Not finished with Temptress Shawl yet…

I’ve bound her off. Lots and lots of picots.

Haven’t blocked yet. Because…. I’m thinking that the edge might be too frilly.

I have been wearing it around the house today though ūüôā

For this shawl pattern, Temptress by Boo Knits, this picture has always been my inspiration picture:

It’s Booknits’ own shawl, “thuggisly” blocked, as she likes to put it.

Looking at the edge I now realize that that blocking evens out the picots.

And somehow I also always thought there were beads worked into the bind off too. One in every “icicle” (I’d love that), but there aren’t.

In the pattern Booknits gives some pointers to how she binds off: co 2 stitches not too loose. Bind them off a little tight too. The third bind off  is loose.

I think I cast on and bound off too loose. I’ve got frills. And they will stay, if my first Temptress is anything to go by.

My first Temptress in blue was blocked when finished a few years ago and has been worn and thrown about since then. The frilly picots are still there.

So I’m wearing my unblocked Temptress and looking at it from time to time trying to make up my mind. Block it and live with the frills? Or undo the bindoff and redo it?

In the mean time I’m basking in the beauty of it. It’s so soft and gleamy and I LOVE the colour and the beads!

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I don’t want the frills.

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I’m going to redo the bind off.

But not right away. I want to wear this colour for a bit, think of nightly coloured Aquilegias and Spring:

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Knitting for pleasure involves the trash bin.

Last December I realized¬†I’ve knitted all the things I NEED. From now on I’m knitting things I WANT. I knit for pleasure now. It’s all a bit novel to me and today I’m taking a new step: I’m going to throw away some knitting.

These are my Winter Snows MKAL mittens:

The pattern, Winter Snows MKAL by Kat Lewinski, is fully released now and it looks like this:

This style is not to my liking. I like my snow flakes to be different, less formal. More like these:

First Snow mittens by Aet Terasmaa and Inga Snöflinga Mittens by Johanne Landin

So halfway my mittens I changed the pattern and started to sprinkle some of these random snowflakes in. But to be honest, I had lost some of the fun in these mittens.

Then I put them on, to take these pictures for you and to contemplate whether maybe I should just knit a border and call them Winter Snow Fingerless Mitts?

I wanted these mitts done and over with. I want to knit other things. Then two things bubbled to the surface of my attention:

  1. I don’t like fingerless mitts that cover the palm of my hand and have a thumb. I want to be able to shove them down, out of the way.
  2. this wool is SCRATCHY

For the few minutes I wore these mitts my wrists started to mutter and nag. Even if I finish these I will not wear them with pleasure. Even though I love the colours and the grey is my precious handspun Blue Texel I won’t wear them with pleasure. And my knitting is all about pleasure.

So

They

Must

Go

Into

the Bin.

Yes. I’m going to throw them away. I squashed the inner voice that started to look for alternative uses (give to a fellow knitter? mugwarmer? plant pot enhancement? bird nest material?). No. Nope. No. Out they go.

They don’t bring pleasure to my wool life?

Out

they

go:

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Ouch. Not a comfortable sight at all. But hey! It frees up a pair of 2,25 mm needles! I can study some more on my Cashmere Neckwarmer!

And it freed up space in the WIPs too. Which is how this came to be:

A second Temptress shawl in a fingering yarn that’s a luxury blend of silk and seacell in colourway Aquilegia. With 5/0 triangle beads from Miyuki, bought at Crystals-and-ice.co.uk, in colourway¬†Silver Lined Smokey Amethyst (5TR-1804). I love silverlined triangle beads from Miyuki!

(The holes resemble butterflies but at the moment all I’m seeing is stacks of handknitted sweaters holding hands. Is that a hint?¬†Should I knit on my Tangled Vine Cardigan??)

The pattern is Temptress by Boo Knits, needles 3,5 mm. I made one before and I love it:

Such a weird colour this yarn has. It’s grey I think… a weird kind of grey. Grey thinking of purple. The beads are a warmish kind of greypink, quite out of my comfort zone. Weird colours, I love it!

It’s a lovely way of knitting, casting on for things you fancy, being it pattern driven or yarn driven. It is a lovely experience. This weeks unexpected gloves are testament to that.

The strange thing I noticed with these things I started this week: this shawl, the Cashmere neckwarmer, the gloves, is that I want to¬†knit different things when I’m here at the cabin then when I’m in the city. In the city I want to knit mittens and socks and cardigans, it seems.

