Project: Shawl

An Ishbel for my grandmother, because I can’t be there to hug her myself.




Ishbel| Crazy4Dyeing Elfin Lace| US 4 [3.5 mm] | 2 – 10 April 2010


Drive by FOs, before all the Olympic knitting!!

A stash buster! This yarn should look familiar. I used it two years ago to make a Swallowtail shawl for my friend Elle. I had enough to make a pair of socks out of each yarn, but I could never find a pattern for either. I loved how this turned out, even if I ran out of the light blue yarn about six inches from the end, Luckily, I had enough to finish, and add tassels to the ends to make it fun. I’ve been wearing this in all the crazy weather we’ve been having lately. The only ‘mod’ I made was striping the two different yarns with one another.

Baktus |Farmhouse Yarns- Fannie’s Fingering Weight & Knit Picks Bare – Superwash Merino/Nylon Fingering Weight

| US 4  [3.5 mm] | 19 Jan – 30 Jan 2010
I was supposed to make my brother in law a cheesecake for his birthday, but due to our current living circumstances, finding a kitchen in which to bake is difficult. His feet were cold, and I offered to make him slippers instead. I cruised the Ravelry pages, and TA DA. I wanted to make these slippers anyways (and I have the pink and black yarn to make a striped pair), so this was the perfect opportunity for a dry run.
I had to run them through 1 1/2 cycles in the washing machine for them to fit my BiL’s feet. He loves them, and they fit perfectly. This pattern is really well written, and I can’t wait to make a pair for myself. I cast on for the largest size, using the green for the cuff, and then knit 12 inches before starting the toe. I’m really glad I did, as I barely had enough to finish the second foot. I think I had maybe 2 yards left over.
Elf Shoes | Patons Wool Classic in Bright Red & Bright Green | US 10.5 [6.5 mm] | 2 Feb – 3 Feb 2010
Another something for the BiL. He asked me for a scarf… oh… about 2 years ago. I finally got around to knitting one for him. This pattern was a good knit for being around people, as there are only two rows that have patterning. I love the knit on i-cord edging, which I’ve never done before. I plan on using it on the edge of a scarf I’m reknitting for Matt. It ended up being 7″ x 70″, and I only did 8″ of ribbing on either end.
Luke’s Toasty Scarf | Caron Simply Soft | US 8 [mm] | 15 Jan – 8 Feb 2010
Something for me!
This hat was infuriating.
Oh, don’t get me wrong, it was easy to knit, fun to knit, and the pattern, once I relearned how to read English, was well written.
The problem was that I knit it as written and it was too small.

I don’t know many grown adults that have 16″ heads. I ripped the hat out, screeched, and then cast on again. And then cast on again, since I forgot to make the 1×1 rib from the Italian cast on to a 2×2. Once that was all figured out, I sat down and finished this in one evening. The only real modification I made to this was to cast on stitches for an extra repeat around, and then knit enough repeats for the man hat.
It fits perfectly now, and I love it.
Koolhaas | Dream in Color Classy | US 5 [3.75] /US 8  [5] | 6 Jan – 11 Feb 2010

The first weekend in October is the Fall Fiber Festival and Sheep Dog Trial in Montpelier, Va.  Matt and I made it down there on Sunday, in the late afternoon. I ran into a few friends from my knitting group, saw all the vendors, and watched the sheep dog trails. [The only reason Matt goes with me to these things is to make sure that I don’t buy anything yellow, and for the animals.]

I came away with this beauty, 8 oz of Screaming Wild Monkeys from River’s Edge Weaving Studio. It’s 70 Merino/15 Banana Tree/ 15 Seacell impregnated with silver, and oh, it’s so, so pretty. This is high on my to spin list.

The next weekend I went to visit my parents for my birthday. I was told it was to be a ‘working weekend’, so I didn’t bring my shawl to work on, but this pair of socks and yarn to start another pair [I had originally intended Leyburn socks.]

This is how close I was to finishing before I ran out of yarn. A row + kitchener. I had thought to bring scraps in the same kind of yarn, but ran out the door without them.

Then [insert dramatic music here], the yarn I had brought was not compatible with the needles I brought.

No knitting, for the rest of the long weekend.

Victory was had! After a lovely bit of encouragement from Alison, and spending a Wednesday night whinging about the stinkin’ edging on this shawl, I sat down, determined to finish before last weekend.

