Thursday, October 12, 2006

Yacht rock and log cabins

My old college buddy Lex just posted a link to this genius series. I think I may have broken something while laughing like a complete maniac. Long live the 70s!

The Log Cabin socks had a few rows added to them last night.

And I started something else. In a fit of efficiency in camera card management, I deleted the picture before I posted it.

I'm test-knitting the mini size of Casino for Anne Hanson. This one is for Bean. She's been wanting a shawl, just like Mama's. Of course, this also means that I'm going to have to get my hot little hands on some cashmere laceweight so I can have one too. (I love my child but I'm not completely stupid with it. At four, she's getting superwash sock yarn for her shawl.)

While I've knit quite alot of lace, Casino is my first big effort in working both sides in a lace pattern. True, I've knit a number of shawls that had a small section of lace patterned on both sides of the work, but this is a whole 'nother ballgame and it took me a while to realize that, "Hey, I'm knitting lace patterns on both sides!" Yeah, I'm really on these days...

So, I enjoyed the hell out of myself, knitted away at another truly brilliant Knitspot pattern, and got to the end where you undo the provisional cast-on to pick up the stitches for the top border. And then I took a good look at what I had done so far. User error abounded. I finally figured out that I had knit a row twice without realizing it (lace and wine=WHINE). So, the whole thing went to the frog pond and I'm starting anew.

Meanwhile, two friends have had their babies a bit earlier than anticipated.

Knitting two baby sweaters at a time. The garter stitch wrap top from Simple Knits for Cherished Babies by Erika Knight. I cast on for the second sweater on the same 40" needle because I was at a meeting and didn't have the pattern with me. I'm using Plymouth Dream Baby because, although I love the special baby knits, Dream Baby is so easy to care for which makes it perfect for a new mom.