You never know what you’re gonna get.
Do you ever try to deliberately make the stripes on your sleeves match with self-striping Noro, or is that just too much of a pain to figure out?
Very good question!
I used to attempt to make everything match up when knitting with Noro yarns, but not any more. Because Noro is sneaky. You’ll think you have matched up your sleeves, you are knitting happily along and then . . .
. . . a knot in the skein. A totally different color that disrupts the striping sequence has been tied in. I’ve also noticed that the striping sequence isn’t consistent in whole skeins of the same dyelot, anyhow. So now I just let it go.
When I started knitting Bettina, I was a little annoyed by all the shades of grey in the colorway of Silk Garden I am using — 226. I looked at the color swatches for Silk Garden on the Knitting Fever website, and the swatch for 226 does not show a whole lot of grey. (This is a good reason to buy Noro yarns only after seeing them in person I guess).
But the more I knit, the more I like it. I think the bands of neutral really set off the bands of color. If the whole thing were purples and blues and turquoise, I’d be wearing my sunglasses while knitting it.
So I guess Mr. Noro knows what he’s doing with his colors, huh?
Here’s the progress on Bettina. I finished another side front and started a sleeve.
Yeah, it looks like I’m making a lot of progress here, but remember — the last couple of things I’ve been working on are large gauge projects so they go very quickly. Catch me on a fine-gauge colorwork project. Then you’ll see slow.
Why, yes, I do sleep. Not as much as I’d like to, of course. But no, I don’t sit up all night knitting!
I was curious about your sweater blocking methods. Do you wait to block your sweater until after it is sewed together for a particular reason? My last knitted sweater (cardigan) I pre-blocked all the parts before sewing it. That was 1981 and I still wear it occasionally. I’ve tried to find information about this without much luck since I’d like to resume knitting sweaters again.
Did I say that I wait until after my sweater is sewn together to block it? Because if I did say that, I lied.
I block before sewing (if indeed I block at all) and then just gently steam the seams post-sewing, if they seem to need it.
Ha! It was pathetic. There were widely varying reports of the amount of snowfall, but in my immediate area, it looked like less than two inches. No snow day for me.
I have a thermometer in my office. If I put in on the windowsill, it registers 59 degrees. If I put it next to my computer monitor, it goes up to 66 or 67. Yeah, it’s nippy in there! But it gives me a chance to wear my sweaters and to indulge in some layering, as Norma suggested in the comments. These are de rigeur:
Beaded qiviut pulsewarmers, knit for me by my friend Johanne. Let us be both fashionable and warm, dahling.
I think I may need some fingerless gloves knit from Jade Sapphire cashmere as well, though.
A good thing about having a sub-arctic office? No one who comes in to annoy me stays very long! Heh heh heh.
I have a spinning question for you: Do you usually do 2-ply when you ply?
So far, all my handspun has been 2-ply!
I will dare to suggest that you begin a handspun skein listing under your Completed Works! Or, am I the only one who rolls back through your blogs trying to recall colors/fibers you’ve spun?
Great minds think alike, because I’ve been thinking for a while that I ought to do something like that. Not because I expect you to gaze upon my skeins of handspun with rapt attention, but rather because it will help me remember what I’ve spun and how much I have of it. So here you go!
It’s linked to from my sidebar and from my main knitting page as well. I’ve only gone back to the beginning of November of this year. Because I am far too lazy to go back any further. And also because my earlier spinning attempts are best left to obscurity.
Holy Guacamole, Stop the Presses!
Because fifteen minutes ago, the angels of mercy who work in my condo office phoned me (90 minutes after the office had closed) to tell me that our less-than-stellar postal carrier was there and had a package I needed to sign for. My anxiously-awaited colorwork kit! Instead of letting him just leave me a note in my mailbox so I’d have to go to the post office to pick it up, these lovely ladies phoned me to come down and sign for it. I’ve got my colorwork kit! I’ve got my colorwork kit!
What is the colorwork kit?
Oh, I’ll tell you tomorrow.