Tags: knitting

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Do I never learn?

I am currently knitting my Flamenco Shawl. I've finished the pattern, and started the ruffle.  Friends with more experience suggested that ruffles are really-really-really boring.  But I persisted

Turns out, they're right.

So here's a (stolen) picture of the Flamenco Shawl that is finished.



See that ruffle?  Isn't it darling?  Isn't it gorgeous?  Perfect?

The damn thing is about 1,300 stitches long at this point.  For a point of reference, that's equal to about 20 rows on a sock--or about 5 inches.  So, the same number of stitches that would be 5 inches on a sock is about 1/3 to 1/4 of an inch in this damned ruffle.

I accept that I took this on myself.  I should have listened to my wiser friends (of course, they mainly became wiser through making the same exact mistakes I did)  I did not, I chose this fate for myself.

....I might need a nice white jacket.  Something with long sleeves, I'm thinking.

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Midwest Folk and Fiber

I just got back from Midwest Folk and Fiber.  It was fun.  I got to meet Lost City Denise who's as warm and wonderful in person as she is online.  I was very good at limiting the amount of stuff I bought.

I only bought 3 skeins of yarn.  One from Denise, extra bulky llama in a grayish/blue color way that I'm going to knit into mittens, probably for Jon.  The other two skeins of yarn I bought are the ones I dyed myself.  First_Dying
Dyed_sockyarn
Gold_laceweight_dying




I know the photos aren't the best, but I was impatient.  I didn't want to wait for the yarn to dry and the sun to be out, and to find my real camera.

I also bought 1 oz of angora fur to spin.  That's not really enough to do anything with, but I wanted to see how it felt spinning it.  I got 4 oz of a wool/nylon blend to spin into socks (hopefully) and 8 oz of Blue Faced Leicester/ Silk blend.  The BFL/Silk was only $2.50 an ounce.  I don't know what I'll do with it, but it's such a good price.  I'm not putting up pictures of the fiber--suffice to say it's white, ball shaped bits of fluff. 

So, what did I not buy?  I was tempted by mohair--for the first time ever.  Ewetopia fibers had a lovely merino/mohair (Ravelry Link) that came in 490 yard skeins (for $60)  I was tempted, but did not give in.  I also wanted to knit a sweater out of Blue Moon Fibers Twisted yarn (black bird or morticia colorways, which are not pictured on the website)  But I'm hesitant to knit a sweater in non-superwash.  Not to mention the loads and loads and pounds of fiber, the angora bunnies that were for sale, the number of drop spindles and spinning wheels...

I'm proud of myself.  I met a friend, took a class, learned how to dye and didn't break the budget.  Very happy    
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Knitting Content

Newly Finished Pieces:

Wings of the Goddess,  Eala Pattern, Jaegerspun Zephyr Wool/Silk yarn.

Wings of the Goddess

Sangiovese Stole.  Sangovese Pattern,  Lost City Oak Barn Merino yarn.

Sangiovese Stole


Both of which I intend to enter in the county fair, July 22nd.
Really, you should enter something too.

Curently On the Needles:


Vanilla Berry Socks.    Plain vanilla sock pattern   Berocco Comfort Sock Yarn

Vanilla Berry Socks

Soon to be On The Needles


Copper Maude  Pattern: Maude (FREE!)  Yarn: Jaegerspun Zephyr Copper
Maude
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Pics

I finally got some pics of the stuff I've knitted/sewn in the past few months.

Russian skirt
Russian Skirt

Autumnal Feathers socks
Autumnal Feathers   Autumnal Feathers

Mom's birthday shawl
 

Dayflower Cowl


Ok, that's taking up enough bandwidth.  ;)
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The real Knitting Tarot

I've figured out something that the world needs.  The world needs a good knitting tarot.
Follow me here.
Instead of the Fool -> Casting On.  Or possibly  The First Sweater  You don't know it yet, but you'll need perseverance.  And flexibility.  And liquor.
Death -> The Frog pond...with the chance of possibly seeing the light of day again.
Tower -> Dropped Stitch.  I'm picturing this as intricate lace with cobweb weight yarn.  And a stitch that has dropped back 12 or 15 rows.  Decisions must be made.

Not sure what the suits would be.  I can see needles standing in for swords, but not sure about the rest.  Lace?  Cables?  Fair Isle? Patterns?

Alas, I do not have art/painting/photoshop expertise (or time, that pesky thing) to actually CREATE this, but it's fun to play around with.
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Dragon's Heart

I am suddenly starting to begin to understand a dragon's heart.  I understand why Fafnir left for the wilds with his hoard, and why Eustace turned into a dragon in CS Lewis' Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Today I bound off on my first Autumnal Feathers knee sock.  Since I tried a new bind off, Jeny's Suprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off, I slipped the sock on under my desk at work.  I wanted to make sure it fit before cutting the yarn.

Bells sounded.  The yarn glowed.  It looked as though some magical dwarf had poured molten gold onto my leg, then worked it in intricate patterns.  My heart turned the slightest bit dragonish.

Alas, I don't have the camera and sunlight to capture the real picture, but here are some slightly old pictures to give my readers an idea of how it looks.
   Golden sock

(Lost City Sock Yarn -Autumnal Tumble colorway; Feathers and Lace Pattern by Rosemary Falk)

Sadly, I can't cast on the second sock until the additional skein of yarn arrives.  And staring longingly at the mailbox doesn't make the yarn magically appear.  Especially on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  There's no mail delivery today.

I guess that means I've time to work on my Zebra Mittens, the last bit of Christmas Mittens I've got to knit.
Zebra Mittens
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I'm working on a pair of mittens, that I seem to have been working on forever.  It took me a metaphorical year to figure out the pattern.  I had enough trouble with them that it was remarked upon at knit night.

And I started looking at them.  They seemed huge.  Giant sized.  Troll sized....Impossibly huge.  Here, see what I mean?

Impossibly huge mittens

Those couldn't possibly be right...I'd have to frog the whole thing.

And then I asked a co-worker if I could borrow his hand.  Points to Joe for going along with it.
Guess what?  They fit, with barely a hair of room on either side.  I keep forgetting I have tiny hands.