Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Still no seaming

I have got a major case of startitis recently.

Some monkey socks:
toe-up monkey

My first toe-ups! The yarn is Colinette Jitterbug in Copperbeach. I really wanted to do Monkeys out of this, but I was worried about running out of yarn since the skein is under 300 yards (why is that? It doesn't seem any thicker than normal sock yarn, yet claims to be 100g. I don't get it.) I was doing mental acrobatics trying to convert the chart in my head to flip it over, but then I realized the pattern would look just fine upside-down. Hooray!

Started working on the Wedgewood blouse:
wedgewood blouse

And finally, swatched for yet another cute summery top:
bamboo swatch

The Josephine top from Summer 2007 IK. In my defense, this issue didn't show up until after I had already swatched for the Wedgewood top.
The yarn is the SWTC Bamboo from this place, in Cobalt. It was an amazing deal, 10 skeins for $42.50, given that it usually sells for $13/skein. I was really excited when the yarn showed up, it seemed so soft and silky in the skein and had such a neat texture. Now I'm less sure. It felt really scratchy as I was knitting up the swatch. I hand-washed it and it feels a little better now, not scratchy anymore, but definitely not soft either. I can't decide if it's worth the effort or not. SWTC has changed their formula for this yarn, even though you can still find the old stuff for $13/skein at many places, but the new stuff feels amazing. Sigh. Why couldn't I have some of that for $4.25/skein?

Anyway, all this startitis came about because we're going to Costa Rica for two weeks for our honeymoon! Leaving in a few days. And I wanted to make sure I had plenty of knitting projects for the trip. First I started the Wedgewood top, then I thought maybe it was too much bulky yarn to lug on a trip, so I started the Monkey socks, then I realized they were on metal DPNs so I needed something else for the plane anyway, so I started the bamboo thing, then I thought maybe I would work some more on the Wedgewood top after all. I think I might end up bringing all of them.

The cabled sweater?

no-seam sweater

Banished to a corner to think about how difficult it has been.

4 comments:

hege said...

Wow, you are going to be busy! :) Those are all great. Clever you turning the socks into toe up socks! I hope you have a marvelous time on your honeymoon in Costa Rica. You are so lucky, two weeks! I went there two years ago and loved it. Defenitely going again. You will have a great time.

schrodinger said...

That certainly is a lot of WIPs, I hope they keep you happily busy. Have a wonderful honeymoon.

Kathy said...

Have a wonderful honeymoon. Im glad I didnt' knit when we were firstmarried. ...........
I love wedgewood.

Batty said...

Bring them all, and have a wonderful honeymoon!