WIP Wednesday, First Section Done

I’m quickly making progress on my current project [link.] I finished the first pattern repeat yesterday, and you can see that the lace is starting to come together already. It’s going to need to be blocked when I’m done, but I love how it’s looking already.

I think I’m in love with both this pattern and the yarn. If the Gentle Armour collection was still available in book form, I’d be purchasing the book–and I never buy full pattern books, only individual patterns.

I think this is the clearest written lace pattern I’ve read so far in my journey to attempt lace. I can clearly understand how it’s set up, and the 20 row repeat is both soothing to work on, yet complex enough that it holds my interest.

With Ease in Lilac

Remember how I said I’m not a lace knitter?

I went to the yarn store yesterday to buy some stitch markers, looked around at yarn, and this beautiful lilac Cascade Vienzia yarn [link] caught my eye. I’ve worked with Cascade yarns before, and they’ve always been wonderful to work with, though I’ve never worked with their silk yarns.

It feels wonderful in my hands (it’s a blend of merino and silk) and the worsted weight makes it easy to see my work. I tend to work in DK weight or heavier yarns because of my vision problems, trying to work with fingering weight yarns has always led to me ripping projects apart in frustration. The stitch definition of this yarn is wonderful, and the yarn is very easy to knit with.

I’ve had my eye on the Gentle Armour collection [link] for a while now, and when I got home I pulled up Ravelry to see what I had in my library that I could make with 600 yards of worsted weight yarn (yes, I bought yarn without a project in mind.) I ended up purchasing the pattern for With Ease [link], because it looked like it would be a way to stretch my knitting skills, but not so frustrating I hated it.

I’m just getting into the first section, and so far it’s both a fun and challenging knit. I do have to look at the instructions (I can’t read lace charts to save my life) and I’ve had to look up what an sk2p decrease was. However, I’d found that having a lot of stitch markers help, so I mark every repeat of the pattern, and that’s making it much easier.

WIP Wednesday, Knitting Progress Report

Currently, I’ve got three projects going, two on needles and one on my loom.

I have a blanket I’m working on for my Otherworld Family, knit using this pattern [link] but in aran weight yarn.  I’m enjoying it so far, though I misread the instructions and turned my work too soon, so had to rip pack a few rows.  I’m really proud of myself for picking up all the stitches without too many errors, and not panicking at the accidental yarn over.

My other needle project goes to therapy with me, so it’s a simple, lightweight scarf/shawl that’s easy to work on while I talk.

My knitting loom blanket has been in hibernation for a while now.  Sometimes I want the ease of needles, other times I want the fastness of the loom.  Right now the loom feels bulky to handle, but I know I should get back to it, if I want the project to grow to the point that it really looks like a blanket.

Cabling Help?

This project is supposed to be the honeycomb stitch, instead I’m getting something that has a braided look, like this (which looks cool, but isn’t what I want.)

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The pattern calls for k5 *c2f, c2b* k5 on the knit rows, and then purling on the WS rows (row 3 is c2b c2f).  I’m knitting the border, cabling 2 in front, knitting two stitches, then cabling 2 in back, and knitting two more stitches.  I feel like I’ve got how to use the cable needle down, but the honeycomb stitch is eluding me.

Anyone have any idea what I’m doing wrong, if anything?

WIP Wednesday, Trying Cables

I’ve been wanting to learn the honeycomb stitch lately, and once I settled on a pattern [link] I went to the LYS yesterday to buy some new yarn.

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I’m not very far into it, I’ve just knit the border and the first repeat of the honeycomb stitch.  This project has a learning curve, since I’m new to cables.  I am using a cable needle, and balancing three needles as opposed to two is slightly nerve wracking.  I think as I continue, the cables will get easier.

The color of the yarn is darker and richer than the picture makes it look.  It’s a worsted weight alpaca yarn that so far is nice to work with.

Finished the Lace Shawl!

I finished the lace shawl [link] last night!

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Coffee mug is for scale

What I learned from this is that I am not a lace knitter. I could do a project that alternates between lace and another, simpler, stitch, but not a project that’s solid lace. I could do a project that has lace edging, but I found myself getting frustrated with the solid lace (which is why I added the garter stitch section.)

The shawl is shorter than my other ones are, but that’s okay. I can tuck it into my purse and take it with me to places, which is something I can’t do with the other shawls I’ve made.

I loved the yarn I used, its Plymouth yarn in Viento [link] and it’s so soft and warm. I adored working with the yarn, and might buy more in another color at my next trip to the knitting store in my town.

WIP Wednesday, What Two Days with No Wi-Fi Results In

For the past two days, as the title of the post says, the wi-fi was down. Due to this, I got a ton of knitting time in, and now have 80 rows of this shawl [link] done.

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As you can see, the pattern has changed quite a bit. I added the garter section, thinking that I could go back to the lace after a bit…only to discovered that I’d added stitches????? Somehow?????

Since my choices were to either rip back at least 10 rows of work, or continue on with a new pattern, I’ve decided to continue on with the new (improvised) pattern. Right now I’ve gone back to garter stitches, but I want to do something fancier at the end of the shawl. I’m thinking about adding some eyelet rows at the end, but I’ll see what happens when I get there.