Friday, March 28, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I'm using Baby Alpaca Chunky from Cascade Yarns in color 555. This yarn is absolutely delicious, so soft and cozy. And it knits up nicely in this cable pattern.
I'm also working on a hat pattern that will be free with yarn purchase at The Naked Sheep. I'll post it on this blog in early April.
I'm really having fun posting my current projects (slowly but surely) on my Ravelry site. It's a fun way to get your knitting thoughts organized.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Here's a reminder of the before.
And here's the after.
I now wish that I hadn't felted it; but, oh well, what can you do? I'll just be able to pass valuable info onto my students, and they will see what the scarf will look like felted.
What lesson did I re-learn? The importance of swatching. I just dove into knitting the scarf; which would have been fine if I had left it unfelted. But if I had knit a test swatch, I could have then test felted the swatch and seen that it would be a very dense fabric.
Live and learn; and possibly have to re-learn!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
If you're on Ravelry, add me as a friend :). I'm cheriknits. If you're not on Ravelry, check it out!
Monday, March 17, 2008
So when I say that I blocked my lovely Hemlock Ring Blanket, I mean that after washing it I layed it out on the kitchen counter/bar, smoothed it out with my hands, and stretched it all around (with the help of my wonderful assistant, Brad), and then let it dry. That little bit of effort changed the original wavy, bumpy lump of wool into a very nice thing.
I confess this to you, not so that you think that I'm a horrible knitter; but so that you won't be afraid of blocking. It doesn't necessarily have to be a huge, intimidating production. It has value, it's often the "right" thing to do. But just remember...YOU are the boss of your knitting. Don't let any stitch, technique, fellow knitter, etc, scare you. You are in charge and you are a good knitter; even if you choose not to block.
Friday, March 14, 2008
This is the Hemlock Ring Blanket that is all the rage right now on the internet and on Ravelry. I am approaching the finish line as I bind-off about 400 stitches. Not your typical bind-off, mind you. This is K1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, turn, p1, (k1, p1) twice in the same st, then k in the same st once more, p1, sl1, turn, bind off 7 sts. Repeat ALL THE WAY AROUND!!!
As you can see, I'm about halfway around. I hope to finish binding-off today, so I can block it tonight.
I'm teaching this as a class at the shop. So this blanket will be a shop model, and then be given to my grandma for Christmas. I used Eco Wool in color 0508 (Boysenberry). When I was growing up, my grandparents lived in St Johns and had raspberries and boysenberries in their yard. So working with this color for her brings back a lot of happy memories of spending time in the garden and picking berries with grandma and grandpa.
Stop by and check it out in person!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
My plan is to felt the scarf when it's done, so I'm using size 10 needles, instead of size 8; and I'm making it extra wide and long. I had a customer make a felted entrelac bag using Poems, and it came out so beautifully.
I like the scarf unfelted, also. But I think that felting it will make the back look smoother. Then the scarf will be more reversible.
Either way, it's tons of fun to knit entrelac!