Saturday, September 30, 2006

Boring or Soothing?

The Highland Triangle Shawl is now coming along well (after some painful recovery from more mistakes than I'd care to admit).

Working the edging alternates between boring and soothing, depending on my state of mind. It's a vertically oriented pattern from a 6 stitch repeat, creating a rather nifty ribbed effect. Ok, so I like my laces geometric rather than organic.

I love how it's turning out. And after some encouragement from Denny, I've been working without markers!! The patterning is so obvious that once I got established, the markers were just slowing me down.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Way to go Marnie!

My sister-in-law, who is entirely humble about her knitting skills, produced this. She designed it all on her own. My contribution was to design the closure, based on those beautiful buttons, and sew it up.

It's made from the Paton's Lopi knock-off, which isn't a bad yarn at all.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Cash Iroha Ruffles

Love this yarn.

Great hand, lovely "organic" texture -- slightly slubby, slight variations in the colour.

Cashmere and silk, how could it be bad, really?

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Life is getting in the way of blogging

Forgive me if I go quiet for a bit...

I'm knitting, just not writing.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

I Broke Down

I wanted to do the Ribwarmer in black. (Of course I did.) But after all the emails back and forth with Emma about hers, after seeing the pics, and being in the middle of a design slump, I knew I just had to get one going.

So I dug through the stash and found two almost complete balls of Lamb's Pride in not-at-all complementary colours. Beggars can't be choosers, you know. (The other colour choices can be spotted in the pic, on the right hand side, on the lower shelf of the coffee table.)

And here we are. The knitting went very fast. Sewing up was unexpectedly a pain in the butt, and the edging was slow because I was playing "nearly out of yarn" chicken. There was lots of ripping back and measuring of the tiny bit of yarn I had left.

Yes, Denny, those are ends which I will weave in.

And that's Avery. She's the best dog in the world. You might think you know the best dog in the world. But her name is Avery, she's a 13 year old yellow lab, and she lives with us.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Fall 2006 Knitty

Woolly Acres farm visit
To quote Amy and Jillian: which Kate learns that wool comes from sheep!

Pattern: sheep wrap
To quote Amy and Jillian: which the sheepy wool turns into something to keep Kate warm

Thanks to the inimitable Denny for her help!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

On Tension & A Ribwarmer

Emma Jane has finished her Ribwarmer and it's terrific! Cannot wait to make one myself. Am still waiting for the yarn, unfortunately.

I was talking to Denny and one of her friends this week; Denny introduced me as the Queen of Tension. "Kate always checks her tension," she said. I'd like to think there was a bit of awe in her voice, but I suspect it was more that she thinks I'm crazy. Denny's heard me give my lecture about measuring tension in a class several times. Yet she still never checks. (She also knits lace in angora with neither stitch markers nor a lifeline. Draw what conclusions you will.)

"My friend Emma never checks hers." Yeah, yeah, I know. And who got a Ribwarmer done first?
Anyway, Emma has kindly measured her tension for me, and I remain confident that Lamb's Pride worsted will do the trick.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Pride Goeth

You know the old Pride goeth before a fall thing?

Well, it goeth big time.

I was feeling all proud and smug about my first completed lace design -- the red thing of which I'm not posting pics. I had shared a pic with a couple of my best knitting pals, and their feedback was terrific. (Thanks Abby and Lorena!)

So on a quiet evening at home, I went back to the edging on the Highland Lace shawl, and discovered a colossal and unrecoverable mistake in the third row. And of course I hadn't bothered feeding a lifeline... So I had to pull back 5 rows of 360+ stitches very very carefully, and pick the stitches one by one -- including a billion yarnovers.


Wednesday, September 06, 2006


So it's a no. Not enough yarn.

I ripped back a full 10-row repeat and was able to finish the edging, with not a heck of a lot left over. Others have said this before, but I continue to be surprised by how much yarn those last few rows use up...

Object is now finished, and I can move on.

(You want pics? Sorry, no, it's destined for somewhere else... you'll get to see them eventually, just not here.)

What now? I have three balls for swatching for design ideas... Needful's fluffy and rather sweet Joy, Noro's swoonworthy Cash Iroha (silk and cashmere and wool... ) and Rowan's oddly enchanting and not overdone Romance.

I'll let you know what I think of the yarns as I work with them.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Estimating yardage, part two

So I'm working a lace shawl design. (!!!)

It's worked from the tip up. I'm trying to keep it to 3 balls of the particular yarn I'm working with, and I feel like I'm playing chicken.

I've got this much yarn left. ...
I need to work a knit row, an eyelet row, 5 or 6 garter rows and a cast off - and I'm at 175 stitiches. I'm really not confident I have enough.

It's a delicate balance -- maximum use of yarn. I personally hate a pattern that makes me buy 3 balls and barely uses the third. But if I pull it back a full 10-row repeat, there's going to be a fair bit of yarn left over, I fear.

Oh well, I'll just have to keep working and keep my fingers crossed. .

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Estimating yardage

Fell in love yesterday with some yarn in the bargain basement of the aforementioned R___ shop. It was inexpensive, a really great colour, and clearly 100% wool. Oh yes, and unlabelled. The woman working the (probably awful) basement shift could confirm it would wool, and that it was from Philopher's. It was 4 ounces (because she'd measured it, she told me). But she couldn't tell me the yardage.

ARGH. Could I have come up with some kind of approximation, by looking at other yarns of similar gauge and fibre composition... but I was without my calculator, and wasn't feeling particularly clever.

Very annoying.

She told me that none of the small Canadian yarn producers put the yardage on their labels. I have a hard time believing this. I shall have to do some research, I think.