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March 28, 2012

I’m a bit behind this week because we were away on holiday, so this is a bumper post for Year of Projects, WIP Wednesday and Yarn Along! We had a great time over the weekend, although it was really busy, and we spent a lot of time travelling around to see people. I did manage to get some knitting done in the car on a couple of days though and got quite a lot done on Monday when we finally had a relaxing day! I’ve also been reading a fair bit, and I got side tracked into reading Spindle’s End. I’ll need to go back to Murder at Mansfield Park soon, but I wanted some easy reading for the car when it was too dark to knit.

So I’m going to start with Tubey. I haven’t really done very much to this at all this week. It’s been way too hot to think about knitting sweaters! But I’ve also been considering changing to 5mm needles. I’m not sure if the fabric feels too thick or not. So my plan is to find my 4.5mm needle swatch, make up a 5mm needle swatch, possibly both in the round, rather than flat swatches, and wash them, then make a decision. If it stays this hot though, I might swap to working on Blisco, since I’ll be making that in DK cotton, rather than Aran acrylic. Only problem is both sets of my 5mm needles have the next two projects on them!

Next up is the Garter Ruffles Scarf, this one has been on the go for ages. This is a great pattern for knitting while talking! There’s nothing too complicated at all and all I need to keep track of is where to put the short rows and the kfb. I did make one mistake and put the short rows at the wrong side! I didn’t notice for quite a while and I really don’t want to rip back. It’s not too noticeable so I’m not going to take it out. I love the yarn, it’s so soft. I’m just over a third of the way through so far, so I need to keep working on it when I need some downtime.

Last up is the Rocketship Shawl. It was supposed to be the Usoa Shawl next but Tubey is on my 4.5mm needles! I changed what I was doing with this yarn. The yarn was originally going to be a Clematis Shawl but I wasn’t sure I wanted something so big, and starting at the bottom and going up to so many stitches was a bit off putting. So I started this one. I really love how it’s turning out so far. I started with 319 stitches so each row is pretty long, but I’m already nearly halfway through the lace pattern and then I’ll be on to short rows to shape the body of the shawl. I knitted most of this one on the seven hour drive back up from Manchester yesterday.

Spindle’s End is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. It’s set in the same world (as far as I can tell) as Pegasus and Beauty which I also read recently and Deerskin which is another book I have by the same author, Robin McKinley. The stories are all set in different kingdoms. The land where this one is set is saturated in magic, and the fairies are normal people who have some control over it, although they tend to be female. There are also magicians in the kingdom who study and try to force control over the magic and tend to be male. I’ve so far got to the point when Rosie is 20 years old, and the curse is due to kill her on her 21st birthday. She still doesn’t know she is the princess and I’m only halfway through the book, so I’m quite excited to see what’s coming next!

Here’s the up to date list:

My Year of Projects Lists

To Do/In Progress


Slate Scarf – In progress
Garter Ruffles Scarf – In Progress
Hairpin Lace Blanket – In Progress
Rocketship Shawl – In Progress
Tubey – In Progress
Pin Cushion – In Progress
Blisco – Freedom Sincere
Usoa Shawl – Drops Fabel
Momijigari
Mezquita Shawl
3 x HPKCHC Homework
Face Clothes – Drops Paris
Calorimetry – Have yarn
Needle Book – Trying out entrelac (leftovers of blanket yarn)
Scissor Case

Finished Things

Tote Bag – Finished
Windschief Hat – Finished
Snowbaby Hat – Finished
Skaði Fingerless Gloves – Finished
Lacey Crochet Scarf – Finished
Iris Crocheted Shawl – Finished
Shawl Collared Cowl – Finished
Urban Shells – Finished
Elise Shawl – Finished
Betula  Ring – Finished
Magrathea – Finished
Knit Bunnies x 7 – Finished
Realistic Octopus – Finished
Henslowe – Finished

March 23, 2012

A very late post from me today! We’re away at my mother-in-law’s and we’ve had a very busy day of sleeping late and walking dogs. The weather’s been great so we have to take advantage of it, because being on the west coast it’s normally raining here when we come down. I have two things to show off today, first up is Henslowe which you might have seen on Monday in my Year of Projects post.

I really love this pattern. I do have a hard line around the body, and I think next time I’d do what a lot of people  suggested and do double yarn overs at the start of every row. The yarn is fantastic. It’s Stash Addict yarn and it’s gorgeous. It’s really smooth and the colours are great. I love the shades in it and I will definitely be getting more. I’m also really tempted to make a second slightly bigger Henslowe later.

