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Shawl we? Lots 353-356

(All links in this post go to Ravelry, which you will need a free account to view.)

After my last post, some of you may have been wondering – “Alright, if she’s not going to knit something for all 47 categories, how many things IS she going to knit?”

Honestly, I’m not sure. I have plans, some of them quite specific. I also have a job, and classes, and those are quite specific in their demands as well. At the moment, looking at what I’ve already decided I’m thinking…more than 10, less than 30? I’m eyeing the sock and sweater categories in particular – these will vary widely with the time I have available.

However, I am helped along, one more, by the fair’s “completed in the three years prior” rule. That means that I can also submit a few projects knit this past year or while I was in Japan. There’s one in particular that deserves a second chance.

This is my Cats Day shawl. The pattern is by Hazel Carter, and I knit it from Knit Picks Shadow (Oregon Coast Heather). Honestly, it was a pain in the tush to knit. It used a construction that I now recognize as standard, but was unfamiliar at the time – the middle section is knit flat, back and forth. Stitches are picked up around the edge and the large border is knit in the round. Finally the edging is knit on, worked back and forth – imagine a Sisyphean cast-off where you are required to go 14 steps forward and then take 13 steps back.

I did love the finished project and entered it this year in the fair in Lot 356 –¬†Stole (rectangle); light wt yarn, 16 in. or more in width.

…just one little problem. I was thinking like this – “Rectangle, as opposed to a circular or triangular shawl” (both common shapes) and “Squares are special rectangles.”

The judges did not agree. They were nice about it – they tried to move it to the correct category, which wasn’t possible since I already had something entered there. Instead, they urged me to resubmit it next year. Which is exactly what I’m going to do.

The remaining lots for shawls are broken down by yarn weight (16 in or less is a scarf):

353 – Shawl or stole; hvy wt yarn, 16 in. or more in width

354 – Shawl or stole; med wt yarn, 16 in. or more in width

355 – Shawl; light wt yarn, 16 in. or more in width

Heavy weight yarn is worsted weight to bulky, medium is sport to DK, and lightweight is shetland to fingering. I’m leaving the heavy weight option alone for now – it’ll be a good category if I get to next July and have some spare time. For light weight, I am still weighing my options.

However, I have a shawl in sport weight that I knit last year around Christmas that will do nicely for the medium weight category.

This is a Swallowtail Shawl, pattern by Evelyn Carter. I’ve knit a Swallowtail Shawl in one form or another every year since 2008, but I’d always done them in lace or fingering weight yarn. Last year, I wanted to see what a heavier weight shawl would feel like. This one took 396 meters of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light (Potting Soil Mix), which funnily enough is one meter more than the amount of yarn in three skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light. I ended up subbing in a small amount of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine, which I happened to have in the same colorway.

So that is it for the shawl categories! Next time, it’s all about the mitten lots.

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Sweater in 15 Minutes a Day – Complete!

It’s done!

Mandel Sweater

Mandel Sweater

I knit the medium size of the Mandel Sweater (Rav link), using around 1150 yards of Knit Picks Gloss DK in Admiral. I bought the yarn back when Gloss DK was a bit cheaper, so this sweater only cost me about $45 in materials. The pattern indicated that I would need 1250 yards for my intended size, so I kind of had to hold my breath and hope, since I was about 20 yards short of that. Thankfully I finished with around 85 yards to spare.

The pattern was quite clear and easy to follow. I would rank it at the intermediate level, with its saddle shoulder construction. Plus, the instructions are not written out line by line, it’s up to you to figure out which rows you need to increase/decrease/work the pleats on. Stitch counts are given, so you can work out at each stage whether you’re on track or not.

It fits!

It fits!

I disliked working the pleats and at times considered eliminating or reducing them. But really, at that point I might as well have just bought a blue knit pullover from Old Navy.

The body hem rolls, despite the garter stitch edging. I might rip out my cast off and add a couple of rows there this fall if it continues to annoy me.

Close up of the neckline and shoulder pleats.

Close up of the neckline and shoulder pleats.

Now for the stats. In January, when I started on this sweater, I remarked that I was inspired by Learning Japanese in Ten Minutes a Day and other books of its ilk. These books have always annoyed me – you can’t learn a language in ten minutes a day, especially not Japanese. Hell, the US Department of Defense puts their people through 64 weeks of intense study and classifies Japanese as one of the languages that takes six years of University-level study to master (it’s fellows are Chinese, Korean, Pashto and Arabic).

