Sunday, 1 March 2009

There's something sweet and wistful

And so it seems that summer is officially over. Like Kylie though, I don't much trust Australia's understanding of our imposed calendar, and I'm pretty certain it will be a while before I need to break out the woollies (to wear, that is).

I was a very bad KAL-er for the Long Lacy Summer, although I was there in spirit! I got a little tied up with deadline knits (more on that shortly) and didn't achieve my aim of knitting something in actual laceweight yarn.

I do, however, have two FOs to log for the LLS, but sadly only crap-o-rama pics to go with them. In the interests of brevity, I'll spare you the typically drawn-out FO post and cut to the chase.

1. December-January-February Baby Sweater

Pattern: FBS by E. Zimmerman, from the Knitter's Almanac

Yarn: Lincraft cozy-wool, gifted by Bec and hand-dyed by moi (using Gaywool acid dyes)

Sticks: 5mm Knitpicks Options

Mods: Being so enamoured of the top-down seamless knit, I decided I could go one better than EZ's "almost seamless baby sweater" and do the sleeves in the round as well. Instead of following the pattern as written, I put the sleeve sts on waste yarn, cast on 14 sts between the front and back (for each sleeve), knit the body in one piece, then when back to do the sleeves. I made sure to take the sleeves off on a purl row so I could cast on the sts without interrupting the pattern.

I'm pretty happy with the result; the yarn and pattern seem to go together quite well. The gull stitch pattern went quite smoothly once I got the hang of it.

But therein lies the problem: before I got the hang of it, I cocked it up spectacularly. Right in the front.


Well, even if you can't, I'm sure a show judge would. It was intended as an entry to the Canberra Show, but with that mistake, it will just be worn (with great panasche) by the Princess instead.

It was a fun knit, though, and I might give it another crack for next year. I'll certainly file it away for future baby gifts because it finishes really nicely.

2. Liesel
Pattern: on Rav and also here.

Yarn: Fibreworks Lustre 8ply in colour #18

Sticks: 4.5 mm straights

This is a really lovely and straightforward pattern; I knit it as written for 30 repeats with 4 rows garter each end..

The photo above shows it unblocked, I'm afraid; I was not clever enough to remember to take any of it blocked before I handed it over as a Show entry. I will add some shortly, though, for it bloomed beautifully.

How did it go in the Show, I hear you ask?

You'll just have to wait for that story!

And so ends my paultry contribution to the Long Lacy Summer. I'm looking forward to Bells' wrap-up sometime soon!


Rose Red said...

Love the colour of the FBS - great job on the dyeing! (I may have noticed the little artistic license with the pattern...)

And of course, I saw the lovely scarf at the show!!

Bells said...

spectacular work George. Lovely to see your beautiful work. Stand by for the wrap up!

I think you should do more dyeing!

knitting sprouts said...

I only managed an inch of my lace knitting.

Isn't dying fun!
I can't wait to hear how everyone went in the show - I am off to check out the blogs!

Geek Knitter said...

I finished one pair of lace socks!

I'm about ready to begin the grown-up version of that cardigan, I'm thrilled.

kms said...

"how did it go in the show". snort. i am surprised you havent blogged about it yet, as well as the OTHER thing :)!

MadMad said...

December-January-February! You are too funny! It came out great, though! Love the gorgeous color and I think we need a modeled shot, don't you?

Em said...

Beautiful work as always, George. Maybe it's the cold meds, but I missed the spectacular cock-up on the FBS. And oh, Liesel is pretty. I just want to pet her. And snuggle her. What delicious yarn!

Michelle said...

The photos, as lovely as they are, don't do them justice. In real life they are spectacular!

2paw said...

Beautiful dyeing and knitting. Well done!! I only managed a shawl and a tiny bit of a sock. There were interruptions. I think you should dye more often too!! I like to think that you have reinterpreted the pattern!!!

Donna Lee said...

I wouldn't have noticed the mess up. I heard that you did spectacularly well in the show. You are some talented people down there!

Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

I've got to know. What colour of dye did you use for the baby sweater. I just love it!!!!!

Market Girl said...

Gorgous colous,

we love cool things like this at Handmade.

P.S just found you clever people on Brown Owls, I cannot believe I have not come across you lll before.


Shazmina Bendi said...

Dec-jan-feb baby sweater is stunning George. Just beautiful!