I really should post more often. So much has been going on this past week. I am now part of the Knitting Blogs Web Ring!! That was a nice surprise. I started on some new projects that are pictured below, and I took my first knitting class.
My first knitting class was a basic sock class held at Filati . The little sock pictured above is what we made. The class really gave me a better way to make socks and has given me a better understanding of reading the sock patterns. The class was taught by Nancy England. If anyone ever gets the chance to take one of her classes, please do! I learned so much. Now my Sockapalooza pal will get some terrific socks!!!
Look Ma! Intarsia!
This is the front of Faith's sweater. I actually finished itthis week like I had wanted. This was the first time that I had tried intarsia. Much easier than I thought it would be. I am so glad that I finally tried it. Now I will have to try out more color work. I am going to get the sleeves done tonight and tomorrow so that I can seam it up and send it off. I think her mom will be really surprised that I got it done so quickly.
I started this shawl Wednesday. I found the pattern in Knitter's Winter 2000 magazine. This is a great issue as it has many shawl and sweater patterns. I was thumbing through it last month and rediscovered this pattern. The yarn I am using is Collinette Prism. I was lucky enough to find the skeins I needed on eBay and paid less than half price at other yarn shops online.
Start of Shoalwater Shawl
I finally started my Shoalwater Shawl from the shawl club by Joslyn's Fiber Farm. I haven't worked with lace weight yarn before. This made me really nervous. I was afraid that I wouldn't do very well and would get frustrated. Of course, this made it really hard for me to start it up. I decided to forget that and go ahead and start. I have made a very small start, but this has really boosted my confidence. I am actually understanding the charts much more that I had been before. Makes a big difference in my confidence level. I also love the yarn. It is a handpainted 2-ply that has a really nice hand. Makes the tiny stitches worth it.
Ok, so I was at Filati so I had to buy something!! So I purchased the sock yarn for my Sockapalooza pal. I hope that she likes these colors. When I saw this yarn, I immediately thought spring. I also read her blog to make sure that these would be colors that she likes. Now I have to decide on a pattern. Elann has some free patterns for self striping socks and I also picked up Folk Solks that has a classic sock pattern that was suggested by Nancy, the sock class instructor. Fortunately, I have a little bit of time to decide.
Ok...the kids and hubby are patiently (not really) waiting for dinner. I really need to post more often so that I cut down on the amount of pictures!!!