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Cotton Blankets, and WIPs update

At the time I am typing this I am a pattern repeat and a border away from finishing the Mountain Chickadee blanket. This project coincided with cherry blossom season, and our ancient cheery tree exploded in white blossoms at the same time, so I took the pictures next to the tree. I am not that experienced with lace knitting, but this has been the easiest pattern to memorize and knit thus far. At any given point it was easy to see where I was in the pattern so I could correct stitches as needed before getting to the end of the row and realizing things were not matching up.  For me the easy patterns with high impact are the most fun to knit.  I added a few repeats to the length, so I created an extended version of the second smallest size in the pattern (in case you notice how long the rectangle really is).

All of my projects this year have been dictated by my yarn stash. I have purchased a fair amount of yarn in the last few years and have been committed to knitting my stash before buying new yarn. Knitters can be placed in two yarn strategy camps – the “yarn stashers” and the “buy-yarn-as-you-goers”.  I am trying to become the kind of knitter who buys the yarn needed for a project at the time the project begins.  I see the potential in every ball of yarn and it’s so exciting to bring the yarn home and imagine the completed project, but at this point my stash feels like a giant to-do list. Each completed project makes me feel more satisfied.

The amount of half started projects has diminished too. I have two projects I started and haven’t completed, but I’ve made plans to pick those up. I started a list of WIPs last summer and from that list all that remains is the Lucy Hat. I tried to start where I left off but then tore it all back again. The other WIP yet unmentioned was a lace weight wrap I began with a skein of Americo’s Abrazos in a slate blue. The comments in Ravelry echoed my own feelings about the project; that it was a beautiful yarn, but the knitting was incredibly boring. When I gave it half a thought, it was no surprise that lace weight stockinette stitch would be some drudgery and after spending more hours than I like to recall on untangling the skein in the first place I needed to do more with it than knit a rectangle.  I decided to try and find a lace weight singlet/ tank top pattern instead. The yarn is so soft and light that I think it’s better suited for a summer garment.  I decided to attempt the Quince & Co Azalea tank without the lace border as the textured yarn wouldn’t work well, but the shape is lovely.  I’m making the small size so I should have enough yardage. Hopefully what I imagine translates to the needles. I’ll probably pick this back up in summer to knit since the yarn itself will becomfortable to knit with, but I bought the patten yesterday. Is that organized, or a bit horder-ish? 😉

I just realized I photographed the Mountain Chickadee upside down, but I still think it’s pretty.

Happy Spring!

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Creating

Sometimes it’s easy to knit, and sometimes it seems next to impossible for me to find the time. This shawlette came into being only because I had time off and atypically didn’t travel anywhere. That in itself is a Christmas miracle. I enjoyed long days (technically they were very short days as the sun sets in the afternoon) of relaxation and marathon movie watching. A perfect knitting storm.

Perfect knitting storms have been few and far between. It made me think about how amazing it is to actually create something. How this shawl almost didn’t happen, and may never have happened. I had a moment of gratitude for any artistic expression, and the beauty created by talented and dedicated hands. All the things that may never have been if the stars didn’t  align. Perhaps overly sentimental for crafts but I have found myself very intrigued by artistry of all kinds at the moment.  Immersing in more art is on my 2016 List of Dreams.

This A Loved Thing shawlette was knitted with Purl Soho Flax Down;  a blend of alpaca, merino wool, and linen. You can see my notes for more details on the rows I added to the pattern on Ravelry.  I improvised the last rows, and then blocked it very aggressively so it would be a little larger. I stretched it to an inch of it’s life actually,  but I’m happier with the size and how much it opened the pattern up. The Flax Down weighs almost nothing and the shawlette feels like a cloud around your neck.  I love the salmon pink colour too.

This item will also be at Mekkin’s booth for her next market. You can contact her through her facebook page for Hannahmin’s  Fibre for her booth schedule.


  
  

Betty would wear this if she was a newborn

I now understand the origins of sequins. This is my first time knitting the cloverleaf eyelet, as well as eyelet ribbing. Once you start knitting a lace pattern, more lace seems to follow. By the time I had finished the ribbing I was thinking about a pichot edge and perhaps weaving ribbon through the eyelets. I was wondering if I had any pearl domed buttons when I realized things had gotten out of hand. This is how the bedazzler started. Someone knitted some lace then decided it needed something else, and before they had themselves under control they had reached for a vial of glitter and a glue gun. The Mardi Gras Indian costumes are a good example of this (“I think it needs more peacock plume.”), or anyone on the Toddlers & Tiaras show. But thankfully, things didn’t go that far. I am happy with where I left off, and I think it turned out great. I’m really happy with the modifications I used, and the cotton yarn worked out well too.

In addition to the new stitch patterns I tried, I also used the smallest needles I own. I did the math, and there are over 14,000 stitches in this garment. If you count the parts I pulled out to re-do, it’s more like 18,000. I tried to do a per-stitch time estimate to come up with the total time, but it seemed off. I know I listened to an old bbc radio show, watched “The Last Time I Saw Paris,” drank several cups of coffee and baked southern bene wafers while also knitting this, and that was only part of it. It may seem small for the time spent, but I like the look of the finer stitch pattern. I’m also less intimidated to attempt a larger garment in this gauge, and would definitely knit this pattern again.

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I hope Katherine likes the gift. I still have some labeling I want to create that will include wash instructions, but the Mad Men inspired knitting trio is now complete.

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On to the next month’s project for Mrs. S. I don’t know if her new bundle of joy will be a boy or a girl, so I had to think of something that might work for either. I decided on a mini-peacoat jacket in a grey tweed, and I’ll also include a matching baby bear hat. I’ll be knitting in a size that should fit for fall. I already have the shiny buttons picked out.

This cute jacket may be the last of my knitting projects for awhile. When spring hits I plan on doing some major exploring. I’ll be posting pictures of my adventures in my new home, or other cities, and all the great places in between.
Ah, who am I kidding? I’ll probably drag the knitting to all those places as well.