Thursday, September 07, 2006

Works in Progress

I have yet to cast on for a single Christmas gift and it's September! So, what do I have on the needles? Christmas presents? No...

This, which is a gift, just not for Christmas:

That's Trendsetter Sunshine (smooth yarn) and KFI Athena (ladder yarn) being made into a scarf based on the Trellis Stole from Exquisite Little Knits. I've gone back and forth on whether the Athena has too many colors to go with the Sunshine, and I'm still not sure. I have a similar yarn in just blues and blacks that would maybe work better. Thoughts?

And, in a totally unnecessary knitting project:

This is the cuff of a Vintage Beaded Glove from Handknit Holidays. I love looking through that book, but honestly don't see myself knitting much from it. I really liked the look of these gloves (I don't like wearing bulky gloves/mittens) and I love the Blue Sky Alpaca Silk. The cable rib was a nightmare, though. Those 16 rows took me over two hours, I think. Maybe even longer. And the size 1 needles are fiddly after the size 13 I'm using on the shawl. My hands kinda hurt today. I like the look of the cable rib, but the execution was awful. I actually do have the beads for these as well, but we'll have to see whether or not I actually sew them on.

Reading: I think I'm giving up on Persuasion for the moment, but I'm not sure what to read next.

Writing: Meandering along on Chapter 7.

Cooking: Nothing really of note. I think I'll make a peach-raspberry coffee cake tomorrow, though.

6 comments:

Areli said...

Well, I can see how the cable rib would be a pain to knit, but is sure is beautiful worked up.

Marie said...

I think the purples in the Trendsetter work well with the KFI. If it was just blue and black there may be too much contrast...
The cabled rib is so lovely and interesting looking. It's too bad the cabled rib is such a pain to do. I hope your hands feel better!

KnitPastis said...

I am so behind on knitted gifts. A few things are knitted but I started wondering if they would actually wear any of it. So, needless to say I haven't knitted any more gifts. Hope you a feeling great!

snowdrop said...

The rib looks great... I'm going to take my first try at gloves soon, I like thin gloves as well... Hope the beading goes well!

Rain said...

The cable rib looks well worth the trouble.

Don't mention the C word, I know I should start my gift knitting now, but it's not going to happen.

Rachel said...

I can't believe you're committing to knitted Christmas gifts this year! I don't think I'd be able to resist doing anything but baby clothes.

Sorry to hear the beaded glove is making you crazy (and causing you pain). I think it looks pretty nice.