Sunday, January 13, 2008

First FO of 2008!

I have a lot of yarn. I don't pretend that I don't. I plan on using most of what's there at some point during this lifetime...the rest? Who knows... I have it all somewhat organized, in bins and those big XXL Ziploc bags that make me so happy. It's all pretty much piled in one area of my spare room. I've been lucky - it didn't seem to attract too much attention. However, Gandalf has discovered that it's kinda neat to climb all over Mom's yarn, to get as high as he possibly can, and then get stuck. Over. And over. And over. And over. Again. I'm hoping that it's just one of those phases he goes through, much like the tip-the-water-bowl phase and look-the-ringer-volume-button-on-the-phone-rings-if-you-put-your-paw-on-it phase. Oh, and the wheeeee-magnets-on-the-fridge-ooops-now-on-the-floor-fun! phase.

"I can't help it. Really, I can't. It's a brain thing."


But look! Look at what I have! Why, it's something completed!

It's not easy to photogragh, but say it with me anyway! Yay!

The deets:

Debbie Bliss "Cricket Cabled Sweater", a free pattern I received while I was a member of the Debbie Bliss club. I used Fleece Artist Woolie Silk 3-ply, on size 4mm.

Started: Obviously
Finished: January 12, 2008

An easy knit, with very little PITA factor, if any. It looks more difficult than it is, but the pattern doesn't change at all throughout the entire design. And, the instructions are pretty clear as to picking up the neckband stitches. I would have made it a bit longer though, but it's not too big of a deal. It looks small, mainly because of the cable/rib combination. It fits perfectly!

I have to say, I've been pretty good at cleaning up my WIP's up to now. Next in line is Mermaid, which had less to do than I'd anticipated. So, I have a bit of the right front to complete, and then it's on to the sleeves. Mermaid is nowhere near as complicated as it looks. I'm not even following instructions at this point - I'm just mirroring what I did for the left front, and reversing the shaping.

Arangenser on the other hand, has a lot more to complete. Unlike Fulmar and its crazy size 3mm needles, Arangenser is much more sensible at 5.5mm, and a much thicker yarn. So, even though I'm roughly 50% completed, it won't take me as long to finish. I'm hoping anyway.

And in between all of that... My lovely Laleli. Moving along quite nicely. Here's a progress picture (as promised).

It may not look like much, but I have approx. 25 rounds to complete before the back neck shaping, and then the body is complete! Then it's on to the sleeves, and the button band.

No progress picture of Fulmar, 'cause there's really not much more to show...

And hold on to your knitted hats ladies and gents, because I have a WIP that I keep forgetting to mention - and it's lacey too... Ooooo...

This is the Seaweed Scarf from VY. I'm knitting it in Selkie, which is a bit dark, but that's ok. I think the shock of me knitting lace is enough for you for to take in anyway. :D

I'm not sure when I started it, probably last year sometime. The pattern says to do 50 repeats of the 12-row repeat (which no doubt threw me in a tizzy the first time I read it), and I have approx. 32 repeats done. I will probably stop at around 40, mainly because I won't have a surface to block it on if it's any longer, and also to stop me from wanting to chuck it out the window.

When it is completed it will not only be a) a miraculous occurance, but also b) a bonus FO. I actually want to wear this one.

And before you ask (Marina) - devote ALL my time to finishing it up? No. I can no more devote my entire knitting time to knitting lace than Gandalf can stop being a wienie.

Speaking of wienies. So, I've been up since 3am, supporting a switch upgrade for work. Part I went according to plan, and I settled in to wait around for Part II to complete so I could start the testing. I waited. And waited. And decided to clear up some old e-mails to pass the time. First one I opened? A note telling us that Part II was to be postponed. Sent at 12:30am.



Chris said...

Ugh about the switch upgrade!! Been there... I swear, we must do virtually the same job. :)

Congrats on the lovely FO! And dang, I have a bruise from falling out of my chair when I saw that lace. ;)

Ah, Gandalf. Still, you're lucky - May would chew open the ziplocks, then gnaw up the yarn!!

Lorraine said...

Brigitte- We're not entirely surprised- it is VY lace.

And we know what a VY Ho you are!

Bridget said...

Oh, pretty pictures! I like the Debbie Bliss sweater - it looks nice and complicated, and if it's not, even better ...

Lace - someday I will actually complete something that is a lace pattern. Even if just a bookmark.

Gandalf must have been in touch with Jetsam, except hopefully for you, Jet failed to tell him about the part where you get stuck in a spot that requires nearly every bit of other yarn be moved ...

Marina said...

Yay! And wow! You're really moving!

The Cricket Cabled sweater is in my colour. Gorgeous!

Laleli? Not so much my colours, but put together, I'm beginning to like it.

Don't you have a white sheet to drape seaweed on top of? It's lovely!

I am soo ready to buy if the British Pound goes any lower!

LadyLungDoc said...

Laleli is Loverly!

Michelle said...

I really do LOVE Debbie Bliss patterns! I actually got a chance to meet her at a LYS last year. She was awesome! Petite, trendy yet classic and very down-to-earth. Do you still have the club?

Michelle said...

Oh yeah! Your sweater is lovely. I love orange. It's actually my favorite color (and then all the rest of the fall colors)...
You've got to show a photo of you wearing it!

Nicole said...

I love the pictures! And also the Gandalf stories. It makes Suzy not sound like quite so strange a cat to hear all the other funny cat stories out there. :)

Brenda said...

The sweater is beautiful, and the lace scarf will be too. You really have some lovely projects.

Ah, Gandalf. Such a goofball! But so very cute too.

miyamojo said...

Gandalf - it's so fun to be young!

The cable sweater sure is yummy!

Wow! You're gonna have lots of FO's to show soon! I love that Seaweed Scarf - Selkie sure is a nice color! m :)

Sonya said...

Such pretty projects! I always like Debbie Bliss' cable patterns. Laleli is just gorgeous. Gandalf is such a hoot. One of our cats thinks it's great fun to get up on top of the shower stall and loom over us. I have no idea how she gets up there or down.

Carrie K said...

He's not a wienie, he's creative. And hopefully it's just a phase.

Wienies are those who send emails out rescheduling switch upgrades.

Oh, and YAY! for FO's! I love the color and it's a really pretty pattern. Easy? Are you sure?

And. Oh. My. God. Lace! Real life lace!

Traceyleezle said...

Oooh, lovin the sweater. I love the tangerineeness of it. It was so thoughtful of them to get that email out to you right away.

JinBao said...

Gandalf, I hear ya on the brain thing. Really, I admire your consistency.

carolyn said...

You have made so much progress on everything!
Isn't it a nice feeling to have some FO's to show off.
The scarf is new to me... I had never seen that before.
(Good thing you are knitting it. If I were, it would be in long term hibernation what with my "attitude" about lace!)

bev said...

The sweater is loverly! And the scarf! WOW!!! Laleli is indescribable - you can send it to me when it is done. I will love it and cuddle it and call it Laleli! Also, do you walk around with a camera glued to your face just to get those kitty pictures? You must, because you always have at least one and that one is always great!

Rebekah said...

Oh that is so funny about Gandalf! I love the one about the ringer on the phone.

Beautiful sweater, what a great FO to start the year. I'm determined to either frog or finish all my WIP's this year.

Marji said...

Love your WIP/UFO update. It's so much more calming to me, than mine.
The lace is gorgeous! And the Laleli, sigh - I love it.