Wednesday, September 02, 2009

I Am Back ......

..... & I can't believe that it's been a month since my last post. Where did the days went? I have been so busy with the girls' activities - piano exams, rehearsals, performances, meetings ..... & I have to do all the driving as my husband was away on a business trip. I was exhausted at the end of each day & all I wanted to do was just sit down with my knitting....

And I also managed to get quite a bit of knitting done as I sat & waited during all those events. 1st FO ....

A 2nd Milkweed Shawl for myself. I love this pattern as it's all garter stitch & not too much lace. It's a great project to take everywhere. Of course, I knitted the shawl in Casbah again & I love the colors (Stardust) - grey & blue! I managed to use the whole ball & knitted 4 extra rows of the edging. The shawl is 120cm x 60cm after blocking.


The 2nd FO is the Featherweight Cardigan which I cast on sometime in June & had neglected it for a while. I picked it up again also for the simple knitting (all stocking stitch) & as a go everywhere project. I also love this pattern & the yarn is gorgeous to knit with - a 2ply merino/tussah silk blend from Zen Yarn Gardens in a red wine color (Vino) .......




This cardigan has turned out great! I used a feather & fan stitch pattern for the front bands & the sleeves as I thought the plain rib bands will be boring. I am so glad that I did it as the f & f pattern had added the extra touch to the cardigan. I also added length to the body & knitted 3/4 sleeves.

This is the 1st time that I knitted a garment in lace yarn & I can't believe the weight & feel of it - it's so light & soft. It's like wearing feathers, no wonder the name of the design - Featherweight!I love this cardigan! Knitting lace yarn on 3.75mm needles with 200 - 300 stitches can be tedious but I will be more than willing to do it again as the result is fabulous. Even Lynette is asking for one as she tried it on & love the feel of it. Now I am starting my search for more lace yarn with about 1200 m in a skein!

I have also finished 2 pairs of socks (a test pair & then the actual pair) for the Spring Sock Club for Knitting Inspirations. Here's a peek at the socks .....

This is my 2nd design for the Sock Club & all the patterns will be make available soon. I am now back to the drawing block for the next design for Summer ......

7 comments:

Rose Red said...

I LOVE the featherweight with the F&F edging - just lovely!! I'm so tempted to knit one for myself...

And that sneak peek - squeeeeee!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Love the cardigan! The color, the F &F, all of it is gorgeous!

Amanda said...

The shawls are great and I love what you did with the bands for the cardi. Looks fantastic.

Suzanne said...

The shall is awesome, but so is the sweater. It looks great on you! I am truely amazed!! Can't wait for the sock pattern.!! Welcome back!
Suzanne

Anni said...

Gorgeous cardigan and gorgeous shawl.

Rachel said...

Wow--you have been busy...two new sock designs and some awesome knitting. Love the milkweed shawl...have been thinking of this one myself. It's fairly simple, but still stunning in design. And I love the changes you made to the Featherweight cardigan. The thought of knitting this in laceweight really does make my eyes twitch so I haven't considered it seriously. But so many beautiful ones keep showing up that I will probably reconsider!

Jackie said...

Your knitting is gorgeous! I especially love the cardi and it fits you beautifully! Hopefully I'll be making my first sweater for me this fall.