Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Diamonds on the Diagonal scarf

Pattern: Diamonds on the Diagonal scarf (half diamond version) by Ilga Leja
Yarn: Posh Yarn Lucia 4ply shade "Muse"
Yardage: less than one skein (around four-fifths used)
Needles: 4mm bamboo straights
Pattern amendments: knit one extra pattern repeat on each half of the scarf; 4mm needles instead of 3.75mm

These are very well written patterns and include both charts and written instructions. I did wonder if the scarf would block to the length stated in the pattern (54") but as it turned out, that was no problem at all.

I've not made too much progress in sewing up my jacket, the sides are done but the sleeves and the edgings still need doing. This is partly due to preferring actual knitting to seaming (especially as I'm currently on holiday from work), and partly because I know the jacket is a little on the small side. This is due to my picking the wrong size kit originally, I think, the Bergere sizings don't appear to run to the generous side and I thought given "actual" measurements it would be OK. Mind you, this was a year ago and I've learnt quite a bit about picking the correct size to make since then!

I started making the Spring Things shawl in KSH, but am now in two minds as to whether to continue in that, or restart in some PY laceweight instead. I'm not convinced about the whole look of the KSH so far, plus the fact it isn't a terribly easy yarn for me to handle. I think I'll try another pattern repeat and see how it looks then.

I've been doing most of my knitting on a tank top in Twilleys Freedom Spirit (shade Soul), using a pattern from a recent "Knitting" magazine. I'm not far off finished with the back section, so far I've used almost 2 balls of the FS. The are all from the same pack/dyelot yet look at the definite difference in the pattern and colouration. I rather like it and there's no issue with pooling with this yarn, but I didn't realise it varied quite so much!

Yesterday we went to Coldspring Mill and I bought these:

A pack of Debbie Bliss SoHo for 14.99, and 430g of Twilleys Freedom Spirit for 12 pounds something!

On Monday we visited Freeport and found these two knitting books in Book Depot for a few pounds each:

The stitch dictionary has excellent clear colour photos and charts. The other book appears to be part of a small series of craft books, there are a few projects in there I'd make including a sideways knit jacket and a multi-yarn beret.

Finally I'd like to say a big thanks for all the lovely comments on my Forest Canopy Shawl, they were much appreciated!

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At 5:47 pm, April 11, 2007, Blogger acrylik said...

Oooh, I love your Diamonds scarf, the pattern and colours work really well together.

Wow, what a difference between those Freedom Spirit balls. I like the way your tank is turning out though.

Great yarn and book hauls there :)

At 7:10 pm, April 11, 2007, Blogger Sarah said...

Good shopping! I may have to plan my summer holiday somewhere near Coldspring Mill!

The Diamonds scarf is really lovely.

At 8:34 pm, April 11, 2007, Blogger gilraen said...

It is very beautiful. Blocking is such a blessing for knitting :)

At 9:25 pm, April 11, 2007, Blogger Annarella said...

The scarf is sooo pretty...

...and (don't think I'm weird) you had me salivating there...with your purchases... ;)

At 2:05 am, April 12, 2007, Blogger Carol said...

I have been surfing some of the blogs on other knitters sites and came across yours. Your work is just beautiful. I love the colors of all the yarns you have shown. I am fairly new to this blog thing but, enjoy finding so many avid knitters. I am working on socks, sweaters and a summer shell. If I can get someone over to show me how to post pictures I will be a happy knitter. I will check in on your progress again real soon.
Happy knitting

At 4:38 am, April 12, 2007, Blogger Dipsy Doodle said...

You're doing the most beautiful work, that's for sure! I absolutely love the Diamonds scarf, it looks so fragile and beautiful, especially in this colourway - gorgeous!
And the yarn that you got! And the book! Yummy!!! Enjoy!

At 7:49 am, April 12, 2007, Blogger Sussex Yorkie said...

We were at Coldspring last week and I had my eye on that Freedom Spirit, lovely colour. I also bought Soho but in the very vibrant pink.

At 11:17 am, April 12, 2007, Blogger Seahorse said...

The scarf is fabulous!

Great purchases!

At 1:04 am, April 13, 2007, Blogger Aknita said...

What a beautiful scarf. And great purchases too.

At 5:39 pm, April 13, 2007, Blogger nanatoo said...

I love Diamonds, glad it did actually block in the end :)
I also love (most-used word in my comments, hehe) the way the TFS looks, I'm a total fan. The tank will be great.
Cor, nice haul!

At 7:35 am, April 14, 2007, Blogger Mandy said...

I love that scarf! It is beautiful! Your tank is turning out great! Sounds like you had a great shopping trip!!

At 12:05 pm, April 14, 2007, Blogger Kendra said...

I love the scarf and the beginings of the tank top.

I've been wanting to buy a stitch dictionary so it is useful to have your recommendation.

At 2:35 pm, April 14, 2007, Blogger Piglottie said...

The scarf looks beautiful - great pattern! I have to agree with you re the KSH. As much as I love it (but hate to knit with it!), I think I now prefer the look of less fuzzy yarn especially Posh Yarns stuff. Be interesting to see what you decide to do, but I'm sure no matter what it will be stunning.

At 8:57 pm, April 14, 2007, Blogger Christina said...

great diamonds scarf - another project for my list :) Nice shopping at the mill too!!

At 12:49 am, April 15, 2007, Blogger Lynne said...

wow - you are really pumping out the FOs! The difference in colouring of the tank is interesting - really rather surprising!
I've been eyeballing some of that spirit yarn (bad me!). BTW, the "yarn" book is an Australian production, and I know one of the designers :-)

At 9:11 am, April 16, 2007, Blogger Kate said...

The scarf is lovely, I especially like the colour. I have recently knitted with the Lana Grossa Royal Tweed and really liked it, although on one ball it got very thin at some points... Didn't matter to what I was knitting though!

At 10:53 pm, April 17, 2007, Blogger Alice said...

You really have a way of choosing the most glorious colours. Your stash must be huge now! Grrr.

Very lovely scarf. You might even look forward to the winter, and the chance to wear it (though knowing our weather, you may get the chance much sooner!).

At 2:36 pm, May 10, 2007, Blogger Rain said...

The scarf is lovely.

Look at all that gorgeous yarn. Are you at the hiding it behind the bath panels stage yet?

I recently made a bag with that shade of Twilley's (the pack not the tank) and it looks very pretty knitted up


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