WIP Wednesday, Every Shade of Blue

A few years ago, I knit a shawl for the Dreamer [link] though I didn’t show off the finished project.  I completed the shawl a few months after I began it, and I’ve had five small balls of yarn sitting in my knitting bag ever since.

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I recently (finally) learned how to do ribbed stitch, after several attempts while being unable to recognize the patterns and how they work.  Learning to read my knitting, which stitches are knits, purls, and increases/decreases, has seriously helped me advance in this hobby.  (Maybe some time I’ll write about the lace shawl that’s currently in hibernation mode, because lace+fingering weight yarn+legal blindness=not a good mix.)

So far I’ve used the leftover light blue yarn, and have moved to the next two shades of blue.  Yes, those are two different shades, though they’re very close together, the shawl had the same problem when knitting it.  (I think the yarns looked more different in the store’s lighting than under natural light, and the light in my living room.)

It’s being knit on size 11 circular needles, and I think the yarn is sport weight.  The ribbed stitch is 3×3, and there’s 27 stitches per row.  So far it’s a simple project, provided that the yarn doesn’t get tangled, and I think it’ll be a nice thing to wear for my Beloved when I can’t wear the shawl.

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WIP Wednesday

Here’s my progress on the scarf I’m making.

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Improvising this scarf has been interesting, because I’m not sure how each new row will end up looking.  So far it’s mostly been 2×2 ribbing, which I like because it’s easy to keep track of.  The yarn has long color changes, which I like in a variegated yarn, rather than quick color changes (and I like pairing a variegated yarn with a solid colored yarn, if the color changes are fast.)

I did end up adding two sections of yarn overs that I then dropped the next row to lengthen the stitches.  I only have 220 yards of this yarn, so I’m trying to stretch it as much as I can.  I liked that the dropped stitches are mostly in the deep green or deep green/blue colors, because those are my favorite colors in the skein.

Improvising A Scarf

I’m currently working on my first knitting project of the new year.  I’m making a scarf with my mortal Beloveds, Jake and Trev, in mind.

I’ve ended up improvising a pattern, because the patterns I tried didn’t work with the yarn (I’m using this yarn [link].)  I tried the star stitch, because that one is said to work well with thick-and-thin yarn, and all I got was hand cramps and frustration.  I thought about knitting a drop stitch scarf, since I only have 220 yards, but the fuzziness of the yarn would make that more of a mess than it’d be worth.

Right now it’s a simple 2×2 rib stitch, knit lengthwise because I’d already cast on 130 stitches when I’d realized that drop stitch probably wouldn’t work with this yarn.  It’s a simple knit, and so far I’m enjoying seeing how the varying texture and colors work together.

I Finished the Shawl!

A little under two months ago, I posted about a new knitting project (link) that I had begun.  Due to having a bad headache yesterday because of the weather changing, I spent a lot of the afternoon knitting, since that was the only thing I had energy to do.  I was already on the border of the shawl, but after knitting four rows, it started feeling like it was done.  I knit one more row, bound it off (which took *forever*) then wove in the ends that I had left to weave in.

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The finished shawl, on my bed.

I didn’t know how big the shawl was until I began binding it off–as seen in the picture, it nearly covers my bed.  I could wear it around my shoulders even if it was folded in half, but that would be really warm.

I used two and a half balls of the black-with-ribbon yarn, and I have plenty of the turquoise, yellow, and purple yarn left over.  All of the yarn is a wool/acrylic blend, and I used size 11 needles to knit this.  It’s knit from the top down, with increases every other row.  I flew through the first half of the shawl, but by the end each row would take at least an hour to knit, so at the end it did get tedious.  Overall, it was an easy knit, it’s mostly garter/knit stitch, with increases every other row, and changing yarn on the striped sections.

The Stratus Wrap (link) is the pattern I used, though in much brighter colors than the pattern calls for.  I also modified how I used the colors, switching out which colors were used in the solid sections, and adding another solid colored section before the border.  I’m really happy with how this turned out, and I can see myself making another one of these in the future.

A Neon Knitting Project

I’ve begun a new knitting project.  It’s supposed to be a shawl, but based on the pattern gauge, yarn, and needle size, it’s going to be more like a small blanket by the time I’m finished.  Thanks to the Dreamer, it’s also going to be the brightest colored thing I’ve ever knit.  It’s not quite neon colored, but it’s much brighter than anything else I’ve made.

This project does have a lot of meaning to my Family, so my Beloveds went to the yarn store with me to help me pick the colors.  The Dreamer fell in love with the black yarn with rainbow ribbons woven into it, and decided that it should be the main color for the project.  The other three colors he picked out were purple, turquoise…and yellow.

“Are you absolutely sure about this,” I asked him, staring at the colors he’d picked.  I’d been picturing darker, more royal colors (pun intended) which is what most of my knitting projects have been.

“I am,” he replied with a grin.

“There’s no blue.”  I had been surprised when he had decided not to have any royal blue in the shawl, since blue is one of his favorite colors.

“Turquoise is a shade of blue,” I could sense his amusement, “and purple is in the same color family. Besides,” he bent over the pattern, “if you put stripes here and here,” he showed me a mental image of what he was thinking of, “it can work.”

I have started the project using the purple yarn to begin with, and right now it’s knitting up fast (but I’m still early in the project.)  It’s knit from the top down, adding four stitches each right side row, so eventually it’s going to be huge.  It’s also a simple knit, mostly garter stitch, so as I’m working on it I can think about why this shawl means so much to my Family.

Last night, while adding the rainbow yarn, the Dreamer reminded me of some Darkness traditions.  The ribbon in the black yarn is a way of bringing that tradition Here, in a way that I can participate in it (I keep my hair cut short Here to pass as male, so can’t braid ribbons into my hair.)  The bright ribbons also work as a “Light in Darkness” as a play on words, and my Spouse said that with this project, I’m literally weaving (or knitting, in this case) our growing Family closer together.

Heartlines (A Month for the Madman)

As I’ve been working on it more, my Beloved has started referring to my latest knitting project as my “Heartlines” cowl.

Which means when I work on it, I get this song stuck in my head.

And that chorus is really fitting for my life right now, especially since the fallout from the recent cycle of Otherworld Drama is starting, both Otherworld Politics fallout and emotional fallout.

The divination I’ve been doing has consistently been saying “You’re going to heal, in time–and by the way, it’s going to suck.”

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Lovely.

I wanted to write a happy post damn it.

Knitting as Grounding (A Month for the Madman)

I recently finished the shawl I made for the Dreamer (which I started back in August) so I decided I needed a new knitting project.  I ended up picking a pattern that was much more complicated than it originally looked, so I asked the people at the knitting store for help finding something within my skill range.

So now I’ve got two skeins of deep red (nearly maroon) yarn, and a pattern for a cowl. I normally don’t wear cowls, I prefer long scarves, but I think it’ll be fun to make a project totally different than what I’ve made so far.  Plus I’ve wanted to learn cables, and this project has cables (and a 1×1 ribbed stitch that I’ve already lost track of three times now.)

This isn’t a devotional project for my Beloved, but he has compared knitting to geometry (among other things, my Husband is a scholar) and he pointed out that this isn’t something I can just mindlessly knit; the pattern is written in such a way that I have to pay attention to what stitch I’m on.  Which fits in with him helping me with my mental health, especially keeping me grounded in this reality, rather than dissociating.

Plus I’m determined to get that ribbing pattern down there will be a sense of accomplishment in learning new techniques, and I’ll have a pretty braided cowl when I’m done.