Tuesday, April 18, 2006

New Project Parade

I think I have project ADD. This week I've started 2 more projects.

The first is Grumperina's Picovoli, in Knit Picks Shine Sport.

Picovoli collar

I forgot how much I hate knitting with anything that's mostly cotton, and I'm fearing I'm going to run out of yarn, but otherwise I'm happy with how it's looking. I also forgot how crazy the crochet provisional cast-on freaks me out, and how, when you have to do a picot edge, the rotten thing curls the wrong way to escape from you when you knit it back in. But since those stressful moments are over, I can concentrate on the knitting.

By the way, those are my favorite needles ever, the old 100% nylon ones. If you ever find some, do not pass go, do not collect $200, and send them straight to me. They're the perfect needle -- they are unbreakable, flexible, and have perfectly seamless joins. I have no idea why they stopped making them.

When the yarn that I wanted went on sale last week, I had to grab some for the project I had in mind.

Seriously, though, what the heck could I knit out of this:

Vogue Knitting Spring and Summer 1964

If you can't read the date at the top, that says "Spring and Summer 1964". Kicky models, huh?

Pattern Photo

Here's the one I'm making -- and here is the description for it, right next to it:

Pattern description

The who with the what now?!

In any case, I'm not making it in mohair, because mohair makes me crazy. I haven't the foggiest idea what a Hong Kong cable is, but let me tell you, I'm becoming a master of them. Maybe that's what I should do when I meet other knitters: "So, do you know how to knit Hong Kong cables? Yeah, that's what I thought. Ha. My knitting skillz pwns joo." Or something, because I have no idea what I just wrote.

I'm starting with the sleeves:

New sweater sleeves

These are in Brown Sheep Naturespun Worsted, and, as you can see, I'm knitting both sleeves at once. If I don't do that, I inevitably screw up somewhere and worry a lot more while I'm doing it, so this is way easier. The ribbing is knit on #2s and the rest is on #8s. While I originally balked at that, it makes it look really tailored. I'm actually kind of excited to be knitting a fully fashioned sweater with all the sewing and stuff. Don't ask me why. Maybe I'm just a sucker for self-punishment.

sleeve on

Hopefully soon these will move past the wristwarmer stage.



Dove Knits said...

Looks Hong-Kongy to me!

I love the color for Picovoli, but you're right, cotton is a PITA to knit with.

Melissa said...

It looks very nice.
I also hate knitting with cotton, but it makes such cute stuff when you're done.

Amanda said...

I find crazy craploads of old knitting needles in dirty plastic bags for a $1 at thrift store... just want me to send them to you?