Saturday, May 07, 2011

Rectangles of Various Sizes

My knitting seems to be all about rectangles at the moment, in different colors and states of completion. There's the Hanging Garden Stole, which I work on a little bit here and there, in no particular hurry:

Hanging Garden in Progress
Pattern: Hanging Garden Stole, by Sivia Harding
Yarn: Skaska Designs Laceweight Yak and Silk
Needle: US 1/2.25mm

With five repeats out of 12 done, it's moving along, but won't be finished anytime soon!

Ditto for my Seersucker afghan. I've finished 24 of the 48 squares. I think I'm on target to finish it in time for next winter, which would be perfect.

Stack of Afghan Squares_1
Pattern: Seersucker, by Margery Winter, from the book Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Wool; color: Summer Sky Heather
Needle: US5

Next step: seam the last 12 squares and join them to the strip of the first 12 squares. Then I'll have a lovely wool lap blanket ... just in time for summer!

Afghan Squares

I've been swatching and pondering and have finally settled on the yarn for a new sample of the lace pullover I made last summer, which so many people have asked me to write up. I'm going to use Quince and Co.'s lovely Chickadee yarn:

Chickadee Swatches

I won't be using this Goldfinch color, though. Pretty as it is, yellow just isn't a color I like to wear much--and I do intend to wear the new sample.  I'm going with Pomegranate.

And this very long rectangle?  It's my Falling Water scarf pattern, knit in a fine alpaca by Dustin Kahn. Dustin contacted me a while ago asking if it would be OK to knit the scarf for a fundraiser. Of course, I said yes, especially because the cause was so cool--creating a mill for locally produced fiber, along the lines of a CSA. Dustin emailed me the other day to share a blog post about the event.  Looks like it was quite a success.

It's gratifying to know that my very first pattern is still out there in the world (1,330 projects on Ravelry, as I write this)--and not just being knit, but knit for a good cause. I've knit two Falling Waters--the first was a gift, and the second I donated to a fundraiser for the now-defunct Fiber Art Center in Amherst. I really ought to make another, so I can wear it myself ... but ... I don't know when that will happen.  I can't justify casting on yet another rectangle until I finish one or two of the ones in progress. There's also a sleeveless top I'm knitting and designing, and a gift for a swap partner ...

As always, life is busy, but good!


KnitNana said...

Such lovely knitting!!!

KPiep said...

Isn't it funny how our knitting takes on a trend sometimes without our having noticed?

I'm glad to hear you are writing up the sweater patten!

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

Do you have one of everything you've designed? I just realized that I give a lot of my knits away, and there are no samples for a trunk show...not that I'm planning one soon, but I'd have a lot of re-knitting to do.

Lovely rectangles!

RosalĂ­a said...

How pretty!

Bonnie said...

Hi Michele. I have a sample of most of my designs, but not Falling Water. Like you, I used to give them as gifts, but I've started hanging on to them.