FO Friday – Dotted Grays

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My Dotted Grays is done!

This shawl flew off the needles!  The pattern is Stephen West’s Dotted Rays, one of my favorites.  I think this is my fourth one (and it won’t be the last).

The yarn is from Gauge Dye Works.  It’s a self striping yarn that employs ‘shawl striping’ which means the stripes are different lengths rather than a classic stripe where the stripes are all the same length.   Check out my recent Hydrogen Shawl to see another example of shawl stripes.

Unfortunately, I thought this was classic stripes when I started knitting, meaning it doesn’t matter which end you start from.  Turns out, it was shawl stripes and I essentially knit it ‘backwards’.   Whatever, I like it this way, especially because it’s different.

I’m not even upset by the lack of color.   I’ve got one more skein from Gauge Dye Works.  It’s called Fade to Yellow.

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I’m not sure what to do with it just yet.  It’s gotta be something I can knit in the dark though.  I need a new movie theater project stat!  Bill Murray and I are going to see Groundhogs Day this afternoon!!  Talk about FriYAY! Woooo!


 

Blocking Matters

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While I did knit this weekend, none of my knitting looks any different today than it did last week.   The curse of solid color knitting.  I did manage to block my Hydrogen shawl though!

And it grew!  Yay!

Pre-blocking, with a couple inches to spare on either side of the fence:

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Post-blocking, overhanging the fence panel by a couple inches!

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It’s a great size now and I went up in needle size so it’s a loose, drapey, lovely fabric.

Also, Rainbow!!  I’m looking forward to wearing it a lot.

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Now, back to my sweater.  Next time you hear from me, I want to have the body bound off!


 

 

Work in Progress Wednesday

I can definitely say it’s Wednesday.  I checked the calendar!  Can’t say I’m making much progress on my ‘work’ though.  Every time I check, I’m not seeing much.

My striped Woolfolk shawl.

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One of the balls is getting smaller, so I must be making progress.  I think the next milestone will be running out of yarn prematurely.  I’ve been trying to tell myself that it’ll be okay.  (it won’t but ignorance is bliss.)

My Dotted Grays, aka a Dotted Rays in a lovely gray gradient.

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I’ve crossed the halfway mark with this one.  I can tell because the yarn had two gradient repeats.  Of course, I’ve gotten to the part where rows are hundreds of stitches.  Perfect process knitting.  Doesn’t look any different from last week though.

My Noro & Lopi sweater

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I must be making progress because I’ve nearly finished my first ‘plate’ of yarn. Holding it next to a finished sweater though, shows me I’ve still got a long way to go.

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The long forgotten Rockefeller.

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I just have to decrease down to 9 stitches to get this point finished.  Maybe I’ll get there before this WIP hits it’s second birthday.  Seems like it should be easy.  Not sure what the 18 month delay has been about.   Of course, the other side remains untouched.  I’ve got a hundred stitches to pick up, then decrease down to 9 again.  One decrease every 4th row.  And suddenly, I remembering what the hold up is.

The good news is…there’s no problems here.  I don’t need to figure anything out, I just need to get knitting!  Progress…thy name is Wednesday!  Ready, Set…GO!


 

WIP: Dotted Grays

My neighbor went to Vogue Knitting Live in NY and all I got was this awesome ‘Resting Knit Face’ tote signed by Stephen West!!  I have the best neighbor!

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It even matches my latest cast on, a shades of gray Dotted Rays.  This is another skein from Gauge Dye Works.  The base is an 80/20 merino/nylon blend with high twist in colorway, Fade to Black.

Garter stitch is my go-to when I’m leaving the house, so I’ve made lots of progress on this one.  It’s been knit almost entirely on city buses and in dark movie theaters (which makes up for the complete lack of color)!

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I have a feeling I’m going to like this one, despite it’s lack of color.  There’s a first time for everything, right?


 

Rainbow Friday

Black Friday and it’s rampant consumerism make me crazy.  I’m betting most of you reading this agree, or at least understand the value of handmade, so I’ll just limit my rant to that.  And so, I celebrated Rainbow Friday…with progress on my Rainbow Shawls!

Even as on-the-go, back-up projects, they’ve made good progress.  I appreciate that they’re both currently in green sections!  Synchronicity confirms that everything is as it should be.

Then again, maybe I’m talking crazy talk.  Bill Murray spent the day being ignored in the corner.  I’m at the halfway point.  Things seem good.  I’m pleased with Bill’s progress so far.   This means a knit-tastrophe is just around the corner, yes?

