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I am happy with craftsy.com, I can pick out a knitting pattern AND find the right yarn to use and know I’m not buying too much or too little yarn for the project. Because I always buy too much, just in case, and I hate that.

This pattern is called Over the Sea to Sky, and it is a quick knit–like two weeks of evenings, or so. Easy, repetitive stitches, so it’s hard to make mistakes. And I love the yarn–Cloudborn pima cotton. The hand feel is just right, creating a loose and soft shawl.

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Yes, the point is off-balance, so you have an extra long tail to wrap around one more time. I think this color is called “Pearl.”

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I would make another of these, but in a brighter color.

Pattern and yarn found here: https://www.craftsy.com/knitting/kits/over-the-sea-to-skye-lace-shawl-knitting-kit/60879

 

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I always have a million projects up in the air, but the good thing is that I actually finish them, right? So I don’t feel bad starting a new one. I’ve known lots of people who start things but never finish, then move on to something else. What’s the point of starting in the first place, if there’s no end result? Anyway. Lots of projects up in the air.

I picked up this yarn at Hobby Lobby. I wanted to make a shawl–within certain parameters. 1. Must be warm. 2. The yarn shouldn’t pill. 3. And absolutely not collect static electricity.  So that meant a natural fiber. Hobby Lobby had one in my price range, a cotton mixed with acrylic

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If I would have done the test swatch (I never do the test swatch) I would have realized I should use needles a couple sizes larger than the ones I used. Larger needles would have compensated for the bulk of the yarn (it’s a dk weight) and made the drape of the shawl more fluid. So lesson learned. You’d think I would just keep notes on all my projects, but somehow I think I will remember all these details. Which of course goes right down the memory hole.

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I made an error in just one of my rows, but wow does it show up. Luckily when used as a shawl or scarf, you’ll never see it.

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The overall size will be 60″x18″. I wanted to be able to wrap it around my arms well, instead of wearing a sweater. I pictured this for winter use, so warm and thick.

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I used this free pattern at knitty.com.

So it should be just about finished come next winter. Despite being an easy repeat pattern, it’s still slow going because of it’s size. I really should have used the larger needles.

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I forgot to link to the pattern I used to make my shawl. It’s this one. Remember I went to the knit shop and picked out the pattern because I saw a finished example on the wall. When I went to buy the pattern, the shop owner logged on to Ravelry for me and downloaded the pattern right there and printed it for me. A link to the pattern was sent to my email address, too, in case I needed a re-print.

So what I didn’t realize when I looked at it on the wall, is that the finished shawl is pretty small. I would call it a scarf more than a shawl. You can see that if you look at Ravelry page and the other images of finished products being posed.

But I’m glad I did it and I’m glad it’s finished because now I can work on something else. 😀

I took a photo of the reverse side, darn it. How did I not notice when taking the photo? You can see the pretty color gradations in the yarn, though.

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Here’s an example of the beadwork. Yay, I now know how to add beads to knitting.

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I ran out of beads about 20 beads from the end, so I had to adjust my placement to hide the fact. Isn’t that life?

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So it’s a child-sized shawl, or an adult sized scarf. Frankly this was waaaaay too much work for a scarf! It took me 3 weeks of evenings, and that’s just too much time. And probably some weekend afternoons in there, too! The shawl is showing the reverse side in this photo, too, drat. It really is pretty lacework on the front side. You can see that in close ups above.

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I decided it was time to make something again, that wasn’t a painting. Oh sure, I have a quilt top that’s been languishing for about 3 months, and I’m just not inspired to complete it. From what I read on other’s quilting blogs, this is not an uncommon occurrence. We get caught up in the beautiful fabric, in the what could this be? imagining, then buy the fabric and get it mostly put together and then decide it’s not quite all what we had imagined in our head. So we set it aside and let it rest until somehow, magically, our imagining expands to include the reality — and we are finally ready to accept what is and finish the project.

My quilt hasn’t hit that stage yet, though.

So I thought I would turn to knitting. And make a shawl. Because I used to visit this wonderful little knit shop in Saratoga, it was barely two rooms, with walls of cubbyholes filled with wonderful yarns of breathtaking colors and textures. In the window were always shawls displaying kits you could buy–wonderful artistic shawls made up of varying weight yarns and colors (combined together despite the seeming incongruity of the weights and colors) to create a work of art.