Next up, I finished the case for my interchangeable needles. I’m really happy with how this turned out. I love the fabrics, which were part of the City Girl fat quarters bundle on The Fat Quarters. I made a couple of mistakes with the pattern, but I can live with them. I found the straight stitch setting this time, and I think I’m getting better at doing straight lines.

The little zip purse on the side is great for holding all the little things I keep losing, like my stitch markers and my tape measure. There’s plenty of space for more knitting needles too, so I have room to expand my set – or maybe that’s just an excuse! The purse is stitched into  the side seam of the case so there’s no chance of losing it.

The strap fits quite nicely although I’ve left a little slack in it so that it should be a good fit when the case is full of needles. I found it a lot simpler to make than I expected. I found the straight stitch setting, and I think my straight lines are getting better. As I said on Wednesday, the case is one I reverse engineered after seeing madbird’s cases. I couldn’t wait six weeks to get one, and I like to make things for myself and so I made my own.

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March 21, 2012

Another Wednesday has whipped around really quickly! I don’t know where the time’s gone, but it’s spring already. I’ve been busily working away and reading lots over the last week. I’m finished Pegasus, Beauty and a lot of short stories, as well as the more than 20 samples I have still to read. Henslowe is finished and blocked and I’ve got new projects on the go. So lets get started shall we?

First up is Tubey. So far there isn’t much to see. I’ve got a few inches done on the first sleeve and I like how it’s going so far. I plan on making a few changes to the pattern. I don’t like baggy sleeves so after I’ve got past the elbow I’m going to start working 3×1 rib so hopefully it’ll be nice and tight and not look odd. I only have three colours for my sweater, red, cream and black, and I haven’t quite worked out how I’m going to do the stipes yet. I think I’m going to do several stripes of varying thickness in the cream and one thicker stripe of black. I’m pretty sure this sweater will take a while to do, but it’s nice easy knitting, and once I’ve got the sleeves and back done and the body started it should be just a lot of 3×1 rib. I’ve also started reading and knitting at the same time on the sleeve, and I’m finding it pretty easy so far. The Kindle definitely helps because I don’t have to try and prop pages open or turn the page.

Next up is a needle case for my interchangable needles. I’ve been meaning to make one of these for ages, and since I couldn’t find any knitting patterns I liked, and inspired by getting my sewing machine out last week I decided to sew one. I’m not using a pattern for this one either, but I was inspired by these ones made by madbird. Since they’d be coming all the way from America and take at least 6 weeks to get here, I couldn’t wait that long! I shoud get this finished tonight, and I’m pleased to say I’ve found how to change my sewing mackine to do straight stitch, although I couldn’t work out which foot I was supposed to use for the zipper.

This week I’m reading Murder at Mansfield Park. So far I’m having trouble getting into the book. I spotted it last week when it was one of the daily deals. It’s based on Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, but a lot of the characters have been changed around. For example, Edmund is Mrs Norris’s stepson and is intended to marry Fanny. William is now the Bertram’s second son, although he’s been sent off to see just the same. The Prices have both been killed off and Fanny, now an only child, is a heiress. Fanny is also now the oldest and acts more like Maria in the original. Mary Crawford has had a complete personality reversal and Rushworth actually seems to have some brains. Henry Crawford is of course still there, but is now a lawyer and a professional “improver” and is at Mansfield Park to landscape it and Julia Bertram is now acting more like the original Fanny Price and is looked down on by her Aunt Norris. At the moment I’m mostly trying to get my head around the new roles and relationships between all the characters and wondering which of them will be the victim of the coming murder. I’m only on Chapter 5 so far, so hopefully it will pick up soon.

Don’t forget to check out Tami’s for more WIP Wednesdays and Ginny’s for more Yarn Alongs!

March 19, 2012

Another week on and Henslowe is finished! A glass of wine and my faourite new shows for the week were clearly what I needed to motivate me and I got the whole second half of the edging done in one go. I have to confess that I wasn’t completely happy with it when I finished because it still felt really small. I forgot to measure it before blocking though so I’m not sure how small it actually was. When I blocked it though, I got it to stretch out to 51″ wide, which is the exact length as the pattern states.

