Have been in the midst of the doldrums, these past few weeks. Why? I have been looking for a way to generate some much needed cash flow this summer. I have about 20 or 25 apps out, most as a student intern or summer hire at a government agency for my major-envionmental studies- and a few out to local businesses. So I'm bummed while I wait the results.
In the meantime, I have started sampling for a MAJOR project- the fine framed shawl from Sharon Miller's "Heirloom Knitting". This is what we have so far:
To the right is tencel/silk from my LYS. It has approximately 55wpi and was knit on US 1-the top trees, and US 0-the bottom trees. Then soaked, blocked and allowed to dry, then stapled to an index card with a black sheet of paper so that the stitches could be seen. I scanned this picture, cause my camera is ancient! and I couldn't get a clear picture of the stitches.
This sample, to the left, is Henry's Attic "moriah". A 2-ply wool that wpi's out to about 28-32, depending on what day I read it on. The top trees are on US 1's, the center medalions are on US 2's and the bottome trees are on US 3's. This also was soaked, blocked and dryed, then stapled to the card.
I really really like the part done on US 3's, but I think that this will wait for another day. This is a lot more heavier, it's more like a winter shawl or wrap than the look I am looking for.
After doing these samples, I can see why the people that are doing these are only doing one or two or three rows a day. What a pain in the #$%! Especially the tencel on US 0's!!!! After about 10 or 15 minutes of that you really need a stiff drink to regain your composure, let alone your equilibrium!