Sunday, February 25, 2007
At last weeks Tuesday SnB , which consisted of Sonya and myself, we started discussing my current projects. I told her what I was working on and she said, "Why haven't you posted it on your blog?" I guess I feel like I have to have something newsworthy and outstanding to post. My knitting of late consists of some pretty basic accessories. A pair of mittens and a hat using Cascade 220 wool and a grey 2x2 rib hat using Berrocco Ultra Alpaca.
When I started knitting again I think that I went a little color and yarn crazy. I made a lot of things that were wearable but none of it really matching or fitting in to any sort of color scheme. My focus of late is to work on some pieces that actually match my winter coat and can be paired with something more colorful without having a mish mash of styles. I finished these over the last couple of weeks and have been wearing them (hence some of the fuzz on the mittens), but wasn't sure if they were "blog-worthy.
I have also been working on learning to knit continental and combination style. I always hear about how much easier and faster they are etc. I started a 2x2 rib hat in the round using the continental method. I am having a hard time with holding the yarn and keeping my tension so I am less that thrilled with the look of the finished stitches. Although for stockinette in the round it seems to work well as it is just straight knit stitches. I switched over to the combined method that Annie Modesitt uses and found it easier to keep my tension and the stitches seem more uniform but the gauge of the fabric is a lot tighter and the stitches seem to have a different look. The picture shows my continental efforts to the right side and the combined towards the left. Can you see the difference. Any advice ?
As for other goings on, the kitchen remodeling project is coming together. Here's the tile being grouted in. So far the sink, counter tops, most of the tile and half of the cabinets are painted. The boys have been over here all weekend, working their butts off and they are coming again in the morning to get started with tiling the dining room. The new stove and dishwasher are here but are not yet installed. It's all starting to come together I figure another week or two and then it'll come down to wrapping up the fine details like window treatments etc.