Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Work in Progress Wednesday

Good morning!  My wonderful husband built me a light box which I'm still playing with to get right.  I'll have no excuse for bad pictures except laziness.

I'm almost finished the linen dish towel and hoping that it will be done for Friday.  That may be a delusion on my part but we'll see.  I worked all weekend on my Aran sweater design, testing too different colors.  I've decided on the light grey.  First picture is of the front of the cardigan.    I was so excited that I didn't take detail pictures.

This is for my final project for Master Knitter's Certificate and a requirement is that it have a bobble.  I personally don't like bobbles  - and most of you must not either, because when I showed you samples before none of you liked the Diamond and Bobble pattern.  I've swatched about four different bobble patterns and this one was the least offensive.  It is actually growing on me now.  The one diamond is filled with moss stitch, so I used that in the area under the armhole.  The Saxon cable is bordered by a two stitch twist and the center opening is edged by two of the two stitch twist.  About halfway up, I tried a cable edge instead but decided that I like the twists better.  There are two purl stitches between them that leave room for buttons and button holes.  When it got time for the crew neck, I put the twists on a holder and then used them later to do the edging.  I'm still playing with this, but using short rows in places for the curves seemed to work.  I'm more pleased with it in person than in the picture - which is just cropped from a larger picture.  Now I'm going to have to go back and look at it again.

Here is the sleeve sample with just the Saxon braid and moss stitch.  This is in the darker color, which isn't showing up as dark as it is in person.  I'm going to have to play with the light box more.

I also started the the Beekeepers Quilt.  I had heard so much about it on different blogs that I fell for it.  I'm not a sock knitter so had to go buy some sock yarn on sale.  My cat thinks these are perfect cat toys.  I'm trying to do one or two a day.  In a year I'll be done at that rate!

It is Wednesday so you can find all sorts of great creative ideas over at Tami's.  Have a great day.


  1. Took me a while to embrace bobble too!
    Thanks so much for the link to bee keeper quilt! I hadn't heard about that one. Love it!

  2. I love your hexapuffs! And your sweater's looking great, good luck with your certificate.

  3. Loving the sweater design! Hexipuffs are taking over!

  4. Another Beekeeper - I'm going to have to join in if I keep seeing adorable puffs on everyone's blogs!

  5. Bleh, bobbles. I don't even like the ones in crochet much. =D But I guess on a baby sweater it wouldn't be so bad.

    I did do a hat with bobbles once that wasn't too bad. It was Wilf's Hat from Doctor Who. And I'd consider doing Hermione's Cable and Bobble Hat, too. But they don't appeal to me for anything but hats.

  6. I love your Aran sweater. Really nice. I never noticed that most of us didn't like the one with the bobble in it! How bizarre!

    Oh the Hexipuffs, I am fighting the urge to make them, as if I don't have enough on my plate. There are everywhere not making it easy for me, and now there is even a crochet pattern for them. HELP

  7. Everyone is knitting Beekeeper Quilts! I love watching everyone make their puffs.

  8. LOVE the sweater design!
    So funny you mentioned a light box... it's on my to-do list to build one this week :)

  9. Your sweater is looking good. I like bobbles, but they can look dated on some patterns.

    I want to make that blanket too. My cats will probably steal the motifs.