I’m finally getting around to posting some “finished” photos of this one. It’s just been too warm to think of wrapping it around my neck even for a photo. We definitely are feeling the early fall weather around here though in the past few days.
I did finish binding off the 22 Little Clouds shawl yesterday, with 17 grams of yarn left. I'll get it washed and then show a photo of it, but it is perfect.
Now it's time to resurrect an old project. This is Rogue, done in Peace Fleece. That color photo is pretty close to the real thing (Amaranth is the color name). I've been working on this for almost two years, so I think it's time to get this one done. I have the back done, and am working on the front. Then the hood and sleeves, and it will be my go-to winter sweater.
Here's a close up of the side cable. This photo shows it much pinker than it really is. The actual color is a deep garnet, with little flecks of blue and black. The lighter color bits seen in all of my knitting are usually Corgi fur, with an occasional silver strand from me.
I am nearing the end of this shawl. This is 22 Little Clouds, and I'm making it in that cashmere yarn hand spun in Afghanistan. Obviously I want to use every bit of this lovely stuff possible.
The shawl is an elongated triangle shape, with a ruffle border. The instructions say to save 25% of the yarn for the ruffle and bind off. The ruffle section starts by doubling the stitches on the needles, so I have about 600 stitches per row. I have two rows left, and then the bind off, which will eat yarn like crazy. My last row used about 6 grams, and I have 38 grams left.
So I'm trying to decide if I'll have enough to do FOUR more rows before the bind off instead of two. That really would be playing yarn chicken, I think, and having to undo most of a 600 stitch bind off if I'm wrong would take more whisky than I probably have in the house.
It only took me a month and a half to getting around to blocking the Ruffles shawl. In my defense, it's been 90 degrees here, and I can't wear it anyway.
At any rate, I got it washed and pinned out this morning.
I just did a “down and dirty” blocking. This yarn and the garter stitch makes for a really squishy comfy fabric, and I didn't want to change that too much.
This is the first time I've used those blocking pins. They are from Knitter's Pride, and it really makes getting a straight edge easy. I would need a ton more of them to do a bigger lace shawl, but I might just fork over the money for another set. They aren't cheap, and I have a huge set of blocking wires that work just fine, they're just fidgety. I went to a local welding shop several years ago and bought a big pack of thin wires. They work just like the expensive fancy blocking wires and were dirt cheap. I'll probably think about it for a bit, it's around $25 for one set of those**, and I'd probably need a couple more for a huge shawl. I think I might rather spend that on yarn. Not that I need that either.
I'll show a modeled photo once it's dry. And maybe once the temperature here drops into a reasonable range for woolies.
**Update. Amazon has them for 20 bucks, with free Prime shipping, so they're on their way.
Sunday afternoon on the lake, me, my knitting, and the cat. It doesn't get much better than this.
I'm still working on the same projects, slowly but surely. The lovely stuff in the photo is the Afghanistan cashmere, I'm knitting 22 Little Clouds with it.
For those of you following my attempts at not buying yarn, I caved yesterday and made a purchase. I'll post a photo when it gets here, but here is where I got it from. I'm sure you would have given in as well. I made it a few days past 8 months this time. Go sign up for her newsletter, and you'll be tempted too.
After I finished the Ruffles shawl, I needed to cast on another semi-mindless project. I mentioned in my last post that I might do another Hitchhiker shawl, so I started rummaging around in my yarn stash for the perfect yarn.
I found this.
I bought this from Peace Fleece about a year ago, and it's been sitting in a lonely yarn box ever since. The Peace Fleece owners contracted with a group of women from Afghanistan and bought some of their hand spun cashmere to sell. I snapped up two skeins of this lovely ivory yarn. It is 500 yards of about sport weight.
This stuff is just dreamy. It's like knitting with clouds. I've never knitted with 100% cashmere before, this may be a dangerous discovery.
I didn't think this would necessarily work for a Hitchhiker, so I pulled out another Martina Behm pattern, 22 Little Clouds.
As I'm sitting here knitting, thoughts of Maliknoz are on my mind. Her life is undoubtedly much different than mine, but I'd bet that she gets just a little bit of the same joy in spinning this beautiful fiber as I do in knitting with it.
Patterns sometimes just don't match the yarn.
I've wanted to knit the Wool Peddler shawl for a long time. I finished the garter stitch part and started the lace section earlier this week. It is just not doing it for me. In this yarn it just looks like a sloppy mess. I gave it a bit, since crappy looking lace can sometimes block into a thing of beauty.
I'm going to take it back to the garter stitch and do a modification I found on Ravelry. Well, it's not really a modification, since it leaves off the lace altogether. When the main garter part gets big enough, you do an increase row (knit, increase in the next stitch, do it over and over to the end), then keep knitting more garter stitch on twice as many stitches for a ruffled edge.
I know, I know. I said I was tired of garter stitch. I guess I was wrong.
Now to get that mess unraveled and back on the needles.
I'm a believer in setting achievable goals. Finishing those socks is my goal for this long weekend.
These are for John. The yarn is Lang Jawoll superwash. It is really nice yarn, if a bit boring. It knits up into a nice dense sock fabric that will likely wear forever.
I'll post progress reports over the weekend. The reward for finishing will be that I get to pick a lovely new sock yarn out of my endless sock yarn stash.
That's my Wool Peddler shawl. I finally finished the bazillion rows of boring garter stitch and have moved on to the lace part. Lace always seems like frosting to me. You eat the boring white cake just so you can justify getting the chocolate frosting.
It's a pretty easy lace pattern, and in DK weight yarn (moose lace!), so it is still mostly a mindless project.
This is really squishy soft yarn, and the color is growing on me. It's a nice neutral that will go with almost everything I own. I might not over-dye it after all.
It's finally warming up enough around here to get outside without being bundled up in wool. We had our first brunch on the deck this morning. This is my afternoon project:
No matter how many dozens of socks I've made, I am still amused by turning the heels. It turns a three dimensional piece of knitting into a two dimensional thing, then back into three dimensions.
For those of you who aren't sock knitters, the cuff of the sock is at the bottom of the photo, the heel flap (the part at the back of your heel) is at the top. You knit the cuff around until your sock leg is long enough, then knit the heel flap back and forth (the two dimension part) until IT is long enough.
Then the magic happens, where you turn the heel into the little part that goes around under your foot.
Then you pick up all the other half of the stitches and knit the foot.
*I didn't really finish that sock that fast, the last photo is the first of the pair.
After a long travel day Friday, we're back home from our cruise. Getting through Seattle traffic back home was the worst part of the trip. We got off the ship around 9:30, and didn't get home until around 5PM (usually about a 4 hour drive). We stopped in Bellingham for lunch, which accounts for part of that, and also picked up Lewey, which was a bit of a detour, but the whole trip back was just painful. Traffic around here is painful at best, and on Friday afternoon turns into horrifying.
I did stop at one yarn shop in Bellingham, but I swear I didn't buy anything. I wasn't really even tempted. Next week I'll hit 150 days with no yarn buying, and the six month mark is coming up.
We didn't do any significant shopping on the trip. I bought a few books in a shop in San Francisco. How can you NOT buy books in a nice bricks and mortar book shop with real people running it? Of course, I don't need those any more than I need more yarn. It's those little personal recommendation cards written by the book shop staff that get me every time. And yes, I have a Kindle, and use it, but there is something about “real” books that I adore.
Here are the other things I bought. We did a tour of the Queen Mary in LA, which was a bit cheesy, but fun.
And what is that little blue thing peeking out in that photo? Could it be a finished Hitchhiker?