Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Forget the white shawl....

OK. That lovely white shawl I posted about last.....is history. It was working out too bulky in worsted wool so I have switched to a dk washable wool blend by Sirdar called Country Style, but good luck actually finding a link to the yarn on Sirdar's website! Geesh!

Don't you just love it when you have to switch horses in mid-stream? At least knitting is never boring, at least not for me!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Shawl for a friend

My husband and I have a friend who is going through a great deal of suffering over the state of her husband's health and I decided she needs a prayer shawl. I have knitted countless rectangular shawls and decided that for once I would knit a prayer shawl that was triangular.

I chose the Feather and Fan Triangular Shawl from Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle on page 65. As usual, I have ended up altering the pattern. This time it is due to the fact that this shawl would swallow my friend since she is very petite, so I am simply making it shorter.

I had a few skeins of yarn left over from my beige shawl and decided to use them to make this shawl. I have started with the white and have just changed to the marl yarn for the first portion of the border. I wanted to get a good look at the shaping so I slipped it off the needle and decided to photograph it as well. It measures 48" across the top and 19" top to bottom at the center. I am planning on it being approximately 36" from top to bottom.

Finished Blanket

One project down, two under construction.

I finally got the edging on the baby blanket and got it laundered. The only thing I don't like about it is the acrylic yarn.....blocking acrylic is like herding cats, it's impossible. The good thing about it is that baby will not be allergic and it is machine washable and dryable.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Update on Puzzle Pillow Blanket

I am almost ready to start the next row of triangles/parallelograms on the puzzle pillow blanket.

Wow, looking at this thing is making me dizzy....

Chemo hat finished

I just finished the sock yarn chemo hat. It is light weight and has a nice stretchy feel to it.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

My lovely shawl pin

I recently purchased a hand made shawl pin from a lady named Rosemary in California that I am looking forward to wearing with the apple green shawl when it is finished. In the meantime I am wearing it with the silk scarf. I encourage you to check out her website and see what she has to offer. She kindly allowed me to mail her a personal check instead of using Paypal.

Puzzle Pillow Blanket

Now that I have the edging figured out for the baby blanket I decided to try my hand at Elizabeth Zimmermann's Puzzle Pillow Blanket. Once again I find myself battling the short row shaping and pulled stitches that are too loose, so instead of short rows I decided to simply taper the triangle by a decrease at the beginning of the row and, when it is time to turn around and begin knitting up the the other half of the square, just pick up stitches along the edge of the triangle. By doing this I have eliminated loose stitches and given the blanket a more stable 'seam'. Of course it isn't really a seam, because you are knitting up stitches not sewing them, but I think it needs stabilizing a bit.

The triangle in variegated yarn is going to become a parallelogram when I decrease rows from the top right of the knitting....more pictures to follow.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Baby blanket....still a work in progress

I got all the way down one side of the blanket with the edging I picked out....started to turn the corner....and didn't like it. So, I frogged all the way back down the side and put the stitches on a thread while I decide how to proceed. (I had wanted to lay it out flat anyway and take a photo.)

I like the edging, I just don't like the way the stitches are pulled doing short row shaping for the corner. I am going to use the same edging but add fullness to the first inch or so at both sides of the corners by knitting two ridges instead of one before I knit the edging onto the border. I have done the same thing many times on other such shawls/blankets and it works just fine. I guess that will teach me to mess with what works. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

The spinning bug

The spinning bug has bitten again, but I only have myself to blame for opening that box of wool top... I found some beautiful 100% merino wool in my favorite fall colors and immediately thought of a shawl. I have 8 ounces of the stuff and I think it would be gorgeous spun as a singles, maybe spun finer and plied with a solid....

Finishing the current project

Do any of you feel a teeny bit of regret when you come to the end of a project? I used to think I was a little odd until someone else told me the same thing recently. Of course you look forward to the finished product and there is the enjoyment of the moment as you work on it, but it seems a little weird that you should regret finishing!

I always have the next project simmering in the back of my brain while I am knitting, which is why I bought a neat little cloth bound book to make notes on my ideas. Actually, I have two books. One is small enough to fit into my purse and the other stays in my knitting bag. I was sitting in a coffee shop in Frisco, TX sipping coffee and knitting when I got a wonderful idea for colors to use in a shawl, from a design on a coffee cup of all things! Since the knitting bag was right there I used the larger book. When I don't have the knitting bag handy I usually have my purse close by.

I am working the lace edging on the baby blanket and getting close to turning the first corner. I needed a different lace edging from the one I used on the circular shawls so it wouldn't be too full. The one I decided on is listed as Pattern 6 in Hewitt & Daley's Classic Knitted Cotton Edgings by Kangaroo Press and has short row turnings for making a corner.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

It Pays to do Your Homework These Days.....

I am Pro Life. Period.

And I have had to make some adjustments in my lifestyle of late because of it: No more Starbuck's, TGI Fiday's, Nike or New Balance shoes, Chevron/Texaco gasoline, AAA, AARP or Girl Scout cookies because they are affiliated with Planned Parenthood. Oh, yeah, almost forgot the Susan G. Komen Foundation. You would think that a group that says they are trying to find a cure for cancer would not associate themselves with Planned Parenthood since abortions are a cause of cancer in women. No cute little pink ribbons for me folks. There are better ways to fight cancer, thank you very much, than using aborted human baby tissue for research, and that goes for childhood immunizations as well. Apparently it is cheaper to grow cultures on aborted fetal tissue than whatever the industry was using before abortions became so prevalent. Well, if we put the abortion business out of business, the research facilities will have to come up with something else now, won't they?

Part of my Pro Life stance includes speaking out against homosexual lifestyles. As a result I now have to boycott the Yarn Harlot. ( I wonder if I will be sued by Canadians against hate speech now.)

Sorry, Stephie girl. No more plugs from little 'ol me. No more books, no more blog. I am just glad I happened to read about Canada's "Pride" Day on your blog, hun. The worst part was all the 'comments' from people and quotes from folks like Paul Newman. By the way, did he actually move to Canada when George W got re-elected? I hope so.

I want to make it clear that I in no way condone treating anyone, homosexual, bisexual or heterosexual for that matter, with disregard or hatred. I absolutely denounce anyone who engages in hate speech of any kind. It is not acceptable to belittle, demean or insult anyone for any reason what so ever.

Having said that, it is the duty of everyone who loves God to stand up for the principles taught in the Bible and to pray for those who have been led astray by 'alternative life styles' in our culture. Christ calls us to love our neighbor, but to hate the sin he may be involved in. He calls on us to reach out in love and compassion to those who are lost and don't even know it. But we must act out of love, not hatred and suspicion.

I have addressed such subjects in my other blogs dealing with spiritual topics, but somehow I never thought about having to do so in this one! Who knew?