Sunday, September 23, 2007

Fifth Time's the Charm

I finally managed to spin the yarn I was hoping for to make my sweater. Thank you all for your comments on my efforts. I'm sure if I were sensible I would start with a smaller project, but I tend to be a bit grandiose in my goals, and it usually works for me.

To tell you the truth, I'm not sure whether this is what I originally pictured, or just what I've decided I can manage, but either way I'm pleased with the colors and texture. I'm planning a simple, boxy sort of pullover that will highlight the yarn rather than the pattern. I imagine a sort of throw-it-on-with-jeans, rustic kind of thing, so perfection is not really important for this project. I did promise the single skein of three-ply to my little fiberhead (my seven-year-old son), so I'll be using all two-ply, which is mostly the same gauge.

In other news, look!

I have finally moved beyond the endless yarn-overs and into the much more interesting edging of Icarus. For those who are counting, I'm down to 38 rows. Desperation seems to have added speed to my fingers, and I am, as suggested, "knitting like the wind." I may even have found a new favorite knitting spot. My ten-year-old had a music lesson Saturday morning, and as it was raining (for the first time in 151 days), I sat in the car with a good CD and knitted while the rain pattered on the roof. It was 45 minutes of utter bliss. Unfortunately, it only rains here once in a blue moon, and the likelihood of it happening at a time when I am waiting in the car is practically nil, so I won't be giving up my butt groove anytime soon.

And just in case you're wondering, this is what Icarus is draped over:

Check out the cool light-and-shadow shot:

11 comments:

sophanne said...

Icarus- and the accompanying lighting looks great- as does the spinning. It will be a most excellent rustic sweater.

There's nothing wrong with grandiosity-especially since you seem to pull it off so well!

Melissa said...

Wow. 151 days. Wild. Wanna trade??

Kim said...

Icarus is beautiful. Keep knitting like the wind!

Angelika said...

You passed the test, the boring part of the shawl and now it's on to the interesting border. That's your reward. I bet you'll knit a lot faster now.

Sarah said...

Ooh, pretty Icarus! I like that you used white, it makes it look even more like wings/feathers.

The_Add_Knitter said...

Good for you, you are flying now! And there's nothing more soothing than the rain...

Maureen said...

I wish I could send a little of our rain your way. Icarus is looking lovely!

Kate said...

Icarus is lovely. I was scared off by that big stretch in the middle, so am doubly impressed with you!!

re: your comment at Riverstitch ....
sausages in Yorkshire Pudding batter. The best in comfort foods!

Stephanie said...

Yay for spinning! I just have been learning how. I am going to post about it later this week.

That is a cool shot.

Sarah said...

Icarus is a definite WOW. I am glad you persevered.

a friend to knit with said...

oh, i can so relate to your time alone in the car! :)

good going on the spinning...it is really beautiful! perfect for that kind of sweater...

your icrus is spectacular!