I’m really happy with the way it sits, although like other people have commented I do find theres a tight line around the body where the yarn overs are. If I make another Henslowe I’ll definitely do double yarn overs when I’m working on that part. I love the lacey border on the shawl, I think it’s fantastic and the yarn is gorgeous!

So having finished Hensloew I get to start something new! I’ve actually started two new projects this weekend and I’m going to be starting a third since we’re going on a tip and I want to have things to take with me. First up is my pin cushion. I’m adapting the Peyote Pincushion pattern to make it bigger and seamless. I really like this pattern, and I have the cutest butterfly button to go with it. I started in the yarn left over from my shawl, but it was going to be absolutely tiny in fingering yarn, so I’m using some of the left over yarn from Magrathea instead. I used a crochet cast on as a provisional cast on to try it out, and I followed the instructions for the base from the pattern. I’ve just picked up the provisional cast on again to start knitting the other half. I think I’m going to do some increases before I get into the pattern, because I think I’d like it to be a little bit wider. This should be a pretty fast knit and might even be done by Friday.

The next thing I cast on (barely) is Tubey. This will be my very first sweater, so hopefully everything will go smoothly. I’ve tinkered with this pattern a little too. Instead of knitting across the back first and then joining in the round for the first sleeve, before picking up the provisional cast on to do the second sleeve, I’m starting with the second sleeve and then I’ll knit across the back. I’m doing it this way because I want to make sure the sleeve fits and is a comfortable size before I’ve knit too much and have to frog back to the start to increase how many stitches I cast on. So far the pattern doesn’t look too hard, and I haven’t found anything that confuses me, so fingers crossed it will all go smoothly.

I’m also going to cast on the Usoa Shawl this week. I’m not looking forward to casting on for this shawl I have to confess. I have to cast on 216 stitches! There’s going to be a lot of counting and re-counting stitches for me I think. I’m really looking forward to this shawl though. It’s knit across from the top down, and the lace is knitted on at the same time, so each row will be faster than the one before. I’m making this one from my Drops Fable, that I bought last year for a different scarf that I ended up not liking, so hopefully things will go better this way. I was crocheting with it before so hopefully I’ll prefer it knitted. I’ve also come to the conclusion that there’s an awful lot of blue in my stash, so my aim is to branch out a little and buy myself more colours!

Here’s the up to date list:

My Year of Projects Lists

To Do/In Progress
Slate Scarf – In progress
Garter Ruffles Scarf – In Progress
Hairpin Lace Blanket – In Progress
Tubey – In Progress
Pin Cushion – In Progress
Blisco – Freedom Sincere
Usoa Shawl – Drops Fabel
Clematis – Fyberspates
Momijigari
Mezquita Shawl
3 x HPKCHC Homework
Face Clothes – Drops Paris
Calorimetry – Have yarn
Needle Book – Trying out entrelac (leftovers of blanket yarn)
Scissor Case

Finished Things

Tote Bag – Finished
Windschief Hat – Finished
Snowbaby Hat – Finished
Skaði Fingerless Gloves – Finished
Lacey Crochet Scarf – Finished
Iris Crocheted Shawl – Finished
Shawl Collared Cowl – Finished
Urban Shells – Finished
Elise Shawl – Finished
Betula  Ring – Finished
Magrathea – Finished
Knit Bunnies x 7 – Finished
Realistic Octopus – Finished
Henslowe – Finished

March 16, 2012

Today’s FO Friday isn’t yarn, and doesn’t actually have much to do with knitting at all. Well, it has a tiny bit to do with knitting – I’ve put my current knitting patterns on my Kindle which is pretty handy. This week I had to make my Kindle a cover. Since it’s coming to work with me everyday, it needed something to protect it in my handbag. The pattern is a free tutorial from 100billionstars and it’s pretty easy to follow – the fact that I got confused is mostly down to the fact I didn’t read the pattern properly!

I made the pocket on mine a little shorter and the flap isn’t quite so long either, but I really like how it turned out. It’s a bit squint and the stitching isn’t as neat or as straight as it could be, but I’m pleased with it and it’s serving it’s purpose well. It’s the first real thing I’ve made with my sewing machine, other than some hemming, and I couldn’t find the instruction book or work out how to do straight stitches so I used the zigzag one!

The fabric is from a pack of fat quarters I got from Hobbycraft at the weekend and I knew this was the perfect project for it. I love the big cheerful flowers and I think the case shows them off nicely. At some point I think I’ll make some more of these cases, in different fabrics, and I’m sure with more practice I’ll get much better with my sewing machine.

