My Vision top from Rowan Magazine 49 is finished! I’ve worn it a couple of times now and finally got the chance to take some early morning shots like I wanted. This top is made out of Kidsilk Haze and is a fairly easy knit. The lace is the most fun part, and as long as you don’t have to take any out, the Kidsilk Haze is wonderful to work with.
Here is a shot of the back:
If I were to make this again, I think I would use a provisional cast on for the back, and use kitchener stitch to eliminate the back seam. It is helpful for lining up where to sew the other pieces to the body, but I don’t think that it’s totally necessary. I’m not sure I like how the seam looks. And yes, I am wearing a stitch marker in my ear.
I started this top last spring, and took a long hiatus as the weather grew too hot to think about touching mohair. It’s cooled significantly here in the South in the last few days as we finally got some rain and thunderstorms, and I’m so grateful. I’m not quite ready for fall weather yet, but a break from 106 degrees is more than welcome.
I’m still working on Liesl. It’s very easy with clever pocket construction. I had the wrong gauge and had to rip back almost 270 yards of Euroflax because I was reading the ROW gauge. Grrrr. I’m all caught up now and down to the last of three balls, so I’m hoping this one flys off the needles in time for school to start in about a week. I’ll be starting the 3rd year of my PhD program, and I want to look sharp.
Photos by Matthew Petty
Hello Reader! It’s my blogiversary! Welcome!
Today is the fourth anniversary of my blog. It seems like such little time has passed. I began this blog when I met my friend Lynda Jo and started getting back into knitting. I didn’t really even have an awareness of blogs, especially knitting blogs back then. I had been a sporadic knitter at that time and didn’t have very much confidence in my skills. In fact, when I met LJ, she pointed out that I had been knitting all of my stitches backwards.
I began attending a knit night at my LYS, Handheld Knitting, and met a wonderful bunch of women. They are a fun and rowdy group of ladies, and they even helped me brave my first sock heel. That pair of socks might have looked like they were made for a clown, but it helped me to take on more challenging projects and increase my knitting self-efficacy.
Now I’m brave enough to take on 80 stitches of kitchener stitch, as shown in the lovely Mohair Bias Loop by Churchmouse Yarns. I used Rowan Kidsilk Haze. It’s a soft little warm cloud for the neck and I love it.
My friend Jimmy Jackson took these pictures. We work in the university library together and he found some great spots to get pictures of this cowl. The pictures above and below are in the reflection of a large glass window facing a wall.
My life, this blog, my school career…it’s all a work in progress. So much has changed in my life since I began knitting and even since I began this blog. New friends, lost loves, new loves, moving, shifting, recalibrating. I have about 5 projects on the needles, two of them designs that I don’t know what to do with. I could put them on my blog, be brave and try to publish, or just enjoy them for myself. Either way, knitting keeps me sane through joyous times or those of devastation. I venture to say many knitters feel this way. I will knit until my hands no longer can.