Sunday, February 28, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Moi?! Complain?

I told a friend yesterday that it seems that I only blog when things do not work out. "Now that you mention it... " So, to "mine own self be true" - here is today's dose.

I did not finish the Mora vest yesterday - I was planning to do it during the Canada-US hockey game, but I fiddled with the Sekku instead. Tried doing Citron in it - some people had nice results, but it did not work for me. Especially after I did a whole row of M1 instead of kbfs. Besides, the colors and texture variatiations of the Noro yarn take away from the lovely simplicity of Citron's design. And are lost themselves.

Now I have two Noro projects going nowhere. And I will have to try the Citron in something else.

On a happy front. The colors of the Sekku remind me of summer meadows. In Poland. With poppies, cornflowers and - this is a bit of a stretch - violets. The latter grow more in the spring and in the forests rather than in the fields with poppies. Now I have a title for my project, but no project yet. I bought Mimosa from BadCat designs and I will try the Sekku on it. Keep your fingers crossed.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Wondering Around/Aloud.

I have started the Mora Chevron Vest in Noro Silk Garden. I was soooo happy with my two Noro projects - Tropical Fish and Tequila Sunrise - that I just had to keep going with more Noro.
Well, I am not thrilled with this one.
First. The purple and black in the middle of the vest just don't rock my boat!

Two. Even though I matched the begining of the skein, the colors do not align. The reason - there is a knot in the middle of the first black-green stripe with an added length there.

Three. The wrong side looks - to me - much better than the front!!! I am seriously thinking about reversing the whole kit and kabooddle. It will require dropping the middle stitch and redoing it from the bottom up. I can do it, but will it be worth it?

I went to Main Street Yarns in Milton yesterday and bought two skeins of Sekku, colorway 5, but I am already wondering about the colors in the middle of the skein! The outside is great - poppy with green and white, but there is blue and purple lurking inside. Hmmmmmm.... What to make from cobweb-weight yarn?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Finishing Day.

I have been waiting for the new issue of Inside Crochet, the English crochet magazine. It was due out on January 25, we always get it a bit later than that, but so long? Has Indigo! decided to not continue it? I have made two fruitless trips to the store in the last four days. Or - perish the thought!- has the magazine folded? Would not be the first time that a new craft title does not make it.

I finished my legwarmers (I really should wash that hallway mirror!), Lukie's socks and added snaps to his Noro sweater. Now I can't wait to do some more Noro and I may make a vest from the Noro book I got - I am on a real Noro bender. But I also looked at the patterns from Noro company itself and they are much nicer, I think. The Noro MiniKnits books is lovely.

And I have been hemming and hawing about buying the new crochet catalogues from Rowan. I really never crochet any garments, but I like having the magazines to look at. And having a whole set of crochet hooks. And pretty much every issue of Interweave Crochet.