Monday, December 18, 2006

christmas knits, finit

Tis the season of shopping and merriment and gift-giving to keep the winter dark at bay. And thus, there was hand knitting.


Icarus was actually finished Wednesday December 6. There was only about 4 yards left by the time I was done.

I blocked the hell out of this thing to bring out the edge pattern.

No modeling shot, since I was in a hurry to get my gifts packed and in the mail before leaving for a business trip last Sunday.

Maybe Ivanova would be willing to get a photo of Mom wearing it? I'd be ever so grateful.


Icarus shawl by Miriam Felton, originally published in Interweave Knits, Summer 2006.


Two skeins KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud on US 3 (3.25 mm) needles.


None, however I did follow the updated directions for the final chart and edging provided by the designer.

Trellis scarf

I finished the Trellis scarf while traveling last week. Since 3 out of 4 of my flights were late (stupid winter weather!), I was glad to have knitting.

Lace in Gloss blocks nicely. Sorry about the horrible colour contrast, the red beach towel was the only big towel available.

Here I am wearing the scarf.

I really like the way this turned out, especially with the fingering weight yarn. For the record, the 7 into 5 cluster between the trellis framing the diamonds is easy to do if you follow the designer's instructions to knit the stitches from the previous row more loosely than usual.

Gloss was pretty nice to work with (I have enough left to swatch at a gauge appropriate for socks, so you might be seeing this yarn again), except for the colour rubbing off on my needles. Since I was using my Denise needles, a little rubbing alcohol took most of the stain off. There was only a little bleeding when I washed the scarf, so I don't think it's going to be a problem.

Like all merino wool containing yarns, Gloss will fuzz with handling and wear but it's not very noticeable (so far). For socks, I'll probably have to get some reinforcement thread.


Trellis scarf by Evelyn Clark, from Interweave Knits, Spring 2006.


Two skeins KnitPicks Gloss on US 7 (4.5 mm) needles.


I used fingering weight yarn instead of the lace weight yarn called for in the pattern. Finished dimensions were approximately 65 x 11 in(165 x 28 cm).

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