Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What's next?

I've now finished the samples for section 1 of my workbook (clothwork). It's just my style that the book says the last sample (the one on the left) "presents more difficulties than 1.3 (the one on the right) and success may not be immediate!"  Of course the one I had difficulty with was 1.3 and I completely sailed through the last one. 
These are the last 2 samples.  The one on the right is my favorite so far and one that I will definitely go back to. The one on the left is one that I think would work great as a scarf. Just blow up the pattern and use a nice silk or cotton yarn and you've got something really interesting. 

On to the next section - Torchon Ground. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Leftovers

Sometimes leftovers are the best part. When I spun the yarn for my #Roseroot shawlette(Http://www.knitnmore.blogspot.com/2015/07/this-makes-me-happy.html?m=1), I had 2.1 ounces (61 grams) of the merino/cashmere fiber left over. I wasn't really sure what to do with it. 

I figured that if I spun it very light lace weight, at least that would give me the most yarn to work with. 

I spun and I spun and I spun until I wound up with this.
Then I plied and I plied and I got this. 
The thing with spinning with a fine wool like merino is that it's super crimpy. That means that, while I ended up with 406 yards of finished plied yarn, after it was washed and dried, it came to 377 yards of finished yarn (2,872 yds/lb). 

Not knowing that got me into trouble a few times when I thought I had plenty of yarn for a project only to end up short 
If I hadn't gotten bored, I probably could have gotten even more yardage but I'm happy with how it turned out. 

Now what to do with it…

Monday, July 20, 2015

Cracked it!!

As I was trying to figure out what had gone wrong on my practice piece, I kept thinking of my Grannie who would be on round 82 of a crocheted doily or tablecloth and I could see her counting. Somehow something hadn't fitted and she was determined to figure it out. She would count back round by round until she found it and even if it was in round 3, she would rip back to make it right. 

I used to tease her about it, first asking how she could have missed the mistake through 79 rounds and then telling her no one would know and she should just fudge it. She would frown at me and shake her head. "I would know it wasn't right."  And she would continue to rip and rip until she had it right. 

That's how I've felt tonight. Not the part about knowing there was a mistake because anyone could see it wasn't right, but the ripping out to almost the beginning because that's where my mistake was - on the 2nd pin of the piece. But as soon as I took it out and did that one thing right, everything else fell exactly into place. 


I'm sure there's a lesson there somewhere. ��

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Moving along

The good thing about the hot temps is that it's easy to justify staying in the house and working on my lace projects. 

Exercise 5 and 6:
One of the most challenging things about lace is learning how to move from one element to the next, making sure that all the bobbins are in the right place ready for the next element. 

It's kind of like a good pool or snooker player. They hit each ball while in their head placing the cue ball in the right place not just for the next shot but several shots down the line. 

My problem is sometimes my mind is away with the fairies and I'm not paying attention to what's coming up. But they say practice make perfect so I just keep practicing. 

I really like this little edging. 
It would be lovely on a baby' garment. Very sweet and dainty. 

The corner makes a very tidy turn by switching out the worker pair with the next pair in line. By doing this it saves the pucker that would happen if you tried to work through all the passives with the same worker. 
I remember seeing this with another pattern but I'd forgotten about it. Very nice, elegant solution. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Torchon practice

Finished exercise #3 and, sure enough, the first section looks pretty bad but once you get past that, it's not so bad. The edges are pretty good and the centers are good. 
I thought that using the 2 colors was a mistake but it's actually not too bad with the colors that I used. It gives a little bit of interest. 

I think if I was using this as an insert in a garment (as opposed to something that was going to be framed), I think I would do something like this with close colors to make it seem less flat. 

It's been fun playing with the colors. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

This makes me happy

I finished my #roserootmkal shawlette made with handspun Merino/cashmere yarn. 
There were a few adventures with it. I ran out of yarn 1/2 way thru the edging (which I expected).  I had spun the main yarn knowing that I didn't quite have the yardage I would need. That was one reason I decided to make the full shawl with the red (of which I had plenty) and the smaller version with this. I'm glad I did because I wouldn't have had enough fiber to spin for the whole shawl. 

What I didn't expect was to run out again about 2 inches from the end. I can't say how many times I've eked out a project, sometimes with just inches of yarn left. No such luck this time. Guess this is the evening up of all those close wins!

But I made the mistake of trying to spin the last bit of yarn while watching the #Hobbit Battle of the 5 Armies. I may have gotten a wee bit too much twist in as I treadled to the battle and washed the yarn in my tears at the end.  But I got it done and am thrilled with it. It's just the right length you would want for a shawlette but I still need to block it. 

But since we're supposed to have a high today of 68 degrees (in the middle of July - what?!?) I was able to wear it and bask in its coziness and softiness. 
Want one of your own?  You can find the pattern here: 
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/roseroot-2. Thanks for the beautiful pattern, Rohn!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Only one thing

Yesterday I was off and did absolutely nothing except one thing. 

This. 

Before yesterday I was on the 3rd diamond of this Torchon and rose ground sampler. Yesterday I entered the zone. Other than fixing one meal and bathroom breaks, I worked from 9am to 11pm on it. 

People sometimes ask me how long a project took me to finish and I can rarely answer vet definitively. This time I have a better idea. I would say this one took approximately 24 hours of work.  
Now onto everything else left on my "to do" list.