Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Yarn bombing sighting

We took a short vacation to the Lake Tahoe area this last weekend, and the trip included a stopover in Reno, NV. While there, I spotted this lovely piece of yarn bombing located in the river walk area.

While we're on the subject of artsy sitings, Reno also has painted recycled pianos scattered about town. Here's one of them. I did notiee anyone playing on it though.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

FO: Jordan

Thanks for all the nice comments about my two-toned shell. If you're celebrating the Fourth of July holiday, I hope you're having great one!

I recently finished the Jordan pattern by Wendy Bernard. The yarn is one of my favorites -- the discontinued Jaeger Trinity. I bought this last batch from Robin.

This a great pattern. I don't really like very lacy garments, but for some reason, this one appealed to me. The two lace stitch patterns are easy to memorize, and it knits up very quickly. For the arrow lace pattern, I did 4 repeats instead of 3 because I realized that I wanted a little more length when I reached the first set. I also played with changing needle sizes here and there. I used one size smaller on the midsection to give it a tiny bit of waist shaping. For the shoulder pieces, I changed over to one needle size larger after about 3 inches, so the pieces gets wider towards the center, and I get some shoulder shaping. The lace patterns alternate between 11-stitch and 9-stitch repeats. The topmost stockinette section is supposed to be an 11-stitch repeat, but I kept it at 9 stitches because for some reason it flared out too much at 11 stitches. All in all, this is a great summer top!