Today's been so hot here in London that I thought I'd block In Dreams. We took a photo before blocking - look how big it is!
It's not as shrivelled up as lace normally is before blocking - that's the beads weighing it down! I don't think that it will block out much bigger...
Blocking. I can only block out as wide as the bed is long. Normally this is fine, but this shawl could have been blocked wider! It's blocked into a slightly rounded triangle, which I think will be fine.
Finished photos within a few weeks!!
Last night I did the final (beaded) row of In Dreams, and cast off. I thought I mgiht not make is, as I knocked over a whole shot glass of beads, all over the floor beside my knitting chair, though most might have ended up amongst my knitting bags. I had some spare, and used these though, didn't want to waste knitting time on my hands and knees picking up beads!
Here's proof it's done, hanging from the mantelplace as Mr C was not around. I've grafted the neck edges together but of course it's not blocked yet. Just a whole mass of red shawl. :)
I'm probably not going to be blocking it over the weekend - I fancy a stash diving day, when I shall hunt down some lone sock yarn for a small shawl! And possibly cast on some fingerless gloves? It'll be odd not working on this over the weekend!
Pattern: Andrea's Shawl by Kirsten Kapur
Started: April 24th 2011
Finished: May 15th 2011
Yarn: 21st Century Yarns, Botany wool (a 4ply yarn) 156yds black, 446yds blue.
I'd read on ravelry that some shawls were turning out on the smallish size using a 4ply yarn, so I decided to knit the largest size. It's blocked out well.
This is a great pattern, and easy. you start off knitting a narrow sideways bottom border (but it's easily memorised, just gritted the teeth and it was done in a day). Then you pick up stitches for the 16row lace pattern (which flies by) and then it's the stripes, decreasing all the time. I prefer knitting striped shawls bottom up. I find that decreasing down keeps the edges nice and stretchy, whereas increasing up tends to make them a bit more inflexible. There's also the plus that your rows are getting shorter! I've knitted a few shawls bottom up now, and have enjoyed them all. I see more in my future!
This was blocked weeks ago, and we had two weekends trying to take photos, but the weather has been dark and gloomy and not great for taking photos. Then Mr C noticed that my shawl border wasn't centred! Oops! For a non knitter to notice meant that I really did need to try to reblock the border. I hadn't been that happy with the way that I'd blocked it first time around. I had used wires, and made the bottom border a straight edge, when in fact it wanted to be a wavy edge. This time I used pins to keep it wavy, and didn't rewash the shawl, just sprayed the border.
I'm so pleased to be using this yearn, it's been in stash for ages.
This is my fourth shawl for 11shawls2011. I'm slacking!
Well, despite not managing to complete five knitting goals this week, I do feel like I've done a load of knitting.
I failed in knitting a leg and heel flap of my plain, boring colour socks. That was due to not much carry-along knitting time though! I could have worked on them over the weekend, but didn't really want to!
I also failed in the garment knitting - Christina, by Kim Hargreaves. I've decided that the Aimee was a bit floppy for this (and my tension was way out!) so it's abandoned, temporarily. I do have plans for this, but now it's going to be either in the designated Rowan Cotton Glace, or some Elann cottong (ahem) winging its way to me from Canada.
But on the plus side I managed to do all of the rows I planned to for In Dreams, I'm really pleased with this! I timed my rows. On the right side, which is just knit stitches, yarnovers and double central decrases (which I am sorely fed up with) I can knit a rwo in 40 minutes, But the purl sides, all those beads, are taking me 1hr and 35minutes! Of course I often drop stitches when I'm trying to put a bead on a stitch, which is on the mesh parts!
Never mind, I have just four rows to go, though that final row is ALL beads. I reckon it's going to take me about 5-6 hours of knitting. I'm not someone who sits and knits for hours either, I'll get up and potter, or get on the computer, or on the phone, so it won't be a few evening's worth of knitting.
We tried to take photos (in the rain!) - not great, but this is Mr C holding it up, you can see how large it is before blocking. My heart was in my mouth whilst taking the photos, Mr C was under very strict instructions to hold onto those needle tips and not let the slippery, beaded knitting fall off the points!
My Magrathea shawl is coming along nicely. I managed the 15 repeats, but the rows are getting longer! The increases are in the garter stitch section, and the lace border is easy to memorise, so it's great tv knitting.
Mitred crosses - number six is done. Looking good!
Now for this week I want to:
*Knit another mitred cross - this will be the seventh, and will be what I wanted to knit for June.
*Carry on knitting on my boring sock. I'll stick to the leg and the heel flap this week, no pressure!
*Knit the final four rows of In Dreams, and cast off!
*Carry on knitting on Magrathea.
I think I'll try to knit 5 repeats this week. Why? Because I suspect some knitting time will be sucked up knitting on my newest wip, started late last night! It's Cria, by Ysolda Teague. Terrible mobile photo, but at the moment I just have two shoulders joined into a yoke, all scrunched up! The yarn is Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, from stash. The colour is teal, a brighter shade than shown here. Late night mobile photo looks dull and a bit grey!
*I'm aiming to knit one ball of Baby Cashmerino this week, but i bet I do more!
Better get clicking those needles!
Pattern: Cameo by Kim Hargreaves, from her latest book Whisper
Yarn: All Seasons Cotton, approximately 13 balls (I haven't weighed it, and a LOT of the yarn was in tiny balls, reclaimed from a frogged mitred project).
Needles: 3.50mm (went right down in size)
Started: May 2nd 2011
Finished: June 3rd 2011. Actuall knitting finished May 27th, but I didn't get around to finishing it until this week.
