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  • knitting1105 12:41 pm on November 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Chugging along 

    I am still knitting away on my lace shawl.  Almost to the last color, and then the I-cord edging, which will take an eternity in itself.  I had hoped to have this done by Halloween, it was the 25th anniversary of my husband’s & I first date together.  We went to a nice restaurant to celebrate, and I would have loved to wear this.  It is an easy knit, just a lot of stitches at 395/row!


    I also cast on for another pair of socks, using Malabrigo, the color is Impressionist Sky, and it is a beautiful semi-solid blue..  I am making the Gentlemen’s sock with Lozenge Pattern by Nancy Bush.  I think that I will have to purchase another skein of this yarn.  It is knit up on size 0 needles.  I love the color, and will give these to hubby for Christmas.  Good thing he never reads my blog!


    • Zaneta 12:26 am on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I saw your RAK wishlist on ravelry and thought i’d stop by and say hello 😀 I’m working on the gauge of my first socks 🙂 I let my sister pick out sock yarn for Christmas and I’m just now trying to figure out how to knit socks lol… maybe i shoulda started sooner 😉
      You have a lovely blog! I love all the pictures you put with your posts 😀 I enjoyed reading a few of your entries!!
      Happy November!



  • knitting1105 4:04 pm on October 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Provisional cast-on 395 stitches… 

    I started making the Volt shawl from the new book The Fine Line, by Grace Anna Farrow.  The cast-on and first row took me a bit of time.   Seems my counting abilities were a bit off.  That has proven to be the only difficult thing about this shawl.  I changed the lime green accent to a turquoise (and in doing so, had to use a slightly thicker yarn, but I think it will block out nicely), as I did not like any of the accent colors that they had at Stitches when I bought the book and yarn.  This is Isaeger I lace yarn, and I love it.  The shawl will be very fun to wear.  I already have another pattern in mind to make from this book when I am finished with this one.  I would also like to use this yarn for a Faroese shawl aka Myrna Stahlman.  This photo is a bit wonky, and just shows the first 2 sections with the black yarn being knit up.  The bright blue cotton is my provisional cast-on waste yarn.


    I also finished Dan’s socks with the Zauberball yarn that he picked out when we were away for a weekend.  I thought that the colors would be too bright, but it works out nicely.  the yarn is fun, but you could not do any patternwork with it.  It is also a bit splity at times.  I knit them in the Madder pattern from Nancy Bush’s Vintage Socks book.   They look skinny, but have a lot of stretch, and hug your foot nicely.


    • Judy Blohm 10:29 am on August 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      For the Volt pattern I am confused about the Prov CO. Do you do it with waste yarn or the first color of the shawl. i says to Prov Co 395 st with first color. i am confused. Please be exact. Thank. Judy


      • knitting1105 10:53 am on August 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        When making the Volt scarf, I did a crochet chain in a contrast color yarn, and I usually use a cotton yarn so that it does not stick to the wool that I am knitting with. Also, use a larger crochet hook, so that the individual chains are clearly visible, and you can see the bumps on the reverse side. I also chain more stitches than I will need, and start a few in from the beginning. Then, using the yarn that you are starting the shawl with, pick up a stitch in each of the bumps of the crochet chain until you have the correct amount needed. When the entire shawl is finished, you will unzip the chain and pick up each of those cast-on stitches to work the final tubular bind-off.


  • knitting1105 9:06 am on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    The other Stitches purchase 

    I bought one other thing at Stitches Midwest last week.  My sister and I met Anna Grace Farrow at the booth that was selling the Isager yarns.  She was so elegant and graceful, and modeling this shawl when we got to the booth.  This was on our first pass of the exhibit, and we both decided that we needed to go back to this one.  By that time she had already left, but we tried on many of the models from her new book (along with another woman who also ended up purchasing the same shawl yarn, different colors.

    Here is her book, which is self published, and I cannot find it on Ravelry yet:


    And, I am making the shawl on the cover:


    But with a change for the accent color from lime green to turquoise.  In this photo you can also see two different shawl pins that I got at the show to go with the shawl when it is finished.  They were made by a couple who are jewelry makers, and Jill and I both have an eye for detail.  By far, these were the best that we saw at the show.  One is silver, shaped in a lovely curl, the other is ebony with a turquoise tip that goes so well with the shawl.  I think that this will be a very quick knit, and be one of my SnB projects, or for non-focusing time.  I will wind the yarn later today:


    • beth 9:05 am on September 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      This looks like a great project. love the colors and design. Will have to look for her at Stitches East! Look forward to your progress pics. take care.


    • MrsPeterson 12:49 pm on September 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I remember seeing that on her blog and falling in love with that shawl. I’ve been waiting for her to publish it. These photos were just beautiful: http://www.astitchtowear.com/blog/2009/06/coming-storm.html I loved the green, but I think the turquoise will be perfect for you.


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