Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Well, a Crescent

I wasn't thinking straight when I said half circle. This is a crescent shaped shawlette. And now I don't like the name Berry Swirl any more either. But don't you just love that moment when you unwrap the lace from its towel and stretch it out? Always so magical. . .


It's about the width I wanted- 60 inches. Yum. I'll try and get some shots of it in action tomorrow after it dries.



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Berry Swirl

I keep seeing patterns for half moon shaped shawls. Typically, they have a lace edging and a garter stitch half moon centre, often shaped by short rows. Arroyo, and Crescent Hearts Shawlette are two free patterns that come to mind. Not sure how to insert links using this Blogger app, but you can look them up on Ravelry.

Why not pick a favorite lace stitch for the edge, knit a swatch with the yarn of your choice in order to calculate how many stitches to cast on and GO!?

I am doing just that. I am using a couple of yarns from Periwinkle Sheep here. After switching, I decided to cast on 325 stitches. I'm hoping my shawl will be about 60 inches wide. 

I am knitting 3 pattern repeats of a stitch from Sharon Miller's book, Heirloom Knitting. It's called Madeira Cascade and it was the centre stitch in my Seven Seas shawl that I entered in the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival contest last year. I'm just finishing up the lace part and I'm about to start the garter short rows. I took it in the car to Fairhaven Park today and got on well with it.


I hear that Karin of Periwinkle Sheep that she will be in town this Tuesday (8/12)!  She will be a the Knitting Circle from 6-8 and will bring some of her yarn for sale.  If you are nearby,Tina invites us all to come and see what she has available! Competition for our yarn dollars indeed, what with the sale at Village Yarns that is going on now.

Summer is flying by! I had my first swim of the season today. And my first one in Lake Ontario in about 50 years! Eek! It was heavenly even though they had bouys up (sp?), and you couldn't go out past waist level without the life guard tooting her whistle. Where are the good swimming holes in Western New York? 











Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hitofude: completed

I'll try to get a better shot soon, but this will have to do for now. It was vain of me to take my glasses off, but I was following the photographers instructions. 


Friday, August 1, 2014

Hitofude: Almost dry

Here it is, almost dry! Tomorrow morning I'll sew in the ends and wear it to the Artisan Market at the Knitting Circle, 11-4.

In the end I did 13 reacts of the chevron pattern after the waistband. And I never used the widest pattern repeat. I was afraid that I'd end up with too much fabric hanging around my hips. Instead, I worked in some extra of the narrowest repeats right after the waistband. I think it will bel just right.

In any case, there are many options for shaping and sizing in this pattern. There are almost as many suggestions as there are Ravelry projects for this pattern. 


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hitofude: how long?

The Hitofude has a set combination of lace pattern repeats after the waistband that create a widening "skirt."  Ravellers report increasing the length using various combinations of these repeats. At this point I have completed 8: 5 chevrons of pattern A and 3 of pattern B. This is already 2 more than the pattern calls for. I'm aiming at a length of 18 inches from the underarm. I think that if I just follow the pattern as it's written from now on, I'll end up with 14 altogether. That should do it. In any case, it's easy enough to add an extra repeat at the bottom if I feel I need it.

Thank you, Mary Lou for the encouragement. You know, now that I can see the end, I must say this pattern would be a good one for a rising intermediate lace knitter. It's not hard at all, the instructions are well written, and there is no sewing involved. I highly recommend it.



Monday, July 14, 2014

Hitofude: getting on with it













Here's the Hitofude in its current state. It makes sense now. I've tried it on and I like the feel and the fit. It will close across the front. 




Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hitofude: and on it goes.

I've gotten past the waist, and if I don't do any mods, I'll have 12 increasingly wide 8 row repeats to go. I'd like to make it longer, so I'll be adding some repeats. Knitting 1 vertical repeat per day while working full time is optimistic. I give myself 3 weeks to finish, if only I don't get distracted. So far so good!

The Firecups are blooming in the garden and the gooseberries are turning pink.