Tomorrow we’re going to to city again, we’ll see how I fare. There’s still Tangled Vine Cardi and Fairytale Mittens and socks WIPs to keep me going if I suddenly stop wanting to knit with¬†silk or cashmere once I reenter the city boundaries.

 pic by Bernard Delobelle

Like I said, it’s lovely following your wooly fancy instead of a sense of obligation. I’m still a beginner but this week I did practise in another instant:¬†I¬†decided NOT to go the annual meeting of the national spinners’ guild in March. Even though it’s the official meeting, where we have to vote and stuff.

But this year the prospect of going didn’t spark any joy in me. None at all. Which is a pity because I’ve been an avid member of this guild for years.

Instead of listing¬†all the reasons I should go I¬†just¬†noticed that this meeting¬†doesn’t bring pleasure to my wool life. And I took it from there:¬†I decided not to go.

And what do you know, the very next day I was invited to a wooly get-together from a Facebook group for spinning and felting, for the very same date in March. My joy for this meeting sparked effortless!

And that’s what a wool hobby should be all about, effortless joy and joyeus efforts.

 pic by Niels Damkjaer

attaching lace border to Spring Brioche Shawl

I’m making leafs at the end of my shawl. Some little ones and at this point I’m midway of some big ones. There’s also a bit of yarn-chicken going on. Will I finish the edging before I finish the ball of yarn?

For the lace border with leafs I chose free pattern Lehmus-huivi by Sari Åström

pic by Arteeni, knitted worked from the bottom to the top.

It has the advantage of leafs being worked form the stem to the tip of the leaf. And a nice airy surrounding of the leafs. This defines them nicely.
The patterns I looked at earlier for the lace edging had leafs that were either a bit squarish of were worked the wrong way up, making the leafs point upwards in my shawl instead of outwards.

Finished: Lace Shawl Temptress

Finally blocked. It’s beautiful!



Boo’s suggestion to use 6/0 size beads, one size larger than is usually recommended, is a good one. My shawl has sparkles of winter!

Imagine the bright days of winter, come January and February. Crisp skies, clear colours. I’ll be feeling like a light snowy queen, wearing this beauty.

It took 351 m of lace yarn on needles 3,75mm and about 275 beads. I learned to use big enough needles and block “thuggishly” to get that airy look at the border.
Here’s my projectpage.

I am going to knit this again! In a variant that has a solid body and that lovely lace pattern at the border.

Weird Wool Wednesday: holding on to an ugly duckling

Temptress is finished. I love this shawl so much! It may well be one of the greatest shawls I ever knit. My favourite designer, high end yarn (half silk, half cashmere!) in the colour that flatters me most and with sparkly, quality beads for which I had to wait a few days.

The shawl itself I knit in just six days which is a record for lace, with beading. That’s how much I enjoyed it!

Here it is, pre-blocking:

All it needs is a gentle soak, a surface to be spread upon and 500 pins to stretch it into shape. Then it will become a most beautiful swan! I can’t wait!

Blocking makes lace. It’s a real nice thing to see, lace preblocked and after blocking.

Ravelry as a whole thread with pictures of lace before and after blocking.

Then why have I not blocked my shawl????

I’ve been carrying my duckling shawl and 500 pins with me everywhere I go for 12 days now. I have not blocked (or worn) it. Apparently I can wait… for a swan…

 

Shawl on Shoulders: Thinking of Waves

Shawl on Hedge: Thinking of Waves

pattern: Thinking of Waves by YellowCosmo. 478 m of fingering weight total, on needles 3,25 mm.

this pattern is worked in shortrows and reminds of sea waves lapping at your feet. Each section can be modified with a different stitch pattern or a different colour. I chose to do my shortrows in the shadow technique.

It needed one additional modification: at the end and beginning of every row the edge stitches should have an extra YO to give the edge more stretch. It réally needs it:

yarns:

pink = Posh Yarn Elinor Sock in colour Loudmouth. This was a birthday present from my dear friend Sokkenmuis and it took numerous tries to finally make a shawl of it that honours the yarn and the love with which it was given. Good yarn doesn’t mind being knit up and frogged numerous times to finally find the projects it’s meant to be. The colour is absolute perfect for a Clear Winter type!

turquoise = a plied dk weight pure silk dyed by my dear friend Marleen from Dutch Knitting Design. This yarn is not in her shop as this too was a birthday gift too, be it a year later.

