Hediye

I finished my Hediye and I love it, even though it didn’t go as planned.

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The designer is Ysolda Teague, the wool used for the edging is handspun by my friend Susie Gourlay and the centre of the shawl is knit with Cascade Eco.  Originally I had planned on knitting the centre with Malabrigo Worsted and while the colour was beautiful, the wool wasn’t quite as thick as the handspun.  I did knit a few rows hoping it would work out, but it just was not meant to be.


The handspun wool is a blend of merino and cashmere and is so soft and lovely.  Malabrigo Worsted is merino, so was almost as soft and lovely to the touch.  Once I realized it would be too thin to pair with the handspun I went looking through my stash. I really should have swatched before I even started and then I would have known, but as usual I was in too much of a hurry and didn’t take the time.  Lesson learned?  Honestly, I’ve been knitting for almost 40 years.  If I haven’t learned that lesson yet, it’s not going to happen!  And when something like this shawl does happen, I just rip out whatever doesn’t work and start again.  I know that to some people that just isn’t an option, but while I’m usually a little disappointed my idea didn’t work out, I’m not upset.  The time I spent knitting it was pleasurable, and even if it wasn’t productive it was still time well spent in my opinion!

So, I went looking through my yarn on hand, and came up with 6 or 7 options.  I spent last weekend knitting 4 inch swatches to help me decide instead of going with my gut. I decided that the Cascade Eco was the best match. It was the same weight and wpi (wraps per inch), it wasn’t nearly as soft but as my New Year’s Resolution was to only knit from my stash, I figured I could live with it.  So, I had 3 colours in this yarn and knit swatches to decide which one to use.


I sent pictures to three friends to ask their opinions, and finally decided to go with the grey.  I finished knitting on Wednesday and washed and blocked.


I only pinned the top edge, as I didn’t want the cables in the edging to stretch out.

I love this pattern!  The shawl is designed to be knit with DK wool, but I wanted something heavier and a little bigger to wear in the fall over a light coat. I think I will knit this shawl again someday, but with sport or DK weight wool to be able to wear in the summer.

Now, onto the next unfinished project!

Works In Progress – and a plan

Last week I slowly gathered all my unfinished knitting projects stashed in bags in closets,  my office and my craft room.  I knew I had a lot, but was still surprised when I laid them all out on my craft room table and discovered I had 29!!

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  • 12 shawls
  • 3 cowls
  • 2 pairs of mitts
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • 1 sweater
  • 2 blankets
  • 3 hats
  • 1 scarf

This morning I started with a hat I had started for my brother in law which was 3/4 done.

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I finished knitting it this afternoon, soaked it in a tub of warm water and wool wash and it is now drying…..so down to 28.

Looking through everything I decided that I didn’t really love one cowl ……now down to 27.

I picked 2 projects to work on for now, a shawl and a pair of socks.

The shawl pattern is Hediye by Ysolda Teague.

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I had a skein of handspun merino and cashmere blend in a heavy worsted weight that I thought would be perfect for this pattern.  The yarn was spun by Suzie at Knit Natural.  I decided to use this skein for the border and Malabrigo Worsted that I had on hand for the body of the shawl.  I started knitting it in May of this year and I’m a little more than half way done the border.

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This picture shows about 1/4 of the border finished.  I’ll post a more updated picture in a future post.  The yarn is so soft and squishy but still has a lot of stitch definition.  It’s perfect!

The second project I picked to work on is Diamond Lace Socks, the pattern designer is Qianer Huang.  I started them last June and finished one sock, so just the matching sock and this project will be done!

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The yarn is by Hiloris Magical Yarnorium.  I love this gradient yarn!  This colour is Ocean Pearl.

I’m excited to be getting organized and tackling all these unfinished projects!

XO

 

 

 

Blocking wool

I’ve finished knitting a small shawl the other day.  I’ve been working on it for about a month.  It’s a small lightweight shawl, perfect for summer evenings.

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I tried hard to take a picture of the shawl without Sam, but she wasn’t listening!

The pattern is In My Mother’s Garden by Luise of Impeccable Knits.  The yarn used is a fingering weight super wash wool / nylon blend dyed specifically for this pattern by Carol, Faerieknitz at Etsy.

When you knit any garment it is important to block it, but especially important with lace stitches.  This is the shawl after knitting, but before blocking.

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After soaking in warm water and wool wash for about 20 minutes, squeezing gently and rolling in a towel to squeeze out more water, the shawl is pinned to shape on a flat surface (foam interlocking blocks, a towel on the floor or bed), and left to dry.

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Blocking opens up the stitches and shapes the garment.

I tend to be distratcted easily, and I have many unfinished projects in the craft room.  In the next post I will list them all, and then use this blog to keep myself on track to finish them.

XO

 

First Post!

Hello and welcome!  I will be blogging about projects I’m working on as well as posting some “how to” videos.  I teach adult knitting classes and volunteer with others at our local school to teach fibre arts to students.

With crafting sites like Craftsy and Ravelry I find I get distratcted very easily and as a result I have many WIPs (works in progress).  Dispite that, when a pattern catches my eye I immediately want to cast on.  I have decided to work on my many WIPs and for every three I finish I will allow myself to cast on one new project.  Now to decide which three I will work on first.