It was on the floor blocking Friday afternoon, before I spent the evening with a friend, spinning and catching up.

This shawl is huge and pretty, and I will have a detailed post up soon.

I spent Sunday afternoon outside in the lovely autumn weather staining.

I spent this morning taking the above to this:

I’m four screws and a tack short of a wheel. I did this as a favor for a friend, and really enjoyed the process. The smell of wood stain reminds me of the garage of the house I grew up in, and spending weekends refinishing things with my dad.

It’s an Ashford Traveler, double drive, Scotch tension, double treadle. I stained it with two coats of a cherry stain.

And… that wraps up October for me. Only 1 pair of socks finished and another on the needles.

I plan on spending tomorrow morning doing the final tweaking for Dad’s sweater. [No, really, I am this time. Promise!]

Ha. Ha ha. Ha.

I’ve reached just past the middle part of the edging on my Lightweight Mountain Peaks Shawl. All that is left is seventeen [!!!!] repeats of the edging, and I’m done! I had hoped to get this done for my birthday, but life and knitting ennui got in the way.  I love the way the edging looks, but I hate the turning after only twelve stitches. Knitting backwards isn’t really an option. I just need to sit down and make myself knit it. It’ll be a much used shawl, once it’s just DONE.

On a less whingey note, I love the point edging. It’s done with a really nifty short row technique, and I can’t wait to block this sucker out to see what it looks like. I’m predicting huge, as half of it stretches to almost my wingspan. Can you see my excited dance from here?

I’m back from my summer travels! I did quite a bit of flying, and I wanted something I could knit that would be easy to put down if needed. Enter Ysolda Teague’s Ishbel. This particular scarf/shawl pattern has made its way through the knitting scene like white on rice, and I’m glad that I joined in.

This was a great knit for traveling, on and off the plane. I was able to work on this on my way to Seattle, and finish it while staying with my friend Elle during the week before her wedding. It made use of the yarn I picked up in Colorado last year, and I have another warm, colorful something to add to my handknits when it starts to cool.

Yarn: Lonesome Stone %100 Alpaca| Needles: US 6 [4mm]| Blocked Size: 45″ X 19″

Mods: I knit the scarf size as written, but instead of binding off in purl, I knit the bind off. I find that my shawls tend to lay better when that last row is a purl row on the right side.

The other bit of knitting I took with me was my Pomatomus socks. I’m using Plymouth’s Happy Feet. This is the third time I’ve tried knitting this pattern, and I’ve finally had a successful run. The first sock is done, and I’ve knit the cuff of the second. No time for knitting this past week, I’ve been spinning up a storm.

With what kind of knitting do you travel?

We have gone from this:

To this:

I’ve finished body on my shawl, and have moved on to the edging.  Even though I’m knitting fewer stitches, I cannot seem to knit as long on the edging as I did on the body. I think it’s because of the short repeats; it gets boring faster.

I feel all right not having finished this before leaving on my trip for a few reasons. I didn’t want to burn out on knitting it, and upon finishing, loathing it’s existence. I also feel that I knitted so much of it, and have mostly memorized the chart, that it can become knit night knitting.

The colors are lovely, and the Malabrigo lace is soft. So soft, in fact, that it is felting on the left needle where I am turning the piece back and forth to attach the edging. I don’t think I’ll be using this again for a lace project, though, I am going to reserve judgment until after the shawl has been blocked and worn a few times.

I think I’ve finally, finally, found a shawl pattern for the yarn I bought in Seattle last year.

Irtfa’a has been frogged, as I really couldn’t see the pattern just looking at the peice. If I’m going to take the effort to make pretty lace, I want to be able to see it. It also wasn’t quite what I was looking for to remind me of Washington.

I was browsing in Ravelry, and saw that Lynn of Titian Knitter had made this shawl in lace weight instead of cobweb, and it was huge.

Mountainy, with hints of pine and waves.


I’ve only had one rip out thus far, and that’s because I can’t count. It’s lace on both sides, which I’m finding keeps my brain occupied.

I can see the pattern. I’m learning a new skill. I may get it done in the next six weeks.


[Also- I want to knit every shawl Miriam Felton has in her shop. Seriously. Beware my paypal account.]