Friday, April 13, 2007

Keyhole top (Yay Photos)

My currently active WIP is the Kehole Top by Kate Gilbert in the current issue of Interweave. It is an open backed tank with a high banded waist and skirted bottom. I am using Berroco Nostalgia yarn in spring green. It is a cotton/acrylic/nylon blend. It has a nice bit of shiny thread stranded in with the mainly matte yarn.

You first knit the waist band and then the bodice stitches are picked up and knit up from the waist. Later the bottom is picked up from the other side of the band and knit down.

Here is a pic of the waist band with bits of contrasting yarn tied to it to aid in picking up stitches.

Then a pic of the start of the bodice after the stitches were picked up.

And finally a close up of the stitching in the waste band. I really like it. It is a very subtle stitch pattern created by twisting some stitches and slipping others.

The green is actually much more saturated then it looks in these photos. These turned out pretty washed out. I will try to improve the color and contrast on my next batch of photos.

And finally, for my French Word of the Day (FWOTD):
Tricoter = To knit (I thought I would get this word in at the beginning of the blog)

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Knitting in French

So I just came across this website by Chezplum to help with my knitting after the move. Chezplum has posted a page listing translations from French to English of commonly used knitting terms and abbreviations.

So, no pictures yet, but I promise to get some up soon.

And for the French Word of the Day:
Impôts = Taxes
I finally filed mine today.

À Bientôt.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Plan for my blog

I have been an avid knitter for the last 2 years and I have been encouraged by many of my knitting friends to think about starting a knitting blog. But knitting alone was not enough to inspire me to blog. However, I am about to set off on a big adventure and leave my life in San Francisco next month to move to Paris. So, I have finally decided to take the plunge and start a blog. My hope is that this will be an interesting document of my adventure and also help keep my friends in the states up to date on what is happening with my life.

So to that end, here is some of what I have been planning for my blog:

1. Document progress on my knitting. Update what I am working on and post info about knitting and yarn in France.
2. Document my move and life in Paris. I am thinking about providing a photo a day showing something interesting I have come across. I want to use this as an opportunity to observe my world on a daily basis and look for things of interest.
3. Provide a French word of the day. I will be learning French on the fly and I thought this could be an interesting way to improve my vocabulary.

Well, I hope this is not too ambitious for me. We’ll see how it goes….

À bientôt (see you soon)