YES, YARN MAKES EXCELLENT BIRTHDAY GIFTS FOR KNITTERS!

my projectpage on Raverly here

Pippi KAL Lace Shawl finished

the Pippi Lace Shawl is finished!

The lace opened up beautiful with the blocking. The knitting looked a bit crumpled pre-blocking (see top picture) but now it’s uniform.

I’m glad I chose to make a “ladylike” shawl: light and beautiful that I can wear at any occasion, also in Summer. The shawl is warm but also airy enough to prance around in in hot weather. Throw it unto my bear arms and shoulders, combine it with a dress.

not much prancing at the moment:

On the last day I had to unpick the cast-on because it was too tight. Normally this yarn (Lang Yarn Alpaca Light) frogs well but with a cast-on that usually doesn’t work because knitting has a direction.

*snip! snip*

You can see how fluffy the yarn is. It is supersoft and can be worn next to (baby) skin. Usually I steer clear from alpaca. It sheds and makes me sneeze or there are guard hairs in the yarn that make me itch. The animal itself doesn’t charm me either, me being more oriented towards the non-herd predatory cuddly species. Such as cats and cat-fish and people.

But this yarn is very good. Only 25 grams on a ball but I once made a sweater with 3,3 balls. That’s 660 m on needles 5mm:

The Pippi Lace Shawl was knitted on 4,5 mm and used slightly over 2 balls. It blocked to 1 meter long and 45 cm wide. (about 3 foot long and 1,5 foot wide?)(40″ long and 16.5″ wide)¬†projectpage here

Pippi KAL: elastic finish

the Pippi shawl is neeeeeearly finished. We encountered some elastic time so we didn’t finish on Thursday but we’ll all be finishing in our own pace. Pippi-style!

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for my progress: scroll at your own pace

this is how far I am now. It’s about 1 m long. Just a few more blocks and than the edge. It’s quite comfortable and oh so soft. That’s my third ball there, at 25 grams per ball. So a very lightweight shawl.

the yarn is Lang Yarn Alpaca Superlight on needles 4,5 mm

and my project can be found here on Ravelry

 

It’s such a nice pattern! the whimsical way in which you can decide which block to do next and how all the blocks fit together. I love the shapes it gives: I see tulips and hearts. And double winged bugs and beetles.

Pippi KAL on its way

I am knitting away ūüôā

here’s my projectpage

I’m not using the dice to decide which block comes next, I’m using common sense. I read the knitting I’ve done, I estimate the chart of the blocks that could come next and I make a decision.

I may take a look at the cowl swatch I did in Noro yarn last month, when I just could not wait any longer:

this cowl swatch helped me to decide which block to do next. I saw a bit of a FLY starting to emerge in the white shawl….

do you see it?

here it is:

don’t want it. So I won’t chose a block that converges to a point, like it’s a head. So any block but nr.6!

otherwise it’s looking really nice, eh? quite flowery and leafy. ūüôā

the yarn is Lang Yarn Alpca. The only alpaca I like to knit with. Spin with. Felt with. Share a heap of hay with. I really don’t like alpaca….. I feel no connection with the species. It’s yarn usually itches, even if it’s supposed to be very soft. It’s way too dirty to spin with. And when I knit with it, for example with Drops Alpaca, a great yarn for a great price, I sneeze all the time because small hairs are flying everywhere.

But this Lang Yarn Alpaca, it’s great. Light, warm, fluffy.

Pippi Lace Kal Day 1

Welcome in the New Year!

your task for today, should you care to accept it is to

Chose A Yarn:

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get out a dice:

or unleash your inner Pippi Longstocking:

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and join in the fun! Come over to the Pippi Longstocking Group on Ravelry where we will make a lace shawl in a very Pippi-esque way.

It’s really quite marvelous, Unikatissima, the designer of the Advent Shawl 2012 Poinsettia, designed another shawl, this one more ‘leafy’ and less ‘zigzag-y’. It was the Advent Shawl 2011. A free pattern, also.

Now I’ve got to go be busy so come to the Pippi Group to get an idea why I’m so enthousiastic about this design. ¬†I’m there too, I’m snorrepot, and I’m kneedeep in yarn, trying to make a choice.

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