Saturday, June 09, 2007

purple stuff

aka startitis or things I meant to blog about but never did.

I think it's obvious what my favourite colour is, don't you? Here we have various projects. From the top centre, a swatch for the Back to School U-neck vest from Fitted Knits by Stephanie Japel (recent acquisition, love it!), going clockwise, a small amount of sleeve for a cardigan based on the Treeline striped cardigan from Purl bee, a feather and fan comfort shawl in various oddments, and quite a bit of Bottoms Up, a top from the first issue of Yarn Forward. The last of these is what I'm knitting on most at the moment. It's in 4ply, Rowan 4 ply soft to be precise, and so is a slow grower. I'm not letting myself start the vest until at least one of these is finished.

I'm not sure whether I like the cardigan or not. I like the design and these colours, a dark purple and a lighter lilac, but the yarn is rather scrunchy superwash wool. Still, the first ever cardigan I made was in very squeaky acrylic in day-glo muppet colours and I wore that quite a lot. Still would if it wasn't now ridiculously loose. I expect I'll persevere, cardigans are useful. Plus there's loads of both those yarns sitting in a plastic bag under my desk and it's a good way to use them up.

I do like the top. I think it might be autumn before it's the right sort of temperature to wear it, though with the random weather we've been having lately, who knows. Cotton would be the obvious choice, but I had 4 balls of 4ply soft sitting around (an eBay aquisition), so bought 2 more to go with them and began (different dye-lot of course, so I'm alternating old and new).

This pic makes the shawl look like a big purple mess. It's nicer in person, honest. I seem to have got a bit obsessed with shawls. This is my third this year.

What else am I up to? The Shetland shawl needs an FO post. My first Roza's sock is still slow. I need to start my sockapalooza socks, once I've decided what I'm making.

I was supposed to be knitting less this year. So far, I'm not convinced I am. Ah well.


HP said...

why knitting less?
does it take up too much time?

Pig wot flies said...

Yes, a bit. It's fun, but not as important as say, reading. I wanted to spend less time knitting and more time reading. Not really happening, partly because I knit when watching telly or talking to people. So maybe that's OK. I wish I had more time to read though.

Lyndsey-Jane said...

Since starting knitting I have read much less (i've probably decreased by reading by over half - novel wise anyway, still have to find time for uni reading) but recently I have been listening to audiobooks, something I can do whilst knitting. Its really good, not the same as reading but still relaxing. I am tending to stick to the classics (Wuthering Heights, Silas Marner and Room With A View) and leaving my passion for thillers/crime to the real books.
Are you going to the Ktog on saturday? If you are you've finished with book can you bring it along please? Hope you are ok?

Pig wot flies said...

Hi Lyndsey-Jane. I'm not going on Saturday, but email me ( your address and I'll post the book back to you. Sorry I've hung onto it for so long!