February 22, 2007

Knitting with a side of strep

Would you like fries with that?

I hate that I feel like I'm becoming a strep expert, but we've had enough of it around here and 66.666666667% of us are on antibiotics and some of us are on steroids. Although I have the mildest symptoms and very little discomfort, I agreed to start the antibiotic regimen as well because I don't want to get it any worse than I have it and I KNOW I've been exposed and am in danger of exposing others.

My knitting is manic right now and it's helping. Reading about knitting is helping. Reading knitting blogs is helping most of all. Keep knitting, y'all, because I am tired of hearing and reading about Anna Nicole Smith and Britney Spears (and OH YEAH, I have an opinion about both of them and the drama involved along with some inside scoop, but this is a knitting blog).

(Unwashed, unblocked swatch)

OMIGOSH I love this yarn more every time I use it. I'm swatching for when I receive my Sarah Dallas book so I can knit a throw similar to Alison's and I want this Fuchsia to be the predominant color.

Manos del Uruguay Brick; washed and blocked

I've also already started knitting a throw/afghan consisting of 12 patterned blocks. I decided to do this in one color - the Brick color instead of twelve different colors (too much thinking). I got the required gauge with Size 8 Clover Bamboo circulars. My plan is to try to average a block a month in order to have a finished throw in December. It's not a project I'll hurry to finish but it's something I can pick up and work on when I'm watching television.

For some reason, the thick- and thin-ness of Manos is bothering me a little bit this time. It blocks out fine, but while I'm knitting, it irks me . . . just a bit. I'm halfway through the first block, the Textured Rib, and then I'll try to finish another block before the end of the month. If you're paying attention, you'll notice that I've abandoned the Santa Fe Ruana I started last year. I exchanged all my unused Manos for the Brick colorway and frogged the half panel that I'd already knit on my ruana.

I've been on a mission to organize my project notes as well. More on that tomorrow (along with a freebie I'll share). But if you've been reading this far (proving you have the time on your hands), go read this entry that just popped up in my Bloglines notifier. "Don't overthink."

December 09, 2006

Santa Fe Ruana

I was trying to make a decision about my Santa Fe Ruana when I came across this blog entry at January One. If you read it, you'll understand my reasons for abandoning the ruana. It wasn't the pattern (I still love it) but the colors I chose. While I love each of the colors of Manos del Uruguay individually, together they are not so compelling for me.

So yesterday, I exchanged the gorgeous multi-colored Woodlands colorway for the Brick that I am so in love with. The persimmon is amazing too, but I have tons of delicious orange in my wardrobe now.

Manos Del Uruguay

And, Ariann, I haven't forgotten you, but that unfinished ruana was weighing on me. Now I'm lightened -- excited! Ariann will be what I start before the year ends. Of course, there are many other possibilities for 2007:

Blue Sky Alpacas


August 24, 2006

Rohrspatz & Wollmeise sock yarn

Rohrspatz & Wollmeise

It's difficult to express how much I love the color of the Rohrspatz & Wollmeise yarn that Marjan sent me for our sock yarn swap. I made a vague request for "reds" and she sent me this gorgeous "Brombeere" (which I think translates to "blackberry"). I've swatched for my socks with the yarn and tried a garter rib before deciding that I'd be happiest with a plain stockinette sock so that I could really enjoy these colors.

There's a great Wollmeise Blog where I found stockings -- presumably knit with the Wollmeise yarn. Those stockings are inspiring! Thanks, Marjan, for a great swap. As of today, I have no socks in progress so it's a perfect day to cast on.

I managed to complete a stripe sequence for the Santa Fe Ruana yesterday:

SF Ruana Stripe Sequence

The ruana is knit with two panels and joined with a mitered panel in the back; the vertically-striped panels are the "colorful" portion of the ruana and while I'm not too sure yet about the yellow I chose, I'm happy enough with it to see the possibilities. I really enjoy knitting with Manos and am enjoying the dark red and forest green.

August 22, 2006

Santa Fe Ruana begun

I wasn't planning to start this ruana yet, but I was fortunate enough to go to the Knit-Along at Twisted Yarns today. I'm glad I did -- there were several little tweaks and tricks I learned that will help this project go smoothly. I also needed help deciding on the sequence for the colors. While I think it's turning out a bit "brighter" than I envisioned when I chose the colors, I am pleased enough with it and hopeful that the finished product won't look clownish. I was aiming for a South American-inspired color palette and if I achieve that, I'll be happy.


I have another finished pair of socks to share and a wonderful sock yarn acquisition, but since school started last week, I'm just a tiny bit behind on the blog posting.

August 06, 2006

Fall 2006 Project

Santa Fe Ruana (Design Source pattern using Manos Del Uruguay wool):

Santa Fe Ruana backSanta Fe Ruana Front

And the colors I chose:


Manos del Uruguay
Woodland (109, variegated) - MC
Persimmon (W)
Uranium (35)
Brick (54)
Straw (Z)
Olive (55)

And the shop model (Manos trunk show):

Santa Fe Ruana - Manos Trunk Show

Everybody who tried it on yesterday looked great in it. I have no idea when I'll be able to start this (much less finish it) but it's the perfect little something for our 3 days of winter weather every year.