One Project off the Christmas Knitting List
I’m the first knitter on Ravelry to finish (or even start) the Diamonds in the Ruff collar. The pattern was published last March in Defarge Does Shakespeare from Co-operative Press, and I want to thank Heather at Craftlit for getting me hooked on both the series and the publishing company.
This is the project which helped me improve my beading method. As I mentioned before, I picked up the seed beads from Bead Biz. I also got ribbon, focal beads (rose and leaf) and hook and eye clasps from Jo Ann Fabric, and just a couple of beads from stash.
There was lots of beading involved in this one, so the knitting took longer than such a small project normally would. Not that the beading was that difficult, but it made the project completely non portable. Too much set up before knitting and clean up after, too many little bits to make a mess. So I could only work on this one at home. It took me nearly three weeks from cast on to finish.
I have heard many people say unblocked lace supposedly looks horrible, but honestly, I just don’t see it myself. It’s bumpy, true, but I usually find it interesting.
This is another piece I blocked using wire. I threaded one thin wire through the cast on stitches and the other one at the end of the “A” chart. I threaded a thicker wire (because I was out of the thin ones) through the bind off. I pinned the first two to the target measurement, and stretched the remainder of the ruff out to really display the lace.
Once the piece was blocked I stitched 3/4″ ribbon to the wrong side, and sewed two hook and eye clasps on. If I do it again I’ll leave slack at the short ends of the ribbon, and attach the clasps between the ribbon and the lace rather than on top of the ribbon, but it is acceptable as is.
Making the faux clasp was a lot of fun. I took a large silicone stitch marker and crocheted around it with the Knitpicks Gloss Lace I’d used for the ruff, beading as I went, and left a tail, which I then beaded. I attached a second length of yarn and beaded it as well. Then I sewed the whole assembly onto the ruff so that it hides the hook and eye clasps.
The final product is a very dainty and delicate piece, almost more jewelry than anything else.
Of course the person I’m giving it to probably expects a much bolder ‘infinity scarf’, so I bought one at Kohls to give her as well. Because if I gift this to her and she seems disappointed I might just have to kill someone…
Blog Contests and Giveaways
I didn’t win the last Michelle’s Assortment name that pattern giveaway, so I entered the next one (20 December). I’ve missed some, but I’ve caught a couple of the Knitter’s Pride series of giveaways (20 December) and the Phat Fiber Edgewood Garden Studios BFL roving giveaway (also 20 December).