Just a little bit of knitting news this past week.
I finished Puck last Wednesday, darned in ends on Friday, washed and laid out to dry on Saturday. Unfortunately I miscalculated drying time (or didn't squeeze as much water out as I thought I had) and the shawl is ztill drying.
Here's a drying shot. I feel quiet smug that I've managed to choose three colours which go well, even if two are dark and light same colour.
Hopefully photos this weekend,
Sunday I cast on a Mystery KAL (I do love KALs!) - this is Rays of Gold by Elena Nodel. A top down girl's cardigann Not much to show yet, but Clue 2 is now out and I might get ahead of myself and knit that tonight. I'm using Sport rather than DK and have gone right down in needle sizes, just hoping that my loose tension and the lace pattern makes it big enough, Luckily I'm knitting a 24m size for a 16m old girl!
Next up is Gothica, a bottom up one skein small shawl, as part of Susannah IC's ravelry group KAL, knitting one of her shawl patterns more suitable for variegated yarns.
As it's bottom up, and the bottom is lace which will be blocked into points, it requires a very loose cast on. I went with the pattern's recommendations - a backwards loop CO, purling the following row. Yikes. 391 sts to CO (over a larger needle). I tried for three evening to CO onto a 6mm circular and it was dreadfully difficult to purl the stitches. My only straight 6mm needles were too short! I've had to buy longer ones!
There's only 10 rows of lace and then it's stocking sttich with short rows (similar to when you turn a heel, no wrapping or picking up wraps). As I'm on the short rows I can't spread the knitting out! It's quite pretty and very variegated.
Even on 35mm long needles it's a bit of a squash
I can't say that I really like this CO. I'm just hoping that a wash and a good blocking will pull the baggy loops into shape! Nevertheless it IS very stretchy.