Liz Corke Knit Design
Wednesday has come quickly this week. I have a four day week this week, so this is only my second day of work. I did do a Year of Projects update yesterday, but I’ve managed to get quite a bit done on two of my projects so I have something for you to see. On Tuesdays we’re playing D&D with some of my husband’s friends over skype – so this works out to around four hours of knitting time with small interruptions when it’s my turn!
I didn’t do anything on my Slate Scarf last night, but you can see what I got done while I was away on yesterday’s YoP post here. Henslowe is getting along at a good rate, and I’ve got quite a few more rows done. The lighting in the photo is dodgy, sorry, but you can see where I’ve got 34 loops down the side. I’m on 42 loops on that side now, and I hope to have the body of the shawl done by the weekend. At the moment I think it looks a little small, but I’m sure once the border is on and I block it it’ll probably stretch out quite a bit. At the moment I’d guess it’s about shoulder width on me – although I don’t have it here so I can’t test.
The Garter Ruffles Scarf grew quite a lot last night. I’m using a locking stitch marker now, and you can see I’ve put it over the last increase stitch. It’s making my life much easier since I can easily see where I did my last increase, I’m not loosing track of whether I should be doing one or not. There’s just a hint of ruffling in it just now. I think it’s because it’s gorgeously drapy silk that the ruffles aren’t showing so well, but the pattern suggests doing a crochet chain along the edge of the short rows to tighten things up if the ruffles don’t show well, and I think that shuold solve any problems with it. I’ve put aside about 6g of yarn for the crochet chain later – the pattern reccommended 5g, but I like to be on the safe side. I love working on this scarf – the silk feels heavenly when it’s sliding through my fingers!
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It’s Friday, I have an FO and I go on holiday tomorrow! Today is a good day! Although it would be better if it wasn’t raining… You can’t have everything though. So I finished my Elise Shawl on Wednesday and blocked it out. I’m really happy with it. I love it. I definitely think I made the right choice with the border. I love the spikey points, without stretching out my shawl and blocking it so hard it looked holey. I do wish a bit that I didn’t have the tc in the centre of my groups of three, and I think if I make another, I’ll leave that as a dc like the ones on either side. Other than that, I blocked it just enough to get my border points to stand out, and spread the shawl out nicely. It might have grown a couple of inches in width and length but I didn’t measure it at all, so I’m not sure.
The yarn is fantastic! It’s Drops Baby Alpaca Silk and it’s so soft it’s fantastic. I had no problems with it spliting, it didn’t twist at all, I had one knot, but I’m pretty sure I put that in myself. It was a dream to work with. I’m definitely going to use it again – It’s also cheap – £3.60 for 185 yards plus p+p and delivery only took a couple of days (ordering after 6pm) (a single skien of most other yarn up here is at least £5). Since mostly what we seem to have in the shops up here is DK, being able to get yarn delivered easily and fairly cheaply is a huge advantage. I’ve also loved the other Garnstudio yarns I’ve used so far, so I think it may soon become one of my favourite yarn makers.
I bought three skiens, but I only actually used two – including making this little flower. It’s the same pattern as last weeks, but much smaller. I still need to get a brooch to put it on – I’m sure I have some somewhere, but I couldn’t find them last night, so for the photo it’s on a safety pin. I blocked the flower out at the same time as my shawl, to make the points sharper. The petals were originally very round and floppy, bit I prefer the sharp points to the petals, like my original.
The only problem with all this, is I can’t wear it for a week! The shawl is gorgeous, and soft and off-white, and I need it to wear at my father-in-laws wedding a week tomorrow, so I can’t take the risk of it getting dirty before then, so it’ll have to be packed carefully until then, but I’ll still be able to show it off to my mother-in-law while we’re on holiday with her next week. Tami doesn’t have her FO Friday post up yet, but check it out later and see everyone elses awesome FOs!
I’m so glad it’s Friday again! I missed last weeks FO Friday, but this week I have something to share. My Iris shawl is finished! Blocking was an adventure, as you can see from yesterday’s post and last night it finally finished drying in time for me to finish sewing in the ends before bed. At one point I started to think it would never be dry, but then again, I do get impatient! We took the photos this morning before work, and the weather just wasn’t co-operating, so we had to use the flash, and the flash does not flatter me, so I have no head!
I’m really happy with my shawl. More than I thought I’d be I think. I really like the pattern. It’s pretty quick and very easy to learn. The silk on the other hand was really annoying to work with. I’m glad I got it on sale, because I’d have hated to pay full price and be so annoyed with it while working. If I do work with pure silk again, I will try out another brand I think.
The blocking really helped to bring out the pattern in the lace, and it is wonderfully soft. It’s pretty warm too and I’m (selfconciously) wearing it to work. I don’t normally wear scarves, except in winter, but the air conditioning in our office makes it feel cold enough to be winter sometimes and I’m tired of having goosebumps!
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Last night I finished off my shawl and got down to blocking it, which took ages and a lot of crawling around on the floor! In fact it took me so long, I didn’t have time to check out everyone’s WIP Wednesdays, until I went to bed and checked them out on my phone (which means I couldn’t post on any of the blogger ones, sorry!).
