I haven’t posted alot about my knitting lately, so I thought I’d do a bit of catching up and summing up.
Last summer, when the bagpipers were in town and the Highland Games were afoot, I was focused on kilt hose. I started a pair in DK-weight yarn that later got set aside. I also began a pair in regular sock-weight yarn for a reenactor-friend, to be followed by a pair for an Irish piper. I set these all aside when submission time came for patterns for Sock Madness 3. Now that SM3 is pretty much handled, I hope to re-start on my kilt hose. I’ve been working both socks on one l-o-n-g Magic Loop circular needle. Status as of 8/24/2008:
I like writing patterns for Sock Madness. Last year, the competitors wrote such nice things! I know I could make my pattern-writing more terse, and shorter, and be able to say that all the necessary info is “in there”, but I prefer to include explanations and photos, to make the work more accessible and intuitive to the more-visually-inclined among us. I suppose I write ‘em how I like to read ‘em. No photo-posting, however, until the Cone of Silence is lifted and the contest coordinators release the pattern.
Aside from the socks, my main project-of-focus has been Level 2 of TKGA‘s Master Handknitter program. I worked through the swatches and their accompanying questions, section by section. Remember when I was experimenting with buttonholes in 1×1 ribbing? Boy, I had fun with that one!
And then there were the reports (started, but not done), book reviews (not started, although I have taken some notes), and projects.
And now, Argyle sock[Yes, they really are THAT BRIGHT. Dale calls these colors "neon".]
I have progressed on these to just past the centers of the second rank of diamonds, but I don’t have access to the digital camera just now. . . .
I hope to submit my Level 2 work soon. Perhaps by the end of the month? No reason to hurry, except to be Done.
Along the way, I’ve worked on some hats — always hats!
Currently, I’m developing the pattern for my Square-Topped hat
and knitting my second Maltese Fisherman’s Hat, by Elizabeth Zimmermann. [This one's for ME!]
That pattern is available in a SpunOut one-sheet (#9) called “A Horde of Hats”, along with 4 or 5 other cap patterns, for $1 (plus postage) from Schoolhouse Press. [NAYY, but I love to do business with them.] Dig the garter stitch short rows.
Other projects still live, but are receiving less of my attention: Fair Isle sampler scarf, Reversible 2-color pattern sampler, Twisted bias scarf, Noro entrelac shawl.
I think that brings us pretty much up to date!
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