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Gold Medal Shawl February 28, 2010

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

Modifications:

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!

Olympics Update February 24, 2010

Posted by lunarawe in knitting, knitting olympics, shawl.
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It is growing! I am actually reducing to the final point… the end is in sight! Hooray!

I am loving how this shawl is working up. The Rowan Tapestry yarn is super soft and has such lovely drape once the stitches are dropped. And its simple repetition makes for great Olympic knitting.

Four skeins down, and into the fifth. I did several more than the 12 straight section repeats suggested by the original pattern. The goal was to use up the yarn (which has been stash ripening for over four years) and have a nice sized shawl at the end. I believe the podium is in sight! And I have managed to keep up with my reading for school so I am feeling good about my decision to do an adapted knitting Olympics this time around.

For all of you who are knitting frantically, know that I am cheering you on! Go, go, GO! You can do it! Remember to stretch.

Knitting Olympics February 14, 2010

Posted by lunarawe in clapotis, free knitting patterns, knitting, knitting olympics, shawl.
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I am delighted that the Yarn Harlot has decided to host the Knitting Olympics once again and therefore, even though I feel like I have next to no knitting time, I have decided to participate. You can see from the link above that the standard Olympian in the 2010 Knitting Olympics is meant to cast on during the opening ceremonies. Given the realities of my reading load this semester I have decided to set the completion of my Clapotis, shown above at the starting line and already 40% finished, as my goal. I began with two skeins used out of five and figured that was serious enough knitting, though simple. Which is good for my re-fried brain when it simply wants to watch some ski jumping and push all thoughts of religious ethics away for awhile.

The games have already begun and the shawl is growing at a surprising rate. More updates soon!

Shetland Triangle April 13, 2009

Posted by lunarawe in evelyn clark, fo, knitting, Knitting - FOs, knitting lace, lace knitting, shawl, shetland triangle.
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Welcome to my 100th blog post!!!!

Finally we have celebrated Kierstin’s birthday so I can show you the big project I was working on in March. This super bright swath of pinkness was in all truthfulness a joy to knit. This is the Shetland Triangle, by Evelyn Clark which many have knit before me.

The lace pattern is deliciously repeated and actually is the only lace project I have seen that lends itself well to airplane travel knitting.

Normally this is a shoulder shawl, so I added an extra four repeats of the body pattern to make it the size I was aiming for. When I saw two skeins of Zephyr Wool-Silk in Dianthus (about as close to Kierstin’s favorite color of pink that I have seen in a lace weight yarn) I knew that a shawl had to be the birthday offering of choice.

The shawl was a pile of pink wavyness when it finally came off the needles (as I continually eyeballed the yarn trying to gauge how many repeats I could really coax out of it… 12 was easy and stress free, I am not sure how some folks on Ravelry have gotten 15 out of these skeins!).

This was my first time knitting lace weight yarn held double. It made a glorious fabric, with wonderful drape. Part of that, of course, is the Zephyr Wool-Silk. Yet I really do love how it feels doubled on itself. But the blocking! Arrgh the blocking!

I have never had a shawl come so close to winning. I swear I was breathing heavily by the time I was done and the next day my arms were sore! It is just a different thing to stretch out doubled yarn. I had no idea. It is gorgeous, sadly none of these pictures really do the shawl justice. But wow that was an experience to behold.

Looking for a New Lace Project October 1, 2006

Posted by lunarawe in evelyn clark, knitting, Knitting - FOs, lace knitting, shawl.
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Now that I am officially done with Sock Wars, it is clearly time to start a new project. Of course, I have tons of works in progress… but this new one is important. I have had a mentor who has given a ton of her time to me over the past three years, and I have been wanting to make her a beautiful shawl as a thank you present. I figured it was about time.

 I completed a this leaf lace shawl about nine months ago

 

and since then have been giving myself a bit of a break from knitting lace. That one turned out well though, and my mentor is the kind of woman who I think will like something sort of intricate.

I picked a gorgeous jewel tone colorway from Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill … Mer-Made Blue Violet in 100% wool.

This is the very beginning of Cheryl Oberle’s Kimono Shawl, from her Folk Shawls book. It is much wider than this, but here at least is a good close up of the yarn and the emerging pattern. Kind of scrunched pre-blocking, but you get the idea. This is supposed to be an extra long shawl – 72 inches all told. This one is not triangular though… so it should make a little more sense to my brain. Here’s hoping. But there is nothing like starting a new project. And this yarn is gorgeous to look at, and very soft and pleasant to knit. I only have about 66 inches left to go! 🙂

Check back for updates.