Sunday, September 30, 2007

And a Ravelry We Will Go

I got my Ravelry invite this past week. I was still on the fence as to whether or not I wanted to join. I've got everything catalogued in knitable and the stash on the fiberitis stashblog. Man was I wrong!

It is too cool. I've been checking out designs, completed projects and wip's. Frecklegirl and the Codemonkey have done a fantastic job. I was wondering what the hype was about and now I know!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Stage 2

Stage 1: The Chatelaine shawl body was completed Saturday night.
Stage 2: The edging commenced yesterday as a picked up border. Today I ripped it out and decided to do a knitted on edging. I've done this type of edging only once and that was about 4 years ago. I couldn't make sense of it Sunday, but once I made up my mind that it was a better choice it seemed to flow.

I'm using the Brand Iron Edging from Sharon Miller's Heirloom Knitting. I thought this book was an extravangance when originally purchased. I've consulted it time and time again for this project. It has been a great resource for shawl knitting and I highly recommend it. I purchased my copy from the lys during one of the sales.

This project hasn't been without its' share of trials and tribulations. I am pleased with the look thus far and hope that stage 3, blocking, will bring out the true beauty.

I won't say that I see many more shawl designs in my future, but I feel more prepared for the challenge of actually charting out a shawl and writing the pattern. Next time I'll try my hand at either a triangular or square design.

Sunday, September 09, 2007


I'll admit it. I'm a slacker.

It has taken me two weeks to get this sweater blocked and seamed. The sweater is seamed and then the collar added last. I finished the last bit at work this week and blocked the collar Friday.

No velvet on the edges yet. I haven't located any here in town, but I did find two sources on the internet. Their products are so drastically different from each other that I don't know which one is the correct choice. The saleslady in Joann's told me that although they didn't have velvet piping, they did have the cording so that I could make my own. I about peed my pants!

Don't get me wrong. I've made cording before, however I prefer not to do it in velvet.

As I've said before, I have a very strong aversion to making an actual baby-sized item. Don't know why, just one of those little quirks. It may be because they grow so fast and I want them to use it for a while. I made the 12-24 months size as planned since I didn't know the baby was going to be so tiny and I'd already purchased the yarn.

The Chatelaine shawl is eating up my time once again. If the original 10 pattern repeat plan works then I'm 69.40% finished with the body. Using 12 I'm only 58.22%. Still quite a ways to go. I won't be posting any pictures of it for a while as they all look the same just longer.