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FO: Travelling woman shawl. September 30, 2009

Filed under: Knitting — Spooky @ 7:40 pm
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I’m shocked to see how long it has been since my last post. I pledge to update my blog at least weekly (and hopefully more than that) for the month of October. I have an interesting project planned and look forward to getting started. More on that later, though.
For now, I will show you the finished travelling woman shawl. This took about 3 weeks to knit and it would have been much more enjoyable if I had sprung for a longer circular needle length. The longest I have is 48 inches and towards the end the shawl was so scrunched up that yarnovers were falling over regular stitches and it was generally a pain. Also it was sort of a shock to see how big the shawl had become when I had finally bound off.
So here we are:
Pattern: Traveling woman, available at the site linked or as a Ravelry download.
Yarn: Hand-dyed by my indie dyer friend who blogs here (not as often as she should).
Needles: Knitpicks harmony interchangeables in size 7. I bound off purl-wise with a size 8 to ensure a nice stretchy edge.
Mods: The stockinette section I completed as written. Completed 4 repeats of Chart A and a single repeat of Chart B.
Did I mention this sucker is huge? Difficult to get in one frame. Here it is, stretched out over the back porch railing:

The center spine and some of the lace detailing:

And here’s a final pic that shows the colorway a bit more clearly:

That’s all. This was an easy, mindless sort of knit although I did find the edging a bit tedious. I’m very pleased with the finished project although I still feel like an ass wearing a shawl. I’m not sure why exactly. That’s alright as this is a sample for the Fiber Festival and not a future wardrobe staple.
Right now I’m working on an entrelac piece with the extra yarn. I don’t think I have enough yarn to finish but I’ll carry on until I run out anyway. Right now I have about 5 inches of entrelac. My first! Maybe I’ll snap a pic tomorrow but it seems a bit pointless as it isn’t a ‘real’ project.
I’m part of a Ravelry-based starbucks swap that is proving to be a bit vexing and now I’m not sure if I should have signed up for it. I have lovely upstream and downstream partners but the group itself isn’t very chatty and I don’t feel like I’m forming any new connections. And that is sort of the point, isn’t it?
Also, because I like shawls but can’t wear them without feeling the aforementioned asshattery, I’ve joined a shawl exchange. So I can make one and mail it off to someone. I think I’ll ask for a stole shape. I can wear a rectangle. Or a shallow triangle as a scarf. It’s the circular, square, and large triangle shapes that vex me.


Travelling woman September 9, 2009

Filed under: Knitting — Spooky @ 5:33 pm
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I’ve been knitting a bit here and a bit there but not enough to have anything cool to show for it. I’ve been working on this travelling woman shawl (you can find it here), I made it through the stockinette section but finally made it through a repeat of Chart A last night. I’m using this great variegated yarn (dyed by my buddy Terri), fingering weight, with size 7 needles. Initially I thought the fabric might be a bit dense but now I like it. My tentative plan is to finish 3 repeats of Chart A and see how much yarn I have left.

And another one:

I rather like knitting these little shawls/shoulderettes. I think I may continue for some time. Hopefully I’ll find people who would like to wear them because I certainly don’t have use for eleventy million of them.

That is all. I’ve been wrestling with a pair of socks and I’m trying to decide to continue or to rip. Actually either option will include ripping because my stitch count is off (again!), so I’ll either rip and start over or rip and do something else with the yarn. More on that as the sock saga continues!