Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Works in Progress

It is still Wednesday right? Well. I still have yet to cast on that dress, and now I am attempting to start it whilst participating in my first ever Knit Along.

I have had the Shalom Cardigan in my queue FOREVER. It was supposed to be my Rhinebeck sweater 2010, but because I wanted to modify the heck out of it I went with the Tea Leaves instead. But now, oh now, now I find that the modifications I need were on Ravelry the whole time! Step by step, row by row I am following the modifications of a nuclear engineering PhD student in Illinois. She created a lovely Shalom in grey that a) was larger than a medium, b) long sleeved and c) had buttons all down the front. I for one would like to send her chocolate. You see the Shalom is a yoked sweater that originally only had one button at the top and no sleeves. I am not a fan of the one, two or three button cardis (yes the tea leaves is only three buttons, but I admit I wanted to modify that too!) because I don't like that they make me look pregnant. When I AM pregnant I will wear a top closure only. But right now as I wallow in negative pregnancy tests I would like my midriff covered thank you very much. Also secretly I am hoping that by knitting something that fits now all buttoned up, a pregnancy will soon follow...

Anyway. I was sure I would have started my dress by now, but Linda over at Natural Suburbia is running a Knit Along of the Shalom. And after about 5 seconds of deliberation I jumped in (seriously read the comments, I waffle for about a minute before posting that I was in).

I have about 15 rows done now- which is why I am posting late, I had to work on it today while the boys played in the sun. I sat on the porch steps, in the shade (I got seriously burned yesterday in the lovely 80 degree weather) knitting with 100% wool. I am using Cascade Yarns Eco+ in a Shire, a lovely dark green. Perfect for knitting now, in the humid almost summer......

4 comments:

Crystal said...

Hi, can't wait to see yours on Wednesday! I'm going back now to rip out and make some modifications too... I was so eager to get cracking that I didn't really turn my brain on first. I'm adding some buttons too. I'm curious, whose modifications are you following?

regina said...

i am following ctomchick's grey skies shalom. she looks to be a little more endowed then me but i think it will work as i want something a little less form fitting. Plus she wrote all the mods out!

Rene' Sharp said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog Regina. Shalom was in my queue for ages too, so I am happy to be knitting it now. (Even though I am am on the 2nd sleeve of my Thermal which I really need to finish!!) Have a lovely weekend :)

Linda said...

I am so looking forward to seeing your cardigan next Wednesday! It is wonderful that so many people have shared their knitting notes on Ravelry.
Happy knitting,
Linda