Tonight I’m lookng forward to getting Henslowe finished and ready to block tomorrow so it shold be ready to show off next week – which will be nice because I don’t think I’ve finished anything yarny for ages! Check out Tami’s for more FO Fridays!

March 14, 2012

It’s Wednesday and as well as joining WIP Wednesday like normal, this week I’m also joining Yarn Along for the first time. Having my kindle has got me back into reading again in a big way, and soon I plan to start practicing reading and knitting at the same time – but not while I’m doing the lacey edging on Henslowe. I’m planning to cast on a sweater soon and as it’s worked mostly in the round, there’ll be lots and lots of knitting stockinette which I think will be perfect for learning to read at the same time.

So far I’m still technically only working on Henslowe. I have taken a couple of diversions though making two different kindle cases, so there’s really been only about three or four repeats of the edging pattern since yesterday, before I went to sleep last night. Here is a new photo for you though, so you can see how far I still have to go. I’m nearly halfway. I really want to cast on something new, but I’m making myself finish this one first before I work on anything else! It’s so close to being finished anyway it should be done this weekend.

The book I’m reading is Pegasus by Robin McKinley. She’s been one of my favourite authors since my teens when I read Deerskin. I am loving the book so far. I’m nearly halfway through it, and I can’t wait till lunch time when I can read more. In the kingdom where the book is set there’s an alliance between the human settlers and the pegasi. The royal families of each race are bound together to continue the alliance treaty and understanding between the two races. The humans and pegasi don’t share a language, and so they mostly communicate through sign language which does limit their communication. The book centers on the fourth royal child of each family – Sylvi, the human princess and Ebon, her unusually large pegasus. These two can understand and speak to each other, something no other pegasus or human has ever done. The story is really good so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing where this understanding takes them, and what the consequences are for the two kingdoms.

Check out Tami’s for more WIP Wednesdays and Ginny’s for more Yarn Alongs!

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March 13, 2012

I’m very late this week! Yesterday I spent the whole day ill in bed so although I got some knitting done, I didn’t do much else at all. MY poor husband is still suffering – and being blamed for picking a bug up at uni and passing it on to me! – but I’m back at work today. We had a great time on Friday. My mum loved the gifts we got her, and the dinner was great. On Saturday – right after we got on the train(!) – my mum finally got our wedding photos from the photographer. We’ve been married 19 months tomorrow, so it’s about time! I haven’t seen the photos yet, but I’m getting them from my dad at lunchtime and I’m really excited. He says they’re excellent! I’m also in love with my Kindle. It arrived on Friday, and although I was a bit dubious about it because I really love books, I’m enjoying my kindle a lot! I’ve already read more in the last few days than I have for months and it’s in my hand bag right now. I also need to go shopping for a new handbag – I like small hand bags, but my normal one is too small, so I’m using a temporary stand in today.

Over the weekend I had, of course, to make a case for my kindle. I do quite like the case, but it just hasn’t quite turned out how I hoped – and has taught me that I knit way too tight when I’m doing stranded colourwork – so although I’m using it for now, I’m going to make another one. I’ve already chosen a  new pattern for the second case, but it’s a sewing pattern not a knitted/crocheted one, which will be a change for me. My sewing machine is very underworked so this will be good practice for me!

The edging on Henslowe is well underway. I love how it’s turning out. It has a really easy four row repeat and it looks (in my opinion at least) gorgeous! I’m further along with it that the picture shows  – between a quarter and halfway through. I’m really looking forward to finishing this and hopefully I’ll get it all done this week. I doubt I’ll have it blocked by Friday, but hopefully it’ll make an appearance next week in all it’s glory.

My list has undergone a huge change this week. I’ve basically started again with my goals for the next four months. I want to finish at least four shawls for the 12 shawls in 2012 challenge make at least one sweater, finish the things I’m currently working on work on “homework” for the Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup – one for March, May and June and finally the small and hopefully quick things I had on the list before. I’ve also made up a list of the rest of the shawls I want to make in 2012. Five or maybe six of these will be gifts for three of my friends, my mum and mother in law and maybe one for my Granny. I’ve chosen ones that should be interesting and shouldn’t be too hard. The ones for our mothers will be for their birthday’s next March so I might swap one out to make a shawl for my Granny’s Christmas. My friends have one birthday in September and the other two in November so I should have plenty of time to get them done well in advance and still have plenty of time for me!

