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Gold Medal Shawl February 28, 2010

Posted by lunarawe in clapotis, fo, knitting, Knitting - FOs, plus size, shawl.

Huzzah it is finished! I finished at a leisurely pace (yes, that means I didn’t get any reading done yesterday… it was a rough day) last night and finished sewing in the ends this afternoon while watching the men’s 50K cross country race. I will post pics of it on once it has been blocked. That will have to wait until my wires arrive. This is too long a straight-edged shawl to be buggered bothered with tons of pins. Hopefully they will arrive tomorrow!

Here is a close-up so you can see the detailing. Those few odd dropped stitches will even out once it is blocked. I am loving the pairing of the Rowan Tapestry with this pattern, though it is a huge pain to drop those stitches because the yarn is grabby.


I followed other knitters’ advice in several ways. 1) I purled the stitches to be dropped on the right side and knit them on the wrong side rather than bother with stitch markers. 2) I purled through the back loops on the stitches bracketing the stitches to be dropped (on the wrong side of the shawl) to keep a clean edge at the end. This made the pattern MUCH nicer. 3) I added several more repeats to the body to use up my yarn and increase the length of the shawl.

This is perfect tv knitting. Simple, pattern free after just a short investment of time, and very satisfying in the end. No wonder so many of these have been made! I am still cheering the rest of you on. So close! Keep breathing!

The Joys of Rhinebeck September 29, 2007

Posted by lunarawe in plus size, Ravelry, Rhinebeck, sweater.

As I read and learn about Rhinebeck I get more and more excited. One of the best things about being on Ravelry has been the information and excitement about this face to face gathering of fiber fiends!

I can’t wait.

Today I signed up for Rhinebeck Blogger Bingo. If you are going to be there you must sign up! Oh the madness! Oh the artichokes! OK, that has nothing to do with bingo but I am salivating already.

I am also looking for good suggestions about identifiers for folks seeking me out. We have a few weeks. How am I supposed to know what I will be wearing? Hmmm… my hair definitely is a give away. We shall have to think about this one. Those really searching can find a pic of me buried somewhere in the archives of this blog. Not too terribly deep. Kind of like a treasure hunt!

I am hoping to wear my Lift and Separate Sweater. But it is growing slowly as endless yards of stockinette always seem to do. We are progressing slowly up the back. I love this fabric in 100% alpaca. It is deliciously soft and has a fabulous drape. Who can beat pomegranate tones for fall?

Hopefully it will get some air time in upstate NY. See you at Rhinebeck!

Lift and Separate September 17, 2007

Posted by lunarawe in Big Girl Knits, Knit Alongs, knitting, plus size, Rhinebeck, sweater.

Sounds terribly suggestive, doesn’t it? Let me reassure you… it is.

First and foremost the requisite pitiful attempt to justify where I have been during my weeks of silence. I do think I had a pretty good excuse this time… the dreaded horror of moving. Not only did I move, but I landed in Orlando, FL where it seems like fiber crafters have to justify their very craftiness. That said, they seem to be a dedicated bunch. I am very much looking forward to knitting, spinning, and weaving guild meetings.

I have begun my first knitting-with-a-deadline project in a long time. Why the insanity? Because I want something fun to wear at Rhinebeck. Silly I know. I am not the kind of person that wears handknits to Knit Nights or the LYS. But something about New York State in fall and a wool as far as the eye can see makes me want something cozy.

So this weekend I cast on Lift and Separate from Big Girl Knits. Which meant I got to join the Official Fluffy Sweater-Along on Ravelry which is a great joy. Fluffy knitters unite! Ahem. Too bad they don’t yet have a group (that I have found anyway) for procrastinating, easily distracted knitters. We shall see if there is any chance in hell of my finishing this over the next few weeks. Ha! A long shot, but fun nevertheless.

After all, if you are going to knit a suggestively low cut, wrap sweater it might as well be red! This is in Elann’s Pure Alpaca in the garnet colorway.