Wednesday, November 3, 2010

WIP Wednesday: Sidetracked by Citron

Just a quick post today. . .
I'm heading out to take advantage of this nice weather and work in the garden.  But I'm really enjoying participating in WIP Wednesdays partly to keep myself accountable on WIPs I wish to finish, as well as to check out the list of other lovely projects. 

I'm still working my way through this list which I posted two weeks ago. .  . . . 4 down, 5 to go, hopefully 2 more done by this Friday.

But I've been temporarily sidetracked by this little beauty:
Thanks for the pomegranates Betsy!  And thanks to Angie for the Citron inspiration!

The Claudia Hand Painted Yarn is called "Rubies Playing" so I named my project Ruby Citron in Ravelry, but I may have to change it to Pomegranate Citron.  Not only is it the color of pomegranate juice, but also the yarn is staining my fingers as I knit, just like when I juice our pomegranates.  I've never had that happen with a knitting project before.  Hopefully, it doesn't mean the gorgeous color of the yarn will change when I finish knitting it and wash it and block it.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I had trouble with the cast on, but once I got going it was highly addiciting.
I finished the first section waiting for trick-or-treaters.  Unlike past years, we actually had quite a few costumed kids knock on the door.  I'm happy about that because it means we don't have too much leftover candy around to tempt me.
I finished the second section watching the Giants win the World Series!  Yay Giants! 

My progress will slow as each section grows larger, but I hope to finish in time to wear it during the holidays.


  1. How odd that it's dyeing your hands! Have you used Claudia Hand Painted yarns before?

    The color is so pretty. I hope it doesn't fade!

  2. Wow, that shawl is going to be absolutely stunning! Gorgeous yarn. Also, Yay Giants!

  3. Oooh, I've made a citron... you'll be very pleased when it's done. It looks gorgeous already!

  4. Darn it, why did I have to see that vision of deep purple loveliness? I have Christmas Knitting to do! But now I am going on ravelry to troll out citron. I

  5. I love that color so much! I think I could even forgive it for turning my hands pretty colors.

  6. It's going to be beautiful! I have citron in my queue but it'll probably wait until Spring, I have sweaters and warm stuff to knit now!

    I've never had CHP stain my hands before :(

  7. Wow never had the staining happen before. Maybe a little white vinegar in a soak? Gorgeous color.

  8. Beautiful colour! I agree, it is more aptly called Pomegranate. I second the suggestion to add some vinegar to the blocking soak - might help the dye set properly.

  9. Thanks for the suggestions! I will try the vinegar soak.
    This is the first time I've knit with CPH. I'm glad to hear that others haven't had that problem. I do still love the yarn.

  10. The color is so vibrant Shannon and will make a lovely Citron shawl. I look forward to seeing it completed and will rest knowing that you won't suffer another day with your allergies : ) I know we joked about latex gloves and masks, but could you imagine having to carry an epi needle just so you can get through a project safely? Funny thing is I can imagine any one of our knitting friends going to that extreme.