CatchupOctober 28, 2005
Welp, I have been knitting. But it's been in fits and starts, and only in short bursts, when I can grab the time. I don't usually have more than one project going at a time, not including little things like socks. But look:
[Ack. I'm not enjoying iPhoto right now. Is there an easy way to shrink photos down to 320pixel-width? Sheesh.]
The left is a sock out of the wonderful Interlacements Little Feet, which I believe they stopped making? Is that right? Anyway, because that's true, or maybe it's not, I had to snatch up a skein I found last week while shopping with Jon.
Next to that is a lace scarf/shawl, my own design, my own yarn (silk/merino). How I love that last sentence.
Next to that, a determined stash-buster, inspired by the purchase of the software that ArtFibers uses to design their knitwear, called Knitware. You can buy it through ArtFibers (tell 'em I sent you!), and even though there's no Mac base right now, it's totally worth keeping my old PC clunker around for, just to fire it up and run this program. My favorite-fitting sweaters have been made using this design, and I swear I'm not getting a cut of any of the sales. You just knit a swatch, in what size needles you like, plug in the gauge and then drag and drop things around until you have a schematic of a sweater you like, and then it spits out the pattern for you. You can even rip out and measure the amount of yarn you used in your swatch and it will tell you REALLY darn close whether you have enough yarn to make the swater or not. I heart it.
It makes it so dern fun (too much fun, actually) to design a sweater. Print out the pattern. Put it in a plastic sleeve and pretend like you did all that math by yourself. Of course, I only got about two sleeves into that Chunky Wool-Ease (you know you have some in your stash, too) sweater before getting bored and casting on that luscious purple/green Malbrigo merino sweater. A little cardie, I think, with crochet trim on the edges. Yep, I designed it. Heh. Love it.