Friday, July 13, 2018

Rapunzel and Rapunzel Redux - Clue 2

First, a picture of Rapunzel clue 2.  As I was working clue 1 of my Rapunzel Redux I went back and forth on how many rows of clue 2 I wanted to knit.  In deciding how to modify the shawl and make it smaller it really helps to read charts.  Looking at the clue 2 wings you can see that the motif in the final row (row 85) is the same as the motifs in rows 53, 61, 69 and 77, so I should be able to stop after working any of those rows (plus the wrong side return row).  Originally I was going to stop after row 53, then I thought about just working the entire clue, and then I decided to split the difference and stop after row 69 (plus the wrong side return row).


Pattern:  Rapunzel Shawl by Janine Le Cras
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Eos
Needles:  US 3 (3.25 mm)

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Rapunzel and Rapunzel Redux - Clue 1

The latest Unique Sheep Mystery Knit Along started yesterday - Rapunzel.  Above is the first clue from my test knit.  I am also knitting along doing a live hack to make a smaller version of the shawl.  The original is big.  Instead of a 4-skein shawl set (1260 yards), it uses a 5-skein shawl set (1575 yards).
I picked Black Day Lily on Eos for my test knit.  Eos is a silk/wool blend, but the wool dominates and it is one of my favorite lace weight yarns.  I've been wanting to knit something with this colorway for a while.  I used gold iridescent beads from my stash.

For my Rapunzel Redux I pulled a 4-skein set of Eos from voluminous stash - Sunset Road.
I decided to add extra beads on my second version.
I added beads to all of the double decreases in the wings.  I am again using beads from my stash - silver lined gold.  They are a little hard to pick out because they blend with the color of this skein - but wait until I get to the dark skein...

Pattern:  Rapunzel Shawl by Janine Le Cras
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Eos
Needles:  US 3 (3.25 mm)



Blueberry Fields Shrug - One Stripe Done

I finished up my ECOLO Shrug this past Thursday while I was home getting the downstairs AC installed.  It had gone out on June 19, fortunately it didn't get too hot, but we definitely noticed the humidity creeping up.  It is so nice to have a fully functional system again.  After laying it out to block I picked up the next shrug in my queue and started on the first stripe.  This is a perfect project for knitting while reading, and I had a couple of fun books to read on my Kindle - Design for Dying and Dangerous to Know by Renee Patrick, the pen name of a married couple.  The books are mysteries set in the golden age of Hollywood and incorporate facts into the fiction.  I learned about them from Eddie Muller, the host of Noir Alley on TCM.  The writing is good, and so are the mysteries.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

May Flowers - Finished!

I finished casting this off Sunday morning.  I really like how it came out and may make another one.  I didn't pin it when I was blocking, I just laid it out on the mats and patted it into shape.

I do have a fair bit of yarn left over - the project only used about 238 grams, leaving me about 100 grams leftover.  I'm collecting all of my Kiri leftovers in a bag and will make something with them - maybe a hack on one of Ambah O'Brien's patterns.

Pattern:  Impressionists MKAL by Helen Stewart
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Kiri Spring Trio
Needle:  US 4 (3.5 mm)

Sunday, June 24, 2018

May Flowers - Half Way Done

After finishing up my English Garden shawl I immediately cast on May Flowers.  The pattern is the Impressionists MKAL by Helen Stewart.  I actually created a project page back in March, but never got around to choosing my yarn, getting wrapped up instead in a couple of other projects that took priority.  After getting back from Bead & Button and focusing on my English Garden shawl I decided to use my other Spring Trio on the Impressionist shawl, and as my husband will attest, once I decide on something I want to execute.
The colors are, from top to bottom, Wildflowers, Ranunculus and Bluebird Skies.  I really like the speckled Wildflowers skein and the way the pink blends with it while the blue pops.

Pattern:  Impressionists MKAL by Helen Stewart
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Kiri Spring Trio
Needle:  US 4 (3.5 mm)

Saturday, June 23, 2018

English Garden - Finished!

Last week I concentrated on finishing up my English Garden shawl, and thanks to coming home early on Wednesday with a migraine I was able to finish it.  Here is a shot of it blocking on my spiffy new gridded blocking mats.
When I got to the final green lace section I discovered that I was short 4 stitches (yes, I do make mistakes, and no, I don't always catch them).  I didn't know at the time what happened (I didn't really try to figure it out, I just counted my stitches noted the discrepancy and kept knitting), but when I was blocking the shawl I found them - four missed yarn overs on the last increase row.  I fudged the lace pattern at the edges to make it work.

Pattern:  Snowmelt Shawl by Helen Stewart
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Kiri - Spring Trio - English Garden
Needle:  US 4 (3.5 mm)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

English Garden - Making Progress

This project also took the trip to Bead & Button with me, and I did manage to make some progress on it.  I am now through the A and C color sections and about to start the B and C color section.  I need to get some of my WIPs done as I have some projects that I want to get started on, including some designs of my own.

This is a semi-circular shawl, which I had started on April 2, but then it sat in one of my project bags for two months until I restarted it on June 1, modifying the start to give it a better neckline.  I also modified the cast on.  The pattern called for knitting an I-cord and then picking up stitches in the I-cord, which I thought was just making your point the hard way.  I did an I-cord cast on instead.
I also started out deeper in the shawl, to make the neckline more wearable.  The yarn I am using is one of the Spring Trios from The Unique Sheep.  English Garden on Kiri.


Pattern:  Snowmelt Shawl by Helen Stewart
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Kiri - Spring Trio - English Garden
Needle:  US 4 (3.5 mm)