Knitting WIPs

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Just one WIP today and it’s barely that.  I’m just about to cast off.

Prowes in Zauberball – Stone wash colorway.

I found one join in the ball of yarn and it was a join, not a knot.  Which kind of irritated me more.  They take the time to make a good join but not the time to match up colors.  That ball to the bottom left is the section I took out to match colors before re-joining.  On the bottom right it all that’s left of the main yarn ball.  I’m going to cast off with the darker end of the ball.

This was an addicting knit.  Honestly it’s almost the only thing I’ve worked on it since I started it.  I did skip the final lace pattern in favoring of repeating the main lace and garter sections.  I did the original 2 sets of those section plus another 2 sets and 1 repeat of the lace section and 6 rows of the garter section.

I did a few rows on 2 of my tv knits, including the dressing gown, only because I had some tv to watch over the weekend (ok, I admit it, I watch Nascar and knit through the boring races).

I’ve also been watching a lot of podcasts and I’ve noticed that many people use progress keepers.  I decided to try them out.  I had some stitch markers with dangles that I won’t use (the dangles get in the way when I’m knitting) so I added some lobster clasps to them.  I dropped one into each WIP bin and the next time I knit on them I’ll add the progress keeper.

Now to go cast off and get this and the Jacob shawl washed and blocking.  Then it’s back to work on my handspun Lady of the Blue Forest.

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Possibilities

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Dragon’s Breath Cowl – 300-800 yards.  I saw a few projects with variegated yarn that looks pretty good.

Tierce Knits suggested Pretty as a Peacock shawl – I’d considered it but it’s written for sport weight and I’m pretty sure I don’t have enough to do it in laceweight.  I’d have to adjust it quite a bit and at $10 I’d rather not have to fiddle with it.

5 Basic Circular Shawl Shapes Cheat Sheet – Or I could make up my own shawl in plain stockinette or perhaps some simple texture or lace.  I’ll have to look through my stitch dictionaries.

The more I think about it the more I’m leaning towards designing my own.  Several different stitch patterns.  I’ll have to swatch to see what ones look good in this yarn.  I never swatch so this must mean I’m serious lol.  Besides, it’ll be another step towards becoming a designer.

 

Knitting WIPs

 

Lady of the Blue Forest – not a lot of progress.  I got distracted by my new WIP

Prowes – So I started this on Tuesday on size 7 needles.  The pattern says size 5-7 and 7 was the only size I had a long needle for.  I knit all day but had this nagging feeling that the fabric was too loose.  Finally, around 9 pm I finally admitted it and frogged it.  Changed to size 5 and started over.  Worked on it all day Wednesday.  Much better fabric now.  Yarn is a Zauberball I got in a giveaway.

Jacob shawl is done.  I spent Monday knitting it while I caught up on Podcasts.  It needs blocking so I’ll wait on a pic until I’ve done that.

 

Now I need some help.  I got this yarn in that same giveaway and I have no idea what to do with it.

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Great Adirondack Yarn Co. Petite Silk Noir – Laceweight silk, 1350 yards.  As you can see it’s got short color changes.  It screams out to be a shawl but any lace pattern is going to get lost in those color changes.  I’ve looked at what others have done with it but nothing catches my interest.

Does anyone have a suggestion?  I’d prefer a shawl that will use all of the yarn but I’m open to other ideas.  Maybe several small shawls or 2 medium ones.  Or even not shawls but please no sweaters/shirts/tops or scarves (unless the scarf will really show off the yarn).  Maybe a long vest.

On a side note, I really wish you could search Ravelry for patterns that work well with variegated yarn.

My Favorite Designer

I do hope you won’t mind a bit of an ad for my favorite designer, Goddess Knits.  She’s running a 70% sale on all of her regular patterns (KALs not included), in her Ravelry store from September 22, 2016 through September 25, 2016!

I’m currently knitting her Dracula’s Bride and own 6 more of her patterns (including the 2 I bought in this sale).  I love her big complicated shawls but she also has smaller and easier things to knit if that’s your preference.

FO Friday

Rose Harbour Shawlette (blue and pink/purple)- I decided that I wasn’t enjoying knitting this at all and since my knitting is about the enjoyment I decided to stop early.  3 repeats of the lace makes this a shawlette but still quite pretty. Reclaimed cashmere, plied and dyed.

