Thursday, November 27, 2008

Holiday tradition

I like the idea of hiking on a holiday, and here we are - Wissahickon Park, a patch of wilderness in the middle of Philadelphia:

It has a river, to keep the pup happy, and many trails, to keep the humans happy:

I tried to be all artsy and take colorful pictures, but the truth is the palette is rather limited, and Knitting Iris I am not.

As for the knitting, I am becoming quite obsessed with the Rowan book. Bought for inspiration earlier this Fall, when I was in such a knitting funk, it has certainly served its purpose. I've even been flirting with the idea of using the precious Artfibers Sylph for a Garbo camisole:

Unfortunately, while the fabric is beautiful, the gauge is way off...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Well, hello

Two weeks ago I fell in love with Brueghel. The yarn store closest to me (which will probably turn out to be my new LYS, as it's very inspiring) had the sample, and wouldn't you know... the sample fit me perfectly. Out went my yarn diet and my common sense and my credit card. Two weeks later, I finished the final embroidery touches. Yay for fast projects!

One problem with knitting traditional items or "legacy items" as the stuff I've been getting into is that they take forever and ever. A cardigan on size 8 needles was a much-needed change.

In a characteristically creative move, I chose the exact same shade as the cardigan in the magazine (Rowan No. 44):