Archive for February, 2010

Uh-Oh

Friday, February 26th, 2010

I read on Ravelry something about the curse of Ene being that you could never cast on just once. I’m a believer now.

This is what happens when you so very carefully count to be sure you have all 375 stitches, but you neglect to carefully mark the center stitch. I was at row 26 before I realized my center repeat was off – I had 12 diamonds on one side and 10 on the other.

Ene's Scarf

Ene's Scarf

Ene's Scarf

Normally I have success dropping stitches down and re-knitting them. I tried TWICE, re-knitting half a dozen rows each time, but things simply did not line up. The yarn was getting stretched out so out it came. It was even frustrating to rip it out, it did NOT want to let go.

I wasn’t sure I could re-start right away. The good news is I did and things are looking good again even if I’m only at row 9.

10 Shawls in 2010: Citron

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

This is my third shawl for the 10 Shawls in 2010 Challenge. I have to admit, this one is rather boring to knit in a solid color. I’d recommend using a gradient dyed yarn or handspun, anything that would make it more interesting to knit – especially if you’re going to make it larger than the original pattern. That said, it is very well suited to knitting when you want something that doesn’t need focus because only 2 rows out of 20 require any counting.

Citron

Citron

Citron

Citron

DH was insisting that the photos look better with a flash while I usually try to avoid the flash. I can kind of see his point that the color with flash is closer to reality, but the light is so harsh. So there you go – that’s me looking a bit annoyed while I think, “this is why I usually take the photos myself on the dress making form.”

Pattern: Citron by Hilary Smith Callis
Yarn: KnitPicks Shadow Lace in colorway Snorkel Heather
Needles: US 6 Circulars
Notes: I followed the pattern until I finished the Fifth Section, then I added a 6th and 7th section. After that I completed the Ruffled Edging as stated in the pattern.

Original 2 skeins: 98.6 grams
Remainder: 14.1 grams
So that means I used 755 yards.
Finished measurements are 44 inches wide by 22 inches deep.

Citron

WIP Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

This week I moved on to my 4th shawl of 2010. Ene’s Scarf just barely won out over Rosalind for now. My desire to have all 4 of the Shakespeare in Lace 2009 shawls finished is pretty strong so I think Rosalind will be on the needles next.

1. Ene’s Scarf – (which is really a shawl) The 375 stitch cast on was a bear. I was rather careful about triple checking the number of stitches and using a larger needle because I didn’t want to find out I’d screwed it up after knitting several long rows. All the effort seems to have paid off because I’m a dozen rows in and it’s looking good.

Ene's Scarf

This is one of those patterns I’ve wanted to knit for a long time so it’s really cool to look at my progress so far and realize I finally am knitting it.

I’m still not sure when my sock mojo will return. I have seen plenty of nice patterns, but nothing has grabbed me enough to tear me away from shawls yet.

Barn Progress, Part 3

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Warning: picture heavy post ahead! As an extra bonus, something you don’t see on my blog very often: dogs.

We are having a very mild Winter here in Washington. It’s still been very rainy so we take advantage of every sunny day we get. This weekend (and days on each side of the weekend) we’ve had gloriously sunny weather with a high in the 50’s and lows around freezing.

Saturday started with evening up the truss ends and building the lookouts (all of these things create the eves on the outer walls of your building), attaching fascia board, and finally sheeting half of the roof. At the end of the day the crew moved around to the opposite side of the building and got the fascia on, as well as the lookouts. With the prep done, it only took half a day Sunday to sheet the back side. After that it was quick work to roll out the tar paper.

Barn

Barn

Barn

Barn

Barn

Barn

Barn

Barn

Barn

Barn

All this work was done with an all volunteer crew of family, friends, and neighbors. I don’t help much with the building aspect, but later on R will help with projects at all of their houses (as he has also done in the past). My main job for the weekend was fetching food/drink, and keeping an eye on the dogs. Shown above is Logan who is 3 years old and Ziva who is 5 months. Logan is *really* gentle, but he’s big so it took an hour before Ziva was comfortable playing with him.

WIP Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Over the weekend I was wondering whether this week’s Wednesday Work In Progress would be a repeat performance where last week’s project would be blocking and I would have just started the next project. Alas, no. I didn’t quite make it.

1. Citron – Moving right along, I have finished all the called for repeats and one extra. I’m not sure if the repeat I’m on now will be the last one or if I’ll do one more for a total of 3 extra.

Citron

I still think Ene’s Scarf is up next, though anything could change until it’s actually on the needles!

