Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I can't stop knitting....just a couple more repeats

I measured my shawl today -102" long. The pattern suggests 128" but it fits nice, a little short but I know how garter st likes to grow. I really like knitting this pattern so maybe just a couple more lace repeats ��

Monday, May 25, 2015

Fwd: Modified Swatching

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From: Louise <>
Date: May 25, 2015 at 10:38:47 PM EDT
To: Wildflowerwool Blog <>
Subject: Modified Swatching



I'm going to be starting a new knitting project in the next day or two if I can pull myself away from my glove knitting (I'm at the fingers now!)

As all Knitters know, and I'm going to pretend that all Knitters, or at least all my students �� do a gauge swatch of some sort before jumping head first into a project. These are my two swatches. I don't need to worry about this fitting or being a certain wide or length so the actual number of stitches per inch isn't crucial. What I'm checking for is the needle size and the fabric that it makes. That's what is important here (and should be for all projects) is my 2mm making a loose or tight knit, do I needle to switch to a smaller needle to get the look I'm happy with.

I love it when yarn companies take the time to name their yarns. The top swatch is a Pearl cotton named Tuttie Fruiti and I'm happy with the result. A 2mm needle it is.

The bottom .89 cent ball of crochet cotton (it's been around a while) is also knit on the 2mm needle. I'm not sure if they have named this yarn "15 shaded pinks" but I'm going to pretend its name is just Shades of Pink. It is a thinner yarn so it's not a big surprise that I think the resulting knitting is too loose so I'll go down a needle size to tighten the stitches. A little more swatching tomorrow then it'll be time to cast on.

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Modified Swatching

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Back to Glove Knitting!

I picked up my glove knitting and it felt so good to be working on them again.  Glove number 2 is at the thumb gusset increases.  It won't be long until I'm knitting the fingers then the fun will begin-the cuffs!  I'm super excited to knit the cuffs with an intarsia pattern in the round using a new-to-me technique from the book AnneTarsia Knits.

Has anyone else used Anne Berk's method for knitting intarsia in the the round?

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Magic of Blocking....Take a Look!

It doesn't matter how many times I block lace I'm always amazed with the transformation!

I managed to make my way through the crochet edging last night.  Don't look too closely at it, it's not perfect but it was good practice and I'm keeping this for me so I'm not worried about a few odd stitches.  The next one will be better.

First thing this morning I gave the doily a bath in some Soak wool washing soap, let it sit for 15 mins or so, 

gave it a rinse because I got carried away with the amount of Soak that I used :), wrapped it in a towel to soak up some of the excess water, 

then pinned it out on my blocking board starting with 9 main points,

Then I went back and pinned out every chain and left it to dry for the day.

pinning half done

  Here it is, finished, blocked, dried and unpinned.

Blocking really is magic isn't it?  

before blocking
after blocking

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Tale of a Crochet Edging

I thought I could whip up this crocheted edging in no time at all but boy was I wrong!   I've decided that working the edging is equivalent to sewing a sweater together or kitchener stitching your socks; it's the unfun part of knitting.  

What I'd like to know is why the edging is crocheted and not knitted.  It just doesn't seem right to finished a knitting project with crochet plus I'm most definitely a knitter not a crocheter; that's why I'm knitting the doily in the first place and not crocheting it.   But I do have to admit that with each of the chains I am getting faster and I'll never complain about the length of time it takes to do a knitted picot cast off again because it is speedy compared to this crocheting!  

You made 10 chains,

then you slip 3 stitches off your needle and pull the working yarn through all the loops.

At least that's what I think the pattern wants me to do.  Crochet patterns are like a foreign language to me and this is how I've deciphered it.  I seem to have an edging that looks like the picture and nothing is unravelling so I guess I'm on the right track.

The next step is blocking, I'm going to have to find a lot of pins for each of these points!