Another shawl

I have been coveting a shawl from afar, the Evenstar Shawl. When we first met, I didn’t feel I could tackle a lace project of this magnitude. If all goes well, this pattern creates a 60 inch circle knit in laceweight with a bazillion beads and no, I do not feel I am exaggerating. I ordered beads from earthfaire so I know for a fact there are a total of a bazillion in the four tubes I purchased. When I finally decided that Evenstar and I were meant to spend some quality time getting to know each other, I chatted by email with the owners of the Unique Sheep in order to pick out the perfect colorway. I chose Herb Garden a four color gradience colorway. I have three 1 ounce balls and 1 two ounce ball (the lightest color) in a lovely green with dark olive beads for the edging. The darkest yarn color will be in the center and I’ll work my way out to the lightest for the edging/border. I started today and my goal is to finish by Feb. 29, 2012.

I don’t have too many places to wear a shawl but I really want to knit it. I may end up giving it away when all is said and done or I may pack it away for future use if I really can’t find a place to wear it.

First FO of 2010

Here are my first finished objects of 2010. I’ve been busy trying to finish knitting projects. My Cozy shawl from Knitty is finally finished after repeated ripping out and reknitting. The last time I ripped it out was the weekend Boo was born. To use up the scraps I knit a Tribble dishcloth. They look more neat with variegated yarn, but it used up the small ball I had left at the end.

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In which I forget a title

Threaden (a.) Made of thread; as, threaden sails; a threaden fillet.
Yarn (n.) Spun wool; woolen thread; also, thread of other material, as of cotton, flax, hemp, or silk; material spun and prepared for use in weaving, knitting, manufacturing sewing thread, or the like.

cozy_shawl_001

Here is the shawl I posted about last week. My husband likes to pick on me when he sees me knitting on it because I have ripped it out several times. He asks if I’ve ripped it out to which I show him my work rather than answer. The length speaks for itself. I have to say I believe this to be a simple lace pattern over an 8 row repeat, even though it’s knit in a heavier than lace-weight yarn. Once every two or so repeats, I end up having to rip out a few rows to figure out where I lost the stitch. (I never gain them, well, there was that one time . . . )

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Knitted Shawl

Threaden (a.) Made of thread; as, threaden sails; a threaden fillet.
Yarn (n.) Spun wool; woolen thread; also, thread of other material, as of cotton, flax, hemp, or silk; material spun and prepared for use in weaving, knitting, manufacturing sewing thread, or the like.

My knitting has been stalled for a while, for that matter much of my crafting has been stalled. When my fingers swelled up toward the end of my pregnancy, knitting and other crafts were neither easy nor enjoyable. I started work on a shawl in one color sometime in late August and decided that the color wouldn’t coordinate with everything I wanted to wear with it. I changed colors in early September and then had to purchase more yarn because I didn’t have enough. I found a colorway close enough to the skein I already had and started work again. Four days later Little Boo arrived, knitting was temporarily on hold, even though my knitting was around. After almost to two days of labor, our home-birth turned in a trip to the hospital for a major medical procedure to assist Little Boo’s arrival. Even with a flexible IV in my arm, where was no knitting. I was retaining too much fluid and not enough sleep.

So now I have a shawl that I need to complete but at least I’m making progress. This is the pattern. I haven’t taken photos of my knitting lately, maybe later this weekend, with a Little Boo holding the work-in-progress.

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