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5. July 2010 10:00
by Jobo
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Bitterroot... actually kind of Sweet!

5. July 2010 10:00 by Jobo | 4 Comments

Well we survived the move... or at least mostly survived it!  All of our belongings are here at the new house now, and the majority of the important boxes have been unpacked.  I can officially cook supper now, and find silly bathroom things like nail files and q-tips, and we can crawl safely and soundly into bed.  I have been working towards unpacking my crafty stuff, but somehow those things always take the back burner to the necessities - even though for me, the crafty things really ARE necessities.  I?ve already needed my sewing machine for some impromptu curtain altering, and I?ve found most of my yarn boxes, though most of them are only cracked open with yarn spewing from them, not really any reasonable or orderly unpacking.  I love my new ?studio? room... which like the last one, is actually just a bedroom, but this time a nice bright one with a huge window that lets in the maximum natural daylight.  I sat and spun for about an hour today on my Traddy, and didn't even bother turning on the light!  perfect.  I plan on posting some photos of the new studio room when I finally get it organized.

So, even though I didn?t have unbridled access to all things fibery, I made absolutely certain that I would have access to appropriate amounts of yarn and knitting during the move.  For me, the knitting, is kind of like my own personal meditation.  Without stealing a few moments to work a few stitches here and there... I will admit... I am not a very nice person.  My brain needs the mindless and methodical forming of stitches to keep itself from freaking out and going seriously over the edge.  The week before the move I had finished a pair of socks, so I went looking for a few other straightforward projects that I could jump into if need be.  I started a Bitterroot Shawl, and kept 2 skeins of sock yarn on hand for anxiety emergencies.

And... here is the completed and blocked Bitterroot:

Bitterrootfull

You may notice that she is sitting on a familiar patio table... but on a new patio!  You may also notice that our new ?yard? is still as of yet un-grassed.... and will require smoothing out and planting ASAP if we are ever to have a proper lawn. 

bitterrootborder 

When I spun this yarn about a year ago... I?m not quite sure what I had in mind for it. I do know, however, that it was an excellent fit for this shawl pattern.  I thoroughly enjoyed watching each shade of green fade to blue and back again.  The pattern itself was quite straightforward, and while I did need to keep a copy of the charts nearby, I didn?t really need to write anything down, as it was fairly simple to read the lace in the knitting itself.  I mostly just kept track of the YO holes, and switched charts as necessary based on that.

bitterrootimprovised point 

My only strategy in knitting this shawl was a) to avoid moving stress and b) to knit until the smaller skein of handspun ran out.  Because of the knit-until-it?s-done scheme... I had to improvise the last few rows and the fitting of the leafy portion to the lacy portion.  Normally I like to follow a pattern to the letter, but here I totally fudged it.  I went from Chart C to realizing that I didn?t have enough yarn to do 20-some rows of Chart D, so I basically glossed over the sets of leaves in D and made the lace edge fit onto what I already had.  Don?t ask me how it went together... honestly I am as surprised as anyone that it worked out.  I was too tired to care the night I made that decision.

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I really enjoyed the first section of this shawl... the way that the columns lined up along the way with the rows of eyelets was very pleasing, and made it easy to know where you were and that things were working out correctly.  These first rows just flew along and the colors changed before my eyes.  I think I might be addicted to this kind of yarn...

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Yes... another satisfying project completed!  I will definitely do this pattern again sometime, maybe with beads next time? 

21. June 2010 09:07
by Jobo
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I have been knitting too... I swear!

21. June 2010 09:07 by Jobo | 5 Comments

My knitting time has been a little compromised with the packing and new furry baby bunny distractions... but I swear I HAVE been knitting some too!

Bitterroot

imageI started a "Bitterroot" shawl by Rosemary Hill, a free Knitty pattern available online... using some spindle spun yarn I made right after I got my Golding Spindle last year. The wool was a Merino Sliver handpainted by Fleece Artist... and delightfully soft!  you can read more about the yarn itself in another post here.  This yarn is somewhere around fingering weight, though maybe about the thickness of a thinner sock yarn.  The way the 2 plies gradually change from one color to the next, there is a slight heathering and gentle mixing of one color to the next.  I am excited to see how the transitions go :)

I decided that I would try doing the pattern as written even though I only have around 300 yards of yarn.  I can always take a repeat out somewhere when the time comes.  I hope that I don't come to regret the "Fudge-it" strategy on this one.

And of course the prerequisite baby pic... since I know you all wonder how the baby is!  Fuzzy warm and Growing!

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25. May 2010 05:00
by Jobo
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Shetland Triangle... Finished and Blocked

25. May 2010 05:00 by Jobo | 3 Comments

floating on the breeze

shetland triangleThe Shetland Triangle has been a quite enjoyable project... beads included.  The tiny crochet hook was very easy to use, and even the beaded rows flew along at reasonable speeds.  I decided that the shawl didn't need all-over bling, but perhaps just the last few pattern repeats.  After some deliberation, I choose to add them to row 9 (the mostly plain knit row of the 10 row repeat) and then to bead the very points of the border with 3 beads on each point, and the centre one of course.

The beads themselves seem to match in quite nicely.  At first I wasn't sure if the slightly rainbow essence would match the Plum yarn, but I think that they compliment the shawl more than a plain flat black bead would have.  I actually found these beads by accident while shopping at Michael's - they were part of a premade necklace with multiple strands of beads.  There were strands of plain black shiny seed beads, several of these "e" beads that I used for Shetland Triangle, some silver metallic looking "e" beads, and finally some black "e" beads that have the look of hematite.  I bought the whole necklace for 99 cents... and I only used one strand for this piece!  I'm sure I will find something else to do with the rest at some point.

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In the end I worked 2 more repeats of the initial lace pattern than the instructions called for, and surprisingly enough, I managed to use only one skein of the KnitPicks Shadow Lace that I had.  I wanted this to be large enough to wrap comfortably around the shoulders, but I don't really know the recipient that well, so I wasn't sure she would want a really huge overpowering shawl.  I think I reached a decent happy medium on size.  This also means I have enough yarn to make another of these... maybe for me, since I am feeling undecided about giving this away.  I think that's usually how I know I did a good job... if I like the item well enough to keep it myself, it's likely nice enough to be giving it away to someone else?

 

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When I was knitting this up... using the prescribed sized needles... I had wondered if maybe I should have used larger needles to get a more airy feel to this shawl.  As usual though, the magic of blocking evened out balance, and I think it feels just about right. 

The finished shawl is light but still has enough substance to warm up the wearer.  I am always amazed at how much warmth a light shawl can give.  I think it's kind of like afghans.  How can something so full of "holes" trap so much heat next to the body?  Must be one of those life mysteries ;)  I hope that the person I made this for will feel good when she wears it.  I tried to think kind and comforting thoughts as I knit along, so I like to think that maybe those good vibes will go along with her wherever she goes.  Positive Energy is Good Medicine in itself.

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