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March 4th, 2008

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06:09 pm - Nomadic projects
My mother is a quilter. But I'm a knitter. Why? Because quilting is a space hog (as about_right put it). Also it's not portable. You got your sewing machine. Your ironing board. And quilts are massive. Knitting fits into your bag.

But even within knitting, there are projects that are more portable than others. Colourwork is bad for travel. Balls of wool everywhere! Getting tangled and knotted up! Jumpers (pullovers) and cardigans are too bulky to carry around. Lace gets snagged. Large gauge projects get completed too quickly.

So yeah, it's small projects with finer gauge. My three projects of choice for my 25-day trip to Indonesia:

1. A cable beanie using the reclaimed laceweight to fingering for me

2. Circle socks with Claudia Hand Painted Yarn for a friend

3. Jo Sharp's Cable & Rib Vest from Knit Issue 3 in See Jayne Knit's Chocolate Berry Truffle soft wool sportweight for me

Alas, all of them are new projects. But don't worry, they'll get completed. Here's a photo of the lovely planned vest. I will be shortening the length by 10 cm (30 cm until armhole shaping) since I'm only of hobbit height.

Current Location: Canberra, Australia

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Date:March 4th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
LURVE that vest!!! I wants! I may have to get a Jo Sharp book. Or maybe I'll just wait and drool over your photos instead.

The socks are much more likely - that's about all I can handle while traveling, although the Kauni Cardigan has made it to Africa 3x now. Haven't picked it up in 2mos however...

I finally got a new SD card for my camera, photos of socks made from your handspun should be up in the next week or so.
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Date:March 4th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, I love the vest. I've like done two inches of it now, and just stop to look at how beautiful the cable and rib is with See Jayne Knit's beautiful yarn. I turn to Damian to say "Look, Toaf! Isn't that so pretty?" and he just rolls his eyes. *huff*.

If you are thinking of buying that book, I can certainly vouch for it. I'm intending to knit 5-6 patterns from it. There are some space fillers in it... like beret, cushion covers, arm warmers... but most of it is beautiful pullovers, cardigans and jackets. And I have to say that I love her patterns. They fit so well.

And I've been tracking your Kauni Cardigan. :) Seems like a lot of hard work, but is so beautiful! Don't think I'm brave enough to tackle it yet.

And looking forward to photos!!!

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