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  • knitting1105 5:18 am on June 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Souvenirs 

    During our recent trip to Japan I was on the hunt for Japanese knitting books, particularly the pattern books. Trolling the bookstore around the corner from our hotel in Kyoto and in Tokyo I was able to score some. I did visit one knitting store, the yarn was all on cones, I don't need any more yarn, and their book selection was not the best.

    The Faroese shawl that I started in Japan continues on. I had to rip back a major section, without a lifeline in place, and that set me back. I am knitting this from a PDF on my iPad. Unfortunately, this pattern is locked somehow, which will not allow me to mark my place in the pattern. It is getting a bit confusing, I have not had this problem with sock patterns (the only other type that I have tried). I was able to use JDKnit PDF reader program to at least turn the charts around so that they all face in the same direction. Any input from tech-savy knitters would be greatly appreciated.

    This yarn is a handspun gradient from Fiber Optic. I am quite pleased with my spinning, it is a lace weight, 1250 yards for 8 ounces. The bigger color changes should start happening soon

     

     
  • knitting1105 10:33 am on March 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    And the Winner Is… 

    Me!

    I made this shawl using some handspun fiber that had been dyed up for the KnitGirllls podcast by Fiber Optic.

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    I loved the colors, and did fairly well with the yardage.  Then I went on a Ravelry search for a pattern that I felt would both maximize the use of my yardage, and also show off the colors well.  Centrino was the pattern that won hands down.  When the blocking was all finished and I had final photos I posted it on Ravelry, almost instantly I received a nice note from the designer, Laura Nelkin, complimenting me on the project and asking if I would post it on her forum, they were having a KAL for the first quarter of the year.  Happily I posted, and got dozens of lovely comments.  A few weeks later, another surprise, as Laura gave out a grand prize for the month, and she selected this shawl!!!

    Here is what I won, a complete set of ChiaoGoo interchangeable circular needles.  It was so exciting to win, I usually do not win things.  They will be accompanying me on an upcoming trip, and used to start a new project.

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    • Diane 12:50 pm on March 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, the shawl is just beautiful and I can see why you won the grand prize. You continue to amaze me. Congratulations!

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    • Carol Hoover 8:15 pm on March 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Your shawl is so beautiful. I love it. Your spinning is amazing.
      I’m so glad to see you having a good time with your spinning and knitting.

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    • Janice 8:11 am on April 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      What a absolutely beautiful shawl, love the colors. Congratulations on winning, you deserve it!!

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  • knitting1105 2:21 pm on February 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Let’s try again 

    I was working away on my Marigold shawl with my handspun from JulieSpins.  The yarn was equally split, and I kept weighing to make sure that I had enough to finish.  Sadly, the bad part about handpsun is that not all sections weigh equally.  I realized that I needed to knit back and take out one of the early repeats.  The needle placed part way down indicates how much I had to rip out.  The good news is that I have reknit this and more since yesterday.  The benefit of a boring mandatory meeting.  The color is not as intense in this photo, I will get better color shots when it is finished.


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    While nothing about these flowers looks real, I purchased them as they made me happy and brightened up a cold winter day.

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  • knitting1105 11:29 am on February 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    I finally finished spinning this Merino braid from… 

    I finally finished spinning this Merino braid from JulieSpins.

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    The yarn plied up beautifully with the overall feel of a soft orange or tangerine, but upon inspection and when knitting with it, the yellow, cream, pink and orange are more distinct.

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    The finished yarn is being knit into the Marigold shawl by Susanna IC, which is in the publication The Sock Report, compiled by Janel Laidman.  Having less yarn than required for the pattern requires careful weighing and measurements, and reducing the length by a bit.  Still, I will be cutting the yardage incredibly close.  I am knitting this with the full knowledge that I may have to rip half of it back and knit it smaller.  Luckily the shawl is knit out form the center for the 2 sides, and I have my yarn almost equally split.

