I have finished the shawl!
Elvis Approves of this shawl.
Yarn: Sweet Sheep BFL superwash. super skein. (about 800 yards)
Needles size: 7
Time to completion: approx a month (project monogamy FTW)
Diameter of shawl: 46 inches
The cast on was a complete and utter pain. After I got it, a friend on Rav, upon hearing of my frustration, told me of a trick used in circular starts with few stitches: cast on with doubled yarn for half the number of stitches and then 'spread' the stitches out. The errata on the project page has NOT been put into the pattern, so please make sure you know where the errata goes!
Otherwise, this is a mindless knit once you get into the repeat section and is very impressive once it is finished.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
.....we go! My Candian Shawl continues. Current stats: approx 92 inches around. Approx 100 gram of yarn left (on my incrediby inaccurate kitchen scale) Ciao
Friday, April 15, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
I am working happily on my Candian Whirlppol shawl. It's 408 stitches around, currently. So it is growing a little less quickly than it did at the beginning. here's a couple of crappily lit pics: It's grey and thunderstormy out, so the natural light leaves a lot to be desired. The flash leaves a lot to be desired too, but beggars can't be choosers. I don't want to switch to longer circs till I have to, so it's all squished up on the shorter ones. I am rather glad the rain came as forcast today. Yesterday hubs and I did the sprinkling of the cornmeal on the lawn to keep the crabgrass away and give the grass a bit of a feed. So the rain will help melt that in a bit. Spring. It might actually be here!
Friday, April 08, 2011
Monday, April 04, 2011
The weather today is beautiful....for once. It's been a long, grey winter. So, I decided the other day to cast on something with spring colours. The Vortex shawl in some 'mistake yarn' dyed by the Sweet Sheep. The cast on was a MAJOR PITA. 8 stitches on 4 dpns. Yeah, twisted the stitches, dropped dpns, you name it, I did it. Finally tried it via magic loop, and while I still had to cast on a few times to get it right, it was slightly less frustrating. If you try this pattern, please note the errata on the Ravelry project page. I mistakenly assumed the pdf would have been corrected. It was not. Much swearing ocurred. Another note, when the designer says 'place stitch markers beteween sections' or repeats or whatever, she means the grouping of stitches. Also, when you get to the ....and repeat these 2 rows until size desired is reached....part, the directions are for each repeat between the stitch markers. The pattern is a little unclear about that. All that aside, once you get going it is very easy to do. It is lace knitting that can be done in front of the tv. It is also very impressive looking. The second picture has truer colours. On my monitor at any rate. Ciao