A blog about my life, knitting, and other stuff.

October 31, 2004


After finishing the Madeira sweater I made a hat. Then I made some mittens. I still had yarn left over. I could have made booties or something but I felt I had done my part for the shop. The sweater's colors don't look so oddly pooled in real life but the hat! Whoa, mama. It's got some major cool and funky pooling going on. It looks like a Pucci design.

Molly had an excellent point yesterday when I mentioned the sizing of the sweater. What I meant was that rather than a 1 (from age 1 until 2 size) the sweater is a 12 months to the day and not a day more size.

Larry gave me the proper abbreviation for the slip 2 knitwise, knit 1, pass slipped stitches over decrease. SK2PSSO. Frankly, I like my abbreviations to be more...well, abbreviated. I looked in Nancy Wiseman's "Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques" and saw that she calls it CCD (central chain decrease) for the vertical line of raised knit stitches in creates. Kate called it a vertical decrease (vd) in the Mon Petit Chou pattern. Either way I like the decrease a lot because of the strong vertical line and near-perfect symmetry.

I have been really craving a big lace project. I want to use the beautiful Shine yarn I got at knitting camp. Birch is just too much for me right now. I think I'd like to try a pattern without the added complication of Kidsilk Haze. In my searching I found a few patterns I like. I'm leaning toward the Fiber Trends Leaf Lace Shawl. There's even a knitalong for it. Plus I got a copy of the pattern free when I bought the Shine. I found this amazingly complex butterfly pattern which fascinates me. I don't want to knit it in the slightest but I would love to look at the charts. Makes Birch look easy.