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.

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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.

Knitting: Third Attempt AT Lace

My last knitting project [link] turned out to really not work, so I ended up going to the LYS yesterday to get some more yarn. I got some lovely blue/green yarn in a baby alpaca/bamboo blend, it’s super soft and pretty.

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The project is Maggie’s Old Shale Shawl [link], and I love how the pattern looks like water, especially with these colors in the yarn I picked.  It’s going to be a project with Trev in mind, since blue and green are two of his favorite colors.

This project is my third attempt at lace, and so far it’s much easier than my other two lace disasters.  Only one row has the lace pattern, the rest is knits and purls, making this an ideal project for a lace piece I might actually get to finish.

New Knitting Project; Improvised Shawl

Since finishing the baby blanket, I wanted a new project that wasn’t on a loom. So, armed with the pattern I wanted, I headed to the LYS yesterday. I bought two different textured yarns; the silver yarn is bamboo, and the lavender yarn is merino wool.

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[Image description: three balls of yarn, one silver bamboo, two lavender Merino wool, sitting on a brown couch]
I sat down with my pattern…and quickly discovered that it would be better worked up in a DK or worsted weight yarn (the recommended yarn, while giving a nice halo effect, was also way more expensive than i was wiling to pay.) I had bought six skeins of sport weight yarn, and now had no idea what to do with them.

 

After a break to unravel, I decided to try and hold two strands of the lavender yarn together, since I’d forgotten how *thin* sock weight yarn is…and found that I loved it. I always try and learn new techniques when I knit, and I’ve decided that doubling up strands of yarn will be what I learn with this project.