I recently started a new position at work. It’s not all that exciting recently, but it has kind of cut into my blogging time. I need to get used to a new style of time management. I have a couple post ideas, so I should get back on board soon…
Here is a crescent shawl/scarf that I made for Lucas’s Mom. Her birthday is the day after his birthday, so we did a joint celebration this week.
Rav Project page here
Pattern: Summer Blooms by Susanna IC from Interweave Knits, Summer 2012
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace in Orchid, about .9 skeins
Needles: US 6
Start Date: May 3, 2013
Finish Date: May 11. 2013
No mods. I used size 8/0 beads that I had left over from another project. In fact, the yarn is an extra skein from another project as well. I was so sure that I would use more than one skein, and I had about 1.4 skeins left. So now I have three little balls of this yarn left.
A loose cast-on is crucial for this project so that the blooms on the edging have points and aren’t just rounded. The directions call for casting on using a much larger needle. From reading the KnitList and Joan Schrouder‘s expert posts, I know that using a larger needle just gives you a larger first row of knitting, it doesn’t make the cast-on looser (for Long-Tail). Trusting Joan’s expertise, I used the same size needle to cast on, but I made sure to separate each stitch farther apart on the needle as I was casting on. This way the extra yarn is in the foundation and not in the first row of stitches. This worked out fine! But I was kind of stressing about it the whole time.
Another thing that is helpful, is to use two separate strands of yarn when doing a Long-Tail cast-on with a bunch of stitches. That way you don’t have to worry if you have a long enough tail. And put a stitch marker every 50 stitches or so, in case you lose your count.
I think Carol loved it! I wish I had gotten a picture of her wearing it!
This is project #3 in the Epic KAL/CAL.
I have been pretty bad about Tasty Tuesday… I have been finishing some projects though, so we’ll continue on this FO parade.
This is what I made for my Mom for Mother’s Day:
A chicken potholder! Just hanging out in the industrial space at my work…
Pattern: Chicken Potholder by Myra Mitchell (no website, but here’s the first site I saw that carried it when googled)
I used a couple fat quarters that I got from Jo-Ann’s. There is batting and Insulbrite inside. The binding was actually left over from my quilt. Though next time I might just buy bias tape.
The pattern wasn’t too difficult, but I had a lot of trouble sewing on the binding. I am still a bit of an amateur when it comes to sewing. And the base basically makes a circle, but it was hard to sew with stuffing in the head and tail. And next time I will use the machine to sew down the other side of the binding. No need to fuss with handsewing. It’s just a potholder!
The pattern suggests that you make two potholders, but this one ended up being more work than I thought. One potholder only uses two fat quarters, so it’s economical. I used embroidery floss for the eyes, though you can use beads.
I know I’ll make at least one more in the future, especially because I already cut out plastic templates of all the pieces! I have another potholder to make, that is shaped like a pie. But then I’ll have to start thinking about my next quilt project! Lucas is helping me design an applique quilt, but it may not be my next project.
What are you working on?
I decided to go for it with this variegated yarn and finished the shawl. Thank you all for your input on it! It’s weird, I had initially really liked the stockinette sections but was hesitant about the lace parts. But when it was all finished and blocked, I loved how the lace part looked, and I was a little dubious of the stockinette!
My Rav page here.
Pattern: Westport Shawl by Sarah Wilson
Yarn: Lorna Laces Shepherd Sock in Purple Club, 2.6 skeins
Start Date: April 17, 2013
Finish Date: May 1, 2013
I didn’t make any modifications to the pattern. I still have quite a bit of this yarn left over, because I had four skeins. Maybe I’ll end up giving away the last skein unless I find something awesome to do with it. These colors look different in every picture! Probably in real life, it is most like the first picture. The top straight edge curls quite a bit. I don’t think it’s meant to lay flat, but just be forewarned.
I would definitely recommend the pattern. And Sarah is doing a big KAL with giveaways in her Sexy Knitter group!
This is item #2 for the Epic KAL-CAL.
I hesitated to post about this. I don’t usually broach serious topics here.
Last week, Lucas’s father passed away unexpectedly. He was very beloved by all who knew him. I wish I had gotten to know him better and am saddened that I won’t be able to. I have learned so much about him in the last week and I wanted to pay my respects here briefly.
Mike found success in almost everything that he attempted. He was a respected documentary filmmaker, screenwriter, author and activist. The L.A. Times had a wonderful piece about him here.
Here is one of his documentaries, “The Murder of Fred Hampton”:
And if you haven’t seen “The China Syndrome,” you need to rent it immediately. It is amazing.
Mike, you will be truly missed.
I’ll be back to regular content later this week.
I finished the first of my 12 projects for the Skein After Skein Epic KAL-CAL. One of my hats.
Project page here.
Pattern: Oak Trail by Alana Dakos from Botanical Knits
Yarn: Madeline Tosh Vintage in Filigree, maybe .6 skeins
Start Date: April 19, 2013
Finish Date: April 22, 2013
Needles: US 5.
Mods and Notes: I used the same size needle for all parts of the hat. I got gauge on a 5 for the larger needle and it seemed excessive to go down to a US3 for the brim. Also, I have a big head, so I thought a little extra room wouldn’t be bad. When I got it wet the superwash really loosened up. I liked the size that way, so if I had thought about it, I would have stuffed it while drying or pinned it out to keep it that size. It did snug itself back up while it was drying.
I don’t know if it’s a super flattering shape on me, but I am still getting used to wearing hats. And even getting these pictures was quite an ordeal! I did really enjoy the pattern. I pre-ordered Alana’s book and may have to make a bunch of things from it. Like all of the sweaters!
Oh, and because I never posted any additional pictures of my Cerato Cowl, here they are.
The colors of this cowl have really grown on me! I like it more and more each time I see it!
I have actually finished project #2 from the Epic KAL-CAL as well, but I need to get better pictures of it. Hopefully next week will be a more productive blogging week!