Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love

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May 212013

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Who doesn’t want to stir up a little love? This triangular shawl begins with many stitches and an enticing ruffle, then decreases the stitch count by 2/3 before the body begins. Strong ribbed lines lead to the top, with optional beads added for glamour. The reversible stitch pattern is bewitching from both sides, all in the service of love. The hotter and stronger, the better!

Techniques & Skills Used: long-tail CO, knit/purl,beading (optional; prestrung and crochet hook methods, with link to tutorial),decreasing. This pattern is both written and charted.

Size: S (L);approximately 42 (60)” wingspan and 16 (25)” depth.

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino (51% silk, 49% merino; 150 yards/50g): 2 (4) skeins. Size S shown in Cumparsita with beads, and using about 240 yards; size L shown in Redwood Bark, and using about 495 yards. The Silky Merino becomes very drapey when blocked, which is essential for achieving a straight top edge, as the body of the shawl is ribbed and the wings must be pulled up to avoid a point at the middle of the top. For a similar result, choose a single ply yarn with significant silk or other non-springy fiber content.

Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) 32” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (4); Size 6/0 large hole seed beads 422 9982), optional; 1.25mm crochet hook for placing beads; Yarn needle.

Gauge: 16 st and 28 rows/4″ in K3P1 Rib, after blocking. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.   

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And The Lace Begins . . .

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May 172013

Aquous Sneak Peek | The Knitting Vortex

I haven’t had a FO to show on friday for a long time. Hopefully that spell is broken, because this is the first of three summer lace sweaters, and time keeps ticking along. In my quest to expand personal color horizons, I used this aquamarine colored Canopy Fingering from The Fibre Co; they call it “tanager” like the bird, and I call it bluer than mint, that too-ubiquitous shade we’re seeing everywhere right now. Although I did buy a mint bag for summer – but I digress.

The alpaca/merino/bamboo has a nice hand, and it blocked well, too. The weather looks promising for a photoshoot this weekend, so lace cardi number 1 should be on its way soon. Which is good, because I just committed to two more – different of course, but still lace. What’s up with that? I think it’s the Stitch Mastery software I bought for myself; after putting in some time on the learning curve, I need to keep in practice. The program is great, by the way, as is the developer Cathy – who is always accessible for questions and help. I might even be motivated to do some charted cables in the fall. But for now, it’s all lace, all the time.

Charting, green, what’s next?

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Big A$$ yarn

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May 132013

For whatever reason, I’m working on two projects with two giant skeins of yarn.

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The silver is a 620 yard skein of sportweight BMFA Woobu, which I picked up during the NJ Yarn Crawl at Knit Knack during my trunk show. The elecrtic blue is all of 1120 yards (!) of fingering weight, from the Sliver Moon booth at Rhinebeck this fall. Together they practically obscure my desktop keyboard.

They seemed like a good idea at the time; top down summer cardigans, no joins, no ends to weave – and I’ve no doubt they will be good. The blue was a bit of a challenge to wind, though; not only did it exceed the capacity of my ballwinder (even with the metal arm pulled as far away as it could go without bending), but it also swallowed the beginning tail of yarn when I pulled it off.  So of course I thought I’d just yank it back out again, and somehow it came out the bottom end in a tangle that refused to pull free of the center. I rewound it from the outside, the last 100 yards or so by hand onto the excessively giant ball.

Now I feel compelled to find the perfect stitch pattern to make it all worthwhile. Meanwhile, back to my last, tiny, manageable 200 yard ball of Canopy fingering:

BIG yarn and baby | The Knitting Vortex