Saturday, September 22, 2018

Taurid - Progress Update

After finishing up my test knit for the Mini-Modern MKAL that starts next month I took a break and picked up this project which I started back on April 15.  But it isn't the oldest WIP I have - at least I started it in this calendar year.  I need to get back to test knitting the Unique Sheep Christmas Club shawl, but I think I will save that for tomorrow.

Pattern:  Taurid by Taiga Hilliard
Yarn:   Shalimar Yarns Paulie in Midnight in Mendoze, and Anzula Squishy Skeinettes in Wuthering Hanks
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)

Rapunzel & Rapunzel Redux - Finished!

Rapunzel I finished up back on May 27, as part of the test knit.
Rapunzel Redux was finished on September 8, but it took me a while to get beauty shots.

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


Monday, September 3, 2018

Beach Party Shrug - One Side Done

This past weekend Bruce and I had to drive down to Atlanta for a funeral.  Bruce's Aunt Joann passed last week.  Bruce's Mom was not able to travel, so he and his two brothers all went down.  I, of course, accompanied Bruce.  I don't like him driving long distances without me - I'm his navigator, co-pilot and safety pilot.  Of course I packed knitting for the drive.  I like simple knitting for the car, so I packed my Beach Party Shrug.  I finished up most of one side on the trip down.  Then finished up that side and got through one stripe and started the second.  I'm really liking the colors on this one.

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

Rapunzel and Rapunzel Redux - Clue 9

The penultimate clue, clue 9, came out this past Friday so here is a picture of my clue 9 from the test knit.

And here is Rapunzel Redux.
For clues 7-10 the modifications are really pretty minor.  For the right side wings, all I have to do is delete the first stitch after the k2, yo at the beginning of the row, and the last stitch before the final yo at the end of the row.  Similarly, for the left side wings, all I have to do is delete the first stitch after the initial yo, and the last stitch before the final yo, k2.  It is fun and easy with charts, but equally doable from the written.  After deleting the stitches in question I then looked at the stitches next door to make sure that I didn't mess up a lace pattern.  There are only 2 rows where I need to make additional modifications, rows 239 and 249.

Right hand wing - chart 9 modifications:
Row 239: the stitch I deleted at the start of the row after the (k2, yo) is a k2tog, so I will knit the yo that goes with it.
Row 249: deleting a stitch at the end of the row before the final yo results in two yarn overs next to each other, so I will replace the final k2tog, yo with k2.
Left hand wing - chart 9 modifications:
Row 239: the stitch I deleted at the end of the row before the final yo is a ssk, so I will knit the yo that goes with it.
Row 249: deleting a stitch at the start of the row after the (k2, yo) results in two yarn overs next to each other, so I will replace that first yo, ssk with k2.


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

Friday, August 24, 2018

Rapunzel and Rapunzel Redux - Clue 8

Clue 8 came out this morning, so first up a picture of my test knit.

And my Redux version.
I'm working the final 4 clues (7-10) without skipping anything because of the way the motifs play out.  The only modification I have to make at this point is getting rid of one stitch after the first yarn over and one stitch before the last yarn over on the wing charts.  In knitCompanion I color those stitches gray, and use the row number to search on to set up the new stitch in magic markers, then I can just pick what I want, and not have to screw up any of my other magic markers.  Once I color those stitches gray I de-select the original stitches and make any other modifications necessary to make everything work out.

Right wing chart 8 modifications:
Row 219: the removal of the stitch before the last yarn over results in 2 yarn overs next to each other, so I replaced the final k2tog, yo with k2.
Row 225: the removal of the stitch before the last yarn over results in the removal of a ssk, so I replaced the yo that goes with that ssk with k1.
Row 229: the removal of the stitch after the first yarn over results in 2 yarn overs next to each other, so I replaced that first yo, ssk with k2.
Row 231: the removal of the stitch after the first yarn over results in 2 yarn overs next to each other, so I replaced that first yo, ssk with k2.
Row 233: the removal of the stitch after the first yarn over results in 2 yarn overs next to each other, so I replaced both of the yo, ssk with k4. I didn’t want that lone yo, ssk hanging out there. This also makes the starting and ending motifs more symmetrical.

Left wing chart 8 modifications:
Row 219: the removal of the stitch after the first yarn over results in 2 yarn overs next to each other, so I replaced the first yo, ssk with k2.
Row 225: the removal of the stitch after the first yarn over results in the removal of a k2tog, so I replaced the yo that goes with that k2tog with k1.
Row 229: the removal of the stitch before the last yarn over results in 2 yarn overs next to each other, so I replaced that last k2tog, yo with k2.
Row 231: the removal of the stitch before the last yarn over results in 2 yarn overs next to each other, so I replaced that last k2tog, yo with k2.
Row 233: the removal of the stitch before the last yarn over results in 2 yarn overs next to each other, so I replaced both of the k2tog, yo with k4. I didn’t want that lone k2tog, yo hanging out there. This also makes the starting and ending motifs more symmetrical.

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

Beach Party Shrug - One Stripe Done

Of course, finishing up the Blueberry Fields Shrug meant that I could start working the next shrug in the queue, the Beach Party Shrug.  I pulled out the remaining skeins and caked them up, weighed them and then divided them in two (that way I don't have to worry about using more than half on one side and running short on the other).
On this set I decided to start with the darkest skein and work to the lightest.

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

Blueberry Fields Shrug - Finished!

I finished up my Blueberry Fields Shrug on Sunday and left it blocking while I went on travel, sure that it would be dry when I returned.  This one was a challenge with the colors (the blues didn't really play well together), so I ended up alternating the blues and greens, but I'm happy with how it turned out.  The colors are fun.

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