The pink is my yoga mat, but it was too thin by itself and the pins wouldn’t go into the floor at all, so there’s three towels underneath it, which helps a lot. It also wasn’t quite wide enough, so I have a tea towel under there to raise up the height of the towels to the same as the mat. I pinned the whole thing out, which turned out to be a mistake. Then I soaked it with a spray bottle (and considered whether a watering can would have been better) and then I discovered it was stretching a lot more so I unpinned it, stretched it out more, and pinned it again. All in all, I’m pretty happy with it. Next time, I think I’ll just soak whatever I’m blocking in the sink and then pin it out, but for the first time I thought it might be easier to block it out dry (and I was wrong). Hopefully by the time I get home from work it’ll all be dry, it was halfway there this morning I think. My husband can’t have a shower until it’s dry, because his towel’s underneath it too!
It’s yet another Wednesday and everyone is showing off their WIPs on Tami’s Amis. I love WIP Wednesdays, it’s awesome to see what everyone is working on – although it does take me a couple of hours after work to get around everyone’s blogs!
Since Sunday, I’ve just been working on my Iris Crochet Shawl and it’s nearly done. I just need to finish off the row of tc and a row of dc and it’s ready to have the ends sew in (which I hate) and blocked (which I’m really, really nervous about). It’ll be the first thing I’ve blocked – because I’ve been putting it off with the scarves I’ve finished. Click the photo to see it full size – it looks better, I promise! Unfortunately, the rest of my last ball of silk is the worst of the lot (which is why it was saved till last) and the end of the ball is looking very hairy and has the worst thick bits of the lot, so I’m going to get a new skien today to finish it off.
Last night, I also started the Elise Shawl. I’m using Drops Baby Alpaca Silk in off white and it is gorgeous! The yarn is so soft and it feels wonderful. I’m really going to enjoy working on it. The Elise Shawl has been bumped up because I’m going to wear it with my dress for the “casual” wedding my father-in-law and his posh partner are having. The wedding is the 17th of September, and we go on holiday on the 10th (with my lovely mother-in-law) so it has to be finished and blocked before we go. This gives me about two and a half weeks to get it done! Hopefully it’ll be quite quick (like the Iris Shawl that I started on Firday). I’ve reached the point where the pattern repeat gets going, and it’s very easy to memorise, and I’m enjoying it so far – it also doesn’t have any long chains (other than turning chains) which is definately a plus for me.
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This week, I’ve been very bad! I didn’t finish anything, and missed FO Friday, which was sad, and I didn’t do any of the things I was supposed to. I was supposed to finish my Lacey Crochet Scarf, and I barely worked on it at all. I was supposed to make some blanket blocks and I didn’t do any. I wasn’t supposed to by yarn and I did. I wasn’t supposed to start anything new, but I did.
I bought some Debbie Bliss silk this week, which had been reduced for the second time, and was just too tempting to leave behind again. I’m using it to make the Iris Crochet Shawl, that’s on my list, and it is gorgeous so far. The yarn is actually pretty annoying. It twists and has fat and thin patches which is really irritating. I’m hoping though, when it’s all blocked out it won’t be too obvious. I am already loving the shawl and the drape.
I figure after four weeks, this is a good time to see how my list has changed and what I have managed to do, when I haven’t been being naughty.
Scarves and Shawls
- Ziggy Lace Scarf
- Versailles Scarf <- Removed and replacing with Circle Crochet Scarf
- Lacey Crochet Scarf <- In Progress
- Sweet Scallops Shawl
- Sydney Infinity Scarf
- Iris Crocheted Shawl <- In Progress
- Organic Stole <- In Progress (sort of)
- Spring Ripple Scarf
- All Shawl
- Claudia Scarf
- Urban Shells <- Finished
- Elise Shawl
- Broomstick Lace Scarf <- Started (because I wanted to try it out!)
- Outing Shawl
- Angel Crochet Scarf
- Chester the Dog
- Fawn 2.0
- Tilly the Panda
- Little Bear
- Sheldon Turtle
- Realistic Octopus <- Finished (and awesome!)
- Finola the Fox
- Amigurumi Penguin
- Tote Bag <- Finished
- Go for Baroque
- Flower Crochet Coasters
- Cut Away Cardi
- Ginny Cowl
- Realta Blanket <- Added and in progress
All in all, I’m pretty happy with my progress so far. Hopefully this week I’ll be good, finish my shawl, do at least two blanket blocks, and get on with the Lacey Crochet Scarf.
It’s Wednesday again – which means we’re just about halfway to the weekend! This week I haven’t done any work on my Organic Stole at all – I’m going dress shopping tonight though, so I’ll hopefully decide if I want to keep going with it, or if something else would match better for this wedding. The Lacey Crochet Scarf has been growiong. I love this scarf. The pattern is so easy and it feels so quick to make. The yarn (Drops Light Cotton) is really nince to work with and I haven’t been having any problems with it being splitty or tangling, which is great.
I’ve also started a few rows of my Broomstick Lace Scarf, because I was so impatient to try it out! It’s pretty easy, but it feels like it’s taking me a long time to do each row just now. Hopefully with more practice I’ll get faster at it. I’ve also bought a load of silk, and I’m not sure what to do with it! Anyone have any suggestions?
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We went shopping yesterday, because I needed a 9 mm hook. While we were there, I got some Debbie Bliss Pure Silk since it had been reduced for a second time, and I resisted getting it the last time I was in. I got this gorgeous silver colour, but now I’m not really sure what I’m going to do with it! I might make the Iris Shawl with it (which is on my Year of Projects list). Or I could make another shawl or stole with it. I’m pretty sure I want to make a scarf or shawl with it but that’s about it. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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