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!


 

 

Rainbow FOs

My rainbow shawls are done!  Woo!

First, Match & Move by Martina Behm in Miss Babs Rainbow Polydactyl Yummy 2-Ply

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Loved knitting this, garter stitch by the mile is totally my jam.

The second one, is the Hydrogen Shawl knit in Gauge Dye Works, shawl striping MCN in colorway Concrete & Tulips.

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It’s an MCN (merino-cashmere-nylon blend) so it’s super soft!  The best part though, only two ends to weave!  The yarn is dyed in one continuous strand!  It’s amazing! Only two ends to weave.  Only two ends?!!  TWO!!  It’s incredible!

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Now to block it.  I’m not a fan of superwash merino.  I’m a little worried about the curl at the end.  Then, it’ll be perfect!


 

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!!!

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!  :)


 

WIP Wednesday – Hydrogen Shawl

There’s a certain set of people who want you to buy their shit emblazoned with the slogan ‘I knit so I don’t kill people’.   Perhaps you’ve seen it on tote bags and buttons, mugs and t-shirts.  I am absolutely against it.  It’s the kind of hyperbole that is just idiotic.  I’ve never killed anyone and I’m not going to start just because someone took my knitting away.

That said, in these turbulent times, I do look to my knitting for a bit of therapy.  I enjoy the process, the repetition, the quiet state of calm my mind slips into as my hands take over and fabric just appears.

Not just any knitting will do though.  It’s got to be the right knitting.  For me, comfort knitting is simple stitches.  Garter stitch is good.  Stockinette works too.

Of course, not any stockinette will do.  As a reformed process knitter, I look to the final product to be useful and attractive too.  With my latest cast on, I’ve truly hit the comfort knitting jackpot.  (Just in time for the world to go to hell.)

It starts with the yarn.   Caterpillar Green Yarns (former name)/Gauge Dye Works (current name) Self Striping yarn in in the Concrete and Tulips colorway.

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It’s a self striping yarn where the stripes are not the same length.  They call this ‘shawl stripes’ because it’s dyed so you’ve got short stripes at the beginning of the skein.  As your project progresses the stripes get progressively longer.  The end result is a striped shawl with evenly spaced stripes throughout.   It seems complicated because it takes a lot of words to describe.  The pictures really say it all.

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I’m absolutely loving this.  It’s so amazing.  Those stripes are perfect and yet they are also one continuous piece of yarn!  This project will have exactly 2 ends to weave.  The icing on my comfort knitting cake.

And of course, it’s highly portable.  All the best knitting is.

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The real news here:  I am knitting exactly the same thing as everyone else who’s used this yarn.  The stripes work with any top down shawl pattern.  You could even work bottom up, if you wanted.  For me though, I chose the most common pattern, The Hydrogen Shawl.

 

It’s the pattern written for this yarn by the dyer.  I’ve got two more skeins, in different colors.  I’ll definitely try more adventurous designs with those but for now, it’s a lovely, soft (it’s an MCN!), soothing escape from reality.

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aaahhhhhhhhh.

Just looking at it and thinking about my next chance to pick it up releases a nice warm dose of endorphins!

Mission Accomplished!

Happy Hump Day!