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).

Monday, March 30, 2009

Shawls, Shawls, and more Shawls

Actually there are only 2 here. Some time ago I seem to have gone on a shawl starting binge, so I pulled the Mystery Shawl which became Desert Sun out and found that I had finished chart 3 of 5, so I did 4 repeats of chart 4 and it did not look long enough, (I had to really pull to stretch it out to 25 inches which would have been barely 50 inches in diameter, so I knit another and thought I had enough yarn to finish the edging, halfway into the edging I realized I was 8 grams short. So I went to Ravelry, found people who had this yarn in their stash and sent them a plea for them to part with it. jenjerpeach had some that she would part with so I paypaled her and she mailed it out and it arrived this morning.
The small ball is what I have left after completing
another repeat of Chart 4. And I am considering doing one or 2 more. I can do up to 8 repeats without having to increase again. I may slip it off onto a string and stretch it out before I decide, since I have plenty of yarn now.

While I was waiting I got out Birch From Rowan 34, found my place and have completed 30 more rows. This is lots of fun since every row gets shorter, than the one before. And since this is Mohair and nylon I probably should finish this before it gets too warm.

After I get these 2 done I think that my summer
project will be the Faroese Flower Shawl, in Tiny Toes Summer Fruit, from Interlacements just because I need more pink/fuchsia/purple shawls.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Much better pictures

Christopher came home from school and I had him take a couple of pictures with the new bra.

I Fixed It!

Yesterday I unraveled the neckline trim, pulled out the stitches of the back sleeve seam, undid the 3-needle bindoff at the shoulders, and ripped back the back of the sweater to the way too low neckline and picked up the stitches and started back up. Finished the back at a much more reasonable point this morning and joined the shoulders with the 3-needle bindoff, sewed the sleeves back in and knit the neck trim. Then I tried it on. The pictures are terrible, and the bust dart is too high with the old bra I am wearing,(but I just got 11 new ones) so I will be uplifted(sorry) when I leave the house and the dart will fit. And IT FITS! I still have to weave in all the ends
which I will do now, (I am just soooo very glad I did not do it before I blocked and tried on the top).

And on other news fronts I have found 2 people on Ravelry who have the shawl yarn and are willing to sell it, so I will rip the shawl back to the end of Chart 4, (and maybe add another repeat of chart 4, and then use the new yarn as the border, so the dyelot change (if any) will take place at a pattern change and be as unnoticeable as possible.

So now to tink out a border, and weave in ends, let me check my movie list.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

One Step Forward and 3 Steps Back

That last FO... nope will be ripped back to the back neckline, which is too low and re-knit higher with the hope of actually keeping it on my body. The Shawl I have been working on... With 1/2 of the edging to go I weighed the rest of the yarn (I had 20 grams when I started the edging) I have 6 grams left. I looked at Ravelry for stash yarns and found 2 people who have it listed. Sent messages to both offering to buy, trade, give them my 2nd born son, or a firstborn granddaughter...whatever it takes to not have to rip this out and take out the last repeat of chart 4, and re-knit the edging. I think I will go read for a while. I can't mess anything up that way.

Monday, March 16, 2009

One More UFO Finished

And the UFO pile decreases by one, at least once I weave in all the ends and sew them in with sewing thread, it will. And that will be either while watching TV or sitting in Panera Bread on Thursday(I don't think it will be dry by tomorrow, but maybe) if I have to take Sierra to school this week. (Christopher is on spring break which, naturally does not coincide with Sierra's which is the first week of April).

I really can't tell you why I have not finished this a long time ago, except that it is miles and miles of stocking stitch and I guess I needed several days of headache and tooth pain, to make it difficult to do anything else.

I tried to get a good picture of the short row bust dart it worked really well, even though I changed it from the directions (now isn't that a surprise) to one large set of short rows starting 3 stitches from the edge and progressing in 3 stitch intervals to 3/4 inch from the bust point, and then back out. exactly as a sewn dart would turn out, and in the same location. I have tried it on and allowing for the stiffness of just knitted fabric I think it fits. We will see when it dries.

The next thing out of the pile is either a shawl or Marks Raccoon sweater as either would be a good project to take when I will be sitting for 8 hours waiting for Sierra, I may see if I can find a library, or just alternate in the restaurants near her school, it will be a long day regardless, so a full I-pod and some pay attention knitting is just the ticket.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Pretty Productive 3 day

On Friday I got behind myself with a stick and made me finish the 2nd pocket of the Cuff-to-cuff Then on Saturday morning I wove in the few end and sewed down the pocket trim. Washed and smoothed out to dry on the table.
Here is a picture. And a picture that attempts to show the yarn varieties, (but doesn't really make the grade). And a picture of the pocket, which since it is a in-seam has not much to see. But I like it, it is bright and cheery and warm and cuddly. I have clasps to put on it but Sierra said to leave it as it is and just wear it open, I'll try that for a bit and see what I think.

Then Saturday afternoon I went over to the studio and got to work on the next 4 cotton gowns, and I finished them up on Sunday. So all of the ones I have cut out are done. I need to get over to the storage area to pick out 3 more 5 yard lengths to finish these up. Maybe tomorrow.

See this last one, I love this material, which I have had for 35 years. I have either not found a pattern I liked for it or there was not enough yardage for one I liked, but there was enough for a nightgown and I made it, It is very bright and just makes me happy to look at it. I don't *think* it glows in the dark.