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Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Rona Shawl Redux

My fuschia beaded Rona shawl at 56" diameter was just too small, no way around it except to frog back and add more rows before the edging.  I still had almost a full skein of yarn left.  It took several weeks and lots of playing in Excel to figure out how to enlarge this shawl. 


Finally it dawned on me that what I needed to do was increase until there was a multiple of 16 (the repeat for the edging) and then do the edging.  The original pattern has 48 sets of 16 sts at the start of the edging.  The edging on the first version was really tight so it seemed to me that there needed to be a lot more stitches allowing for increasing the diameter.  I decided to work a simple stitch pattern with increases until there were 96 sets of 16 stitches and then work the edging.  This would add about 20 additional rounds. 


That went fine for a while and then it became apparent that with twice as many stitches I would soon run out of yarn.  So I reworked my spreadsheet eliminating several rounds in the edging pattern but keeping the 'integrity' with the quintuple yarnovers in the edging design.


That decision made it also became apparent that I would soon run out of beads.  Back to LadyBug Beads for a third tube of fuschia beads.  Surely that would be enough, wouldn't it?


At the start of the final edging row it seemed there were still quite a lot of beads and I decided I might as well use them up, they give the shawl better drape due to the weight and why save them.  It was very difficult though to add the beads at the same time as the crochet bind off, so I worked a round slipping two, adding a bead, slipping two, adding a bead, etc.


As I neared the end it seemed there were barely enough beads to finish.  Now I had to go fishing down the side of the sofa for whatever beads I could find there (plus three dpn's and assorted crumbs and dust), then my son moved the sofa so I could hunt down more beads that were hiding in the carpet. 


Just when I was thisclose to adding the final beads things got a bit hairy.  First I accidentally knocked over the container of beads and they went hither and yon across the floor and I had to gather them all up again!  Then as I neared the very end I could see I'd be short about a half dozen beads.  There had to be more of those little buggers in the carpet.  With Ott Lite in hand I went behind the sofa to hunt down more escapees.  It's close quarters between the sofa and the bay window and when I stood up I stepped down on the plastic vent cover which shattered on impact.  While picking up pieces of the vent cover I noticed red stains on the carpet and thought one of my dogs must have bled on it until it dawned on me it wasn't the dogs - duh - my toe was dripping blood - I had sliced it on the vent cover!


Could anything else go wrong?  I so wanted to get this shawl done and over with.


Finally I began the crochet bind off which was taking about 5 minutes for each repeat even when I didn't accidentally drop a stitch or two and have to take time to recover the stitches, that meant it would take about 8 hours just to bind off!  Not only that -  the yarn supply was getting suspiciously low.


In the end there were two beads left and several yards of yarn - whew!  I decided I had better carefully check if there were any dropped stitches at the bind off before blocking the shawl.  Good thing I tugged on it all the way around not once but twice and found a couple dropped stitches the first time around and a few more the second time around.  Quickly repaired those with a length of yarn at each occurrence and then spent a couple hours blocking.  


I am pleased to say that this Rona Shawl is finished for the second and last now measures 60" across, only a few more inches than before but the extra stitches made all  the difference.








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Daughterly News


Last  month I travelled to visit with my daughter and son-in-law in North Carolina which was a lot of fun, wish I could have stayed longer. 



It was only for a few days so I brought only two projects to work on.  A baby blanket and the second Bayerische sock.


On the way there on the plane I put a ball of yarn in the seat back in front of me and naturally walked off the plane without it so I couldn't work any more on that project.  When I picked up the Bayerische sock I remember too late that  one of the needles had broken, since I forgot about that I hadn't brought any extra needles in that size. 

Now I was project-less.


Not to worry - daughter took me to three local yarn shops.  At one I bought a skein of Malabrigo sock yarn which the shop owner wound for me and I was back in business.  By the time I got home I had almost finished the first Pomotamus sock.  I really like the Malabrigo sock yarn - very nice to work with and the colorway is pretty too.



My daughter learned to crochet within the past year and likes to do amigurumi.


She designed and worked this dragon up herself - isn't it adorable?





For Mother's Day she made this sheep for me - it is just too cute.....




A few weeks ago I started a pink baby sweater with this pattern from Garnstudio......just as I was closing in on finishing the sweater my daughter and son-in-law called to let us know that we'd become grandparents next January - yay!  Double yay for someone to wear the sweater (ok, I know it could be a boy, I'll just have to make a blue sweater too).





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Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Parade of Finished Objects...

Looks like I've got some catching up to do since I'm a Blogger Slack-off.

Haruni Shawl

I've been forever trying to decide what to do with two skeins of Malabrigo variegated laceweight, when I saw this pattern (Haruni by Emily Ross) go up on Ravelry it was destined to become a Haruni. Maybe not the best choice for showing off the pattern stitches but it turned out okay (remind me not buy this type of variegated color, not really my style, always looks better in the unwound skein than it does knitted up). The revised version of this pattern is easy to follow and fun to do, didn't take too long either.





Bayerische Socks


This pattern is by Eunny Jang, currently the editor of Interweave;

the pattern is here.


I think this sock pattern is gorgeous and tried several times to begin these socks.  The problem was that there are four charts and it was tedious and confusing to work from one chart to the next without losing your mind.  Finally I took the time to chart it myself in excel and once I printed it out it was smooth sock done and one to go.  The yarn is Cascade Heritage which I really like for this type of pattern as it shows the stitches nicely.



Starry Night Baby Blanket


Two neighbors' daughters are having babies soon, this will go to one of them for a shower gift.  It is really cute but a bit puckery, not sure how great it will look if it just gets tossed into the dryer,  I'll put a note with it that it should be dried flat for best results.  It was fun crochet project, took a little longer than I thought it would and got a little tedious/boring once I got past the cloud section but I'm happy with the way it turned out.  Pattern here.




Carol's Clever Little Shawl


I thought this was a nice idea but it's written for worsted or DK weight and I wanted to use Dream In Color Baby that I recently purchased.  I only had one skein and wasn't sure there would be enough yarn (I worry about that for every project!) but there was actually plenty.  Had to make some adjustments to the pattern to accomodate the lighter weight yarn and also to mirror the edging in a left and right direction, notes on my Ravelry project page.  The flower is from my Flower Scarf pattern and it still needs to be steamed.




Shetland Shawl Redux


I love my fingering weight brown Shetland Shawl but as I wrote in a previous post it was not large enough, I want to be able to wrap/snuggle into it.  So I'm glad that I took the time to add some length to the edging, it's much better now.   I'm working a better version of this pattern as I'm still trying to work out a nicer transition of the interlocking diamonds around the corners.



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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Ariel Socks - Updated


Ariel Sock Pattern is now available on Knit Picks through their Independent Designer Program.


This pattern has been updated with a redesigned toe - I think it looks much better.


This is the fourth time I have knit this sock design and it is fun every time, these socks really seem to knit quickly and fit very well (Stacey at Knit Picks tried them on for a photo for this blog post and told me that they fit her perfectly).  I really liked the new Knit Picks Stroll Tonal  yarn.


Ariel Socks  are worked cuff to toe, instructions are given for double pointed needles, and the stitch patterns for the panels on the front and back are charted but the two charts are very easy to follow as there are only 7 patterned rows/23 stitches/very few symbols.


Check it out on Knit Picks or in my Ravelry Store.



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