Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Heart Warmer shawl

I picked up a copy of Melanie Falick's Handknit Holidays right before Christmas and if you don't have it already (I know I'm kinda late jumping onto this bandwagon...there's even a KALwhich I would like to join when the yarn gets here), you should get to a bookstore (or your library if you are lucky) and take a look at it. Or if you can't get to either this instant, check out savannahchik's blog for photos and yarn requirements for every project in the book. I've got lots of knitting books and this one has got by far the highest percentage of things I'd actually knit than any other. Most of the projects are a little challenging for me so knitting them will be an exercise in determination and follow-through which happen to be my knitting goals for 2006.

First up: the heart warmer shawl (pictured). I just ordered Jamieson Shetland Spindrift lace weight wool for it and since it's going to be a long project for me (the whole thing is knit with laceweight on US 1 needles!) I also splurged on my first pair of Addi turbo circs. I can't wait to get started on it, but since some of the colours I need are backordered I'll have to be a little more patient (also on the 2006 resolution list). The shopkeeper thinks she'll be able to get them to me in 2-3 weeks which gives me just enough time to finish up all those "Christmas projects" that are still hanging around here. I'm really, REALLY almost done my husband's Hringur sweater. I just need to weave in ends and block it. More details on that FO to come. And my sister's socks? I'm still not finished the first one. Turns out I hate knitting on two circs! It's so slow going for me...guess that's why the sock's been untouched on my nightstand since the week before Christmas.

Courage ma chere...

6 comments:

  1. What a lovely shawl! Hopefully your yarn will arrive soon. :) I have heard good things about Handknit Holidays, but I've never seen it. I'd have to check it out in person before buying it. It's not a bad price though.

    How long did you make the sleeves (from armpit to cuff) on the Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater you made for your son? I just knit one of the sleeves on the one I'm making and it looks like a good length, but I'm curious as to what you did. :)

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  2. Thanks for the info Anny. My sleeve is 15.5 cm from armpit to cuff. I checked this website (http://www.northtipton.com/national.htm) to see how long the average baby's arm is, and it said for newborn the sleeve should be 15.5cm and for 6 months 16.5cm, so it should fit fine. Again, I just wanted to compare, because I know your sweater fit your son beautifully. Thanks muchly. :)

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