Cowl (reds and pinks)- With yarn doubled this actually went pretty fast and enjoyable (see previous WIP posts for details on how this yarn annoyed me). I’m pleased with it, although not enough to keep it. Malabrigo Merino Laceweight.

Christmas Stocking – I like this quite a lot.  My husband says it looks antique in style.  I’m not sure I agree but it’s pretty.  It also fixed my colorwork urge.  Can’t wait til I start decorating for Christmas so I can put this up. Assorted mystery yarns bought at Big Lots and dyed.  The Grey was picked up in a Lot of yarn on Ebay.

Now the rest were knit before I started the blog but have been waiting around to be blocked.

Buckhorn Cowl (purples and pinks)- I altered this a bit to 2 repeats of the lace on one end and 1 repeat of it on the other end.  Mainly I was trying to use up this yarn which ended up with a total of 7 projects made from it.  This was reclaimed from 1 sport weight cashmere sweater that I dyed (several times, both before and after knitting it.)  I think this needs another dunk in some dye before it’s put away.  There is definitely some color variations between skeins.

Etoile Hat (purples and pinks)- Same yarn as Buckhorn.  Nothing much to say about this.  It was a fairly easy knit, although if I made this again I’d probably go down a needle size for the ribbing.  It seems very loose.

Pandorica Cowl (dark red)- Yarn reclaimed from two sweaters plied together, merino and cashmere.  This was supposed to be a scarf and the lace pattern was not that difficult but I had a hard time working on it for some undefinable reason.  I complained about this on one of my Ravelry groups and apparently the Frost Flowers stitch pattern does that to a lot of people.  They struggle to knit it not because it’s hard but because it’s difficult to keep interested in it.  It’s weird.  I gave up when it was approaching 1 year from the day I cast it on and made it into a cowl…for a child as it’s a pretty long but thin tube.

Leaflet Cowl (purple)- This was not all that difficult and really pretty but I also had problems keeping interest in it. The yarn is reclaimed merino, plied and dyed.

*Reclaimed means a commercial made sweater bought at a thrift store/rummage sale.  I unravel them and often ply the strands together to make a thicker yarn and/or dye them.  It’s a way to get luxury fibers for quite cheap but with extra work.

 

Knitting WIPs

 

44 rows of Lady of the Blue Forest (large version).  I’m liking this a lot.  The rows are becoming a bit complicated but that won’t last too long.  It’s fairly easy to read the knitting as I go.  Each new row makes sense in relation to the last one. And my handspun looks lovely in it.

The Christmas Stocking, Rose Harbour Shawl and the cowl are all done.  The Jacob shawl has had no progress.

The other pic is a preview for tomorrow.  My blocking board with 4 cowls on it and a shawl on the other side.  I don’t have blocking wires so I use straight knitting needles to block cowls.  Works pretty well.

Planning and Dyeing

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The grey skein is what the yarn looks like before dyeing.  I’m not using it in the project.

So I finished several things over the weekend leaving me with no everyday knitting.  I spent some time in my queue but couldn’t quite find anything.  Then it occurred to me that I don’t have to finish spinning all of the Patrick the CVM fleece before I start using it.  I had already picked out 3 patterns for it, 2 of which I already own.

Lady of the Blue Forest and Sing a Song of Sixpence

I could do one or the other with the yarn I had done but not both.  I really like the multi colored Sixpences but didn’t want to dye that much yarn.  I’m not set up to do long color repeats so I’ll do single color small skeins.  But that meant re-skeining and then dyeing a bunch of different colors and I just didn’t have the time or energy for that.  So Lady won by default.  I took a look at the finished projects for it and decided to go with….yeah, blue.

Now I’m not very scientific about dyeing but I did note down some things for those who like numbers.  252 grams of fiber.  1/4 tsp dye.  1 gallon (or so) of water.  I kettle dye on the stove.  Dharma acid dyes – Midnight Blue.  3 TBSP of vinegar when the yarn goes in at about 170 degrees Fahrenheit.  Bring the temp to 180 and add 3 more TBSP vinegar.  I generally end up taking it to just about 200 before turning it off and letting it sit.  This time, it wasn’t exhausting so I brought it back to 200 for a minute before turning it off.  After 15 minutes or so the water was clear.

Yarn was dry late tonight so I caked it up and will cast on tomorrow.

Expect a FO post on Friday.  I found some things that have been long finished but in need of blocking so did that since I had my blocking board out anyway.  It all needs to dry before I take pics.