Archive for October, 2006

FO – Bamboo Basket

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

I’m still catching up on pictures of things I finished a while ago, so here’s my bamboo basket. Actually, the knitting was done a while ago, but sewing the lining in was a more recent endeavor, fraught with mismeasurement problems. It took two tries of cutting the lining fabric, then two sewing attempts to get a lining that fit. It was a “measure once, cut twice” kind of thing. I was fortunate to have enough lining fabric. The pattern for this is Bamboozelle from, but I changed it a bit to suit my yarn (slightly thicker than used in the pattern) and sewing skills. I’m hoping it’ll help to contain the explosion of knitting accessories which occurs around the chair I sit in when knitting. My stitch markers have a tendency to disappear into the ether, or perhaps just under my chair.

The pattern called for working with the yarn (which really is made out of bamboo) at a smaller-than-usual gauge (the tapering is achieved through changing needle size, not the number of stitches), and the basketweave stitch also requires some knitting acrobatics. I like the end result, but boy was it painful to knit.

Here’s the exterior:

And the interior:

Upcoming posts: I’ve got a hat which just needs blocking, and my Rogue sweater is finished but not photographed.

Here’s a preview of my Rogue – someone made the same sweater with the same yarn as I did (even the same color!). The main difference is that I didn’t do the kangaroo pocket on mine.

Leaf Lace Shawl

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Has it really been months since I posted? Getting high-speed internet is on my to-do list for the nearish future, so that should facilitate blog posting. My current top knitting project (of the several in progress) is of a seasonally secret nature for Mrs. “I won’t tell you exactly what I want and I want to be surprised so you’d better not show me what you’re thinking about making” (you know who you are), but I’ve got a bit of a backlog of projects to blog about.

This is the shawl you all saw in progress this summer – the Leaf Lace Shawl in Blackberry Ridge wool/silk laceweight, which is actually pretty thick for laceweight yarn (not to be confused with their even more laceweight wool/silk).

Here’s most of it – the long side of the triangle is about the same width as my wingspan, so maybe 65ish inches?
Leaf Lace Shawl

And a closeup of the point:
Leaf Lace Point

And an even closer close-up of the leaf pattern:
Leaf Lace Leaf Closeup

I really liked this pattern – there are a couple mistakes in the shawl, but they’re entirely my fault. I wasn’t so thrilled with the row length by the end of the shawl (the knitting starts at the center of the back and increases every right-side row until the last row is actually the length of the two shorter sides of the triangle), but that’s the nature of the thing.