Posts Tagged ‘crescent’

Zig-zags on a Crescent

August 14, 2013

After a binding-off miscalculation, which resulted in a bit of tinking back and re-binding-off, the crescent shawl is done.

CrescentShawl

It’s a variation of Ann Weaver‘s basic triangle shawl; actually, a smaller version of her Saturated Shawl.  I didn’t discover until I’d blocked it that I’d been less than consistent in my increases. The result is that there are two zig-zaggy lines of increase “holes” from the center to the edge. I blame this mistake “design element” on the frequency with which I knit this while in a bar and/or while chatting with lively, engaging, and downright funny fellow knitters.

crescentshawl2

I used some lovely sock yarn that I bought in Ottawa earlier this spring: Blue Faced Leicester Sock by Riverside Studio in Quebec. The dyer is Kathryn, katdry on Ravelry, where she seems to be more active than her  Etsy shop (where I was unable to view the beautiful yarn that I know is there).

I added a couple of stripes of light gray that I took from the stash that Ann Weaver shared on our cruise. I wanted to set off the second triangle that starts about shoulder blade height. Of course, if you wear it wrapped around neck, the stripes appear every which way.

crescentwrapped

I used a new bind-off, taught to me by wonder-knitter Barb. One that’s looser and more stretchy, just right for the edge of a shawl that you want to drape every so loosely.

Instead of the usual knit 2, stitches then bind one off (looping one stitch over the next, resulting in one remaining stitch on right needle), you knit 2 stitches, then knit them together through the back. Like this:

bindoff

This leaves you one stitch on your right needle. Knit one more, then knit 2 together through the back again. Repeat until the end of the row. The result is a nice, loose edge – like this:

stretchybindoff

I’m looking forward to getting reacquainted with the Albers Cowl.

MAalbers

Advertisements

Bit by Bit & an Amazing Dress

August 8, 2013

WIth my renewed commitment to more knitting and more regular blogging, I’ve been exploring ways to fit these two pleasures into my day.

Knitting at work kind of defeats the purpose of work. It’s not quite at all legit to charge clients for time when, in fact, you’re not really doing the agreed-upon work. Although it looks more like work than knitting does, blogging at my desk isn’t Kosher either.

I’ve yet to find a way to knit while driving although I must confess that much of my excitement at the prospect of driverless cars is actually fueled by a I-could-knit-while-driving excitement.

Keeping my knitting close at hand and picking it up for short intervals is helpful and kind of fun. It makes those inevitable gaps of the day seem less like waiting. Mentally composing a blog post on my morning run or walk is sometimes fruitful — if I can remember to write my thoughts once I get home.

I’m at that point in the crescent shawl where progress is hard to see. It’s too scrunched on the needles to be measurable. At least, I can’t be bothered to do it.

crescent shawl in progress

I think I’ll go for another 3 or 4 inches before binding off. As with most projects, the closer I get to finishing, the more eager I am to be done.

Speaking of projects, my knitting cruise mate Jenny is making an exquisite Icelandic dress (Lopi Lite, I believe). Knit from the bottom up, with two gorgeous bands on the hem, it is going to be a wearable work of art.

Icelandic dress knit in Lopi Lite

What’s on your needles these days? And where & when do you knit?

 

 

 

%d bloggers like this: