Knit Envy

Only a knitter would go into their local doughnut shop on a cold morning like today and leave thinking, “I need to knit a shawl like the one the cashier had on”.

It was soft grey. A very simple rectangular shape with a simple ruffled border.

It looked nice and cozy and left me thinking that I really need a simple shawl that is actually warm.

I could totally knit it with no problem. The biggest problem is that when I start browsing shawl patterns I always find myself picking out lace instead of actual warm things.

Now I’m finding myself wanting to check Ravelry for similar patterns and hunt down some soft, neutral colored yarn that could go with any out. Which I totally don’t need to do because my stash is already out of control and my queue is ridiculously long.

Stupid knit envy.

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Black Friday Shopping

I am not the sort to rip myself from my warm bed the morning after Thanksgiving at some ungodly hour to go shop. However, I will purchase yarn online for my portion of the Black Friday savings. Not that I need an excuse to purchase yarn, but the discounts don’t hurt.

Here’s what I picked up.

A new set of the Caspian double pointed needles from Knit Picks. They’re so pretty! I don’t think they were on sale but I don’t have many of the smaller size DPNs and I wanted to hit the minimum for free shipping.

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Three skeins of Diadem DK Special Reserve from Knit Picks in Gold. This yarn is so soft that when it came it, I slid it out of the box and then cussed at its softness. I intend to knit it into the gorgeous French Cancan Shawl.

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Three skeins of Lorna’s Laces Lion and Lamb in the color Aslan (like the lion I assume?). This came from Eat.Sleep.Knit.  If you’re doing the Yarnathon like I am, this yarn is a 100% power boost right now, so the yardage counts for double. I think this might become the Clapotis shawl/scarf thing.

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Two skeins each of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Grasshopper and Smokestack. Also from Eat.Sleep.Knit. It is intended for the Brick Road Cowl. I saw the sample at MadTosh done in pink and grey and loved it. I wanted to go for colors that were totally not my normal choice. The green of Grasshopper isn’t quite the electric color I thought it might be when I was making “bold” choices, but I like the colors well enough.

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As an added bonus, all my shopping bumped me up in the Yarnathon so I earned $20 in store credit and I am really close to the next level – which would earn me a shirt. Plus, when the order came in I won a free mitten kit from the little scratch off cards they throw in. So I am excited to see what that will be.

Now I just need to actually get to knitting… and updating my Ravelry stash…

 

Lace Race

Just starting out

9-18 Progress: Just starting out. Feel a little like I am knitting in a black hole. Doesn’t feel like this is getting any bigger.

Trying to knit the Promise Me shawl in only 12 days so that I can feel ready to start my lace shawl MKAL. This is my first time really knitting lace, first time using lace weight yarn (or mohair for that matter, which is its own challenge), and first time including beads. I decided to keep a pictorial diary of my progress.

A little more

9-20 Progress: 99 Stitches. Things are picking up.

9-22 Progress: 189 stitches. Finished stockinette section

9-22 Progress: 189 stitches. Finished stockinette section. This section was completed quickly and easily enough. Hopefully I have enough time to get the lace done.

9-23 Progress: Row 7 of 1st Lace Section

9-23 Progress: Row 7 of 1st Lace Section
I realized that I had skipped the part of the pattern that instructed for the first and last stitches to be ktb. Not sure if that will be a problem.
The lace is taking forever. These S2PSSO’s are driving me crazy. Adding the beads takes more time that I had expected.

9/24 - 14 of 16 rows in first lace section completed. Yarn seems to be lasting a lot longer than the pattern estimated.

9/25 - Finished first lace section. 2 out of 14 rows completed of second lace section. Row 1 was missing a stitch. Still couldn't figure out why.

9/25 – Finished first lace section. 2 out of 14 rows completed of second lace section. Row 1 was missing a stitch. Still couldn’t figure out why.

 

9/26- 8 of 14 rows completed. Extra stitch and missing stitch happened again in the first section on two different rows. Still cannot find the error but it has caused the lace pattern to be a little wonky.  12 rows to go

9/26- 8 of 14 rows completed. Extra stitch and missing stitch happened again in the first section on two different rows. Still cannot find the error but it has caused the lace pattern to be a little wonky.
12 rows to go

9/27 Second lace section completed. 6 rows to go

9/27 Second lace section completed. 6 rows to go

9/28 - No knitting because my hand was sore from painting the living room 9/29 - Finished two rows. First row took 40 minutes because I had to go up a needle size (per the pattern) and it made the stitches tight. 4 rows to go

9/28 – No knitting because my hand was sore from painting the living room
9/29 – Finished two rows. First row took 40 minutes because I had to go up a needle size (per the pattern) and it made the stitches tight. 4 rows to go

9/30 - Started picot bind off. Took an hour and a half to bind off a third of the stitches. Saving the rest for knit night tomorrow.

9/30 – Started picot bind off. Took an hour and a half to bind off a third of the stitches. Saving the rest for knit night tomorrow.