Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Random Things

With most of my focus on the Men's Spring Knitting Retreat, I've had a few things building up in the queue.

Fiber To Scarf Exchange
One of Ted's other projects (where DOES he find the time?) has been a Fiber to Scarf exchange. He basically got a group of spinners/knitters to agree to send him some roving and in exchange, get someone else's roving and make them a scarf from it.

I stupidly ignored the intimidation factor of spinning someone else's fiber and then making something creative in the form of a scarf...I ignored it at least until the fiber arrived, and then I was like, "shit...what can I make with this?".

It was even more intimidating not knowing which of Ted's extremely competent readers/friends I was spinning/knitting for.

It was even more intimidating when, I found out it was for Kate...someone who's been around on-line knitting forums forever, and also works and instructs and designs for a yarn store.

Oh well, now that it's over, I can share with you the full story. Read about it here.

Current Knitting
I have been working diligently on the Ichida lace project. I grafted together the two center sections, and picked up a bazillion stitches around the outside.

Over the weekend, I was able to complete up to round 14 out of 64. It takes a while to do each round since there are now over 800 stitches on the needles.

One nice aspect of the border sections is that the repeats are short and easy to remember without constantly referring to the graph.

Readers' Comments/Questions
Thanks everyone for the information on Knitting in the Old Way: Designs and Techniques from Ethnic Sweaters. Now I realize I have to own it as well.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful work on the scarf exchange- you spun a gorgeous yarn from that fiber.

Kerry said...

Your Ichida is looking beautiful.

Anonymous said...

the scarf exchange story is great. I love the resulting yarn and the scarf pattern.

The lace is also looking wonderful.

Ted said...

I don't have a cat or a partner. It frees up a lot of time.

Kate said...

aw, shucks. i feel the same way about you.

i have both Ichida books, too, but haven't even begun to choose a first project from either.

did you ever hear anything about the project you left on the plane?

Jane said...

Your Ichida is looking wonderful! I'm impressed with your grafting prowess and I can't wait to see this puppy blocked!