Sunday, January 30, 2011

On My Needles

  I like to have two projects going.  A small portable one for instant gratification, then a big one for that just-finished-a-marathon sense of accomplishment when its done.  In an ideal world one of these would be a simple uncomplicated project for social/distracted knitting, but right now that's not the case.

Small Project: Pointelle (aka the Unexpected Birthday Socks) from Knit Sock Love by Cookie A.
  These are the socks intended for my SIL.  I'm halfway through the foot on the right sock.  The chart is not quite as intimidating once you start working it, and they are a lot of fun to knit.

Large Project: Hallett's Ledge Cardigan from the Fall 2010 Issue of Twist Collective. 

   The body of the sweater was finished yesterday and I started the sleeves today.  The pattern calls for working them on DPNs, but I've decided to work them flat and two at a time for simplicity's sake.  (Working two at a time in the round leads to me getting hopelessly tangled in both yarn and circular needles...)

  In a serendipity moment, I discovered that Elinor Brown, who designed Hallett's Ledge, is a medical student in my fair city!  I work at a major teaching hospital in said fair city!  I have vowed once finished to wear this sweater to work whenever possible -- even in August.  Dear readers, this is an act of bravery that rises above merely flirting with the dress code.  There is a good reason nurse's uniforms are cheap and easy to clean.  (A member of my knitting group mentioned I could just contact her on Ravelry, but that would not be nearly as fun as stumbling upon a designer while wearing her work).

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