Mods: Just tweaked the sizing a bit. I made a smaller back, but larger fronts, and about an inch longer in length.
I like it, but will probably just use it as a throw on at home. Ok, criticism here. I do not think that the yarn choice (All Seasons Cotton) does this design justice. It's an acrylic cotton blend, aran weight with NO DRAPE. With such wide sleeves it needs drape. My knitted fabric isn't too dense or stiff, despite going down needle sizes, so it's not that. The pattern makes it seem even thicker! I can see this knitted in something like Debbie Bliss's Cathay (which is a dk weight and I think discontinued now) and it would be wonderful. Just not so in ASC. Arms down, it looks ok-ish.
Arms bent, not so ok.
Oh well, at the very least I have something I can chuck on at home on cooler summer evenings. And I've used stash which I really had no expectation of using, reclaimed mitred project = lots of tiny balls! And a quick knit - I knitted a lot of this as carry along knitting which is why it wasn't finished any quicker.
I started another Kim Hargreaves cardigan last week, but the yarn (Louisa Harding's Aimee) is not knitting to tension, so it's probably going to be frogged. I either knit it again in the given yarn (which looks great on the project pages of ravelry) or do something completely different. I'm a bit taken with Ysolda's new patterns - right up my street...
I'm trying (successfully) to keep my wips to five, These are the five.
!) In Dreams shawl. Still working on the final clue. The rows are getting longer and beadier. I'm aiming to finish another 12 this week, though it took me all day on Saturday to knit six! The end is close, must keep going.
2) Mitred Crosses. This is easy knitting, and I'm in no rush to finish. I'm managing a square a week. Square five is complete.
Much the same as the other four.
3) Plain Regia sock. First sock knitted, as per last week's knitting goals. Must take a photo!
4) New garment wip alert! I intended knitting Devonshire in this yarn, Aimee, and Christina in Rowan Cotton Glace, but something happened last week, and Aimee jumped on the needles, for Christina! I've knitted the border and started on the pattern. The colour is a nicer pale green. Blame mobile and night lighting. I like to start on the back, gives me a wide piece of knitting, and I can adjust for the fronts if it's slightly off.
5) IKL not just a sock club yarn. I fully intended knitting some fingerless gloves, but a shawl jumped onto the needles, It's Magrathea by Martina Behm. An edge to edge knitted shawl, lots of garter stich, which is a balance for In Dreams.
Pleased that I managed to knit the weekly list last week,
This week it's much the same
1) In Dreams another 12 rows
2) Mitred crosses - square six
3) Leg of second Regia sock
4) Christina - knit one ball. At least.
5) Magratea shawl, knit 15 8row repeats of the body (the garter stitch is increasing all the time...)
I am just dying to cast on another garment and another shawl, I have so many nice shawl patterns yelling out to me at the moment. I've just bought Ysolda Teague's Red knits in the city, and want to cast on at least three of the designs, NOW. But I shall resist. I'll wait until I've finished one of my five wips. I wonder which one is the nearest to completion ....
We had Andrea's shawl, and here's the matching mitts!
Pattern: Andrea's Mitts by Kirsten Kapur
Started: May 28th
Finished: June 4th
Yarn: same as for Andrea's shawl - 21st Centure Botany 4ply, in blue (125 yds) and black (45 yds)
The construction is the same as for the shawl, a sideways knitted edging, picked up stitches, 15 rows of lace knitting, stripes. Picot cast off.
This is going rather slowly, not because I don't enjoy garter stich or mitred squares, but because other things, such as In Dreams, have been sucking up the knitting time!
These are three I did earlier:
Love these colours. I'm aiming to try to knit about four squares each month, which means that it will be finished in August! Mind you, if I don't get waylaid by Other Projects it might be July!
Here's this week's square. Mobile photo, taken last night (not that a daylight photo would have been any better, it was so gloomy yesterday).
I decided this month that I'd break my knitting goals into weekly knitting goals. I'm not quite at the daily list yet though! Just so that I can keep track, especially as I have a few longer term projects.
This weeks goals were met! By Sunday afternoon I'd:
* knitted a mitred cross (mind you the cross part was already done)
* knitted 10 rows of In Dreams.
* knitted half a sock
* finished the sewing up of my Cameo cardigan
* finsihed some Andrea Mitts to go with my Andrea shawl.
That meant I could sit down and think about my next garment! I rummaged around in the stash and came up with some Rowan Glace in Hyacinth, and Louisa Harding Aimee in a pale green.
My loose plans were to line up the Glace for another Kim Hargreaves design, Christine, but (so frr) my tension is off, 22 instead of 24 sttiches. I'm not sure that I want to drop down to really small needles! The Aimee has been designated for Devonshire, a cardigan int he latest twist collection. I've nearly managed to get tension for that one.
This week's goals are
*mitred cross #5
* foot of first sock
* another 12 rows of In Dreams
* start a garment
* start s ahawl - oops, didn't mention that one! i have the yarn, and I have the pattern, it's a simple one to counteract my In Dreams lace, beaded knitting.
This was the clue which I finished last week and fully intended to take photos of this morning, before starting on the final clue. But - I have left my camera sd card at work! A bit of a pain. I hoped to take photos of Andrea's shawl, a finished Cameo (still sewing it up at the moment) and the Mitred rosses. Typical!
Anyway, I did take some photos on my mobile last weekend, so here they are. Clue six.
The end isn't as much in sight as I thought - clue 7 isn't a mere 20 rows, it's twice that! So this weekend it's ten rows not five, better get started!