Posts Tagged ‘lace’

I am, that is… something wheezy in my throat and chest, so have had to cancel clients for today and tomorrow, they wouldn’t appreciate me spluttering over them.  Hopefully I’ll have bounced back to enthousiastic self by Monday. 

The new commuter knitting is based on Anne Hanson’s Cluaranach, a beautiful stole in 4ply.  I’m doing it in a very weird chinese yarn (ebay!!) which appears to be 100% something and 10% something else… (help!), feels and smells like wool.  It’s space dyed in short lengths of autumn reds, greens, gold, and is lovely and clean to knit with.  I’m just doing the Thistle Flower Border for the whole stole/wrap/shawl/very wide scarf, in one piece, as I really don’t want to be grafting and the pattern is good to work.  Interesting AND memorable.  It was ok on the way down to London on Sunday, but on the way back I was already fighting off the lurgy and had to frog two rows.  Hmmm.  Picis when I can be bothered to get out of my comfy chair.

I’m also into Vinyasa by Susan Pandorf, another of my favourite lace designers, Pandosu on Ravelry, (have I already blogged this? Head full of cotton wool) in wonderful Malabrigo lace yarn in dusty pink.  That would be my commuter knitting but I prefer working it on metal lace addis, and I can only get plastic blunt, bendy needles through Gatwick security.   Susan has a real eye for detail and clarity in her designs, and in this one her use of twisted stitches with dropped ladders is very good fun.

Must find honey and lemon…

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Ishbel with fishtails… Fishbel

An intriguing little pattern, Ishbel.  Very pretty lace, a little too complex and unwieldy for easy reading of the knitting, and I never quite memorised it comfortably.  I worked garter stitch instead of stocking stitch to help it keep its shape, and tidied up the centre stitch, knitting into the back of the loop to avoid the sloppy look.  After the second AB repeat I got very bored and went into a swooping fishtail edging, finishing it with a few rows of garter stitch to prevent rolling.  The last few cm of the edges are blunt. 

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Knitting and trauma

I’m traveling again, in London doing the last of six modules in Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Training for treatment of post traumatic stress disorder and physiological or neurological overwhelm in the body and brain.  Good 3-year training, full-on, but we certainly end up knowing what we are doing. 

Trauma Knitting… Ishbel with garter stitch instead of stocking stitch – a little like wool pedlar’s shawl in that respect, but much wider.  Even wider than the original Ishbel design, obviously, as garter stitch reduces the length down the middle from centre back to tip.  I’m enjoying it, even having to frequently rip back a row when I haven’t paid attention – or is it the trauma – anyway, it’s looking lovely in raspberry pink hand-dyed 4ply yarn.

I’ve finished two ‘Perky Parallelogram’ scarves, smallish and not unsurprisingly parallelogram-shaped.  No picis as yet, life in general has been full-on, without the trauma training to complicate matters. 

I’m fantasizing about doing some Mindful Awareness Meditation training after this… it’s an oasis on the horizon… 🙂

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It’s finished at last… completed almost entirely whilst commuting between Edinburgh and London, and a little at City Knitty Stitch and Bitch in Edinburgh.  The scarf goes with so much of what I wear – and with what Joolz wears too 🙂  The Noro sock yarn looks fairly good in this incarnation – for socks I would not used it unstriped. 

Snow at Gatwick Feather and Fan scarf

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This I started for Ravelympics 2008… and had I knitted it to the size indicated in the pattern I would have finished… but I did 18 repeats instead of 11 and it has turned out to be a beautiful full sized shawl.  More details on ravelry ‘alternativeyarns’.

Now I’ve started a very simple small shawl in bands of stocking stitch and garter stitch, using ‘Happy’ by Wendy, a 4-ply bamboo / nylon mix.  75% bamboo, 25% nylon.  Feels very soft and silky, splits, and has long colour changes not unlike Noro.  Won’t use it again, but I have 2 balls equalling 800m.  Instead of 3 points this shawl has 7, so 2 additional points between the ends and the centre.  That makes for 12 increases instead of 4 each increase row, so the increase rows are decreased in frequency accordingly. 

Life has been very BUSY, so it’s an amazing feeling to have finished the Shetland Triangle.  My instinct is always to dive into another project immediately, never mind the others I have on the go.  So the Noro socks are still waiting, and so is my top down raglan in alpaca silk, as is the 720 squares wrap.  I’ll ease into them, particularly as I seem to havea couple of weeks at home, and whilst working, at least not dashing all over the place juggling way too many balls at the same time.  Sleep?  I slept until 11:30 am this morning 🙂

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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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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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