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Lots of Knitting!

Walderton

I finished the test knit of Michelle Stead’s Walderton.

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It’s a beautiful project.  I think it would have worked better with another yarn, the Neigborhood Fiber Company hand dyes are glorious, but they’re also heavily variegated, and the cabling gets lost in all the color noise, even if the texture of the main body is picked up beautifully.

The yarn is beautiful, but I was disappointed with the Rustic yarn.  It seems to have been cut (sometimes partially, others fully) into lots of segments.  My sister and friends have bought from Neighborhood Fiber Co and haven’t had any trouble at all.  Yes, I could have returned the skein, but it was a limited edition colorway*  which I had picked up over a year ago.  I didn’t discover the issue until I wound the ball, and so I decided to make do.

I probably should have stopped the project at 36 pattern repeats, which is what the pattern calls for.  At that length it hangs down in front, with the thin and thick ends layered to make a nice piece with the teeth on both sides.  As Michelle said she was curious to see it longer I kept going.  It’s a more conventional shawlette at this point, still very pretty, but not as neat.

I recommend the pattern when it comes out.

The final frustration with this project is that I seem to have mislaid my blocking wires!  I ended up just pinning it out.  I would have liked to run wires through the edges, then really pin the points out hard.  I will probably re-block this in the future when I find my kit.  In the mean time, I do like the way it turned out.

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I’ve had Aidez by Cirila Rose in my Ravelry queue for a long time.  I bought the yarn for it (Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool) almost a year ago.

Yarn Choice

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It has a delicious odor, which much be what a freshly washed sheep smells like.

I don’t know why I got it in a tweedy colorway.  Especially after my experience with Walderton I’m concerned, but it’s lighter in color and I’m pleased with the visibility of the garter stitch in my swatch.

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New Tools/Toys

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As you can see from the above picture, I decided to leave the ends unfinished and weave them in after blocking.  I also decided to try a new tool to work them in with.  I picked up a pack of Susan Bates finishing needles.

It’s a nice design.  The super giant ‘eye’ means you don’t have to try to turn the needle when you’re weaving super short ends (like if you find you’ve inadvertently played yarn chicken while doing a long tail cast on).   I usually end up re-threading the needle after each pass in those cases, but this makes that unnecessary.

They come in a pack of five, to suit yarn from bulky (pictured) down to lace weight.  My only criticism is the material.  I would have preferred recyclable plastic.

I’ve also ordered an “experimental tool” from lesliewind on Etsy.   This is a fingering weight combination cable tool and Portuguese (Egyptian) knitting hook.  I’ve been curious about the front-yarn method for a while, and she makes absolutely beautiful stuff.  Besides, I’m always interested in beta-testing (even if I am a curmudgeon at times).

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I didn’t win the Kate Spade giveaway.  No new giveaways entered.

file_medium2*The Windchester-Sandtowne colorway was introduced for a limited time in 2015, proceeds went to help rebuild neighborhoods damaged in the Baltimore Riot (insurrection), which took place in early May (right around the time of the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival). Another reason I decided not cause a fuss, even if I was annoyed enough to post about it here – it’s a good gesture, and a good company – I know these things happen, I’m just going to whine a bit.  (back) 

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Stuff and More Stuff

It all started out simply enough.  I had an old Altoids tin with band aids and a tiny bead box of pills in it.  I picked up a tiny spray bottle of antiseptic to go in it, and it didn’t fit.  So then I got a tiny first aid kit for $2, which had its own band aids in it.  The first aid spray fit, but my pill box was too tall.  So I swapped it out for an Altoids mini tin, and it fit fine.

Little Boxes

But I didn’t like the way that the first aid box was labeled.  So I made my own label for it, and for the tin.  While I was at it, I decided to turn the old Altoids tin into an emergency sewing kit.  I had an old sewing kit, but it has a faulty catch, and I couldn’t get it open.

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I found the clip art through Creative Commons.

Stuff Leads to Stuff

I had a spare set of sewing scissors, but they were too large for the Altoids tin.  So I took the folding scissors I had in one of my notions pouches.  I was able to trade around which scissors went in which pouch to find a place where the spares would fit, but they would have poked holes.

Not a big problem.  I looked around online for a sheath (Etsy has several inexpensive ones).  I found a lovely tutorial on how to make a scissors fob out of a knitting needle protector.  Since I have a needle protector I never use, and all sorts of beading supplies on hand, I decided to save time and money and just make it.

 

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I considered just making the bead loop go through the scissors handle, but I decided that I’d rather have the option of switching it to another pair at a future time.

Finally, Dottie sent me a picture of a necklace I made for Pi Sigma Phi being worn by one of her brothers.

 

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Also Still Knitting

I’m still working on the Walderton.  I’ve completed 38 repeats (out of 36 due in three days).  I’m just going to keep going until I run out of yarn or of time.

 

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This is Not TV Knitting

I Got Cocky

I’ve become a bit arrogant about the Walderton shawl.  It’s an eight row repeat, and there are 36 repeats in t he shawl.  It’s not an overly complex pattern, but there are four parts to it – two distinct borders, a body section (where the increases are) and a cable section.  It took me about 20 repeats to get the whole thing down.

Last night I took the shawl with me to ‘craft night’, which (as it often does) turned into ‘game night’.  I decided I could knit and play Wiz-War at the same time.walderton-boo-boo

I don’t know how I managed it, but I purled rather than knit for the first few stitches of the body section of this row.  That could have happened if I’d just been listening to podcasts, but I didn’t catch the error for another inch and a half (3 centimeters) of knitting.

Keeping Calm and Knitting On

Fortunately, I keep a well stocked notions pouch in each of my project bags.  I had already figured out what the pattern should look like wale-by-wale*, so that saved a step in the repair process.  It was just a matter of dropping the stitches down, then picking them back up the right way round.

 

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Knit stitch

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Purl stitch

You would think this would teach me a lesson about mindful knitting, but I have to admit that it won’t.  I will just accept that making the occasional repair is part of my process, and allow myself time to do that.  Fortunately, I paced myself well on this month long project, the deadline is six days from now, and I’m about 90% done (with the option to knit extra repeats if I choose to do so).  I’m calling this a win.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I didn’t win the Expression Fiber Arts giveaway for August/September, so I entered the September/October giveaway (15 October).  I also didn’t win the Manos giveaway.  I signed up for the Sonic Knits Yarny Bingo (October), and the Sweet Paprika Instagram giveaway (tonight).

*Wale: a single column of stitches in a knitting procect – those stitches which would unravel if you were to drop a specific stitch. (back to top)

 

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Working on It

I’ve still got two older WiPs going, (the Helical Hat and the Mount Gay socks) but I’m going to show you the other two today.

Spinning Project

I’m still working on the Millers Fire spinning project.  I happen to have a series of progress pics on it, taken and even intervals over August.  It isn’t my fastest spin, but I’m getting better at getting the single even.

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The spindle is a mini Destiny from the wonderful Snyder’s Spindles.

Knitting Project – Test knit

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Most of my crafting time has been going to a test knit for Michelle Stead (of Michelle’s Assortment).  I’m not sure how much I should show, since the shawl project hasn’t been published yet, but here’s a teaser –

This is an incredibly fun pattern to work on.  I set up a spread sheet to figure out how to pace myself (FO pics are due on September 28).  I started on August 29 and I’m about four days ahead of schedule.

I’m using that gorgeous skein of Neighberhood Fiber Company yarn (proceeds to help rebuild Baltimore after last summer’s insurrection).  I have to say that, although it is beautiful and feels yummy in the hands, I don’t love it as much as I thought I would.  The yarn is more of a variegated than a tonal, and there are random cuts throughout the skein.  I’m using a doubleknot to join them, but not 100% thrilled with how that’s going.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I didn’t win the Smithsonian tote of cool things.  I entered a drawing for a skein of Manos del Uruguay Marina from Petals to Picots (8 September).

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FO Friday

No new FOs since last time

I haven’t finished anything since the Eyeball hat, but I hope you’ll appreciate these projects I made during my blog hiatus.

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The Sea Otter amigurumi, a free pattern by Donatella Principi

This was a get well gift for a friend of Dottie’s.

I finally finished the Hirshorn shawl (the Illustriation shawl by Wooly Thoughts:

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It only took nine months.  I gave it away.

I made another Nora’s Fish – this one out of fingering weight yarn, and it makes a great cat toy.

Happy Mini

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Not exactly cranking things out, but stuff got made.

Blog Contests and Yarn Giveaways

I didn’t win the Knitter’s Pride shawl blockers.  I didn’t enter any new giveaways this week.

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Current Crafting

This was going to be a regular WiP Wednesday post, but my WiPs aren’t drastically different than two weeks ago (given the intervening FO Friday post).  I have started one new project, a hat.  Abby tells me that it’s customary for men in the village to wear knitted hats to keep the sun off their heads, and she thinks it would be nice if I were to knit some for her local family.

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Let me repeat that – knit hats.  In equatorial Africa. I have been asked to knit hats for people living in equatorial Africa.  I…  can’t… even…

Anyway, I started this hat.  It’s got a herringbone stripe, which I’ve never worked before.

Helical

It doesn’t much look it, but it’s actually a lace stitch – decreases are K2TogTBL, and increases are also a TBL.  The result looks very much like a line of knitting perpendicular to the wales.  The thing is, it’s also helical.

Helical Crafting

It’s worked very much like the Guinan hat was worked (in knit rather than crochet).  In that case I crocheted 1/4 of the way around the hat, held the loop in place with a stitch marker, and picked up the previous loop in the contrasting color.

Guinan Spiral

The principle is the same with the knitting, only no stitch marker is needed.  Just pick up the color and knit to two before the next strand was dropped off, slip some stitches, and pick up the next strand.  It’s rather fun to work such a similar technique in both crafts.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I didn’t win either PhatFiber giveaway.  I’ve entered two new (non crafting) giveaways.  The Smithsonian has a quize giveaway of a tote full of cool sciencey things (2 September), and Smart Bitches Trashy Books is giving away a Kate Spade bag and a gift card to the bookstore of your choice (26 September)

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It’s been about six months since I’ve done an FO post.  I’m going to post the most recent finished objects, and maybe a few highlights.  Not that I don’t love my projects..

Guinan

Here’s my friend Kay-Megan as Guinan.  She won the costume contest!

I finished Guinan.  The pattern is from Akua Lezli Hope AkuaDesigns, and it’s really fun to crochet.  It’s also a great pattern for variegated yarn (which is always a plus).  I’ll be working this one again.

I also finished the Charming Crawling Eyeball hat. file_medium2

The Abracadabra yarn totally does the right thing in sunlight!

Last but not least, I finally finished the Five sweater.

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I’m really happy with how this turned out.  Steve wants to wear it for Anachronism Day at the Renaissance Festival this fall, but I have no idea how we’d come up with the frock coat in time…

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I’ve entered a drawing for Knitter’s Pride Knit Blockers (26 August) and the Expression Fiber Arts $1000 Yarn Giveaway (15 September).

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