Tuesday, October 14, 2008

third time's the charm...

I just started knitting the second sleeve of Assemblage...for the third time. I thought it was too big because I used the wrong needle size, but as it turns out, I messed up one row containing TEN decreases, so had to rip back to the cuff. Again. (Sigh...)

While I continue to make negative progress on Assemblage, I've started some smaller projects...for "fun." I started the Tapestry Cowl, which immediately told me that it wants to be a Christmas gift. The reversible pattern is created using double knitting, which I had never done before. And even though I have to pay attention to every. single. stitch., it really is a cool technique. However, as cool as it is, and as much as I love this gorgeous pattern, I realized that colorwork is not really my thing. For whatever reason, I just don't enjoy it as much as other knitting techniques. I might have to get over that, though. There are too many beautiful fair isle patterns in my queue...

I was so inspired by Melissa's entrelac scarf, that I immediately ordered some Noro Silk Garden and started knitting away this weekend. I'm not in love with the colorway, but I am in love with entrelac. I'd almost forgotten just how much I enjoy this technique. I know some people find it tedious...but I find it completely addicting. (Just one more square...) I cast on 24 stitches on size 8 needles and followed the instructions for Lady Eleanor from Scarf Style. I think this scarf may also become a Christmas gift, but you never know. It does look rather nice with my rust-colored fall coat.


Anonymous Maureen said...

I know what you mean about the fair isle. I'm dying to do it because I love the results, but every time I make an attempt I hit a wall with it. That cowl and scarf are gorgeous! Great fall colors....

2:42 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Love the entrelac scarf!

I'm coming to terms with not enjoying fair isle. I love the results and the look, but I don't enjoy the process. Give me cables or lace any day. :-)

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KEEP that scarf!!! I would NOT part with it!

I have a fair isle bag on my to-do list but am not allowing myself until I have other projects done. I've done one before that turned out great, but it seems every time I do it, it's like I've never done it before.

5:50 PM  
Blogger Cabbage said...

I just finished my first entrelac project, it was a Silk Garden scarf that took me just 4 days! Normally it would take weeks, if not months, to knit a long and boring scarf but I was totally enamored with entrelac! :)

6:20 PM  
Blogger melissa said...

yeah! entrelac is so addictive. i'm wishing i had more silk garden, just so i could make one more. yours is so pretty already!

i can't wait to see your tapestry cowl. the colors are gorgeous together. i want to make one too, but i've never tried double knitting. i suppose i should at least try it.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

ooh - love the scarf! i have long lusted after Lady E, but know I will never knit it - this scarf may be just what I need!

7:42 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I hear ya on the entrelac. It's addicting.

8:49 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

hmm, i wouldn't discount colorwork entirely. i think it's pretty different from double knitting. after all, with DK you have to do everything two times and it seems to go so slowwwly b/c you're doing twice the work for half the results (if that makes any sense at all)

but with plain stranded colorwork it goes fast b/c you just follow the chart to make a pretty picture. to me it seems faster than cables or lace.

that's my opinion anyway. colorwork is my favorite technique, so i just had to give it a plug.

pretty scarf!

10:24 AM  
Blogger granny said...

i love that enterlac scarf, i'm dieing to start one.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Elly said...

I love your scarf , super .

1:44 PM  
Blogger The Knit Chick said...

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10:55 PM  
Blogger The Knit Chick said...

The scarf is gorgeous -- might make me finally finish my two entrelac projects I started B.K.--that is, before kids! (The oldest one is 16...)

I'm glad to have found your site--I'm just into blogging this past month. Love it!

The Knit Chick

11:59 PM  
Blogger Petra said...

Oooo! That would be so pretty with a rust colored coat. I have wanted to try entrelac, but just haven't got around to it. So nice! You make me want to start ANOTHER project!

9:46 PM  

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