Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Absolutely NO willpower....

No, I'm not talking about dieting (which, of course, I have no willpower for either...or I wouldn't be dieting constantly)...I'm talking about the Lizard Ridge afghan.

After seeing (and feeling) a swatch of the afghan at Yarn and Fiber on Sunday, I just couldn't wait any longer.

I've been trying my VERY BEST to put off starting this....I was trying to finish at least two or three of the current projects I'm working on, but....alas, it wasn't meant to be.

So far, I've completed one of the 24 "squares". I'm using colors 40 and 183 right now...of the Noro Kureyon. The designer has written the pattern so that you make 24 of these "squares" and then sew them all together. You'd have to sew 6 of them end to end to make one long panel and then sew the 4 long panels together to make the afghan. I'm going to save myself a WHOLE lot of sewing and just continue on through the squares (without binding off and casting on again) so that I make one long, continuous panel. Then, make 3 more. I'll only have to sew up the 2 long center side panels that way. (and I'll save some yarn, too)

I'm LOVING the pattern, too. The first time you go through the 12 row pattern, it's confusing (or at least it was for me). I also didn't realize that the pattern was written so that the bubbly parts are SMOOTH at the edges and not ridged, like the one I saw at the yarn store. I had the hardest time figuring out how to make the sections BUMPY...until I had a sudden "DUH" moment...instead of doing the 5 transititon rows in stockinette, you just do it in GARTER! DUH!

So, I've decided to work a little on it here and there so I can start using it once the cooler weather comes in October/November. I figure, if I can make one part of the 24 in less than one day, then it will only take me a month or less (have to figure in sewing the panels and doing the crocheted border) to make the whole thing. So, I have PLENTY of time, right?? Right?

I also have a picture of ONE of the finished handspun skeins of yarn I made from the Coopworth fleece that I washed, combed, etc. I only used 1/4 of the finished fiber and I got 75 yards of 3 ply worsted weight yarn....about 12 wpi. It is MUCH softer than I thought it would be (but not like angora or cashmere...or even merino) and so "homey". Now, if I can finish spinning the rest, I have plans to make Ben a hat and mittens for next winter.

And, dum dum dum dum (drum roll please), I have the long overdue picture of the first Radiance Lace Headband pattern completed! Well, one besides the two I made!

It's Cayli of Spin A Yarn for Ewe!!!

Cayli not only knit my headband pattern (the Amanda), but also spun the yarn herself!!! And, not only that, but she used our very own Heather's handpainting roving!!! It's the Beaches colorway and in the superwash merino/tencel fiber...you can find her fiber HERE. Isn't that amazing? Like a partnership of handpainting/spinning/knitting/designing all at once. Doesn't she look fantastic in this?

And, lastly, here is the yarn I spun for lovely Donna. It's only 1/2 of the 2 oz of merino/bombyx silk fiber from Chasing Rainbows...the Moonstone colorway I spun up here is the third from the left. I got 75 yards of 3 ply sportweight from 1 oz of the fiber. It's super shiny and I hope she likes it. I'm working on her Ashland Bay purple-ish merino top right now.

Any more headbands in the works????


Adrienne " A little dramatic at times" said...

Looking good!!!! Love the headband!

Anonymous said...

Very smart to do the Lizard Ridge is panels! I'm starting to get the itch to start one myself; if I do, I'm copying you and knitting panels, too.

I finally got a chance to listen to your latest podcast last night - it was great, as usual :)

Cayli said...

I love the Lizard Ridge. I also think the yarn from the fleece you did yourself looks great.

Amanda1 said...

Must be exciting to see something you designed knit up by someone else. Congrats!

Acornbud said...

Ooh, I love the colors of your lizard ridge. It's going to be so wonderful!

Gigi said...

Cool, cool, cool! Love that Lizard Ridge picture. I cannot wait to see it in person. I can see why you couldn't wait to start.

Jackie said...

Yay, a beautiful Amanda done! I haven't started mine yet, but soon.

The lizard ridge is looking amazing!

Nichole said...

That's awesome to see your first
"customer" headband - very cool and even cooler that she used Sereknity! I haven't started mine yet... picking up my yarn from Heather tonight!

kimberly said...

I adore that afghan but when I first saw it, I figured how expensive it would be to make and thought I might have to sell my car and maybe a child in order to make one myself. I decided to keep the car. Oh and the kids. I'll be watching yours and drooling. Happy Easter, my good friend!

Karen said...

Glad to see you are being brave and making Lizard Ridge in strips. If I ever get around to it I knew I would never make it in squares - way too much sewing! Looks gorgeous, too!