Works in Progress
Belle Greene Shawl
I’ve been making slow progress on the beaded, knit on border of the Belle Greene shawl. It’s not that I’m not thrilled with it, it looks beautiful, and I’m looking forward to showing it off. The beads make it a non-portable project at this point, which is enough to slow it down.
A knitted on border is similar to a K2Tog across, except that you cast on a number of stitches after the end of the shawl and knit those in a lace pattern. The K2Tog takes place at what would be the ‘cast off’ edge of the shawl, and forms the inside of the lace border. Then the K2Tog stitch is slipped and the next row of lace knit.
It should be simple, it doesn’t change anything, but at the same time…
I know it’s not just me, because my sister (and knitting guru) has admitted that she finds knitted borders strangely anti intuitive and hard to ‘read’. I think I have to agree with her. Here I am, just about at the end of the thing, and only now does this fairly simple four row chart start to make sense. I don’t know why that is, but it’s been that way for me.
Oh, well. I do love the look, and I’m looking forward to breaking in my new blocking wires, so that’s something.
By the time I finished my TARDIS socks it was already too warm to wear them. Not that I’m above wearing handknit socks with sandals as a matter of principle, but it’s unseasonably warm and uncomfortable, and I don’t want to resent something I’ve spent so much time working on.
So I decided to give cotton socks a try. Actually, they’re a cotton, wool, soy and chitin blend from SouthWest Trading Company called TOFUtsies (yes, this is yarn from my stash. I’m still trying to keep to the diet) and the pattern is a surprisingly open mesh for socks. I have no idea if it will be functional, but it’s fun. Especially as I’m doing the (solid) toes, heels and cuffs in pink, and the mesh in blue. Depending on how it works I might start making more socks in summer appropriate fibers, stay tuned to find out!
Blog Contests and Giveaways
I didn’t win the yarn from Agrestal or This Knitted Life or the shawl pin from Michelle’s Assortment. I entered a Pattern Naming Contest from Fiber Dreams (official deadline past, but she may be open to more suggestions if you hurry.)