Koolsheep’s knit blog

6/17/2008

Little break and next big project

Filed under: General — Karen @ 8:59 pm

So I took a nice little break and knitted up a pair of Cable Footies from One Skein:

They were so much fun! And I love the finished result. I used Elann superwash so they can be thrown in with our regular laundry, and I took heed of the book’s advice that I might want a pair in all my favorite colors, so I have yarn in dark purple and moss green to knit at my leisure. Maybe I’ll get generous and knit some as gifts? Hmmm… we’ll see.

I started these on aluminum dpn’s because I’d lost one of my bamboos. Let me just say, if you think you don’t like knitting with dpn’s but have only every tried metal ones, you have not given them a fair shot. I almost had myself convinced I don’t like dpn’s. Until I found my lost bamboo in the couch cushions and continued the project on those. It was *so* much nicer. And then it was a pleasure to knit these little guys.

And then, my current project… I had a lot of misgivings about this one. I really wanted to shy away from big projects after the Chanel cardigan. But the Starfish Shawl from Norah Gaughan’s Knitting Nature was calling to me. I really do need something to keep me warm in my over air-conditioned office. And this seemed like a nice, simple knit with a beautiful result. But, well, the cast-on is 730 stitches. Yeah. that’s kind of a lot. Doesn’t sound like a small project. But, despite this hesitation, I ordered the yarn (yummy Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK). And then, despite the misgivings, I cast-on the 73o stitches (it wasn’t that bad at all, actually. I placed stitch markers every 50 stitches and it wasn’t that hard to keep count). And then I started knitting. And you know what? This shawl is just a pleasure to knit (if you try it, don’t forget to check the errata). I find it very soothing — between the repetitiveness, the lack of worry about whether it will fit, and the wonderful yarn, I am in heaven when I’m working on it.

And, since I’m a complete and utter nerd, I did the geometry and algebra to figure out how far in I would need to be in order to be 25%, 50% and 75% done. According to my calculations, once I’m 3″ in from the cast on edge, I’ll be a quarter of the way done. Six inches will be the halfway point, and 10″ will be the 3/4 point. From the edge to the center (measuring from a flat side, not a point) should be about 19 and a half inches. I’m debating on whether or not to do the armholes. From what I’ve read, they’re placed in such a way as to make the shawl unwearable. Plus, it would mean I’d have to go back and forth, with two balls of yarn hanging off the thing for a while rather than just round and round and round… We’ll see when I get there. I’ve got a ways to go before I need to make that decision. I’ll post some pics when I get further in…