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I have no picis yet of the shetland Triangle shawl I did… almost finished… for the Ravelympics, but it is coming on apace.  Had I done the specified number of repeats I would have finished well within the deadline, but that would have given me a shawl about 50cm deep and 1m across, so not much use for wearing.  I took it on holiday to Donegal with me, but didn’t get much done, then steamed away with it when we got back to Brighton, but since then I’ve got back to work… and I’m flying to Edinburgh tonight… where Joolz socks await me.

Joolz (re-) learned to knit this August and has started a scarf – or scraf, as we bizarrely now call them – in blue blue blues from my stash.  5 sts garter stitch each side, then blocks of 10 stocking stitch, 10 reverse stocking stitch for 50 stitches, reversing these when the colour changes, at random, or when Joolz gets fed up with the current one.  Which is how I did mine, here.

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Ravelympics

I’ve been so busy moving, I hadn’t heard about this, but I’ve decided, wildly, to attempt a Shetland Triangle for the event.  I’ll be knitting for Dog Chicken and Aardvark, the Brighton nomadic knitters.  One of these days I’ll be able to join them on their travels.  The yarn will be House of Hemp Expressions 2ply, of which I have a sizeable selection, at my new home.  It’s been calling for shawl status for a while now.  Picis when I can move my body to find the camera without aching from lugging all those boxes over the last two days 🙂

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Now it’s finished I’m so pleased with it!  It’s quite a heavy weight yarn, drapes beautifully, and ideal for Edinburgh – the colours are so moody with shafts of light breaking through.  It’s the House of Hemp Expressions 4ply hemp, which knits as thickish DK.  Dressing with the new dressing wires I bought online from Heirloom Knitting was very very easy.  I threaded the wires through the points and through every 3rd row along the top, then pinned the wires to the carpet.  My stroke of genius was to take a steam iron – this is hemp – and steam the whole thing.  Only took an hour or so to dry fully and it worked fantastically well.

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Dressing wires for the Forest Canopy

This is becoming one unwieldy baby, this young Forest Canopy!  I know it’s got to be nearly finished because the stitches are finding it difficult to stay on the 80cm Addi circular and are queing up to commit suicide over the tips and into the dark void of unravelry.  My dressing / blocking wires came yesterday and I haven’t dared unpack them.  Never dressed a shawl before… or any kind of lace for that matter.  I can’t tell how large the shawl is going to be, because of the stitches’ precarious existence and any stretching may prove to be the stab in the back for them, or the addi ripped out from under their feet.

My son thinks the dressing wires could be used as welding rods…

In any case I’m going to start the border after this next repeat is finished.  May have to find a couple of corks to bung up the ends.

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Forest Canopy

I’m slightly confused about this shawl… it’s so small!  I’m adding pattern repeats, and got to the suggested number of stitches way before half my yarn was used.  And I wouldn’t have been able to wear it like that, not even just draped over the shoulders.  I’m enjoying the pattern for mindless knitting, and it is growing extremely fast.  I had forgotten how fast lace grows 🙂  I’ve had to tink a couple of times, where mindlessness took over and I forgot the increases on the solid knit rows, for example, but so far it’s been very restful. 

The DK hemp is very strange to knit with, compared with fine hemp from The House of Hemp.  The latter is beautiful to handle, slips through the fingers like silk, woos and entices one on to greater things.  The thicker yarn feels like stiff string to knit with.  I like the effect but I won’t be using it again.  The colours are superb and suit the shawl;  wonder if they can do that particular dyeing feat in the finer yarn… ?

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Forest Canopy shawl

       

I’ve joined the herd!  It’s lovely shawl to knit, and this one is in DK hemp, much thicker yarn than I would normally use.  More details on ravelry.

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