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Bitterroot, revisited, and charming socks!* January 24, 2012

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As promised, here are a few additional pictures of the Bitterroot shawl I detailed in the previous post. It does seem to have relaxed a bit post-blocking and I will block it more aggressively next time to allow for this.

This one is the truest representation of the color. It is definitely more purple than blue.

A close-up of the beading:

I am now knitting the second of a pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks (free pattern available here). I love this pattern. It is simple, easily memorizable, and looks great. It reminds me of a waffle knit which, to me, is the most comfortable garment IN LIFE and I am actually wearing a waffle knit pajama top AT THIS VERY MOMENT. The pattern is written to be knit with 2 circular needles but I don’t know how to do that and prefer to knit on DPNs so I have just adapted it to that and things have been fine thus far. I am about midway through the gusset decreases and should have a finished pair to show off later this week, if all goes well.

Knit happy!

*Get it? ‘Charming’ socks? Hermione? Harry Potter? Spells and charms? Heh.

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FO: Bitterroot shawl January 15, 2012

This post has been a bit delayed only because I have been working nearly every day and haven’t had the opportunity to take pictures of the shawl in natural light. I still don’t have a great ‘action’ shot but I am hoping to get that in the near future (as soon as I, you know, find the battery to the camera and charge it and get a day off).

To recap, this is Bitterroot shawl (full-size), pattern available here.
Yarn: malabrigo lace (AWESOME), in cuarzo colorway. I used 1 skein and just a bit of the second.
Needles: size 6 circular (KP harmony tips)
Beads: cheap variety pack from Michael’s. I think they were $3.99. I used an itty-bitty crochet hook to add them after I worked the stitch rather than pre-stringing them.

I blocked on wires. I probably could have stretched the shawl out a bit more but I ran out of room on the dining room table. Must devise a different method for my next big lace project.

Blocking pics:

And a close-up:

These pics were taken with my HTC Thunderbolt. It wasn’t until enlarging (embiggening?) them that I realized how poor quality they truly are. Or maybe it is this screen. Not sure. Regardless I will update with better pics in the near future.

I have cast on for a pair of socks, am nearly through the body repeats on the first (knitting top down on DPNs).

I’ve also decided (foolishly, perhaps) that my next shawl will be Rock Island, knitted in a variegated blue laceweight. I plan to wind some yarn today (still hoping for a swift and ball-winder, hopefully this year!).

There is lots of knitterly stuff going on and that makes me happy.

 

WIP: Bitterroot shawl January 8, 2012

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I’m nearly finished with  my first FO of 2012, , from Knitty’s winter issue 2009. I started this back in July of last year but last year was a poor knitting year with no finished items to speak of due to a mysterious and intense chronic pain syndrome that I now know is fibromyalgia (and my pain and happiness level is much improved with appropriate medication, thank God for my rheumatologist!). This shawl is, I think, my first full-sized shawl (I am partial to the smaller shawlettes for fashion and also for ease of knitting) and also my first beaded one. I have discovered that my true joy is knitting lace — the more challenging, the better, with nupps and beads and fancy edgings, etc. The problem is I’m not exactly the shawl-wearing type and I wouldn’t know what to do with a stockpile of lacey shawls. Hmmm.
At any rate, this one is finished. I have to cast off and soak and block it and I hope to do that this evening when we are back from Annapolis. I will update with full project details then but it is knit from malabrigo lace (lovely, smooshy yarn and I need more of it, MUCH MORE) on size 6 circular needles with multicolor beads picked up from Michael’s. I did fall in love with a pinky-purple crystal japanese seed bead but they came in tiny little tubes and I needed 500 or so of them and it didn’t seem economical so I bought a coordinating variety pack instead. I actually bought 3 of them, underestimating the number of beads per pack. I still have the receipt so I will probably return the other 2.
Here is a sneak peek:

Pretty, right?
What is next? I’ve been wanting to start a circular shawl for years. I like to do a ‘palate cleanser’ of sorts between big complicated projects but the unseasonably warm weather is not inspiring me to knit mittens or a scarf or hat. Perhaps a beret with the remainder of the malabrigo, I have nearly an entire skein left.

2012 will be a good year, filled with many FOs and good knitting mojo. ❤