Sunday, March 4, 2007

A new way to do necklines!

I'm finally done with the main pattern and doing the back and forth rows. One more decrease for the front neckline and then on to the back neckline. Should be done in another few days.

It's so interesting to learn so many different variations on necklines with two color knitting. Philosopher's Wool just knit all the way up the tube, had me sew a semi circle and then snipped the fabric. Starmore did neck steeks and now I'm doing a cast off and decreases. Given all the problems I had with my Starmore steeks (will never crochet steeks again..) - this time its been pleasingly simple.

Of course my digital camera batteries went out on me so I took these with my old camera:

Here's the front:

and the back:

I'm still not 100% sure I want to jump into the sleeves immediately. I think I need a rest from two color knitting - maybe some lace knitting from Victorian Lace Today? Knowing me - if I do that I won't get back to St Moritz until next fall. What to do.

I decided upon a HVAC contractor for my A/C and new furnace (decided to get the variable speed upgrade so that my upstairs will be cooler). Its going in on March 23rd after I get my homeowner's association's approval. This is the last time I live in a covenant protected neighborhood. I hate not being able to do what I want to do with my home. I would have probably done a swamp cooler but we aren't allowed to put one on our roofs. Sigh..

Gorgeous weather this week for a change! 50's and 60's. Hoping all the rest of the snow/ice melts. Its still there in shady areas.

Anyone read "Twinkle's Big City Knits"? I bought the book last week and can't decide if I like it or not. I'm not particularly fond of big needles and thick yarn but some of the patterns are really cute - like the Chanel Jacket, the Chelsea Sweater, and the Rockefeller sweater. I'm very short waisted and petite on top (don't ask about my hips..) - so I think I can wear these styles. I may try one and see if I enjoy the process.

Time for a glass of wine and to veg!


Lorraine said...

Ricki- Your St. Moritz looks wonderful. If you put it aside, you may not finish.
I usually do a pair of socks, or cast on a sleeve right away to keep the sweater mojo going.

Don't you want to see what it looks like finished?

Bets said...

St. Moritz is looking grand like it's name, beautiful knitting!

RickiLynn said...

I just don't know. This is taking SO LONG. I think - if I wasn't as busy at work and if I could start taking lunch hours again when I used to knit I would be feeling different. I'm so jealous of those who don't work full time or don't have as stressful jobs as I do. For now the only time I have to knit something this complex (when I can't be tired)are the weekends after my chores are done. I'll see - I should be done with the body this week so I'll see.