Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Celtic Lattice vest I chose to be my first steeking project is on hold…I’m currently looking for another design to work on. This has nothing to do with the fact I would have to cut my knitting…I came to terms with that—and kept telling myself “It’ll be okay—It’ll be okay…”

This all stems from the fact that I RARELY use the yarn called for when knitting. I make sure I get gauge…and make further size adjustments as needed. This pattern is not going to allow me to do this, there are 3 sizes each size is determined by the size needle you use—not by how many stitches you cast on. I’m using my homespun which is sport weight requiring size 5 or 6 needles, so I swatched and got gauge on size 6 needles…took several times but eventually I got it! BUT—I bet you knew that was coming…once I *metered* my yarn I’m afraid I’m going to come up short with the “Dolphin Dance” (turquoise) color, and
David Simpson doesn’t have anymore of this fiber…big UH-OH! I would hate to get almost to the end only to run out! So…I’m going to work on designing my own vest pattern, which may or may not be steeked. It will be an intarsia design…wish me luck!

Everything I’ve been doing lately has been from my stash…and believe me I have plenty of stash!! So I’m going to find another pattern to do my first steeking with! I thought about fooling around with this design to make it work but being that this is my first time steeking I don’t think I want to make it more complicated!

I’ve been perusing
Garnstudio and have seen many, many beautiful patterns…possibly too many to choose just one! If you’ve never been there you would be doing yourself a big favor by checking it out!!!

Walking progress---1 ½ miles today! Froze my buns off but I did it!!

Knitting progress---I’ve started on the second sock for my cousin and beginning to turn the heel on the

Spinning---I’m almost done with the
North Ronaldsay and getting ready to ply it.

Keep on Knittin', Spinnin' & Walkin'!!!


IndigoMuse said...

Darn it. I wanted to see that vest knit up. And double darn it, I wanted to get some of that dolphin dance the next time he was in town. You'll find another good one, I'm sure of it.


Dana said...

good for you- knitting from zee stash...

and way to go on the walking!

Birdsong said...

I haven't started it yet, but have the yarn and pattern to make Seda's Vest, a Knitpicks design with steeks. It is only one color, using bet. 550 and 770 yards of worsted... you might consider it to learn steeking, but no colorwork, cables instead. I am like you and always making substitutes... keeps things exciting!

DeltaDawn said...

Funny - I was just at Garnstudio for the first time today - what an incredible site! There were several lovely silke tweed steeked cardigans I have my eye on...

I'm planning a vest with some of my first handspun - fun!

Marianne said...

I love that book, the Clock vest is on my list, I am so smitten with that vest....your pick was my #2...