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.