I’m pretty happy about this one. My first shawl that started a couple of weeks ago here and I’m finished ! It started out with one unraveling and one frogging adventure. ( I still think that’s an amuzing term ) lol The lily pattern went along very quickly, small repeats all the way across and changed every second row. It wasn’t until I got to the short rows, that I had to watch what I was doing, but all went well. My question is with blocking!?
I didn’t wash the shawl, I laid it out on my primitive mat and towel set up and gave it a good spray with water. Please tell me if that’s right or wrong! I find the lace edge is curling up after a couple of sprays…..I won’t do anything else with it until I can get some advice or am I being too fussy. Lol. That could easily happen you know 🙂
I tried this but I think the style of the Shawlette won’t let it lay right
Now I can’t wait until it warms up like spring weather out there 🙂
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Another evening and another knitting project :). This times it’s a narrow lacey shawl, my first one! Yup…I’ve wanted to knit a shawl for quite a while and kept putting it off, until I found this pattern. It’s not a wide shawl, more like a scarf but it’s what I was looking for …at least for my first attempt at a shawl. I have knit lacey pattterns before so that part doesn’t intimidate me lol. It’s working on some 286 stitches ..yikes. Needless to say I have ready unraveled 2 rows and started over ( lost count somewhere ) and nearly did it again at row 10. But I found my way after frogging ( a new term for this old lady lol ) I’ve picked stitches back before ….lots of times. But I didn’t know it was called frogging …I got a laugh out of that one. And I’ve seen others use that term but I didn’t want to ask lol. Well well. Now I know. And it was a successful frogging lol. Can I say that? 😳
Now that all stitches are accounted for and in their proper place , row 11 is done . The pattern is from Red Heart and called Lily Cresent Shawlette . I’m using Blue Moon , Socks That Rock , 100% superwash merino lightweight . It’s a 155g skein that’s approx. 405 yards / 370m The colour is Mulberry in Shaded Solids. I’ve had this yarn for a while now, my original plan was to use it for socks but it’s such a nice yarn I wanted to use it making a scarf or ……shawl. Not that I don’t like to use really nice yarn for socks. I love socks ..! I didn’t want to hide this beautiful yarn and its colour on my feet lol.
That’s it for this evening, thanks for dropping by and have a great week crafting at what makes you happy.
Just a quick update on how the appliqué work is going. I haven’t made as much progress as I hoped I would because knitting took up some time ;). Here Is where the scrap baskets started. I have one block finished and the second one very close to finished. As you can see the berries aren’t as round as they should be, I’m learning as I go 😉 and know what Not to do on the second panel .
I’m enjoying this stitching a lot. It’s portable, relaxing and I can sit and stitch my work almost anywhere…..that there is good lighting 🙂
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In record time ! But then the weather has been helpful! It’s been snowy, cold and windy and today isn’t any different 😦
I did have one little set back….I was working on the second sleeve….and didn’t realize that I had started it with a 1×1 ribbed cuffed …..see what I did there? Yea… one would think by the second sleeve that the pattern would be embedded in my brain and knitting needles would be on auto pilot lol. No such luck. It did make a nice big ball of yarn when I unraveled it :)…. and I wasn’t long getting back on track 🙂
I did find a model….a very reluctunt model. I had to bribe her with yarn LOL ( yea….that’s me ) I think between the yarn which is classified as a worsted weight is actually a heavy worsted and the fact that I do believe my knitting tension gets relaxed as I get going on large pieces. Not making excuses …well……actually…..lol. I could have knitted this sweater in a size smaller , the length is great but over all it fits like a ” boyfriend’s / husbands sweater which is what I was sort of going for….it’s very warm and cuddly . I’ve washed it in cold water and I did dry it in the clothes dryer just to try and shrink it a little ( brave or silly? )
Brigg’s & Little yarn doesnt shrink up much at all. It felts up nicely and that softens the fibre so it isn’t itchy on the skin. In the pic my shirt has 3/4 length sleeves and the sweater doesn’t bother my arms at all. I don’t have buttons for it yet. I went to the shop and there was very little to choose from in buttons , once the weather clears up I will get a trip to the malls , but for now it’s fine .
I’m going to curl up in my knitting spot, turn on a movie and take a look at my next knitting project 🙂 Enjoy your week crafting at what makes you happy.
New fabric and new inspiration
Working on the last quilt sparked a renewed interest in appliqué for me. After looking at a couple of pattern and technique sources I decided on a Kim Diehl book, Simple Appliqué. This was a perfect choice, wonderful instructions ( I need to be reaquainted with appliqué ) and a pattern for a beautiful quilt that consists of 4 panels.
Since before my pennyrugs days, I have loved the look and the process of appliqué quilts. Stitching penny rugs was one of my favourite needleart forms. But remembering a book I had when I was in my twenties ( not that long ago ! ) Ha Ha , and exploring needlework and just how I wanted to apply my needle…we didn’t have the Internet then , it was either books or magazines or someone who would teach you. Between my grandmother and mother I learned about knitting , hand embroidery and basic quilting but I seem to be on my own about the appliqué work…it really intrigued me but my first attempts were sad looking ones but I believe everything comes full circle….eventually :). That’s where I am now. The prep work is tedious, cutting the template pieces out of freezer paper. Then the fabric. But I love the stitching of each piece onto its permanent home.
Pressing the edges over and making the stems and arranging the leaves. I really did toss the idea back and forth between machine stitching and hand stitching the appliques pieces and hand stitching won 🙂 I’m very pleased with the process so far , it doesn’t take metres and metres of fabric, just bits here and there. Sometimes a 1/4 of a metre is all that is needed when I see a fabric in rich colours and patterns. I can see the fabric stash growing a little lol
The stems, leaves and blossoms are stitched on the first panel which is 52cm (20 1/2″). This will be the first stage of my journey into appliqué quilting. 🙂
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Winter evenings were made for knitting, this I am convinced of :). Especially if you live in the colder climates. This month I started a simple cardigan, I found the pattern on yarnspirations.com . It takes a worsted weight yarn. I picked Briggs & Little’s Heritage 100% wool in blue heather. It’s a beautiful blue, like a new pair of blue jeans. And ! The first project on my new needles ! That’s exciting too lol they are interchangeable circular needles from Knitpicks.com . The needles are so smooth and a dream to knit with , but before I get off in another direction….back to the sweater
This pic is from the first of the month when I began….now I have the back and left front blocked and have started on the right front .
I bought 8 skeins of yarn , figuring up the yardage since the pattern called for a different worsted yarn. I’m using 4.5mm and 5mm needles and the pattern is knitting up to gauge and matching the mesurements in the pattern 🙂
Right front started, still have two sleeves to go…..I may have some left overBut that’s better than coming up short, not that I’m worried because there are two local shops that carry this yarn ….I’m in heaven ! Lol
Oh ..just a foot note…no pun intended 😉 but I thought I would use this post to showcase the boot socks I’ve knitted as well. Again Briggs & Little yarn , this time it Tuffy 80% wool and 20% nylon. A little rough and itchy but after the first washing they are soft and fuzzy .
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Well what better way to celebrate 6 years on WordPress than with the completion of the 2016 BOM quilt. I was surprised when I found out about the anniversary. 6 years already ? Wow . And I’m really happy that the quilt is finished. 😀 . It’s already on the bed ! I started the quilting in the centre and worked my way out using the stitch regulator attachment. I’m still working on getting the straight lines straight but hey, that’s what happens , right ? Enjoy the photos 🙂
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