Double Duty

Today’s blog is a combination of FO Friday and ECF (Eye Candy Friday). See?

2 shawls

I’ve had these two shawls finished for some time now, but haven’t yet blogged them as FOs. Both are gifts. One of them was being held back for final updates until the recipient had gotten it, since she reads the blog. The other has been seen on here as a WiP, but not very much because it was finished rather quickly.

The first FO is the one I’ve hinted at on here, but not really talked about. It’s an Annis, made with the leftovers of my Zauberball (from the Lazy Katy shawl I made myself) and some KnitPicks sock yarn because I didn’t have enough of the Zauberball.

Julie's Annis

I beaded it in place of the nupps, since the recipient always loves my beaded knits. It turned out lovely, if I do say so myself. And it has now been received by its owner, Julie, and she loves it. So hooray!

Annis detail

The other shawl is Wendy’s Summer Mystery Shawl, which I cast on with no particular purpose.

Mystery Shawlette

However, before I’d gotten very far, I decided it would be the perfect gift for a good friend of mine who’s getting married this month. I got it finished (as you can see) and mailed off to her in plenty of time to arrive for the wedding, so hooray there as well! (I sent it along with something for the pair of them, as the shawl is for her alone.)

Here are the details on both:

PATTERN: Annis
DESIGNER: Susanna IC
YARN: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in 6477 & Knit Picks Stroll in Carnation (solid)
NEEDLES: US 8 (5.0 mm)
START/END DATES: 4/15/11 – 5/18/11
MODS: I placed beads instead of the nupps, and switched yarns after doing the lacy edging. (So I knit the edging, and got all the way back to the center of the shawl. Then when I started the short-rows, I changed colors.)

PATTERN: Summer Mystery Shawl
DESIGNER: Wendy D. Johnson
YARN: Knit Picks Chroma in Bare
NEEDLES: US 8 (5.0 mm)
START/END DATES: 5/17/11 – 6/15/11
MODS: none!

Not What I Had Planned

But that’s okay. Sometimes life gets wonky on us. I certainly hadn’t planned on sleeping late this morning, nor on traffic being heavier than expected.

I had planned a blog post, already written, just waiting on WiP pictures. And then I didn’t take the pictures last night (deciding to wait for this morning’s sun) so when I got up late, guess what didn’t get done? Yup. Blog pictures.

The good news is I now already have NEXT week’s WiP post written. And I have a whole week to get the pictures taken. (This is a single project WiP post, so the timing works out okay.)

The better news is I also happen to have a picture of a different WiP ready to share with the blog.

Speaking of that other WiP, however, I’m doing something I hadn’t planned with IT, too. For one, I’ll be gifting it to someone other than I had planned to give it to (the colors suit the new person better than the original person). For two, I didn’t have enough of the first yarn, and had to add a second. I think it looks good, but again – it wasn’t “the plan.”

Here’s the pic. Enjoy today: May the 4th (be with you)!

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WiP Weds ~ 4.27.11

I have a new WiP to show you today! Look – a new sock!

Do any of you know what this means? Yup – it means there’s a finished sock post in the works! Hooray! But in the meantime, new sock!

This is the second sock of the Emergency Backup Socks. Sadly, I didn’t get the job that I was applying for when I realized the need for emergency knitting, but I did get a present out of it. I had been planning on keeping these socks when I started them, but have since decided that they will be better as a gift. So I am working on Christmas presents. In April. Whee!

There are also still the Swan Maiden Mitts. Getting closer to done every time I post a picture of them… Granted, they’re not getting closer very FAST right now because I only work on them occasionally, but still. Closer to done is still closer to done.

The Isabella Sweater isn’t any closer to done. I haven’t worked on it since last week. Other projects were distracting me.

Various other things are in the works, but I’m going to leave you with a shot of the super sekrit project…

WiP Weds ~ 4.20.11

. . . and time has gotten away from me again. This past weekend I was supposed to do some writing, create a Round of Words #2 blog post, and various other things online that just didn’t happen. I got a lot done, but it wasn’t on the things I had originally intended.

I did start a new knitting project. Which, as we all know, is sometimes the only thing standing between me and insanity.

I’m making another Annis Shawl, this one as a gift. As such, this is the only mention there will be of it until after the recipient has gotten it. 🙂

There has been progress on other knitting, too. However, the Qiviuk Swan Maiden Mitts and the Isabella Sweater both look about the same, so I’m not going to add more pictures of the same thing you saw last week.

Probably the most noticeable progress has been on the MTT socks. I’m nearly done with those now – down to the last color repeat.

One more complete stretch of this color patterning, and I’ll be done! I think I’m going to aim to cast off the second sock at the same point in the yarn regardless of leg length. It will be close enough, and the colorway will be more obvious than a centimeter or so in height. This makes me happy. It’s going to be so matchy-matchy! Hooray!

Life is also good around here (not just the knitting). The theatre production is looking good, and I’ve been happy in my personal life as well. Plus, there is cat.

And a playful cat is a happy cat.

Nearly There

I’m nearly done with my Cubist socks! Yay! (Which, sadly, means I will have one less reason to do gift knitting. Though, I also have some cute things I’m planning on knitting for gifts, so that should be good.)

Anyway, here’s the current state of the second Cubist sock:

Cubist 11

I’m on the toe decreases for the second sock, and will soon be able to wear them! Hopefully the weather will cooperate, and I’ll be able to wear them temperature-wise at around the same time as they get finished…

And here’s a modeled shot of the Annis shawl:

Finished Annis 07

And that’s all I have for you tonight, because I’m tired. (Well, I’m writing it Tuesday night, though it will post on Wednesday. It wouldn’t be a WiP Weds post if it was posted on Tuesday, now would it?)

I hope your mid-week is going well!

FO: Annis Shawl

So, remember how I said on Wednesday I’d have a finished object to show off soon? Well, soon is now.

Finished Annis 05

The Annis shawl has been finished!

Finished Annis 03

I love the way it turned out. I used Kauni yarn, and while I suspect it will be a little on the itchy side, it is lovely enough that I don’t care. I’ll just wear it with long-sleeved shirts.

Finished Annis 02

I didn’t make any intentional mods to the pattern, though I think I goofed somewhere because my last couple of rows didn’t quite match what they were supposed to. (Last decrease row was a knit instead of a purl, or something like that.) Also, if I’m counting correctly, I have a different number of points than the pattern calls for.

Finished Annis 04

But you know what? I don’t care. The shawl is lovely, and that’s what matters.