Out from under my Lace Scarf

24 04 2009

YAY!  I am out from under my lace scarf! It’s done- finished, blocked, and already worn!  It’s so pretty, but dang did that one snooze for a long time! The relief I feel is great… now to tackle some more lingering projects.

I also finished up a beaded crochet bracelet that was lingering from Christmas time and I finished my second felted chick.  You’ll remember that my friend Malaika’s little boy was the recipient for the first felted chick, I think my high school friend Phaedra’s daughter who is on the way will be the recipient of the second one.

My new “to-do” Knitting list

  • Itty-bitty Mary-Jane’s for (Phaedra’s little one!)
  • Lace Wing Scarf (for mom)
  • Black Sheep (for me!)
  • Sizzle tanktop in aqua Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (for me!)
  • Black Cashmere Mobious (it’s been on the needles for 3 years this June!)
  • Entralac purse in browns (for me!)

Hemlock Ring Blanket: Lace dream!

29 03 2009

I finished the Hemlock Ring Blanket last weekend, but didn’t get around to blocking it until this weekend.  I knew it would be pretty but OMG it’s gorgeous!

Because it’s knit in the round, it actually is naturally shaped like a hat (hence the photo of me wearing it as such) it also is all ripply because of the fan and feather pattern  It looked a little like a sea creature.

Blocking is essential for a piece like this.  I let it soak in water for a good hour, draining all the water out and refilling a couple of times.  I squeezed out as much water as I could before laying the blanket on multiple towels and rolling it up… then stepping on the towel/blanket role to get even more water out.  Next  I used every straight pin in the house to pin it out on a blanket- starting at the center and carefully working my way out.  I pinned out each loop on the edge getting the blanket just right.  then I kicked the cats out of my bedroom,  and laid it on the bed to dry. Now it lays nice and flat!

Love/Hate with Lace

3 03 2009

So, I have been working my way through the list of knitting i needed to finish.

  • 2nd sock in a pair for Mom
  • Stuffed Teddy Bear for friend’s baby
  • Felted baby chicks for the Browns
  • Pink scarf I started 2 years ago (ouch)
  • A slew of miniature stockings ornaments

It’s time to make a new list.  But I realized that I will be carrying over one item from the old list, an item I am embarrassed to say has been in my knitting bag for around 2 years now.  I figure I should “encourage” myself to finish this UFO (un-finished object) through public shame.

50% Done

50% Done

Lace I’m loathing… My  UFO Hall of Shame Item #1: Pink Lace Wing Scarf

Let me be clear- I am loathing this project because it is lingering, I love the scarf itself.  This lace wing scarf is a great pattern written by my dear friend Faye for the Yarn Shop Hop a couple years ago.  I am knitting it with Elsbeth Lavold silky wool. I love the yarn, I really don’t know what the problem is.  It sits in my knitting bag, then I move it out to make room for newer projects, then I move it back in cause I feel guilty about not finishing it.  It’s a vicious cycle.  The thing is in the “queue” behind this one is the same scarf in a pale blue for my mom.  It’s taken me a year and a half ! So I really blame it on my co-worker Tim, he jinxed me with this scarf.  a year and a half ago he and I were carpooling to a training class together. I naturally had my knitting with me- this scarf in fact and as i was knitting on the drive down we had this conversation:

Tim: “How long have you been Knitting”

Me: “Oh for 2 or 3 years”

Tim looks incredulous: “2 or 3 years and you’ve only gotten that far!”

We had a good laugh, but it’s almost true now- I have been knitting on that scarf for almost 2 years now- well not knitting, but having good intentions of knitting.  So, I am carrying over the infamous pink scarf to my new list of knitting.  I’m calling myself out on my blog to try to keep myself on task.

Lace I am in love with

True to my nature, I’ve added more projects to my ever growing queue, ahead of projects that have been on the “bench” for a while.  But this one, its so worth it.  For a wedding gift, I am making a Hemlock Ring Blanket, a round lace wool throw blanket… picture it in your head, yes- it’s a giant doily throw blanket! But it is so elegant and has been very engaging to knit (no pun intended!).   Cascade Ecological wool is great to work with and the natural color is perfect. The pattern is a 1942 knitted doily pattern that blogger Jared Flood  of  Brooklyn Tweed blog up-sized and charted.  I am loving knitting this pattern!  I may have to make another blanket for myself when I am done. 🙂  The photos below are not my knitting- I’m only about 60 rows in so far, these are photos from Brooklyn Tweed’s blog. I can hardly wait! I will post photos soon.