Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A New Pattern = A Fresh Start ?

As you may or may not have noticed, my progress bar for my 4-ways cardi hasn't moved for months. This is because I am no longer feeling the love for this project. I really do want to complete an entire sweater for myself but I got really bored with the pattern. :-(

I am excited to say that I have been inspired once again to knit a sweater for me!! I fell in love with a pattern the other day as I was flipping through a magazine. It happens to be a free pattern courtesy of Berroco called Tierra. They are using berroco softwist, which is coincidentally the same yarn used for the 4-ways cardi. I'm not sure if any of you will remember but, for my birthday last year, Rhonda bought me all the yarn to do the cardi, but in Paton's Decor. I was stoked to find out that I could probably use the yarn for this pattern as well so I started to do a gauge, I completed it on the 5mm needles used in the pattern and it didn't work out, so I casted on for a 2nd gauge on 4.5mm, completed it and it still didn't measure up. Hummm, the whole time I was thinking, could this be why my 4-ways cardi was way off from the measurements that the back and the arms were supposed to be? It was also done on 5mm needles. I quickly emailed Rhonda for some advice and she replied back to me telling me not to drop down any lower then a 4mm needle. So again, I got out the 4mm and started another gauge (20 sts=4mm 28 Rows=4mm), finished it in a flash and lucky for me this time it was bang on. Friggin' eh!!! :-) So, I will be attempting this project really, really soon....I'm mega excited about it. I even did a swatch of the 18 st cable pattern!

On to some more exciting knitting news for me!! My hubby took me over to Ikea on Monday and bought me some storage for my out of control knitting. I had knitting stored in 4 different boxes and 5 different bags around the house and he was tired of always running into it. Today I finally got to organizing it all. I HATE organizing, but it was actually kind of fun seeing everything I had. We only had one incident, my little helper Paisley spilled a margarine container of beads all over the entire spare room. Arrrggg, *LOL* it's hard to find good help these days.

I bet your wondering what else I've been up to......

Well, I completed another scarf for my friend at work (pictured gold). I can't wait to see Nabila again, so she can try it on, I picked gold (odd colour) because I thought it would go good with her complexion, it will be interesting to see if I was right. The other scarf is one of the first of the 7 scarves I made and it was for myself (blue).
(Don't mind my self-modelling, I was bumming around the house)

Wow, all that I have on the needles right now is the last Cherry Tree Hill sock, I'm onto the heel flap right now and should be done it soon. I think I'm done with scarves for this year, but more sock are in order! I've got to cast on for Becky's socks soon too, she's still waiting...what a patient woman.


Anonymous said...

i sure am patient! got mr kovax to keep me busy

luv ya

Knitting Mama said...

I love your storage unit for your yarn! What a great idea!

Samantha said...

That is a kick ass storage unit! I need that!! :) I could use something like that for baby stuff too ... mmmm ... Ikea.

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