Friday, June 10, 2011

Summer Camp

This summer, I am going to participate in The Loopy Ewe Camp Loopy Ewe (Project 1).  
Check out  Sheri of The Loopy Ewe's Blog: for details.  Today (June 10th) is the last day to get 20% off yarn that you purchase for your project.  Plus, if you finish on time and post a picture on the Loopy Ewe website, you can get extra Frequent Shopper Points that accumulate for an extra savings down the road. My yarn Just arrived yesterday....(I only ordered on Monday)...they get their shipments out fast, fast, fast!

It's Blue Sky Alpacas in Alpaca Silk, a 50% Alpaca/50% Silk fingering weight yarn.    The colors are Kiwi (#131) and Peridot (#148).  I can't even describe how incredibly soft it is.  I'm going to knit Andrea's Shawl, which will be the first time I will try knitting a shawl with two colors of yarn.  I haven't decided which color should be the primary color though.  What do you all think?  Should the shawl be dark with light stripes or light with dark stripes? 

And don't forget, today is the last day to qualify for the 20% off Camp Loopy Ewe discount!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Rose Lace Stole - Subway Knits KAL - Progress Update

I'm knitting along with Maria aka @venusfueri on Twitter and several others on the Rose Lace Stole by Susanna IC. Maria has a Podcast called Subway Knits (one of my can find it on itunes and is the moderator of the Subway Knits Podcast Group...which is where I found the knit-along.

I love this yarn! It is Malabrigo Lace Weight in a medium to dark blue called Paris Nights. And I love the rectangular shape of this wrap. As a general rule, I would prefer to wear a rectangular shape wrap over a traiangular shaped one. I can't wait to see the flower pattern that I'm almost ready to start. So far, the pattern is relatively simple...Six more rows until I get to the lace chart...I've been saying that for almost a week now but, unfortunately, the last week of school and ballet recitals have gotten in the way of good, quality, concentrate on knitting lace time. But get back to it I will. Oh, and there is this small problem:

Somehow in the first repeat, I knit 6 stitiches instead of 5 and, generally, I don't notice it until the end of the row. And then I have to tink! (I'd never be able to pick up the stitches if I frogged a row!) This has probably happened now about half a dozen times on the first half! That's a lot of tinking! I find I have to really concentrate on the knit row and then I usually repeat the pattern back to myself on the purl row just to make sure I still have the pattern correct.

So, are you a tinker or a frogger? How do you make sure you stay on track with projects like this? Share with me, please!