Let's start Monday off right, shall we? How about a new pattern?
Here is my latest shawl, the Springwater Shawl.
Springwater is a crescent-shaped shawl, knit from the top down. I fell in love with crescent-shaped shawls when I was knitting this so this will not be the last crescent-shaped shawl you'll see from me. There's one on the needles right now.
Available in two sizes, small and large. The small is 28 inches wide and 11.5 inches deep (71 cm x 29 cm), and the large is 56 inches wide and 15.5 inches deep (142 cm x 39 cm).
250-275 yards fingering weight yarn (small) and 450-475 yards fingering weight yarn (large). Small is shown in Cascade Heritage, Turquoise. Large is shown in Springtree Road Muscadine Sock, Citron.
US 4 (3.5 mm) 32 inch or larger circular needle.
The pattern contains both written and charted instructions. The lace has patterning on both right and wrong side rows.
When I was in grad school, I had to TA lab classes. I discovered I really liked to teach. I also learned a lot through teaching the material. When I had to take comprehensive exams, one of the ways I studied was to prepare "lectures" then lock myself in an unused classroom to explain the material. It worked.
It's the same for knitting. You learn a lot when you teach knitting. Perhaps there's another way to explain or think about a particular technique. Sometimes a discussion can arise about why a slip 1, k2tog, psso is preferred over a slip 2, k 1, psso in that instance. As a designer, it helps me to see where people struggle with the way a pattern is written. I can think about ways to write my patterns as effectively as I can.
I started a new class at my LYS last weekend. I'm teaching a class for my Cala Shawl. It's more than just a project-driven class. I teach techniques as well, particularly when it comes to knitting lace.
If you noticed that pale yellow project on the table, it's my next shawl design. It's off to one of my test knitters now.
I ran out of yarn before I could bind off my Haruni. I was able to finish all of the knitting but did not have enough yarn to bind off.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I looked and looked all over for the same yarn but couldn't find any, not even scraps.
On a Saturday morning, shortly after putting Haruni aside, I walked into work. There, hanging from the wall, was a new order of Pagewood Farm Denali IN THE COLOR I NEEDED!! I ran over and grabbed that skein and bought it before a customer could walk in the door. There are perks to working in a yarn store you know.
I completed the bind off, and the shawl is ready for blocking.
When the kids are napping this afternoon, I'll be busy with my blocking wires and pins.
*When Liam is feeling anxious, he will say, "All done, all done, all done!" Sometimes when things don't finish when he wants, he will ask "Almost done?"
Knots are an inevitable part of knitting. Sometimes knots just happen. I accept it and don't grumble about it much.
Last night, as I was knitting away on Haruni, I found a knot in the yarn. I was almost to the end of a row, and I didn't have enough yarn to work to the end of the row without the knot finding its way into the shawl. I unknit a few lace repeats to give myself room to cut out the knot and rejoin the yarn. As I'm about to cut out the offending knot, I look down and find another knot inches away from the first one.
They're not even full knots but knots between plies of the yarn. I had to unknit some more so I could avoid the second knot. So frustrating.
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a single photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~
I started Haruni on Monday evening. I'm teaching a beaded shawl class at my LYS, and Haruni is the pattern I chose for the class. Even though the original pattern does not include beads, the shawl is perfect for beading. Can you find the beads in my picture? I am thoroughly enjoying this project.
I picked up Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman last week while at Target. I have read several of her books in the past and have always enjoyed them.