Sunday, February 19, 2006

In the mood for leaves

I am back! I've recovered and I just can't wait to go back to my knitting routine. Thank you, my friends, for sending me "get well" wishes! Although, I was physically weak, my spirits were lifted by the nice encouragements from your messages.

The next day, I worked hard on starting a new project. Leaves, I'm in the mood for more leaves...For a long time I have been dreaming to knit this from the cover of "New Style of Heirloom knitting". I even bought the Rowan Lilac yarn thinking about it. Somehow, i just love those leaves. Don't you? I knitted the border and about half way through the first leaf pattern I had to stop it because the pattern was so small and my eyes were having difficulties to focus on the little grids. I wonder if my eyesight has declined due to my illness or it was just a coincidental time. I waited for couple days but still felt too tired to go out to enlarge the pattern. Then, i decided that i need to knit , see a faster progress and be able to memorize a pattern, so that my eyes could rest a bit. Without too much hesitation, I unravelled it and restarted another cardi instead. I found another pattern with leaves and this one is not so intricated.


This cardi is from World knitting, Winter 2003. And i was right, after a couple of leaves i didn't need to follow pattern. See, the back is all done. Now, i am working on the left front. It has a odd shape as the sides curl inwards. Well, I have to say that i should had enlarged or used a thicker yarn instead. As long i keep my weight , it should be fine. :) This Rowan yarn is such a nice yarn but also so thin.


I will then postpone the original pattern for next winter. I am so glad that i finally got to knit a design from this book. I have a tendency to buy all the knitting books that i see in the shelves and if i don't get to knit anything from it , i feel so guilty...

I've been waiting so anxiously for the Spring books to arrive. And finally,this week, I received my AMU book and the newest Spring Keitodama. Hmm, i have to say that i am trying hard to enjoy the designs. I hope that the other Spring/Summer books will be nicer.

14 comments:

knitties said...

Oh yes, that's a pretty cardi and your progress looks fantastic! I'm eagerly waiting for the spring/summer books too... my LYS will only get them in March.

Doreen said...

Glad to hear you are well already. I agree with you, most of the time when I see some new and nice knitting books I will buy it but by the end of the day I might not knit anything. Like you I'm trying to knit at least 1 outfit from it to lessen the guilt feeling.

erin said...

This is a fabulous, ladylike pattern. The collar looks very interesting. It has a nice buttoned-up look. You're so fast - that's the rowan 4 ply yarn right?

Vanessa said...

Very nice pattern! You know, I just purchased a vintage pattern from imagiknit that has similar leaf patterns like the one that you're knitting right now. Glad you're feeling better.

Agnes said...

Glad to read that you are well again. I have exactly the same feeling about knitting books I bought ... if I don't get to knit anything from them, I feel that I am just wasting money.
Your new project is looking great ... keep knitting and show us the FO soon. Take care.

joy said...

You're so fast with the 4 ply yarn. It's going to look great when done. The pattern reminds me of the pink scarf you made for your sister.

yuvee said...

Those little leaves are very pretty, kinda remind me of backyard leaves scarf. And you're seriously fast, some post-illness super speedy power perhaps?
Great that you're getting better now, can't wait to see more lacy FO!

Toni said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better and back to knitting :) That sweater is a fabulous design. The Rowan 4-ply is thin but so lovely.

Eva Shiu said...

I love the leaves pattern ! I have some RYC 4 ply yarn in my stash. I think I will knit this pattern or something similar !

emy said...

That's a very pretty pattern! Glad you are recovering well.

candsmom said...

So glad to hear that you're feeling better! Your sweater is so beautiful!! That lavender Rowan really compliments the Leaves pattern you chose. Such a feminine and intricate pattern- I love it! Can't wait to see your finished cardi- you always have such beautiful knits. Take care, Mimi! :-)

handknit168 said...

I like yr leave cardigan very much. Take rest when yr eye feel tire. good health.

Ling said...

Hi Mimi. It's nice to know you are better and knitting again. It's a great pattern and I can't believe how fast you are especially with 4ply yarn. Go girl! You'll have this finished in no time at all.

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