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FO: Brandywine Shawl June 20, 2010

Filed under: Knitting — Spooky @ 9:53 am
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This was a little thing I did to help Haiti. I also donated money directly to the cause, of course, but I bought this pattern because I thought it was pretty and also because the money was going to help the Haiti effort. It took me longer to knit than was really necessary but I lost my knitting mojo in the middle of the project and let it languish in the living room knitting basket for a couple of months.
To recap, this is Brandywine shawl, knit with Knitpicks Stroll kettle dyed sock yarn in gold on size 6 needles.
I pinned it out and blocked it yesterday. I ran wires through all three sides of the triangle and pinned out the bottom point and let it dry overnight. I didn’t take pictures of that, though.
I rarely take pictures of shawls on my body (just because I am usually alone and it is difficult) but here is a decent one (it also makes me laugh that you can see half of my dog in the background):

On the porch after this morning’s rainstorm:

A picture that shows a bit of the drape and the smooshy garter stitch section:

It’s pretty. I’m happy with it. It is warmer than most lace items because of the thicker yarn and smaller needles and the large garter stitch section in the center but it will be good for this fall/winter.

In other news, I found the sweater. Will be working on that while deciding what lace item to cast on next.


Emmaline (and how the author can no longer count in multiples of ten). June 5, 2010

Filed under: Knitting — Spooky @ 5:30 pm
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My Brandywine shawl is still exactly as it was in the last post, folded neatly and tucked into a knitting bag. I placed an order for blocking boards and wires so I will give it a proper blocking when that is delivered.
I cast on for Emmaline with Comfy bulky yarn from KP in honeydew (which is much closer to celadon). I swatched with 10s, 10.5s, and 11s and was closest with the 11s so that’s what I used. I have knitted through most of the raglan shaping and am up to the sleeve portion. I need size 11 DPNs to do the sleeves and so I’m waiting for those as well. I did try it on this morning and I’m hoping the sleeves add a bit of structure and take away from the neckline a bit or it will end up being entirely too big. With bulky yarn and big needles it is a quick knit and I won’t mind (too much) ripping back and starting over.
With that in mind, here is a pic so far:

In the interim I’ve cast on for Annis, also from Knitty, with a skein of malabrigo lace in Polar Moon (it is the top skein in the following pic):

It is a looooong cast on and I used a simple knitted cast on and somehow forgot how to count. I am missing 10 stitches. I could lose a stitch repeat and futz the numbers later at the short rows and stockinette portion, or I could unravel and start over. Knowing my perfectionist knitter’s heart I imagine I’ll do the latter. I’m only 3 rows in, after all. It is discouraging to imagine casting on all 363 stitches again but it will be worth it in the long run.

This weekend I am supposed to be seeing Splice. I should actually be there now but the friend I’m going with is getting a cut and color at the salon that apparently has run over a bit. So we’ll go to the 7 pm showing instead. Tomorrow we are going to Ocean City for the air show. Monday is back to work as usual.


Not quite an FO post. June 1, 2010

Filed under: Knitting — Spooky @ 6:18 pm
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But almost. I cast off the brandywine shawl this afternoon while watching ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ (thoughts: I love Meryl Streep and I covet the dark chocolate color of Anne Hathaway’s hair). I did the reverse i-cord bind off called for in the pattern and it took some time but the result was lovely.
It is finished but for blocking and weaving in ends. I snapped a quick pic outside (it is storming here and so humid I am surprised you cannot see the steam rising from the porch) but will save the blocking for tomorrow.

I will say this: I am happy it is done almost done and I am eager to cast on for something else. Coming up: Emmaline and the Annis shawl, both from the most recent issue of Knitty.


The pattern that made me give up knitting. May 28, 2010

Filed under: Knitting — Spooky @ 6:41 pm
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Well, for awhile. Quite a long while. Enough so that when we had our first annual yard sale here I sold a good bit of my yarn stash, thinking I would never knit again. It just wasn’t *fun* anymore.
For example, the jaywalkers you see in the previous post? Gone. Unraveled. Partially unraveled, that is, with one of the beautiful harmony DPNs chewed to bits by a curious (and hungry) puppy. I wasn’t particularly upset. The pattern was boring and I secretly worried that the gauge was too tight and they’d be unwearable. I’ve yet to finish frogging them and repurpose the yarn and now I need to buy another size 1 DPN.
I’m not a quitter, though, and it is sheer stubbornness that returned me to this project with the intention to finish. Stubbornness and the desire to cast on something else. I am a methodical knitter and I like to finish one big project before I start another one and so before I cast on for Emmaline, I need to finish this.
And so, without any further superfluousness, here is the shawl that has been sucking my soul. It is Brandywine Shawl, shown here in the upper right corner. It is for a good cause and I thought the edging was pretty so I purchased it, on a whim, and cast on. Way back in… I’ve no idea. I didn’t put that on my ravelry page so I can’t tell you. I’m guessing February. It was definitely winter time.
The pattern is written well enough. The results are pretty. It is just so mind-numbingly boring that I can’t stand knitting it. I’m far enough that it would seem like hours of wasted knitting time — precious knitting time — that I won’t get back if I frog it and use the sock yarn for, oh, a pair of socks (that’s a novel idea, isn’t it?), and yet there is enough work ahead of me that it seems rather like the knitter’s version of climbing Mt. Everest to finish. I’m on Chart B and have done 10 of 15 repeats.
I will finish.

It looks innocent lying there with that smooshy garter stitch center and fluttery edging, doesn’t it? Don’t believe it. It is a SOUL SUCKER.

No disrespect to the designer, of course. Romi Hill’s patterns are immensely popular and for good reason and many many knitters have enjoyed this pattern. I just don’t happen to be one of them.

I pledge to blog more and knit more and generally be more of a presence here. I may not have much of a choice — I have a chronic ankle injury that has forced me out of karate and I imagine there is much knitting time in my future. Looking forward to moving on to more interesting things!