It's March tomorrow today 9th so I really thought that I ought to wrap up the 2012 knits. Ha. I am so far behind! This post was made much harder by the fact that I wiped my computer (virus) in July and put all my pictures on Flickr! With no labels or organization! Ack!
The first one is either my first FO of 2012 or somewhere middle in the of 2012, depending on how you count FOs. Because I cast off on New Year's Day. But then there was a pull in the middle and I was afraid that I'd actually dropped a stitch. So I didn't want to block it and have it come undone. I dragged it around for over a year before I finally blocked it. And it was fine. Just a big yarn over. What a Relief.
I am going to try blocking it again (you know, in all my free time) and try a trick to see if I can get the lace to stay blocked. This is adapted from a pattern i saw in Australia for a shawl using lace weight yarn. I made it a scarf with fingering weight yarn so I truly don't know if it will work. I'll let you know.
The yarn is a wonderful yarn I picked up in Australia. Unfortunately, the only "chain" yarn store in Australia (Morris & Sons) sends all their yarn to China to be spun. I really would rather not buy it but admit to l let me desire for the color over run my principles. Maybe a scarf that rolls in on itself is my just desserts!
The second FO is a pair of socks. I really like them. I took a principle from the book, Knitting with Handpainted Yarn and found a pattern that works with such a random handpainted yarn.
But I hated 1) the idea of purling between the lace pattern and 2) hated the way it looked - like a psychodelic acid trip had thrown up on my yarn -
It is some of the wonderful yarn that Periwinkle Sheep makes. Aptly named "Tree Frog."
Yarn: Empire, 4-ply, Color: Peacock 191 yards
Modifications: Fingering instead of lace weight, scarf instead of shawl!
Knitting yardage total 2012: 2690
Pattern: Copper Penny
Yarn: Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors II, 296 yards
Modifications: Knit instead of purl between the lace panels
Knitting yardage total 2012: 2986