It’s a muddled mess of silk lace and merino garter, but my shawl is coming along, and it’s starting to get a little heavy when I pick it up! I like the added weight, and I hope it hangs nice once it’s done. For now it’s hard to tell anything, lace doesn’t look nice on the needles, it needs blocking, but it is a nice relaxing knit. I still have many more rows to go, knitting this many stitches in lace is a slow process.
I’m on the last part of my shawl, which is two alternating rows of a 4 stitch lace repeat. It’s easy enough to memorize, but the stitches are tricky to pick up with my wooden needles, and there’s over 400 stitches so it takes quite a bit of time to get a single row done. Right now I’ve just started row 4/30. I’m also working with silk which has its own issues (like being even more slippery, being thick and thin, and some splitting). I’m hoping it will add a long luxurious ruffle to this shawl once it’s completed.
The thing with lace is that it’s always difficult to see how it’s going and what the pattern will look like until you’ve actually finished the piece and blocked it. Before that point it just looks like a mushed up collection of yarn. I’m liking the two colours together more now than before, and I can actually pick out the mosaic pattern better. Here’s hoping the rest of this shawl doesn’t take too long. Saturday is the start of Tour de Fleece, and I’m hoping to get a sweaters worth of spinning done – we’ll just have to see.
A hung hem! Completed, and it looks fantastic. I’m so proud of myself! If only the heel had of turned out. Thankfully I looked into it, and I’m pretty sure I know exactly what I did wrong. Here’s hoping attempt #3 goes better.
New needles and a good cleaning – and my Creelman Money Maker ‘A’ from 1893 is cranking out tubes like it’s brand new. Unfortunately the fabric is itchy and not really great for socks, so I decided not to make this into anything at all, and I’ll just use it as a practice run. I can’t wait to start up an actual sock next! I am learning how to do cuffs / heels / toes all on the machine, with nothing afterthought. We’ll see how it goes!
So far this is a really nice mindless knit that I can do at night while my husband is working. The tweed is working up lovely, and I love the specs of colour.
Now that my wash cloths are done, I’ve picked up a new project. I’m knitting a shawl called Dragonstone, which is a simple garter stitch body & some mosaic with lace detailing at the end. I decided to knit it with a tweed yarn, and I’m excited to see how it turns out!
I don’t make friends easily. I’m quite introverted, and I’m hard to get along with. I’m opinionated, and I’m not good at just letting things go. When we moved to our isolated post I knew that these characteristics might work against me.
My neighbour is another RCMP family, and they’ve done everything within their power to make us feel welcome in the community. They’re finished their duration at the post, and are on their way to another – and I’ll miss them dearly. I decided to knit them a set of cotton wash cloths as a thank you for everything they’ve done. Cotton wash cloths are one of my favourite things. They last a good while, they’re super scrubby, and they’re just comforting. I hope they like them!
I’ve slowly been cleaning and putting together my sock knitting machine. It requires oil to run smooth, and mineral oil is the one I was told to go with. The needles have all been inserted and they seem to move properly, but it was suggested that I replace them all anyway, it makes a huge difference in the knitting. I’m hoping I can take it for a test spin any day now! Here’s hoping I don’t have too many dropped stitches… I’ll be sure to post my results!
There have been so many amazing free patterns to pick up from Ravelry lately, I have no idea what I’ll knit next! I’m thinking of this shawl for my handspun, alternating white and colours that I’ve spun up. Shawls are nice for projects like this because gauge isn’t essential.
I’m only getting a bit of time each day but the progress is happening. I’m just past the mid way mark on both heels. Once they’re as long as they are wide they’ll be completed and I’ll be ready to knit back into the round again and continue on the foot!