Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sea Shawl

I am still working away at the Sea Shawl, amidst the typical distractions of books, genealogy, vacation (in Spring Lake with the family), work and just life in general. I finished what seemed like the endless stockinette portion and should have been thankful for the easiness of it. Not that the lace pattern is hard, its just that you have to pay attention. This is not a multi tasking project, unfortunately. I thought to use the chart for the pattern, but after looking at it and not understanding the concept of "no stitch" I decided to just ignore it and use the written directions that Mindy so helpfully provided with the pattern.

I spent quite a bit of time tinking on this pattern before I got the rhythm of it and what it is supposed to look like. This is definitely a pattern you can read once you get going on it. I suspect the tinking was also due to me attempting to multi task when I shouldn't be. Well, its always good to give it a shot.

After chugging along, I finally laid this out and looked at it and realized, hey, this looks like feather and fan. It also gets my design gears spinning. I think I might be designing a shawl in the future.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Red White and Very Blue

Happy Independence Day to all of my friends in the United States and happy Thursday to those outside of the US. On my day off it is wonderful to note that it is sunny with a clear blue sky. Lots of opportunity to be outside.

Blue is one of my favorite colors (even though black is a close second for clothing and shoes). My new project I am working on is (you guessed it) blue. The pattern is the Holden Shawlette, by Mindy Wilkes, which is offered for free on Ravelry. My friend Jane mentioned it to me and it has been in my queue, struggling to get to the top. Well, it is finally there.

The yarn I am using is Elegance by Loops and Threads. The pattern recommends sock yarn but I am kind of picky about what touches my neck and I just could not find anything at that weight that I really liked. The color way is Ocean. As a play on words, I have named it Sea Shawl.

The beginning section is garter and stockinette with yarn overs added in. Easy stuff. The lace part looks complicated, I guess I will find out soon enough. I am in love love love with all of the pictures of everyone else's projects so I think I will use this shawl a lot.

Monday, July 1, 2013

At Loose Ends

I am back.

Not sure what took me so long, but, I am back. I think what finally kicked my butt in gear was looking at my boysenberry tunic sitting forlornly (can a sweater be forlorn?) on my knitting shelf. Finished and yet not finished. Every day I would think, "I really need to get that finished." And every day I wouldn't. I have no excuses other than I simply hate finishing. I hate the tediousness of finding every little loose end and weaving it in. And so, my project sits and waits....but Saturday, I snatched it up and did it. I weaved in all of those loose ends. While I was on a roll, I washed and blocked it. Aren't you always amazed at how much better your stitches look after blocking? But I digress.....

So I am excited to share (ta-da) the boysenberry tunic.