Today on the commute in my mind was wandering and for some reason I suddenly thought, hey, wasn't it just recently my one year knitting anniversary? I sure enough, looking back in my notes, it was on January 21st. I remember those early days so clearly, getting up in the morning to make more exciting progress on my scarf. So much has happened since then... knitting is another way to mark the passage of time.
I really want to do a "2007 in knitting" recap, or rather "2007 in my knitting" recap and look back on all my projects and the things I've learned and discovered. But first I have to finish posting my 2007 FOs!
Here's another one from a long time ago from the same recent photoshoot. Remember this one?!
May 21st - June 30th, 2007 (yay for Ravelry for the notes field where I now keep track of dates!)
2.5 skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk in 130 mandarin
Addi Turbo US#4 40" circulars
This issue of IK didn't jump out at me at first, but I revisited it when I saw other people's version of the Indigo Ripples Skirt and I ended up buying the magazine on the strength of that pattern, the Clementine Shawlette and the entrelac tutorial.
I still haven't cast on for the skirt, but I did start on the shawlette pretty soon after. I had already fallen in love with Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight so I was excited to try the Alpaca Silk... and it didn't disappoint. Nor did the pattern, which was challenging enough to be interesting without being too difficult. Once I got the hang of it I was able to fall into a rhythm and had the pattern memorized. Ah yes, I do have fond memories of summer knitting on this project.
I talk about the grafting here and, as I note several times, I followed Ruthless Knitting's explanation of Lucy Neatby's technique and honestly, I can't imagine how I could have done it otherwise and been happy with the results. In fact, I did it twice, because after grafting together, I decided that I wanted to make the whole thing shorter. So I ripped back something like 8 pattern repeats from each side and grafted again!
To be honest, I haven't actually worn this item yet, and I'm wondering if in fact I didn't go too far in shortening it, because it doesn't really stay on my shoulders very well. How annoying is that! But it was such a pleasure to knit that maybe I won't mind reknitting that length back in... I didn't like it long and tied but it doesn't have to be tied. We'll see if I feel like it.
There are a lot of shawlette's on Ravelry now (I'll give the flickr links for those not on Ravelry yet). Here's a nice one, and I love this color too. This one is cute. And this one is pretty. It is so helpful to see everyone else's, especially when they are worn and photographed by "normal" people.
Anyway, it was a project I really enjoyed working on for both the pattern and the yarn, and I am most proud of my grafting, not that I can take credit for that technique, but I'm proud of the fact that I found the technique after seeing some of the struggles people were having on Ravelry. What did we do before Ravelry?!
In progress shots: