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Problem Solved

Some time ago I described a painful beading incident which occurred when I was working on the Belle Greene shawl.  I’m now working another beaded pattern,  the Diamonds in the Ruff collar (from Defarge Does Shakespeare).  This is the project which called for the Bead Biz purchase at the Alpaca Festival.  Once again, I’m working with small beads and a really tiny crochet hook.  I’ve made two changes in the process, which help with both speed and safety.

First of all, rather than working the stitch and then threading it through a bead, I’m just beading the unworked stitch and slipping it to the right hand needle.  As long as I do it consistently it works beautifully.

Secondly, I’ve got a new crochet hook.  One with a soft  grip and, more importantly…

beaded hook

Comet wanted to cuddle with the pattern

covered hook

Therefore, camera time

…it has a cover. Now, as long as I cap it before putting it away, there will be no more ‘painful incidents’, even if the cats do knock my project bag on the floor.

You can never be too careful.

But, seriously, it’s a stunning design, and I’m enjoying working on it when I stop the cat from lying on it.

In addition to the seed beads, I’ve gotten the ribbon and some focal beads for finishing

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I think it’s going to be stunning.  Now, if I can just be sure to finish by Christmas…

Blog Giveaways

I didn’t win the “Wonder Clips” from A Simple Homestead, the luxury yarn basket from Expression Fiber Arts or the pattern and yarn from Aroha Knits.  I did win the Arciform sweater pattern from Aphaia.

I entered the Expression Fiber Arts November/December yarn basket drawing (15 December) and the Knitting Pipeline drawing for Wool Baby Patterns ebook (26 November).

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Works in Progress

Belle Greene Shawl

Belle Greene Border in progressI’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.

Summer Socks

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.)

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B is for Beads

I’ve been knitting the Belle Greene shawl from Stitching in the Stacks.  I’m a short distance into the beaded, knitted on border.  This particular pattern calls for beading individual stitches, rather than stringing the beads on the yarn and then working them in.  It’s a slow and somewhat fiddly process:

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beads on laceLots of work, but still very satisfying.  I’m really glad I took my sisters advice about using unlined glass beads,   You can see how they catch the light, and give a warmth to this project.

I briefly considered using green or yellow beads for this, but given the Atomic Limon yarn I quickly gave that up as a lost cause.

Strangely enough, I’ve got a couple more beaded projects in my Ravelry queue at the moment.  I ordered the Stereo Cuff Kit from Laura Nelkin’s Etsy shop.   The plan is to make the cuff, learn the technique, then use it to make a beaded mini-Dr. Who scarf. beads

I bought the beads some time ago, and tried to make a peyote stitch lanyard.  I failed miserably, but hopefully I can make it work this way.  I’m thinking that if I just use a few beads per narrow row, and embroidery floss in coordinating colors, this should be a reasonably quick and affordable project…

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I didn’t win the Expression Fiber Arts giveaway for $1200 worth of yarn, the Vinterbar Cowl Kit giveaway from Sandrah Singh, or the handmade beads from Silverniknacks. I’ve entered giveaways for carved wooden (and other) crochet hooks from Made of Change (10 April) and for John Arbon yarn/socks from Plutonium Muffins (15 April).

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