Flutter Scarf

Friday, February 12th, 2010

I’ve been wanting to knit this pattern for a long time. The only thing that held me back was trying to decide what yarn to use.

Flutter Scarf

Flutter Scarf

Flutter Scarf

Pattern: Flutter Scarf by Miriam Felton
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Tencel Blend Laceweight (Alpaca, Merino, Tencel) in colorway British Queen
Needles: US 2.5 Circular (3.0 mm)
Notes: I was afraid I may be borderline on having enough yarn so I eliminated 6 stitches from the width of the scarf. As it turned out, I had plenty of yarn. I don’t think the smaller width hurts the scarf though, I doubt anyone who’s knit this would be able to tell the difference.

For anyone considering using their remaining yarn from Desdemona for this pattern: the finished scarf weighs 55.6 grams. I still have 49.8 grams! Guess I didn’t need to worry about running out. Note that my weights are for the Alpaca/Merino/Tencel blend.

Finished measurements: 72 inches long by 7.5 inches wide. 112 repeats of the scarf body pattern.

It blocked out a bit longer than I really expected. I was targeting the same length Mim shows in her photos, but I’m tall so I fully expected to do extra repeats. At any rate, I’m still very happy with it at this length. It is so soft and feels wonderful to wear.

Finally, this is how I blocked it. I’m not unhappy with the result, but I think my fluttery ends will look even better when they relax a bit.

Flutter Scarf

WIP Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

I feel like I’m repeating last week, only here are my next 2 projects. Last week Haruni was blocked and Flutter Scarf was in the beginning stages. This week Flutter Scarf is being blocked and Citron is in the beginning stages.

1. Citron – I couldn’t for the life of me decide what to cast on last night. My top 3 choices were Ene’s Scarf, Rosalind, and this. Ultimately, I was tired and so the easiest of the 3 is what won out. So far I’ve finished the first section and you can just barely see the pattern take shape.

Citron

This should be a relatively quick knit and then I’m pretty sure I’ll get started on Ene’s Scarf. The thing about Ene is that the cast on is something like 400 stitches and tackling that isn’t something that should be done when a person is tired.

Barn Progress, Part 2

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

At the time of our last update the concrete was done and the lumber package had been delivered. Very quickly after lumber arriving the walls were up and the trusses were stacked. The building has taken shape!

Barn

Barn

Barn

Next we will be working on sheeting the roof and getting it dry inside. When that’s done it’ll be the walls. The roof will be metal; I’m not sure when the metal sheets will be delivered. I have no idea what type of stall door hardware I want or what type of flooring in the stalls! Guess I need to get busy!

10 Shawls in 2010: Haruni

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

This is my second shawl for the 10 Shawls in 2010 Challenge. When I choose Haruni, somehow I didn’t quite realize I was joining a wave of other knitters who were knitting it. It has been the #2 popular pattern on Ravelry lately.

Haruni

Haruni

Haruni

Haruni

Haruni

Pattern: Haruni by Emily Ross
Yarn: Knitpicks Bare – Merino Wool Fingering Weight
Needles: US 5 Circulars
Notes: Another wonderful free pattern! Reading the instructions for the charts can be a little bit trickier than other patterns, but it’s really not a big deal. My only modification was to do another full repeat of the first chart so I had 14 stems instead of 12.

Not being proficient in crochet, I found a video on youtube that showed me how to hold the crochet needle and yarn – that helped a lot since even though I could crochet a chain, I had no idea how to hold the yarn/needle to do it efficiently.

By weight I used 626 yards of yarn. That’s 1 full skein and 40% of a second skein. Blocked to 54 inches wide and 29 inches deep.

WIP Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Only one project again this week. I have to admit I am still liking this mode of operation since projects get done so quickly. And speaking of projects being done, Haruni is done and blocked, but I haven’t had the light to photograph it.

1. Flutter Scarf – as soon as Haruni was off the needles I cast on for Mimknits Flutter Scarf. At first I thought I’d get bored with the simple 4 row repeat even though I was telling myself this is no different than knitting a pair of socks with an easily memorized repeat, but my worries were unfounded as a few days later the first half is finished.

Flutter Scarf

Flutter Scarf

Sorry about the horrible color in the photos. I’ve had such good luck taking pictures with this light, in this location, but for some it doesn’t work for this yarn. If you recall, this is the same yarn that my Desdemona Shawl is knit out of and here I am using the leftovers for another Miriam Felton pattern. This is what the yarn (hand dyed by my friend Anne of Wooly Wonka Fibers) really looks like:

Flutter Scarf