to knit, or not to knit …

Another wonderful and elegant design from brooklyntweed — He calls it the Juneberry triangle. I even love the name! This one is going to make my resolution to only knit from my stash a very, very difficult resolution to keep.

I already have a slightly variegated indigo lace-weight silk that I have put aside to use for this…

… the Aeolian Shawl from Knitty.

Meanwhile, I’ve got Cachou (bless you!) on the go in a soy silk. I know I’m going to love it when it’s done.

It looks like it’ll be one of those grab-it-as-you-run-out-the-door kind of sweaters, a favourite that’ll go anywhere anytime. But all that seed-stitch! It’s a great pattern but oh so tedious.

If the weather man wasn’t calling for snow tonight (!?), I would likely be switching from cardigan to lacy shawl right now …


Autumn Arbor is blocking…

And here it is! I decided to block it in my spare room. I laid down a couple cotton blankets and laid a flat white sheet on top of that. I washed the shawl very, very carefully then wrapped it in a towel for about a half hour so the towel could soak up some of the water.

I then laid out the shawl (also carefully) and did not stretch it out right away but instead started at one end, pinned out the end and then started down the sides. I worked my way down the sides together, pinning down 7 points on one side, then 7 on the other, stretching the body in between. It didn’t take quite as along as I had expected. About 45 minutes. I used up all but one of my blocking pins (I think the box comes with 200 but am not sure). The shawl is some 95 inches long. In fact, my spare room is quite cozy, so the shawl is actually laid out so that it goes just a bit into the actual doorway.
It’ll dry fast. I was actually worried that the unpinned end would dry before I got it all pinned out, but it didn’t. I’ll leave it there for at least 24 hours, maybe longer. I cannot wait to unpin in and see how it looks.
I do love knitting lace!

Fabulous beginner lace scarf

Finished: one beginner lace scarf! I really do enjoy knitting projects that involve a little work and concentration. This scarf really wasn’t difficult, but it had enough going on that it was a pleasant and quick knit. I like having a pattern to follow, and I especially love watching a pattern unfold.

While the actual knitting of this scarf was relatively easy, I learnt a lot while making it. I learnt a new way to do a provisional cast-on, and I learnt basics about lace making (knit loose, various ways of avoiding casting on and off as that creates a tight edge or line which you don’t want happening anywhere in your lace) but the most exciting and life-changing (Yes! Life-Changing!) was how to splice yarn.
This is one of those things that, once you learn it, you can’t understand how you ever got by without it. Why sew in all those ends of yarn when you add a new ball when you can simply slice it!!! For the life of me I cannot understand why I never heard of this before. Oh, I’d heard rumours for sure, but never ever thought they were true! But apparently they were true, and I now know how to simply splice two balls together so that you cannot even tell there weren’t one and the same long string of yarn all along. It’s impressive. Can’t even see the join. With this bit of knowledge, I will never again have to spend agonizing minutes (and often hours) knitting in all those tiny ends. And, despite all

efforts to avoid long tails, my apartment and probably my neighbours’ as well always end up with floating bits of yarn left over after I’ve weaved in what seems to me to be a long enough bit to be secure.
But in the meantime, if you’d like to know how to splice, check out this tutorial (Collette is the woman who taught the lace course — a truly talented individual!)
One more photo of the scarf. I do love it 😉