in Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton on the plane to New York last Thursday evening. I knit all the way to JFK, and loved every second of it. The yarn is very soft and smooth, easy to knit with. And quick too.

I finished knitting the skein in the coffeeshop of The Point. I had a great time in the store. The lady working on Friday was a riot and other customers were chatty and nice to me. I wasn't persuaded by any of their full-price yarn, but I did pick up a couple of bargains - manana :-)

Here's the malabrigo clapotis I started on the plane back from NYC. I didn't have any stitch markers with me, so I used the cast on tail until I got home - it was a little confusing, but not as frustrating as not knitting. I'm almost finished the increases and am totally digging this pattern - Love it! The yarn is heavenly too. The colour is a little lighter than this photo - in the sunlight it even looks ginger. Spicy.

Even with two fabulous projects on the needles, I couldn't wait anymore to cast on the Koigu KPPPM I got a while back. I sent some to the lovely Irishgirlie as part of our special summer swap and we decided to make the Embossed Leaves Socks from Interweave Knits Winter 2005 issue. I cast on this morning and got the first ribbing done. I loved this colour on the skein and I love it even more knitting it up. It has so many delicate, pretty shades in it.

Here's a closeup. So pretty - blue, green, purple, pink, brown. Just gorgeous. I learned the 1x1 rib cast on too. Bonus :-)

Something else I couldn't wait to cast on today. The Log Cabin Blanket from Mason Dixon Knitting. Using the Cotton Chenille from my previous post. I just love this pattern too. It's so easy and quick too. ooh, I love a quick knit right now.

Oh, and what's this? A felted pillow? Why yes, it is. I finally got round to felting this thing. It remains a WIP as I have to sew some sort of closure and I can't decide what. It shrank A LOT more than I thought it would during the felting process. Maybe next time I shouldn't leave it in for the whole wash cycle.
Here's a closeup. You can still see the uneven stitches, but I think it's a lot better than unfelted. To my eye, anyway :-)

All in all, I'm pretty excited with my knitting right now.


IrishgirlieKnits & PashyKnits said...

WOW! I hope I get that much knitting done on my trip to NYC! Love the fitted tank! You'll be done with that in no time. I really should pick up my Tomato and get working on it. I do love the Blue Sky Cotton.

Can't wait to see more of the Clapotis. Gorgeous Malabrigo!

I cast on my Embossed Leaves too! I love the color even more knitted up. I learned the new cast on too...just took me two times to figure it out :(

And I can't believe you cast on for the blanket too! You are feeling ambitious. Love seeing all your WIPs.

Queen of the froggers said...

The socks are going to look lovely in thhat yarn, and the felted pillow I like!

Jessica said...

Soft cotton?! I have got to try that yarn out!

Clapotis is such a fun pattern to knit. Yours looks great so far. You can't go wrong with malabrigo!

Your socks are looking good as well. I love the color.