My New Lists

12 Shawls in 2012

Usoa Shawl – Drops Fabel
Clematis  – Fyberspates
Semele – For me – no yarn for this one yet
Dichotomy – For me – no yarn for this one yet
Contrast and Compliment – For me – no yarn for this one yet
Laodice – For a friend
Momijigari – For a friend
Mezquita Shawl – For a friend
Bakersfield – For my mum
Melosa – For my mother-in-law

My Year of Projects Lists

To Do/In Progress

Slate Scarf – In progress
Garter Ruffles Scarf – In progress
Henslowe – In progress
Hairpin Lace Blanket – In Progress
Tubey
Blisco – Freedom Sincere
Usoa Shawl Drops Fabel
Clematis – Fyberspates
Momijigari
Mezquita Shawl
3 x HPKCHC Homework
Face Clothes – Drops Paris
Calorimetry – Have yarn
Pin Cushion
Needle Book – Trying out entrelac (leftovers of blanket yarn)
Scissor Case

Finished Things

Tote Bag – Finished
Windschief Hat – Finished
Snowbaby Hat – Finished
Skaði Fingerless Gloves – Finished
Lacey Crochet Scarf – Finished
Iris Crocheted Shawl – Finished
Shawl Collared Cowl – Finished
Urban Shells – Finished
Elise Shawl – Finished
Betula  Ring – Finished
Magrathea – Finished
Knit Bunnies x 7 – Finished
Realistic Octopus – Finished

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March 9, 2012

Here we are again at Friday. Today is a very busy day for me. It’s my mum’s birthday, so after work we’re getting the train down to see them, and going out for dinnerthen staying the night. I’m looking forward to it. We’re going to a really nice little resturant just outside one of the villages locally, and at least one of my brother’s will be there. There’s also something nice for me coming in the post today. My husband bought me a Kindle! I’ve loved the idea of a kindle for a while, but I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to get one. I have a lot of books, but I haven’t been reading so much recently (since I started knitting!) but we got a little extra spending money recently and my husband decided he was going to get me one. So this weekends plans once we get home revolve around making a kindle cover – I couldn’t buy one of course! I’m going to be making an argyle sweater for it, although I’m going to have to tweak the pattern a bit since I have DK yarn not worsted. I’m also going to have to learn to read and knit at the same time!

On to the FO! This week I have a yarn bowl and the real star is my husband as he did most of the work for me. A few weeks ago I made a prototype yarn bowl and in the process discovered I have an allergy to Fimo which left my hands irritated and itchy for three or four days. So I made the mold for the bowl, the shape for the slit and glazed it and my husband did all the work actually making the bowl for me with the uncooked Fimo. Luckily cooked Fimo causes me no problems! We used Fimo Effects for the bowl in white marble, I think. The biggest challenge I had with the bowl was sitting quietly and letting him do the Fimo part in the way he thought was best and not interfering!

I love this bowl a lot. We made it on Saturday and since Sunday it’s been following me all over the house! I always liked the look of yarn bowls, but I didn’t realise how much difference it would really make to my knitting. It’s fantastic. My balled skiens are no longer jumping off desk (or sofa, or bed) and running away from me and the yarn flows so smoothly through the slit. I think I’ll have to turn all my skiens into balls just to give me more excuses to use it.

That’s it for me today – hopefully by next week Henslowe will be finished, but this weekend I won’t get to spend as much time on it as normal, because my Kindle cover must be ready by Monday so it can come to work with me! I’ve started working on the edging for Henlsowe now, knitting it on sideways, and it’s going really smoothly. I only started it last night and I’m already nearly a quarter of the way round. If you liked my shawl pin last week, I put a tutorial up for it yesterday and we took loads of progress pictures of the Fimo bowl last week, so I’ll be doing a tutorial for that this week too. Don’t forget to check out Tami’s for more FO Fridays!

March 8, 2012

This post will be very picture heavy! I’ve tried to take photos of every stage. To see any of them bigger just click on the picture. A couple of the photos are a little blurry and I’ll try to take replacement ones later. I hope this will all make sense to everyone but if you have any questions please do ask. The shawl pin is really quick and easy to make and anyone with basic skills should be able to do it. I’ve used a jewellery jig to make my shawl pin but if you don’t have one a block of wood with thin clean nails knocked in should work fine too.