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I’m doing my best to avoid that knit-tastrophe though.  By starting a new cross stitch.

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I was just going to pick out the colors but…well, you know how it goes.

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I’m reeeeeeeealllllly going to avoid all these avoidances today though.  Time to buckle down and get Bill out of the corner.  Better to deal with any potential knit-tastrophe now.   I’ve got 13 days and 10 hours until it’s Murray Time!!!

WIP Wednesday – The Mash Ups

Six projects made it through the mass frogging last week.  About that time, I noticed my Ravelry notebook view had changed.   I recently upgraded to a modern laptop, instead of the decade old relic I had been using.   With my new laptop, I now see six projects across the top row of my notebook.

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Previously, I saw five projects across the top row.  My strict 10 project limit was decided upon because I saw 10 projects when I opened Ravelry.  That’s rather arbitrary.  And since I’m the decider, my new very strict project limit is 6.

Let’s face it, working on 10 things at once means you don’t care about at LEAST 4 of them.  So, there new rule, only 6 project around here from now on.

You saw the two rainbow stripe shawls on Monday.  Today, it’s two pattern mash up projects.  Both of these projects started as one thing and have subsequently morphed into something new.  Life is too short for uninspired knitting, after all.

First up, a 10-stitch turned log cabin blanket.

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I’ve tried the 10 stitch blanket a couple times now.  I never get very far.  It’s such a fiddly little pain in the butt and I give up easy.   This project, being a solid color, you can barely tell the difference so why do all that fiddling and get zero credit for it?

Nope.  I abandoned the 10 stitch portion at the center gladly.  It converted to the log cabin style readily.  No muss, no fuss!

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I really like the log cabin style.  Mindless knitting with a really lovely result.  The pattern is so forgiving.  And my yarn has a thick n thin quality which gives the blanket some extra texture.  Nothing distracts from the glowing orange but I’ve gotten quite used to it!  I’m looking forward to finishing this in short order!

My other mash up project:  The Jolly Roger turned Speckle & Pop

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This project started as a half pi shawl with a cable and lace edge that looked like a skull.  Yeah, have I mentioned I give up easy?  Cables and lace.  In the same row?!?   Oh hell no.  I don’t know what I was thinking when I started that one.  The top half is just a stockinette half circle…no reason to frog that bit.

It took a few days for inspiration to hit but it finally did.

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The answer, of course, is a question.  What would Stephen do?  Answer:  Clue 3 of his current mystery knit along, Speckle & Pop.  No matter that I didn’t do Clue 1 or Clue 2.   Clue 3 was adding an edge to shawl body.  That’s what I had, with only a few slight differences.  The type of differences that matter to people who count stitches.  I am not one of those people.  So I set out on my own modified version of Clue 3.

I kept the general shape and rhythm of the clue, just changed some numbers.   The next part of the clue is brioche.  I haven’t quite talked myself into that part yet.  I’ll let ya know how it goes.  Maybe this weekend I’ll get it started.

I bet I like it once I get going.

Famous last words, eh?

If not, I’ll just change my mind…

again.


 

Rainbow Stripe Shawls

What’s left after last week’s mass frogging?  Quite a few things it turns out!  The theme of the day seems to be rainbow stripes!  How can I argue with that?

First, the Gauge Dye Works self striping Hydrogen Shawl is moving along.

It’s my go-to carry around project at the moment.  It’s definitely getting carried around a lot.  It’s slow going but that’s okay.  It’ll get there eventually.  There’s something comforting about knowing it’s easy to grab and it’s just waiting there for me.  It’s nice to have one less thing to think about as I leave the house.

Rainbow Striped Shawl #2 is rising from the ashes of my frogged Spice Market.

It’s becoming Strickmich’s Match & Move.  So far, I’m loving this…Garter Stitch… WOOOOO!  One reason I was hesitant to frog my Spice Market was all the yarn cuts.  Instead of fussing, I’m just going with it.  Match & Move is written with color blocks more than stripes but my yarn is set up for stripes so stripes it is!  This would be lovely on the go knitting, if it weren’t for all the balls of yarn I’d have to carry.   It’s getting plenty of love here at home.

And, because my love of rainbows is not limited to my knitting…

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Mom sent me some rainbow gradient embroidery floss…it’s so fun!  Not sure what else to do with this canvas so I’ll just ponder it for a bit.  After all, it’s Monday…time to start the work week!  Wish me luck!  :)