Monday, December 21, 2009

Solstice Vest

I knitted this vest while I was on vacation in Maine in October. It's a great vest -- very warm & comfortable. I dyed the yarn (factory spun) with indigo* (the blue, natch) and wild coreopsis (the orange) and coreopsis/goldenrod (the yellow).

I'm really happy with the way it came out. The stranded colorwork was a bit of a pain, since it has to be worked back and forth instead of in the round and doing colorwork while purling is awkward. But there's not a lot of it, so it's worth the trouble.

I might write this up and publish the pattern, so this post and pics are © 2009 by Mara Riley.

*Ok, my friend Antonia dyed this for me, since she had a vat going at the time for a scout troop activity.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Snow day: finished the Interminable Dishtowels

These dishtowels (aka the Damned Dishcloths) have been cluttering up my loom for months now, so it's good to have them finally done! The pattern is ok, but they're in that category of Deadly Boring that kept me from wanting to work on them. Something either needs to be so simple I can work on it without thinking about it, or complicated enough to hold my attention. Stuff in the grey zone between those two doesn't get finished.

Now I can move on to the next project! I'm either going to a) warp up a shawl to use up some of the laceweight yarn in my stash, or b) weave a sample tartan scarf, prior to starting a larger tartan shawl (aridaid) that I've been thinking about weavingfor a few years.