Tuesday, October 23, 2012

WIP: Transcontinental Shawlette

It's definitely fall up here in NE Ohio, regardless of how warm our Indian Summer is, and that means winter is on the way.  I see so many beautiful shawl patterns in magazines and on Ravelry, and until this past month, I had never made a shawl. 

I am currently knitting the Transcontinental Shawlette, a pattern from Kate Jackson's new collection, Sunday Drive.  It is (for me) a pretty easy pattern once I get into a rhythm with the rows.  The first Transcontinental Shawlette I knit using String Theory "Caper" sock yarn.  It turned out well despite the fact that I simply could not get a hang of the picot bind off--went into the LYS the other day and had one of the women working there demonstrate it for me.  That shawl unfortunately met an untimely fate; I tried to rip back the bind off and re-knit it using the actual pattern, but ended up with a scissor slice right through twenty rows in my shawl.  So I'm re-knitting it in Kraemer Sterling Silk & Silver sock yarn, in the Princess colorway.  Progress pic: 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

New kit I really want to make

Knitpicks fall catalog came out a month or two ago, and I haven't had much time to flip through it.  However, colder weather is upon us here in Ohio, and one of the new kits in the catalog caught my eye.  The In Touch Gloves Kit, priced at $15.99, is a must-have for any knitter who uses a tablet, smartphone, e-reader, or any other touchscreen device.  The neat thing about these gloves is that the index fingers and thumbs have conductive thread knitted into them, making it a snap to answer texts, calls, and page through your newest ebook.  I, for one, can't wait to cast on these!