Grey Knitting Pure and Simple cardigan

Grey cardiganThe grey cardigan has been duly photographed, although not blocked, as you can see better from the full-size photo. It came out rather big despite careful measuring, so I think I’m going to purposefully shrink it a little in the blocking, and next time I do this pattern, I’m going to do the sleeve decreases more frequently. The sleeves are very drape-y.

That Cascade wool was really pleasant to knit with. Good weight, nice feel in the hands, not too itchy.

Things to do in a ticket line…

Knitting geekKnitting is always good. Those needles are Clover bamboo ones, by the way. They’re rather nice. I like the little squared-off ends.

I’m debating whether I should get a skeiner or an umbrella swift when I finally get a ball winder. Has anyone used a skeiner (the kind you attach to an upright spinning wheel when you’re taking finished yarn off a bobbin) with a center-pull ball winder? Thoughts?

I’ve taken to knitting at my new temp job. There isn’t much to do but babysit the phone, check email and occasionally type a report. My tweed scarf grows by leaps and bounds! (it’s what I’m knitting in the photo, and is now a good 12″ long).

Secret Project is all-engrossing

Just a short apology: the Secret Project now in progress is taking up much time. But here is a link for you to while away the hours: the Wool Works guide to online knitters.

Emily is the creator of Wool Works, by the way. We’ve got a crazy amount of things in common, judging from her site.

I’ve been working on a scarf with the first wool I ever bought (and yet, have never done anything with). It’s my break-from-Secret-Project project. When I get the current roll of film developed, I will post the photo sooz took of me knitting in the tickets line for the Soltero show last week.

Also, Knitter’s Review is a fun site.

Field trip

Anezka & sheepAnd when the bitter-girl knitblog goes on a field trip, we really go on a trip to a field! We were in Maine this weekend at River Croft Farm near Waterville, inspecting wool with Lucy from Mind’s Eye. My dachshund Anezka is watching some Romneys and Corriedales. Anezka’s name is the Czech version of “Agnes,” which means “lamb.” How appropriate! When I got her (in Prague) 4 years ago, who knew I’d become a knitting fiend?

Sock pattern wanted

Does anyone have a good beginner’s sock pattern to share? I’ve got 2 skeins of Lanett Superwash and can’t find a decent pattern to use them on. I’d like socks that are a few inches above the ankle, but not too tall. Also, my feet are fairly wide, so an easily-adjusted pattern would be good. Thanks!

Site of the day / yarn of the day

Here’s a review of Opal sock yarn at Knitter’s Review. (Link via Dangerous Chunky)

I clicked around a bit and looked at some of the Opal yarn colors – the Bumblebee is both gorgeous and tough to find. Every online store I found reported it was sold out! Can’t wait to do my first pair of socks…and if I could find some Bumblebee, that would be even better.