That kind of knit shop. A this ain’t your grandmother’s knitting knit shop. And keep in mind this was ten or twelve years ago.

So with this in mind, I went online to find out what kind of yarn shop I could find locally now. And I did find one. But the website was difficult for me to navigate, and I was going to town anyway, so I went to the shop and asked the person, “Where are your kits?”

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And she asked right back, “Why do you want a kit?”

Which made my heart sink a little bit, because I knew the conversation was not going to end well.

Well, I explained, I want a kit because I know what it will look like at the end and I won’t have to figure out how much yarn to buy or what kind is the right weight and really it’s all put together ready for me to just buy the components and go home and make it. –I didn’t phrase it quite that well, because I was so startled she asked. Because um–artistic kits using variable weights and colors? Maybe some fringe on the ends?

She showed me displays on the wall, but nothing like what I had in mind. Not even close. Not even close to close. Because, shh, this was your grandmother’s knit shop. Sigh.

So she showed me one display that was sort of all right, because in my mind I still wanted to knit something. She asked what color I had in mind. I thought about what I would wear that particular shawl with, and came up with the astonishingly ordinary answer of, “How about something neutral?” even though this was the complete opposite of why I had visited the store in the first place.

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There were three brands of yarn that would make the pattern I picked, so I went with the one easy to care for. Because at this point I didn’t feel so invested in the project, it was nothing what I had been hoping to find.

I picked out the color and she agreed, “That’s the most neutral one we have.” She did not say this sounding like I had made the right choice.

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Pictured is the top of the shawl, and after this point I will have to change needles and start knitting lace. When the colors changes appear, the shawl will be pretty.

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Oh, and I bought sparkly beads. And a crochet hook to insert them. I’ve never added beads to knitting, but it’s high time I did, right?

Now all I need are a bunch of movies to cozy up with and evenings to do so.

Yeah, I’m dreaming big.

 

 

 

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time for knitting

Just in case it seems like I haven’t been doing anything other than painting, here’s some photo of the gloves I’ve been knitting for next Christmas.

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I started with 44 stitches, ribbing knit two purl two, and put in two eight-stitch cables. Pretty easy to remember, as long as I remember, “Did I twirl the cable on row 11 or 12?”

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I made one different pair (so far) using directions from knitty.com. In the end all those little cables just slowed me down too much, and I went back to my first version. Plus I changed the thumb because I didn’t understand the directions, but knew how to do what I did.

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I used an inexpensive Red Heart yarn for the white, I bet I was going to get six or seven pairs out of that skein (one of those Really Big skeins from Walmart). I’ve given away three pairs already.

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I find I can make one glove an evening, so a weekend is just right to finish a pair. I might be running out of steam on knitting for now, so I’m glad I got several gifts out of the way for next year!

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MSPT: knit scarf

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I needed something portable to keep my hands busy, so thought it was time to knit a scarf. I think I keep making things and giving them away, because I was looking at the last scarf I knitted for myself, and it’s eight years old. High time to make and keep one myself!

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I made up the pattern, since scarves are pretty forgiving.

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Seed stitch the first and last three stitches to stop the edges from rolling.

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Cables eight knit stitches across, border by two stocking knit stitches.

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I’m thinking I will embellish the ends, but still need to find the right yarn.

And what is keeping you busy today?

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MSPT= make something pretty today

My friend could use a pair of these mitts, and there was just enough yarn to finish a pair. The wool was dk weight and had 218 yards if I remember right. I cast on an additional 8 stitches to these to make the size larger than the last pair (remember the needles I was using was smaller than the recommended size), and if I had made both pairs in this larger size, I would have run out of yarn for sure. As it was, I had about 2 yards leftover so it was pretty close.

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The smaller size works just as well on my hands, since there is a lot of stretch. I wear them on the walk to school, and going to the park. I can read a book at the park while wearing these, while the pages are hard to turn while wearing conventional gloves or mittens.

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This was from a purchased pattern, but you can find similar gloves at knitty.com for free. Go ahead and knit the thumb part, it’s not difficult and makes a slightly nicer glove than the ones that just leave a hole for your thumb to escape through.

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