Et voila, the current state of my Ravenclaw Quidditch cardi:
So, you’ll note there are 2 sleeves, 2 front pieces (with pockets, no less), and half of a back piece. (And I know the fronts and the back look a little slim, but those babies are in 2×2 ribbing, so trust me they’ve got some stretch in ‘em.) It wouldn’t be a problem to finish this in the next week or so, were I in possession of another skein of the Light Grey Heather. But sadly, Elann is out of stock and I haven’t been able to find one anywhere among knitswapping knitters, so I’m just going to have to wait it out and throw myself on the mercy of Elann whenever they manage to restock. Hopefully by September.
Thankfully, I have enough gorgeous stash to keep me occupied in the meantime:
Well, I have that and I have Real Work to keep me occupied, of course. But I think it’s fair to say that thinking about the yarn is way more fun.
*I cast off on the Honeymoon Cami last week and it fits wonderfully. Hopefully I’ll get some pictures up soon. Next I have my eye on the Ballet Camisole to use with the black Luna I have ready and waiting. The yarn has a nice sheen to it and, hey, it’s machine washable to boot!
*So, naturally I had to cast something ON, to fill the void left by the Honeymoon Cami…I’ve got 8-and-a-bit balls of Quechua leftover from a sweater, and that’s just enough for the KnitPicks Feather-and-Fan stole. It’s a rectangle shawl, essentially, using a repeating feather-and-fan stitch. I’m enjoying it so far, it seems nicely repetitive and will be a good way to use up the yarn. They have a similar idea for chunkier, fuzzier yarn for a blanket feather-and-fan pattern – I’m thinking this will be an opportunity to finally put to rest some of the Divine that’s been languishing in my stash for too long.
*The Ravenclaw cardi has come to a bit of a standstill. I’m still in need of 1 ball (really, 1 ball would be enough) of Highland Wool in Light Grey Heather, and have been waiting for months for Elann to refill that colour…still nothing. So, the cardi has 2 sleeves, 2 front pieces, and enough navy blue for the back piece, but until I get more of the contrast colour, sadly it will have to wait. Fortunately, my sister does have enough yarn in Griffyndor colours for me to knit one for her All in good time…
This is the finished baby sweater for a friend.
Pattern: Seed-stitch and lace baby cardigan, Hip Knits (Better Homes and Gardens)
Yarn: Paton’s Astra, lavender, 4 balls
Notes: The collar ended up a little lopsided, I think I added a few too many stitches on the right side. But, overall, the pattern was easy to do and liked working the lace pattern. I don’t think I’d knit it again, though, in the end I don’t think it kept me interested enough as I was knitting it.
In any case, the colour is lovely and I’m sure the recipient will be pleased with it!
Today is a fantastic knitting day, as I received an email accepting my submission for the fall issue of Knitty. I’m particularly flattered since it is the first pattern I have ever designed. And now I also have a compulsion to knit a second one of the item (a sweater), to see if it needs any slight modifications. Hm. *fidgets*
Last week I finished a baby sweater for a friend, and hope to get some pics up soon.
Current Works-in-Progress include:
*A Honeymoon camisole in Elann’s Luna cotton blend, in Raspberry Wine. I’m loving the colour, so I hope the thing fits well when I’ve got it done
*A Ravenclaw-coloured Quidditch sweater, zippered-cardigan style, using Highland Wool in Ink and Light Grey heather, in a pattern of my own design. I’ve come to a stalling-point on it because I’ve run out of the Light Grey and they’re out of stock, so…Hrm. At the moment it’s missing 1 sleeve, so hopefully the yarn will be re-stocked soon.
*A pair of ‘Cabled Rib’ socks from Interweave Knits, using Patons Kroy socks in a twisted navy/green blend. The poor things have sat unattended in quite a while, I might have to put them back into the rotation again soon.