My current work in progress:

1. Segel, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply Toes in the "Draco" gradient set on a 3.5 mm (U.S. size 4) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Monday

izzy nov3 Monday

Happy Monday to all. Hope you had a good weekend. I did. I learned that a Hershey bar with a vodka martini is a very yummy lunch.

I started Fulmar this weekend. Here’s a pic.

fulmar nov3 Monday

Not a great photo, as this is another one that’s difficult to photograph after dark with a flash. Since the time change it’s getting harder and harder to take good pictures after I get home from work.

I wound the wool I’m using into balls. It comes on 500gram cones and I bought it from Frangipani Knitwear in the U.K. On the whole cone, there was only one knot and the wool was consistent quality all the way through the cone. It knits up like all other 5-ply guernsey wool I’ve used and I’m very pleased with it.

In answer to a tag-board question, I did indeed get the color cards before ordering.

This sweater is knitted on sizes 1 and 2 US needles with this very substantial wool so it knits up very firmly. I think I’d do well not to knit on it too long each evening because it is tough on the hands.

As a matter of fact, I started knitting it using one of my ebony needles, but I quickly switched to an Addi Turbo, because I was afraid I might snap my ebony needle.

And I would not be amused by that.

I’ve got a design to knit up for Knitty magazine, so I’ll probably start on that this month as well — it’ll be a nice break from Fulmar when my hands start to get tired. But it’s hush-hush, so I won’t be talking about it too much in the blog.

Another tag-board question I got over the weekend — I mentioned recently that Ozyarns.com had a free sock pattern that has a different technique for a short row heel. In answer to the question, no, I’m not using that technique — still using my double-wrap short row heel.

Comments

  1. Hi Wendy,
    I am curious. The Fulmar has such dense texture. What were the instructions for making a swatch to check the gauge? Do they give you just a section of the pattern to knit?

  2. Hi Melissa — yes, to make the gauge swatch you are instructed to knit the side “filler” pattern in a swatch — it’s called “checked rib” and is sort of a cross between ribbing and seed stitch.

  3. heh heh…. vodka martinis and hershey bars…
    will have to try that one ;-)

  4. Yep, Kateri, they go together surpirsingly well. I’d go so far as to say “magically delicious.”

  5. You are so attentive to your comments, questions and emails! Thank you so much!

    If you have a chance, check out my blog…a box of beatiful Alice Starmore stuff arrived at my house Friday! (…I was tickled to see that AS signed my pattern!)

    Candy/alcoholic beverages? I have a friend who swears by Twizzlers and Corona.

  6. Hey, nice stuff from VirtualYarns, Teresa! :-)

  7. What is the proper technique for a vodka martini? Does one sip it or drink it like a shot?

  8. One sips it. Like a lady. ;-)

  9. LESLIE SCHUPAK says:

    I JUST LOVE YOUR SITE==GOOD HUMOUR AND ALL==

    HOWEVER, I TRIED OZYARNS.COM AND WAS TOLD THAT IT WAS WRONG==ANY HELP HERE? TIA AND PLEASE KEEP IT
    UP!!! THANKS AGAIN LESLIE