Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category

First of all I have updated and corrected the timezone of my blog. So the time and date of my enteries will now reflect the local (for me) time and date at the time of the entery. Previously it was whatever it had been set on as I had never programed it.

I have also changed the “purpose” of this blog. Previously it was the prestated one that WordPress had when I moved my blog over here from “that other place”.  I have now given it my own words, my own taste you could say, and it’s good to go.

Changes. I was only going to blog about the Leaf patterned shawl and not the others that I have going. Well phewy on that! I am going to blog on my knitting. All of my knitting. Blog about my lace shawls. Blog about socks. Blog about whatever it is that I happen to be knitting.

About the groups, I joined what may seem like a multitude of knitting, lace knitting, shawl knitting, and simular groups over the last 3-4 days. I am so in to knitting lace and lace shawls that I needed the support. A couple of the groups are for specific shawls and/or types of shawls.

I put my MMKKMystery shawl on hold out of frustration with the yarn I was using for mine and the fact I kept goofing up. That’s when I started “New Leaf” . I have started another “Limberlost  Luna” which I am calling “Boofly”. Last friday at the local yarn shop, in front of everyone, my mother announced that she “wouldn’t mind getting a butterfly shawl”. So I have started one for Mom. I have done clue one and nearly all of clue two since yesturday. (It took a few days to figure out just what yarns I had in stash that would work. Then contact Mom and have her choose a color.  Mom, naturally, chose her favorite red! )


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In the area of accessories, I ordered and received the Knit Picks ‘pattern keeper’. Opened up it’s just a touch bigger than a piece of say notebook paper. It’s a magnetic board inside, and came complete with its own skinny magnets! I have fired my old cookie sheet from its position as magnetic board, and using this far more appropriate (and much classier) ‘Project Keeper’.

I started ordering misc. Option’s Interchangeable Needle tips from Knit Picks. I also had ordered a full set of the cables and a number of the connectors. Then I decided that instead of buying extra yarn, to go ahead and purchase the set of Zephyr (Clear Acrylic) Options Interchangeable Knitting Needles. At the same time I ordered the clear cable pouches to hold the cables, end caps, etc.  There are four sizes not in the set that you can purchase separately, and I have purchased one already. I plan to purchase at least one a month until I have them all. I will then begin to purchase the Harmony wood tips, and the metal tips until I have those sets as well!

In the UK they offer one larger size and two smaller that are not offered here in the US. They only come in the metal and the wood needle tips. I ordered the larger (15 mm {US 19})needle tips in both the metal and wood. I will also be ordering the two smaller sizes(3mm and 3.25mm), again in the metal and the wood, as soon as I can.  I have no affiliation other than being a very satisfied customer, but check out “Get Knitted” in the UK at http://www.getknitted.com/ even if you’re in the United States!

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Progress Picture

Progress of New Leaf 3-20-10 @16:16cst USA

"Isn't she growing nicely!?"

I had been working on “New Leaf ” while watching “Angela’s Ashes” and suddenly remembered that I had promised y’all a progress picture today. Here’s the picture as promised. The five dollar bill is there soley for size comparison (as I didn’t have a one dollar bill). 

I had to take a rest from working on my MMario Mystery shawl (mystery has been solved) “Limberlost Luna” which I am calling mine, “Lunesta”. My mother, who collects butterflys, has said she’d like to have this shawl in any color except yellow, orange, purple, or pink. While Limberlost Luna is a moth, it easily passes for a butterfly for 99.99% of the population. So, I wholey believe, Mom’s next lace will be her very own Butterfly Shawl!

I am of the frame of mind to make another entery tonight. I make no such promise as I might change my mind! But at the moment I am leaning that way.

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I took my knitting with me to a morning appointment. As I was leaving my morning appointment my mother called me and offered to take me to lunch at Sandra’s Diner for catfish. (This was a town over from where I was, you know how small towns go). After lunch I went over to the local yarn shop, I was in town anyway. So I went to the local yarn shop for about 3 hours today, an extra treat indeed!

I am working away on New Leaf. I’ll be sure to post pictures tomorrow.

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I had a little mistake, so I tried fixing it. Had a small mess, so I tried fudging it. Had a growing mess, tried to do something, didn’t work. Cussed a bit, ok I cussed a lot, as I dipped in the frog pond and ripped the entire thing out. I held the piece in a one gallon zipper bag, to catch the beads, and ripped away. I will be starting over tonight after I eat dinner.

I have made a decision that affects the design of the shawl. I still want beads, and I will have them. I just won’t put them in until I am knitting the border of the shawl! My shawl, my prerogative!

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Here’s a picture of the first day’s efforts. Sorry the picture was taken by my phone and the quality shows.

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Four years ago, during Yarn Harlettes (Stephenie McPhee) Winter Knit Olympics, I made my first true lace. I made Lace Knee High Socks. Since then I have been bitten by the “Lace Bug” in a realy huge way.

I am realy serious here. I have a growing collection of pattern books, and most of them are about lace, or have atleast one lacey item in them. I have also been bitten by the “Estonian Lace Bug”. While I have spent time drooling over pictures and online free patterns, I finally got serious and ordered Nancy Bush’s “Knitted Lace of Estonia”. I also have a number of other Estonian books of  lace patterns that I just ‘have to have’!

I have embarked on my first project from the afore mentioned book, “Triangular Scarf in Leaf Pattern”. The title is a bit misleading, as it’s also a small shoulderette. The one on pages 46-51 of the book. I am using some very precious yarn received in a swap about 3 years ago. Anyway, here’s the info. on the “New Leaf”  Shawl, my name for this project. Here’s what I used:

Pattern: “Triangular Scarf in Leaf Pattern”, from  “Knitted Lace of Estonia” by Nancy Bush.

Yarn: Schaefer’s Andrea , 100% Silk

Yarn Color: Ruth St.Denis

Needles: US sizes 4 & 5

Beads: (Pattern didn’t call for beads, but I wanted them so I added them!)                                                                                           Miyuki Delicas Size 8 Lt. Cranberry Topaz Lined Luster; from Bead Caravan online (No affiliation, just satified customer!) 

Date Started: Sunday, March 14, 2010.

Pictures to come soon!

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