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  • knitting1105 2:13 pm on February 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    KnitGrills Shawl 

    The bind off of this shawl finally got finished yesterday, it seemed to go on forever and was not intuitive, so I had to have my pattern up all the time.  I also put in a lifeline prior to starting the lace bind off, and good thing as I made a mistake at one pint that might have cost me quite a bit of repair time.  The bind off was a 32 row repeat, done 36 times and each row between 4 and 7 stitches and turning the work each time (that’s about 6,000 stitches just for the edging!) Thank goodness for my iPad!  I found a free PDF markup program, and need to research more which would be the best one to purchase.

    This photo does a pretty good job of capturing the colors.  The finished diameter after blocking is 44″.  I am excited to wear this to my knitting group tonight.

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    Pattern: Centrino
    Pattern Source: Nelkin Designs
    Yarn: Handspun 2ply from Knitgirlls gradient by Fiber Optic
    Needles: US 6
    Date Started: 1/18/13
    Date Finished: 2/10/13
    Finished Dimensions: 44″ diameter

    Here is my helper with the photography session.

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    About 75 yards of the red left over. Perfect because I was not nervous, but not too much left that I am disappointed it was not bigger.

     
    • andresue 2:45 pm on February 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      That is gorgeous!!

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    • Diane 9:54 pm on February 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      This is gorgeous–you are a very brave person to let your cat walk on it. I would like a picture of it being modeled to see how it lays. Great job!

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  • knitting1105 12:39 pm on January 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    KnitGrills gradient 

    Previously I wrote about this beautiful fiber that I purchased from Fiber Optic that was dyed up for the KnitGrills podcast.  I loved these colors and it was a different combination than I had previously tried or had in my stash.

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    Spinning for 2 weeks, on a very consistent basis, I was able to get 1,220 yards of a 2 ply light fingering weight yarn.  It required 2 separate bobbins to wind it up together, but I wanted to wind them as one big center pull ball, the colors look so amazing that way, and I have my new wonderful ball winder to accomplish this with.

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    Then I searched for a pattern that would both maximize the use of this lovely yarn, and was interesting for me to knit, and most importantly would show off the gradient to the best use.  Centrino was the pattern that I finally settled on, by Laura Nelkin.  It is a circular shawl, started at the center obviously, I have been busy knitting away and enjoying the pattern.  The center section was completed with the blue portion of my yarn, which was not as even and fine as the rest, that worked out well as it is a more dense part of the pattern.

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    Currently I am working on the lace section and even though the photograph does not show it well, the purples are coming out in this part.  The merino/silk blend is so beautiful, but very hard to photograph the intricacies of the colors, especially the purples.

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    • Diane 5:13 pm on January 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      That is a beautiful pattern and i can’t wait to see the finished project. I am sure it will be gorgeous.

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  • knitting1105 12:42 pm on December 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Languishing No More 

    My list of unfinished projects is way too long, and as much as I hide the bags away when I am bored or frustrated with a project, my Ravelry notebook is a constant reminder, in a good way, of all that I need to finish before starting a new large project.  This shawl, Roxanne mystery knit-along, was one such project.  The yarn was purchased in Michigan last year, prior to really only wanting to use my handspun for shawl projects. I knit it up, and then put it away unfinished, and when I looked at it all I needed to do was cast-off.  My recollection is that I was mulling over whether I had enough yarn to add a couple of more rows.  I cast off, and blocked this, now it is sitting in the gift pile.  Wearing my handspun shawls has really spoiled me.  The colors are not pleasing to me, and in looking at other finished objects for this pattern, it really works much better with a solid or semi-solid yarn.

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    Pattern: Roxanne Mystery Knit-Along
    Pattern Source: Online
    Yarn: Schaeffer Yarn Company Anne
    Needles: US 6
    Date Started: 16/16/11
    Date Finished: 12/7/12
    Finished Dimensions: “Shawlette size”

     
    • Diane 12:11 am on December 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Your handspun yarn is gorgeous and this will make a great gift for someone. It is funny how things look different after they are completed. Someone will appreciate this and love it because it was made by you.

