I’m not much of a joiner when it comes to knit-alongs. It’s not that I have anything against them, it’s just I fear that I will lose interest in a project and fail to stay committed then become a major knit-along loser.
I joined one anyway. Not really a knit-along, though. Project Spectrum. I’m a late joiner, but I’ve so enjoyed seeing all the creatve and colorful juices flowing on other blogs. I’ve already got some neutral August projects planned, so I signed up. I’m looking forward to the next Project Spectrum from Lolly, whatever form it may take.
First up, the Swallowtail.
Hasn’t changed, but for the addition of a lifeline. I’ll get back ti it soon, maybe once I finish
the pirate hat.
I just started decreasing and am totally excited to finish. Since it is my first time stranding, I did some experimenting.
On the bottom skulls, I used the wrap, wrap, unwrap technique I read about in this book to shorten the distance of the floats. I really enjoyed executing the little twists, but it made it bumpy in the front. Perhaps I did it too tightly. Turns out it was unneccessary, because on the next skulls I just let the yarn float loosely, and it looks much better. The floats aren’t really a big deal because it’s just a hat, and there won’t be any fingies to snag on them.
I thought for sure I would be married to the chart for this hat. I am – in the sense that for each new row I need to see what’s happening. But I definitely feel the flow of the pattern and don’t have to check the chart for each stitch. I also know really quickly if I’ve messed up. I can just feel it. It’s very cool.
And because I can’t have enough sock yarn even though I haven’t had socks on the needles in ages, new yarn for a new project.
I told my mom I would make her the Embossed Leaves Socks from IK (Winter 05), so she bought me the yarn. It’s Silja superwash in a lovely light gray heather.
So I’m feeling the neutrals in August. Oh, I am such a joiner.