Monday, July 5, 2010

Summer Knitting

Summer is truly upon us now that the 4th is over and the days are in the 90's, but that doesn't dampen my enthusiasm for picking up my knitting!  I admit; however, to a preference for lightweight yarns and projects.

June was my month to work up the slate Hempathy top, mentioned in some other posts.  I'll try to get a few good photos of it posted this week sometime.

I've also been adding bits here and there to my little alpaca shawlette.  This is one of those projects I love to have around to pick up and work a row or two when I don't feel like working on other things.  It's also light enough to not feel hot while it sits on my lap. 

I had a vague idea that I wanted a textured shawl in my favorite wide triangle shape, so I just went ahead and cast on the yarn, Misti Alpaca Lace in a lovely hand-painted colorway #22.

The purples, greens, blues, pinks and golds reminds me so much of the wildflowers along the nature trails where we like to hike and run.  In the spring, there's columbine, cranesbill, dogwood, violets, trillium and phlox and those have phased through to wild roses, honeysuckle, Queen Anne's lace, echinacea and rudbeckia amongst many others in recent weeks.

 I started the shawl with a garter stitch tab and began working down in garter stitch, with a 3 stitch border on each edge, and increases worked on each outside edge and on either side of the center stitch on right side rows, and on the outside edges only on wrong side rows.   This increase method makes the triangle shallow and wide - a great shape to wear draped as a scarf or wrapped to accent the shoulders.  And I love working multi-colored yarn in a texture like garter stitch because the nature of the stitch adds a three-dimensional quality to the surface to help break up pooling and splotches.

I'll be posting more about this project and yarn later.   Right now, I' m also working on a bunch of new designs - a soft cardi-shrug, a scarf pattern and several top-secret projects for publication.  The cardigan was a big hit at the knitting events I've attended lately but I want to knit it up in a couple of other yarns before making a final decision.  The pattern is mostly written though, and will be test-knit soon. And that's just for starters, there's a few other things cooking at various stages of 'done-ness' as well as those mentioned already, but I'll save those for another time.

Have a great week!

1 comment:

  1. This is most interesting. I love garter stitch, too. It is great for edges. Looking forward to reading more about your shawl.