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  • knitting1105 12:29 pm on December 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Lazy Katy 

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    I finished knitting this shawl with the pattern that was gifted to me by my Ravelry Birthday twin,  ActiveNana.  The pattern name is Lazy Katy, and I love the shape.  I will say that the translations left something to be desired, but with the notes of others, I was able to figure it out.  I used some handspun, color Mediterranean that I purchased in 2011 at the Midwest Fiber and Folk Festival, and spun up this past year.

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    Pattern: Lazy Katy
    Pattern Source: Online
    Yarn: Handspun
    Needles: US 4
    Date Started: 10/ /12
    Date Finished: 12/2/12
    Finished Dimensions: “Shawlette size”

    For my friend’s Birthday, I gave her the choice of these 2 shawls, and while she loved the purple color better, this was definitely a more interesting shape.  One Birthday gift becomes another.  I love the shape also, and see this being knit up again in the future, perhaps with a gradient.

     

     
  • knitting1105 12:20 pm on November 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Finished 

    Just in time for my friend Sheila’s birthday party, I finished blocking the leaf shawl and weaving in ends.  I chose to block it with a ruffled edge, which I think was the intended result.  My blocking photo is very fuzzy, but wanted to include it for those who are making the shawl, there were a couple of “extreme blocking” examples on Ravelry which seemed to distort the pattern into something that it did not want to be.  That given, this was a challenging shawl to block out, and in retrospect I should have used my blocking wires.

    And here is my friend Julie modeling it at the party:

    Pattern: Dunabe
    Pattern Source: Janel Laidman’s Knitterati Sock Club 2012, September pattern
    Yarn: Handspun from Fiber Optic roving
    Needles: US 6
    Date Started: 10/ /12
    Date Finished: 10/19/12
    Finished Dimensions: “Shawlette size”

     
  • knitting1105 5:30 pm on August 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Improvising 

     

    Great design solutions are often the result of a mistake or problem that really makes you think outside the box.  Such was the case with this mystery shawl that I finished knitting. The pattern was given in 3 clues, and all I knew was that I needed 400 yards of a sock or fingering weight yarn.  I chose some handspun from my Fiber Optic fiber, from a pencil roving (Blackberry Jamble), Merino/silk blend.

    This was the first hank that was spun on my new Jensen wheel, prior to my wrestling some semblance of control over it, and the spinning was not as even as I have come to expect from myself, nor was the yardage as good as I would have liked.  So, I started the project with 396 yards of a somewhat unevenly spun, yet gorgeous yarn.  Towards the end of the knitting I knew that I had to finish it off with another fiber, even though my yardage was technically correct, the larger gauge of yarn and unevenness ate up the skein more quickly.  Luckily I had some singles left on a bobbin from the blue-green Fiber Optic gradient, and since they were from the same designer, the colors matched up perfectly.  I Navajo plyed the blue and had just enough to finish off the shawl.

    Blocking really showed off the colors and the pattern well, and any irregularities in my spinning seem to disappear.

    It is really more of a “shawlette”, not my garment of choice, but this will make a beautiful scarf under a Fall coat, or a light cover on a summers eve.

     

     

     
    • Jan 5:54 pm on August 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful, Frances. What do you mean by 3 clues!???

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      • knitting1105 6:00 pm on August 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        3 clues means that the pattern is given out a little bit at a time. You only know the yardage that you need, needle sizes and you just trust the knitting. Usually done just for socks, shawls, hats, etc. Things that do not require an exact fit.

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    • jettefierce 7:53 pm on August 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      it looks like it’s glowing!!! love the colours!!!

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      • knitting1105 8:10 pm on August 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        It does glow from the silk, which makes it very hard to get a good photo. Hopefully I can get outside when my daughter the model is here and get some better photos.

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