Thursday, December 28, 2006

Working Hard on Vacation

I thought I'd try to see if I could get a sweater knit for myself while I was on vacation. I got this far:That's one sleeve done and the other only six rows away from the finish. But the Québécoise wool was starting to annoy me, just the feel of it sliding through my fingers. It's a little rough, but I expect it to wear well and to soften in a Euculann bath. Also, the yardage is great, each sleeve is taking about one skein of yarn.

Here's a close up of the stitches:

I'm working at a pretty loose gauge for me. It's going to need a good blocking, but I like the fabric, it is light and airy. I'm using Addi Turbos to knit on, and the pattern is interesting, so this is an enjoyable knit. Still, I needed a break from it.

Inspired by Anne at Knitspot, I decided it was time to upgrade my felted clogs. The ones I'm wearing now are too big because I didn't felt them enough, but I don't want to try re-felting them, because I've painted the soles with non-skid rug backing. A different sized needle, some softer wool and I'm back in business! I decided to do a wild experiment:

For one thing, I'm using a Bernat wool for the soles and the Lion Brand for the uppers. I hope there's not too much difference between the two. Second, get a load of those colors. I was thinking of trying to match up the color repeat in the two strands held together, but then decided to just let it go where it may. I wonder what it will look like felted?


  1. That sweater is stunning! And I love the clogs. If you can't have fun with slippers, well, really - what can you have with?

  2. That is a lovely stitch pattern!

    I think those colors will look great felted.