Tuesday, April 17, 2007

To remain focus

I have been driving myself too hard on the knitting front. I think I seriously need to slow down, take a step backward. Last year was pretty steadfast on projects like the FFL and Lady Eleanor. This year I intend to hit another milstone, that's to take on fair isle knitting and also another lace project.

After knitting more than 2 years, I managed to change from holding the yarn between my right thumb and index finger to the typical way of English Knitting. It's not easy to begin with. Imagine after going through millions of stitches, it took me quite a while to swtich my knitting style. At first, I started with the continental. However the tension was far too tight, so I tried the english way. The problem which I faced was ribbing. The switch between knit and purl, having to placed my yarn in front and behind the work. It felt pretty awkward, tension was horrible to begin with. I still remembered I tried english knitting on Sorrell (which I intend to frog and use the yarn on another project). Tapestry was soft and smooth on my pinkie, the almost zero friction tend to be problem, since pinkie isn't that strong, the yarn tend to go out of control. So ended up with uneven tension.

I think I only managed to even out tension was while knitting with Madli. Maybe it was the yarn or was it the pattern or needle that made me stay with english knitting style. Now I only have to tackle continental knitting in order to do fair isle.

Needless to say, I gonna do Eunny Jung's Venezia Pullover. This garment is definitely impractical to wear in this local climate. But when was the last time I knitted something Singapore-weather friendly? I can't remember for sure. As I work towards the goal of knitting from my stash only, I think I've really been working hard on that aspect. Of course the main purpose is to clear more space for future stash. Opps, did i say future stash? Yes, yarns for Venezia.

Not forgetting about lace and entre lac, I am going to take on both together at the sametime with the Forest Path Stole. I was first introduced to it when I was pretty fresh into knitting. I was taken aback by the complexity of the stole's contruction. However, with the KAL and lots more of the WIP pictures, I am definitely inspired to take this on. Moreover so, I have been keep my toes on Colourmart.com. I want to treat myself to something that's really soft and a different fiber (from zephyr). So far there isn't any shade which made me look twice. Will keep looking.

So far, Kimono is on its 4 repeat. I'm still 2/3 away from her's :P

Saturday, April 14, 2007

4 cones

I was about to get ready for my errands today, but a visit from the postman changed my plans. After a few hours of with my swift winder and weighing scale, I had 6 yarn cakes. From the top, Ice Blue, Sage, Plum and Elderberry. I simply can't resist the price of US$7+ for a shawl's worth of fiber. I think the other 3 recipients of the yarns are very excited too..
Just a mini recap of my FOs and WIPs, Nerissa from Rowan 41 was up within a week. I also started a couple of projects from IK Summer 2006 magazine. I need to finish the edgings on Lotus Blossom Tank and also the straps for the Bias Corset. And Sheldon from knitty.com needs 4 limbs. Current WIP is the Kimono Shawl using Jaggerspun Zephyr in Lady Slipper.

I shall leave some pics of the last Knit Out.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Where the h3LL am I?

I guess with the lack of updates, some of you might have forgotten me, 'cept those whom I have contact over MSN. Anyways, its been pretty busy with the local knitting group. I have tried to increase from once a month to twice a month and it seems like Sunday is a good day for most of us.

New Singapore Knit bloggers:
Eileen aka MLC aka miserylovescompany - iro~iro 色いろ
Adrianne aka ayumi - ennairda knits
Jackie aka JL - Jackie's la la za za

Yes, I have so much to report and so much back log to catch up with that one post isn't gonna be enough. I feel so remorseful for my 88 subscriberson bloglines.com.

*waves to the 88 readers*

I will post up pictures very very soon, I PROMISE!

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