But a sweater? Meh.

Well, it turns out that a sweater broken into 15-minute chunks can take quite a while. In the end, this one took 46 hours and 45 minutes – just short of two days. If I hadn’t broken down and finished it off at the end of June (to put me out of my misery), it would have taken 187 days. Or from January 20th, when I started, to the 25th of the this month. I’m not knitting with a silk/wool blend in July. Heck, wearing the thing in June was bad enough. It’s going into a drawer for November.

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Stripy Scarf

Noro Striped Scarf

Noro Striped Scarf

I finished something! About a year ago I got a craving for a long skinny scarf. I grabbed two skeins of Noro, cast on, and…let it linger in my closet until last month. To get it going again, I turned it into my work party knitting, dragging it hither and yon. Since the rows were short, it was easy enough to get a couple of inches in whenever I had a free moment.

For 100g of worsted-weight Noro, I got a looooong scarf. Long enough to jump rope with – maybe 9-10 feet long. Long long. Just in time for the weather to hit 70F.

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Slouchy Hat

I think my coworkers suspect that all I do is get home from work and knit myself a new hat for the next day.

Future Blues, Rowan Lima, Minty by Erica Jackofsky.

Future Blues, Rowan Lima, Minty by Erica Jackofsky.

I’m quite taken with this one – it’s knit extra long, with eyelets that you thread with i-cord to tug into a slouchy shape. This hat took a very satisfying exact ball of Rowan Lima, in the Patagonia colorway. Of course, I was so convinced that I would need two balls…I bought two balls. Time for matching mitts.

The pattern is so easy and intuitive, I’m using it to teach a new knitter. Plus it’s really cute and I can change out the ties for a different effect, if need be. Of course, that means knitting more i-cord.

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Complete!

 

Finished Blanket

Finished Blanket

Plus two more pictures that I should have posted in March:

Most of the way through the blue section.

Most of the way through the blue section.

Blue section completed.

Blue section completed.

In addition, some of you will be happy to know that the Sweater in 15 Minutes a Day has been found. It has about nine hours on it now and I’m hoping to divide for the armholes by the end of the month (ambitious, I know).

 

 

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A hat, a hat!

Once again, I am blaming the Happy Monday System for throwing off my schedule. However, I am pleased to be sharing with you something other than the blanket.

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Gretel, by Ysolda Teague.

I promised a friend a hat for her birthday back in July and after going through my vast collection, she decided on this one¬†(Rav link), in green. I had to wait until fall to buy the yarn, since the general store doesn’t stock it in summer and I don’t have any green yarn. Call it a character flaw.

This is the fourth Gretel that I’ve knitted. It’s a very quick pattern (this hat was completed over four days of train rides), and the finished product is popular with non-knitters. I never seem to wear the two I’ve made for myself, however, most likely due to poor yarn choices.

Next week – the blanket returns! Hopefully it will look noticeably bigger to your eyes, after a two week break.

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Socks and Sweaters

I finished up the Narragansett Bay Socks almost two weeks ago, but the pictures have been languishing.

Unfortunately, since Nagoya currently lacks such necessities for good knitting pictures as ample sunlight and willing photographers, they didn’t come out great.

As I mentioned before, these are the Narragansett Bay Socks, a pattern from Lisa Lloyd and only available in the book, A Fine Fleece. A Fine Fleece is specifically intended to be full of projects for people who spin their own yarn, though they provide commercially available substitutions for every pattern. I myself used Knit Picks Gloss, in the colorway ‘Dolphin,’ which, admittedly, looked more grey than blue online.

I first heard about A Fine Fleece on brainylady’s blog (here) back in April and my interest was peaked both by her review and the mention of these socks, wince my family has spent almost every summer since I was born at Narragansett beach in Rhode Island.. I checked it out the next time I was at the bookstore and snatched it up once I realized how many patterns I needed right now. I’ve finished three, including these socks and the matching Narragansett Bay scarf (which I gave to a professor), and another 5 or 6 are waiting in my queue on Ravelry.

In the meantime, however, I’ve started up something new.

Care to make a guess?

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