WIP WEDNESDAY: Slow motion replay

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So, about that shawl…I realized midway through the last pattern repeat that I had royally fucked up the lace pattern on the last leaf before the center stitch markers and the last leaf of the row.  I was unhappy with how it looked, so I ripped out fifteen rows of lace and started knitting again.

One of the “mistakes” I made in the previous iteration gave the leaves a nice curve at the top, and when I started working on this again I couldn’t figure out how I made that mistake.  So I have more angular leaves.  Next time I work a pattern like this, I’m taking notes.  #themoreyouknow

Sadly, the leaves at the ends of the rows are still ugly.

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WIP WESNDESDAY: Balsam Hollow shawl

Almost done with this pattern repeat, oh em gee

About 75% or so done with the Balsam Hollow shawl.  Knit with Cascade Heritage in Christmas Green that I bought off someone on Ravelry.  Lace pattern the first is almost done.  Knit with interchangeable needles, one 4 and one 5 on this stockinette section.  Nothing else of note.  Nothing to see here, move along.

 

MOTHBALLIN’ MONDAY: When memes collide…

While I was cleaning out my stash this week, I found some sock yarn inspired by a very special man who may be familiar to a few of you:

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A few years ago, Gentleman Caller had given me two skeins (!!) of sock yarn in a colorway inspired by the Purple Shirt of Sex from BBC’s Sherlock as consolation for my unsuccessful attempt to complete UMB’s math placement test.  I used one of the skeins to make a shawl as part of a knit swap, but that leaves me with a skein and a half to make…something.  I’ve since gotten through my algebra requirement and graduated…but I’d forgotten I had this yarn.

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Since I’m going on a yarn diet as part of Project 333, I wanted to make good use of this delicious skein.  After boy genius sock designer Josiah Bain favorited one of my pictures on Instagram, I looked into his designs and found his Mirror Socks.  I identified with Josiah’s musical inspirations (even though I’m not familiar with Ellie Goulding), and his elegant designs and use of garter stitch look cool.  On the other hand, I love Alana Dakos‘s Cosette Wrap, which would go well with some of the things I’m knitting for myself for the spring.

Which should I make?

Do you have any treasured skeins of yarn?

WIP WEDNESDAY: The curse of Edna Mode

So remember the capelet I was working on a fortnight ago?  Yeah, I kind of misread the pattern.  It only occurred to me that I needed to increase on both sides of the ribbed border after I had knit 20 rows.  I’d been jonesing for a few smaller projects and decided to put that away for a bit so I could knit up some gift yarn into a shawl.

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This is Trillian, one of the Douglas Adams-inspired shawls that Martina Behm designed.  It’s easy enough to knit during conference calls and meetings, which is advantageous since I just took on some new responsibilities at my job.  I love how the yarn (Valley Yarns Charlemont in burgundy) knits up.  It has great drape and doesn’t pool excessively, and it has great stitch definition.

Me being me, however, I can’t help but make some mistakes.

Spot the misplaced purl bump in this picture.

Spot the misplaced purl bump in this picture.

I’m working with metal needles, which I don’t normally do because the stitches tend to fall off the needle if I stop in the middle of the row.  I thought I’d gotten all the stitches back on the needle in their correct condition, but, well…

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I’m hoping to complete this within the next week or so, both because I’d like to work on something a skosh more challenging and because I want to have something new for FO Friday next week.  Stay tuned…