The Fiber Artist

Wow, that sounds pretentious doesn't it. But it is the name of my company, so I decided to use it. This is where I will keep a record of works in progress in the hope that it will result in more productivity. It will also give me a place to ramble on about my life, so that maybe later I will remember what happened in ___ (fill in day, month, year of your choice).

Sunday, June 11, 2006

C's Flak is done, done, done! Blocked, buttons sewn on, everything except wrapping for Fathers day and we are TaaaDaaa a week early!

Oh look he does have a head. And a very gray beard.
the vest is really charcoal even if that yellow shirt does make it look blue.
It's long enough and it doesn't pull across his belly! Damn I'm good!

Next up in the finished column is Christopher's birthday socks. And here they are being held by the birthday boy himself.

He is just sooooo involved (with the TV in the other room)

And the close up: They are Mountain Colors Bearfoot and done with my usual default toe-up pattern: Start with figure 8 cast on of 8-12 stitches depending on whether the socks are for me or someone else.
Increase until there are enough stitches for the intended victim, and 2X2 rib the top of the foot put in waste yarn for the heel, knit 3 more plain rows on the foot side then 2X2 rib until the top is as long as the foot. Bind off, pick out the waste yarn knit 3 rows plain and make a wedge to 10-12 stitches top and bottom Kitchner and wrap, find birthday card, and you're done!

My FLAK has its bottom ribbing and all the stitches picked up for the front band, mine is getting 2 rope cables twisted towards each other with 2 purls between where the buttonholes will be hidden. I will use this as the evening in front of the TV knitting because it doesn't take the concentration of the CIT. I expect that 2 nights should finish this up. Possible if I go to the 2 group meetings on Tuesday I will finish it then.

I need to make a swatch of the front border of the Cit to send to a friend who is going to make buttons for both the FLAK and CIT so I have an excuse to finish the knitting and not sew on the buttons for a while.

Finishing things always gives me a case of start-itis and as usual more yarn has jumped onto the needles. There is the Plymouth Sunsette that is going to be a Tee whether the Shapely Tee from WhiteLies or the Cable Tee for Ample knitters it has not told me. I just hope it doesn't want to be something else entirely because they make for nice mindless knitting and I need some of that for when I am teaching.

One of the other things I am swatching is the 2nd Mystery Stole here it is on US#2 needles and I am going to go up to a 3 because I can't block this to 5" to save my life.

Last but not least is the Mystery Shawl 4, (no, thank you, I do not want to talk about 2 and 3) I love pi shawls, and I finished clue 1 in about 2 hours so of course I keep thinking that I can do all the others just as fast (yeah right!) But I have missed knitting lace and with the mystery I now have to wait until next Friday to go on with them so I have the CIT fronts scheduled for the mornings this week.
I need to get those done before Pat finishes her sleeves. So I get the charts proofed.

Last Saturday I went to Hoosier Hills Fiber fair and got all the Shetland roving for the dye project I have on the back burner. And I ordered Icelandic fleece in white and Moorit to spin for the Northwest Sweater class with Joan Schrouder at Midwest masters in October. I will show you all the pretty rovings next time.


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