Tuesday, June 21, 2016

MagicWaves Triangle - One Skein Done

I switched to the second skein on row 17 of the second repeat of chart 2.  I have now finished the second repeat, but didn't take a picture of it.  I haven't worked on this project since the retreat in April and it has taken me a little bit to get back into the swing of the pattern.  It isn't hard, but does require you to pay attention because the repeat section shifts around.  The second repeat of chart 2 used 18.8 grams, as opposed to 11.7 grams for the first repeat.  I am curious to see how the yarn usage increases with repeat.  I may have to plot it when I'm done.

Pattern:  MagicWaves Triangle by Kieran Foley & Nim Teasdale
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Luxe in Snow Glint
Needles:  US 4 (3.5 mm)

Monday, June 20, 2016

Deep Blue - Finished!

I finished this up on Sunday, with only about 10 grams of yarn left over.  It came out a good deal larger than I expected - eight feet long.  I did not block aggressively, just laid it out on the blocking mats and smoothed things into place.  I didn't even pin anything.  I left the bottom edge scalloped.
Even the ends look like waves.  I've uploaded my picture to The Loopy Ewe web site.

I went back to working on my MagicWaves Triangle shawl, and also cast on my other Traveling Zebra set, so I would have some mindless knitting.  I have also set up the Percy Shawl pattern in knitCompanion, and received my yarn, so I'm all ready to cast on.  And there is another Biscotte KAL starting up - a fun sock pattern called Scamper, and I certainly have plenty of Biscotte sock yarn, so I had to sign up for that plus I got a discount on the pattern.  And Sivia Harding just announced another KAL - the Peacock Shawl KAL.  I couldn't resist the yarn, my kit is ordered and I've bought the pattern.  I will confess that two other of her patterns slipped into my basket before I managed to check out.


Pattern:  Siren Song by Louise Zass-Bangham
Yarn:  JulieSpins MCN 430 in Fathom
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Charivari Zebra - Done!

I finished this up this past week, while I was home with a nasty summer cold and needed something mindless to work on.  My shawl is longer than the pattern called for because I used up all of the self-striping yarn.  This resulted in me running a little short of the black yarn and the white yarn.  To account for that I simply adjusted the number of rows of garter stitch.  I also ended up binding off with leftover gray yarn, although I didn't have enough to do the entire bind off in the gray, and on one edge (the bottom edge in this picture) I bound off on a wrong side row.  I also wet blocked it, which relaxed the ruffles somewhat.  I'm happy with the result, and I used up every bit of yarn.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra by Louise Robert
Yarn:  Bis-sock by Biscotte & Cie
Needle:  US 2.5 (3 mm) & US 4 (3.5 mm)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Deep Blue - Past the Half-way Mark

I took Deep Blue and Charivari Zebra with me to Bead & Button, but mostly worked on Deep Blue.  I received a lot of compliments on it as I worked on it in the booth (the show was pretty slow, unfortunately).  I did have to rip back twice because I messed up even this simple lace pattern.  It happens to us all.  Fortunately this is very well-behaved yarn, so I was able to just pull the needles and rip back to one row shy of the mistake and then pull that last row out one stitch at a time while picking up the stitches with the needle.  Yesterday morning I ordered yarn for my second Camp Loopy project.  This one needs to be something that has been in my queue for over a year.  I picked the third item in my queue - a triangular lace shawl called Percy, but I think I will add another triangle (turning it into a 3/4 square shawl) and beads.  It has been in my queue since 2011.

Pattern:  Siren Song by Louise Zass-Bangham
Yarn:  JulieSpins MCN 430 in Fathom
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Deep Blue - Cast On

I skipped Camp Loopy the last two years, but decided to join this year.  This year there is a a pirate theme.  For the first project I am in the Lace Lagoon with Siren Song by Louise Zass-Bangham.  I picked a yarn I have not used before - JulieSpins MCN 430 in Fathom.  The cast on was 362 stitches and utilized the crochet cast on, which I'm not sure if I've ever done before, but I like it.  If you use waste yarn it can be a provisional cast on and is easier than making the crochet chain and then picking up stitches in the bumps.  If you crochet the chain around the knitting needle the bumps end up as stitches on the needle.  If you're not using it as a provisional cast on, you place the loop that is on your crochet hook on the needle as the last stitch.  I'm guessing that if you want to use it as a provisional cast on you would just secure that loop, maybe with a locking stitch marker, and then unravel from there later.  I'll have to try it sometime.

Pattern:  Siren Song by Louise Zass-Bangham
Yarn:  JulieSpins MCN 430 in Fathom
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)

Charivari Zebra - Halfway through side 2

I haven't done too much knitting this week because I've been working some long days to get things done prior to going on my annual trip to Milwaukee for the Bead & Button Show.  As in 10 hour days, and even an 11 and 1/2 hour day.  But before the long days I did manage to get through 2 of the stripes on the second side and start the third.  I'll take this project along with me as it is easy to pick up and put down.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra by Louise Robert
Yarn:  Bis-sock by Biscotte & Cie
Needle:  US 2.5 (3 mm) & US 4 (3.5 mm)

Monday, May 30, 2016

Charivari Zebra - One Side Done

I finished up one side of the ruffles yesterday.  As predicted, I bound off on row 16.  I did use the larger needle for the bind off and tried to bind off loosely.  I've started working the second side of the ruffles.  I will probably just use up each skein as I go.  I also got out the other Paint-Box set that I have for this pattern.
I've been enjoying working with the neutrals - I so rarely do - but I do love color and this set is scrumptious.  I'm looking forward to knitting it up and I hope that Biscotte & Cie put together some more Paint-Box sets for this pattern.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra by Louise Robert
Yarn:  Bis-sock by Biscotte & Cie
Needle:  US 2.5 (3 mm) & US 4 (3.5 mm)