Blocking Is Magic

I showed you my FO yesterday but I forgot to include my amazement over the blocking!!

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During


After


It never ceases to amaze me how much lace grows and opens up. It must be sorcery!!

Happy Knitting!

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FO Friday: Old Man of Storr Shawlette

Drum roll…my Old Man of Storr is done!


I’m soooo happy!


I used this pattern and I used Treasure Goddess Yarn in Super Toes Cashmere base in the Pieces of Eight color. It used up 510 yards of yarn or roughly 127 grams. And I knit using a size 4 needle.


It’s 60 inches across and 28 inches deep. The lace isn’t perfect but for my first attempt I’m overjoyed! And to top it all off it was my 2016 Mother’s Day cast on, so I’ll always have that cozy memory when I wrap up in this!

I even managed to turn this in for WIP points in the Down Cellar Studio Pigskin Party KAL! Insert happy dance here….

Happy Knitting!!

Back To Where I Was

I managed to get my Old Man of Storr shawl back to where I was when I had to rip!


I’m through two full repeats of lace. And my rainbow lifeline is in place and is sufficiently long this time. I have four more lace repeats to go and the rows just keep getting longer! 

There are a still few mistakes sprinkled in there but it’s much improved from my first attempt. I’m not sure I’m a lace convert/addict but I am enjoying this project. I find myself wanting to pick this up over other things.

Happy Knitting!!

Awe Fork….

My Old Man of Storr and I had a little disagreement. Last night it looked like this.  Looks great right? Well I was listening to the Olympics and worked two lace rows wrong….awe fork!

Not to worry, I had lifelines right? Wrong, helpful hands in the form of toddler or canine had pulled on the string and the lifeline was only halfway through my piece. I should be mad but it’s only my fault for not putting this away when I set it down. So now my shawl looks like this….

I ripped back to the garter section and started the lace over. It may be  a blessing in disguise as now I can fix the wonky set up row from my first attempt. I now know how the lace should work and hopefully I can read it better this time and not get off track! Wish me luck 😜

Happy Knitting!

Lace and Lifelines

I’ve made some progress since I left off on Monday with my Old Man of Storr. It has one full lace repeat and the start of a second.

I’ve moved my lifeline after the first (mostly) successful repeat. I did do some more tinking and my first lace row is perhaps a bit wonky. I decided only I could tell and I was happy enough to move on. And obviously lace looks like scrunched up rubbish until you block it.

I’m getting better at “reading” my lace and can tell when I get off pattern. It usually takes 20 stitches away from the error but I catch on eventually. This pattern is a great lace warm up, at least in my opinion. We will see if I still agree as the rows get longer and longer!

Happy Knitting!!

WIP Wednesday: Clapo-ktus

I finally got my shawl mojo going. I freely admit I had to start this thing like three times before I got it right. I think I’m in the rhythm now (fingers crossed). 

 

The yarn is pretty slippery on my needles so it’s not travel knitting. It’s been living on my bedside table and getting a few stitches here and there. I’m dipping my toe in slowly to this whole lace/shawl knitting. It actually soothing in a way.

What do you find soothing?

FO Friday: Everlasting Bagstopper

Happy FO Friday! I have finished my Everlasting Bagstopper!!

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The knitting was really really fast. Just about a week of evenings and one weekend. The pattern is easily memorized. Here are the details:

Pattern: Everlasting Bagstopper

Yarn: Lily Sugar N Cream Cotton in yellow

Needles: US 5 and US 10 1/2

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I used approximately 266.4 yards or 155 grams. This was about 2.2 skeins of yarn. I have oodles of this cotton hanging out in my stash and this was a GREAT stash-busting project! This would be a pattern I’d definitely repeat, especially for a quick gift knit.

Happy Friday!

 

Coming Clean

Time to come clean….

Remember this?

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Yep this if Florelei shawl in Cascade Sunseeker yarn or my Stashbustin’ #22. I started this waaaay back here. Then I filled you in my all my progress here.

Well, I feel obligated to inform you that it still looks like this. This pattern is great but represents a serious skills challenge for this shawl chart newbie. This summer has just been so packed with fun and activity I haven’t had the time nor inclination to sit back down with this. And now I’m in the throws of knitting for fall craft fairs for the next three months.

So in all honestly, I am going to let this project hibernate in my craft room. Right on top of my yarn cabinets where I can clearly see it. And come this winter when the snow is falling softly outside I will pull this project out and kick it’s shawl behind. I don’t care that it’s a shawl and I should be making sweaters. I know that I need some fortitude and peace to work this project out. And so it will have to be.

Have you ever had to put a project in long term time out?

WIP Wednesday: Stashbustin’ #22

Here is the progress on my Florelei shawl or Stashbustin’#22…..

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Doesn’t look much different from last time you say? Oh well that’s because I HATE CHART B!! I am however Queen of Chart A! I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I know how to do all the stitches in Chart B, they are actually easy. But no matter how careful I am I seed to end up with stitch markers in the wrong places or the wrong number of total stitches at the end of the row after a couple of rows. The yarn overs seem to be giving me the hardest time.

What am I doing wrong? Lace can’t be this hard!!!

I love the photos of other people’s finished projects and the Cascade Sunseeker yarn is beyond yummy and gorgeous. Not to mention the yarn stands up well to frogging. I am not giving up on this project. I’m going to cull the collective wisdom of the blog world. Then I’m going to have a glass of wine (or twelve). Then this project is going to hibernate for a couple of weeks (I go into tech week for my play next week and won’t have time to knit anyway). Then…then I say I shall attack renewed!!

Any advice for a lace newbie?

WIP Wednesday: Catching Up

 

Stashbustin’ # 22 still looks like this…

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Chart B is kicking this lace newbie’s butt! I either end up with my stitch markers in the wrong place or the incorrect number of stitches at the end of the row. The good news is that I am REALLY good at chart A, lol. I shall not be deterred by I may put this project aside for a few days to let my brain unmelt.

I have made some progress on my mindless and easy project. I have now tagged it my Stashbustin’ #23 project. This has been perfect knitting for unwinding after long theatre rehearsals at night. I think I can finally say that I can enjoy working with the chenille yarn. It takes some patience and it can really only be used in certain projects. But it makes a great baby blanket and I need to restock my emergency baby shower/present supply!

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I’m still addicted to knitting these cute tutus!! This pattern is addicting. And I found some adorable red, white, and blue ruffle yarn from Premier yarns. I plan on making a matching set for some college friends who have a two year little sweetheart and are expecting another pink bundle of joy in the fall. I am almost done with the newborn size and just need to make the 2-3 yr old size.

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So there you have it, the state of my WIP pile. My WIPitis is in full swing. I’m ignoring my Neon cardigan as it’s in timeout until my play is over.

What’s in your WIP pile this week?