Friday January 18th 2019

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Update…about time.

Okay, I know almost every blogger says this so often, so pardon if this bores: so I haven’t gotten back to a regular posting schedule, obviously. Sorry…!

So. Things go apace.

Working on the green beaded Artyarns jacket. (Pictures to follow later.) The trouble with this is that I need to be able to concentrate to work on this, and that hasn’t been something I’ve been able to do for a bit. So I’ve got about half the back done. Am going to make it more of a priority. I bought two Lantern Moon circular needles (owtch, my wallet!) to try them out, one in rosewood and one in ebony. So far, I regret to say that the rosewood has not changed my mind about knitting on wood needles: it’s okay, but I still prefer metal. (Robynn, you are not allowed to unfriend me because I don’t prefer wood over metal!)

The replacement scarf in Colinette Giotto for my sister is done and dusted! The second skein had no knots, and therefore was the same yarn at the end of the skein as it was at the start of the skein.

I’m also working on the same scarf in a different colorway for myself (in “Jay”), which is my “outside”, “brainless” project, the one that I pull out at bus stops and in coffee shops or whatever, which means that poor Ishbel is once again shunted aside as my outside project. I have to get back to her, too.

I’ve got yarn bought (cotton/linen Katia “linen” in khaki green and white — I’d have rather had a cream, but the yarn’s been discontinued, so I took what I could get!) for a summer top. Possibly for next year’s summer, if I don’t hop to it.

And three skeins of Louia Harding’s Grace in a lovely purple for something or other I haven’t quite decided on yet.

I’ve been reading/studying Janet Szabo’s Cables book, which is fantastic! Stand by for more on that; I need some time to sit down and take some notes, talk to Janet (in her “spare” time), and get some other charting work done for a Spotlight on Janet.

But my most recent hare-brained scheme is to make myself something like one of these:

The reason I’m not buying one is (mainly) because it’s not the right length — I want it to go down to my ankles, and to be slightly longer in the back than the front, with more increases in the back for a walking-skirt feel. And I’d prefer a dark chocolate brown or ecru rather than pink. And I’d rather it had a fabric yoke to the hip. And a different pattern (fan) to the bottom scallops.

The only fly in the ointment is that it’s been a while since I’ve done any major crocheting, and I’d prefer to find a pattern. While it’s a fairly standard pineapple motif, the increases on the skirt I saw at a Ross Dress For Less store were really different from what’s here in this pic, and I haven’t yet been able to find a pattern with the increases.

If I have to write it, I will, but I’d rather not!

In other news, I’m about to be off again this week…this time to drive to Wyoming for a musical weekend with friends.

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11 Responses to “Update…about time.”

  1. Robynn says:

    Preferring metal?! Inconceivable! Oh well. No accounting for tastes. ;-)

    (I bet you’ll be a prime candidate for a Signature addiction, then…)

    • Zina says:

      All I can say is, thank goodness they’ve only done straights until fairly recently. And no interchangeables still.

      I’m due in Chicago at some point for the visa stuff, though…and we have a standing appointment to get together while I’m out there to tour the factory, so I probably will be indulging in said addiction soon enough…!

      • Twila says:

        That’ll be another hit to the wallet, Zina! I’m a metal needle gal, too. And those Signature straights (stiletto tip) are awesome. For some reason I didn’t find the double points to be as awesome but still very nice.

  2. I love my Knit Picks Harmony circulars, they are slicker and pointier than most wooden needles. I think they are available on your side of the pond as Knit Pro needles.

    The skirt is GORGEOUS!
    Hint: for crocheted pineapple increases, check vintage doily patterns.

    • Zina says:

      So far I haven’t seen the same increase in any patterns I’ve looked at, though I’m still looking! I’ve bought the crochet thread and needles…now just have to find the time, I haven’t done *any* knitting since I’ve left San Francisco, isn’t that weird?

      • I would just add a stitch in the center of the solid bit, OR another loopy between each pineapple for an increase round. But I tend to wing things a bit LOL.

        • Perviz says:

          Hey, I have this book too, and have really ejoyned reading it and looking at the pictures but I have yet to make any of the projects!! I hope you post when you make something from this, I’d like to see.

  3. Twila says:

    I agree, Diana. I’m pretty impressed with the Knit Pick Harmonies I won in Zina’s contest. I don’t usually care much for wooden needles but I’m making my first foray into lace knitting and these needles are awesome for that.

    • I just ordered a set of the Nickle plated needles today.
      I love my Zephyr set, but acyrlic and cotton make for sore hands.
      I eventually will get a set of the Harmony needles, too. Or else just get my favorite sizes :-}

      • Twila says:

        I ordered the nickle plated set on April 23! I knew the Harmony needles were on their way but didn’t expect to like the wood tips so I bought the metal tips to use with the cables from the Harmony set. I’m glad I did because, while I like the wood tips, the metal tips are pointer than the addis I usually use and I like pointy.

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