First off you will need some wire – I’ve used copper wire 1.6mm thick. Any metal will probably work for this although you’ll want it thick enough to be sturdy and soft enough to bend easily. A jewellery jig (or block of wood and nails), wire cutters, round nose pliers, a sheet of paper, and some waste yarn. Later you’ll also need a hammer, a board and some clear nail varnish.

The first step is to set out the pins in your jig in the positions you want them. Then loosely wrap the waste yarn around the pins (or nails) making a loop at each end and cut the yarn to that size. Use the yarn to measure the wire and cut it. I would suggest cutting the wire slightly longer than the yarn – having too much wire is much better than too little after all.

Now use your round nose pliers to make a loop in each end. The loops should go in opposite directions – one to the left and the other to the right. Try to keep the loops 180 degrees apart so that the wire lies flat. If it isn’t completely flat try holding one loop flat on a desk and twisting the other loop down on the other side.

This step is only needed if your using a jewellery jig like mine with a lot of spaces to put pins in. Place a piece of paper over the jig and push gently so that the pins stick though it. Pull out all of the pins apart from the top two. Removing the spare pins will make bending the wire easier and the paper lets you see where you should be putting the pins back in. If you’re using a block of wood you’ll only have the holes you need for this project so the paper isn’t necessary.

Now we’re ready to start bending the wire. Place the first loop over the top most pin (or nail) and bend the wire gently around the second pin. There’s no need to pull the wire tight against the pin, nice big loops will work perfectly. After the bend put a new pin in the highest hole then bend the wire around that. Keep repeating this process zig-zagging down to the bottom.

My piece of wire was a little bit long so I just twisted the end up like a spring until it was the right length to fit over the last pin nicely. Then you just need to trim the end to make a single loop. The pin should have a slight curve to it, so that you can easily pass the pin through the two loops. Bend the pin gently until you’re happy with it’s shape.

Straighten out some more of your wire and thread it through the two loops of the shawl pin. This will make the pin part. Cut the wire to a length that you’re happy with. Remember to leave enough wire to bend into another loop like an eyepin. Make sure the loop on the pin won’t fit through the other loops.

Now you should have a nicely shaped shawl pin but the wire will be very flexible and will likely get bent out of shape. We can harden the wire by beating it gently with a hammer. I put one of my foam blocking mats on the floor then put an old craft board on top. The blocking mat will absorb most of the noise (which made my husband much happier!) and the craft board gave me a firm but gentle non-scratchy surface for the pin.

Beating the wire will create little dents in the wire so make sure you only hammer the back of both pieces of your pin. Be gentle with the hammer as with a soft metal like copper a little goes a long way. Too much beating will make the metal brittle so don’t hammer it too much. Just going along the length of the pin once should be enough to make it nice and firm without making it brittle. You should immediately be able to feel the difference in how firm it is.

The final step is to coat the pin in clear nail varnish. It will help to stop tarnishing and also protect from scratches. The best way to do it is to paint one side then leave it to one side until you’re sure it is completely dry. Once both sides have been painted and are thoroughly dry it’s ready to use!

Try adding beads or bending the wire in different shapes and make yourself a whole range of shawl pins!

March 7, 2012

Well it’s Wednesday and I’ve been getting a lot done, but I’ve only really been working on Henslowe for the past week – it’s nearly finished and it’s getting exciting! I find that the closer I get to finishing something, the more I practice “project monogomy” *laughs*. The garter stitch body is finished, and the lace section is practically done – I just have 2 rows of garter stitch to finish off the fourth Roman stripe, then 4 more rows of garter stitch and then I’ll be on to the edging. The edging is knit on sideways which will be another first for me.

I love how the pattern has gone so far – the pattern is really well written and easy to read. Each part is really easy to memorise too, and the only challenge so far has been making sure I don’t forget a yarn over. Only one thing is bothering me just now, and that is the width of the shawl. It is currently 33″ wide and while it goes around my shoulders it doesn’t meet in the middle yet. I do have six more rows to do, plus casting on another 7 stitches for the sideways edging, so I’m sure it will a good bit grow a bit wider. And then of course blocking will also help. My biggest worry about it is that I think my bind off might be a little bit tight. I think if I did it again I would use Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind off, I think.

Tonight, before I get back to work on Henslowe, I’m going to make a new shawl pin, like the one I showed you on Friday, taking loads of photos for a tutorial that will hopefully go up tomorrow. Don’t forget to check out what everyone else is working on over on Tami’s!