11 July 2009

Mohair lacy scarf

Although I'd knit lace before, but only as garnish and never in fine wool. Then one day I saw some lovely kid mohair in the shops and I just had to have it, and I knew just the perfect project. So I started this lacy scarf to test the wool and my lace skills. The pattern calls for 3.5mm needles and for some reason I haven't any in my needle bag, no matter, I'll use another size. Toying between 3.25mm and 3.75mm, I finally decided on 3.25mm, my reason being I don't really like wide scarves. I haven't done a swatch, but in this case that's not really necessary, is it? We shall see.

Cast on today, a bit slow to get started, the fine wool and its lightness took some getting used to. But I've got the hang of it now, I think. And so far so good.

07 July 2009

Mindless knitting

I always knit while watching TV, it seems a crime if I didn't, all that time would be wasted! But I was taught a lesson Sunday night, it was the Wimbledon men's final Federal vs. Roddick, both my favourite players. I was knitting some socks for my cousin's birthday, the pattern was quite easy and has a nice rhythms to it. So I was clicking away cheering for both, then halfway through the match I suddenly realised with a horror that I had picked up stitches without shaping the heel!! The sock was looking more like a sack! I didn't rip it back there and then as it was way past midnight by the time I realised it, the sock was finished the next day. Note to self: better choose something less shapely when watching Wimbledon finals, it's obviously more absorbing than average TV programmes.