Saturday, March 10, 2007

Thanks for your Comments on the Silver Thaw!

It's Kiri Nagalong Day 10!

I picked up a few pots of early bulbs a couple of weeks ago. Look what is happening with our spring sunshine! Still lots of snow to melt off, but it feels like spring is just around the corner. It was 16 degrees ABOVE when I left the hospital this morning. There was no frost on the windshield. The sun was bright and skies were such a very clear blue. As I turned onto the Glen Highway...a mama moose and her yearling calf picked their way delicately through the snow. In just 6-8 weeks, all the pregnant moose will have their calves. The air is still crisp and cold...but the smell of hope seems to make everyone friendlier.

I am SO EXCITED! I found the mistake in KIRI...and it wasn't as bad as I'd all. I missed a knit stitch on the second row of the last repeat before the edging....don't ask me how I just kept on trucking...I dunno...but I've strung lifelines and run contrasting yarn lines through with stich markers bewteen each repeat. I'm ready for some rippin". (After dinner I think!) Then it's only 8 more rows and then 5 rows of edging and the bind off! Holy cow this is so very very doable! I think the major hurdle was just refamiliarizing myself with the pattern after 4 months, and then just making/taking the time to sit down with all the tools I needed and go stitch by stitch as Grace suggested (BIG GRIN...THANKS AGAIN GRACE for your excellent advice). I also spray dampened and blocked out the last 2 repeats and let dry to open things up and make it SO MUCH EASIER to count the stitches. THANKS AGAIN SK! for that tip. Keep up the nagging's working for me!

Thanks so much again to everyone for your flattering comments about the KPS Silver Thaw. It's blocked and almost dry. I'm going to try it on again and decide based on the blocked fit. It may stay may be gifted...we'll just see. A few people remarked on the (cough) financial investment of the Silver Thaw. This was from a bag special at LittleKnits! I think the bag sale of Noro Silver Thaw is under $100, if I remember correctly. And only 5 of the 10 200+ yard skeins made this sweater (46")...I think it's going to have way too much ease...but we'll see. I love the way the silver thaw feels and yes...for me...I can wear it against my skin. But I'm not a sensitive type.

In OTHER knitting news....I know, I know, I should focus on the Kiri now that we've made some progress....but Kiri is not a portable project for me, and I was on overnight call last night so needed something rather brainless to work on. I finished about 1/2 the back for this vest.....

From this book of patterns (purchased with the last flurry of Louisa Harding Kashmir Aran from a few weeks ago! yummy yummy soft stuff this is! 20 balls of the Avacado green for the cover sweater oh yeah!):

Hah...I bet you're thinking you're going to get to see that Kashmir Aran today huh? Nope...cuz I'm making the vest from the beautiful and sexy OnLine Gaucho superwash wool. I need another little wool vesty to keep my vesty parts warm in the spring and fall you know! I'm thinking this will be a very versatile wardrobe piece...and's superwash wool whoohoo!

Well, that's all for today. Hope everyone is having a great weekend. I'm going to make chicken curry for dinner...mmmm.
Chat with you again soon and DON'T FORGET TO NAG! Grandma Clara thinks the Nagalong is a hoot and has added a special prize to the pot!


jayne said...

Mmm...I love grape hyacinths.

You're hardly going to need nagging at all with that shawl nearly done. Even if you only did one row a day, it would be done pretty soon. But I bet you can get it done faster than that.

Is the purple bobble still on the sweater?

I like the vest. One of these days, I gotta make me a vest.


SK said...

You are two steps closer to finish your kiri. I won't be surprised that you will have it done in less than a week.

benne said...

Great news about the Kiri. I went through the same thing with a Wool Peddler's shawl recently. Bit the bullet, found the mistake and tinked back and now it's done, washed, blocked and already gifted to DD. You'll be done with Kiri in no time now. Then what will I nag you about??? Love that Kashmir and that jacket. It's on my list. You can nag ME about that. ;-}

Grace Yaskovic said...

I am so excited my advice worked!!! And I can't wait to see a finished Kiri! I love the Gaucho, I bought some, i must play with it!

Joan said...

Have you considered fulling the Silver Thaw sweater to shrink it a size? You could knit up a swatch, then full that as a test.

The Kasmir & Gaucho are beautiful.

No nagging but am happy you feel better about the shawl.

junior_goddess said...

HURRY Hurry hurry get your Kiri done (sung to the tune of Lolly Lolly get your adverbs here!)

Having a Knit Fitt said...

Glad to hear the progress report!