Pebble Beach Shawl Finished

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After 48 hours of avoidance, I finally sat down for a game of yarn chicken.  I was certain, I was on the losing end and I didn’t want to deal with a suitable alternative.   Imagine my surprise when I got to the end with yarn to spare!

Wooo!  Disaster averted!

I carried that enthusiasm into immediate blocking.  It’s the only way.  Just do it before the momentum is lost.

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Picot bind off means all the pins come out to play.  UGH!  I was super happy with my new Knit Blockers though!  They saved me a lot of time with the straight edge.

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Blocking is always worth the effort though.  The lacy bits opened up beautifully.

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And so, despite the whining while it’s in progress, this is why we must block our knits.  (I need to remind myself frequently!)

Now a few details.

The Pattern:  Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart

Yarn:  Kona Sport, hand dyed by my Mom.  One 770 yard skein.  Yay for only weaving 2 ends!!

Mods:  I used sport instead of prescribed fingering weight.  I knit the medium size but decided that I had enough yarn to knit a few extra rows in the body.  I added maybe 8-10 additional rows.  I didn’t really count, just winged it, as always.  Despite the yarn chicken scare, I’m glad I went for the expansion.

The finished size does not disappoint, it’s quite large.  Aggressive blocking helped too.  The tips of this shawl stretch well beyond the edge of the fence panel…just how I like it!

It’s a generously sized, gorgeous, lightweight, drapey bit of fabric.  It was fun to knit and I could take pictures of it all day.  Sadly, I don’t see it becoming my new favorite thing.  The color is wrong for me.  I just can’t do it.

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It did inspire a little weekend cross stitch though :)   And a couple of cast ons, that are more in line with my own personal color palate!  Stay tuned for WIP Wednesday to see those and another a couple more finishes later this week too!


 

 

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!


 

 

FO Friday – Muh Muhs Shawl

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My Muh-Muhs Shawl has made it to the blocking board!  I’m really happy with the outcome, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about a bulky weight shawl!  The pattern was designed for bulky yarn so perhaps that helps.  Scaling up a fingering weight pattern isn’t quite the same.  There’s a lot to be lost in translation.

I followed the pattern as designed – no mods.  I would change the actual pattern if I was the designer though.  The lace is not charted.  That makes me a little crazy.  I feel bad for the staunch chart haters.  It’s so helpful to see how stitches stack from one row to the next.  I love charts.  I wish this pattern had included a chart.  Oh well.  I managed to survive.

The remarkable part of this project is the yarn.  Taria Tweed, a 40% merino, 30% silk, 30% llama.  It’s lovely.  I really enjoyed it.  Sadly, that means it’s been discontinued.  D’oh!  That’s what I get for letting it linger in the stash so long before using it.  I have no idea how THAT happened…

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This is the 2016 Stash Flash from January.  I blacked out what I’ve used so far this year.  I’ve still got some work to do.  :)

FO Friday

I WIP’d on Wednesday and now it’s Friday and I’ve got an FO?!  A stopped watch is still right twice a day, eh?

This is not just any FO either, this humble project started as a problem (a bleeding yarn problem) but it may be FO of the Year!

It still bled…

but I expected it and prepared for the situation appropriately (I love Synthrapol!)

First time I’ve ever blocked a Hitchhiker but I added an eyelet row, so it was called for.  It’s a great modification to an already terrific pattern.  On row 8, BO 5, K1, (YO, K2tog) to last stitch, KFB.  Love it!  Easy to remember, easy to execute, gives even more of a helping hand to potentially messy variegation.  Everything fell into place just right with this FO.

 

and then, I got to wear it!

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(That’s not me, DUH!)

I might be a pink gal after all.  It surprises me every time, despite making perfect sense.  My wardrobe contains NO pink.  That makes pink the perfect pop color for me, without fail, every time.  I always hate hearing it and I always act surprised but I should know better by now.  A little pink does me good.

So, (for now), I am declaring this FO of the Year and keeping it out of the gift pile!

 

FO Friday – Daybreak

Yesterday was a big day here at FogKnits Headquarters.  I got a job!?!  Well, really it sort of fell into my lap and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.  I start Wednesday.  That’s so soon!  I’ve only got four more nights to stay up late knitting.  Ack!  I took full advantage last night and finished my Daybreak!

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The applied lace bind off took two weeks!  That’s a new record for my slowest bind off!  I love the effect though!  It was the perfect treatment for this self striping yarn!  I thought the prescribed garter ridge bind off would look a bit too variegated because the rows had gotten so long.  By turning the border sideways I was able to keep the stripes in the yarn looking like stripes instead of distracting blobs!  I can’t wait for it to dry!!    IMG_3995

Otherwise, I followed the pattern as written and I’m very pleased with the results.  The striping yarn is a sock blank my Mom dyed.  My goal was to highlight her awesome colors.  Done and done!  It couldn’t have gone better!

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