I kept my fingers crossed, hoping that I would have enough... But, my worst fear happened, I ran out of yarn... Rowan is a popular brand, many yarn shops carry the lines. However, 4-ply cotton doesn't seem to be very popular. Out of a handful of LYS's in the area, there is only one that carries 4-ply cotton. I bought two balls from them, thinking that it would be enough. I remember that was still one ball left on the shelves. That was one week ago. When I went back there this week, that ball was gone! What are the odds that someone also wanted to buy the same yarn in the same color in the same week when the yarns have been sitting on the shelves for months, and especially there is only one ball left? Aaarrrggghhhh!!! I made calls to several LYS's this morning, none of them carries this yarn... sigh... I guess I'll just have to put this project aside until I find more yarn. Dang! I was hoping to wear it this weekend, I heard it may hit 80 degrees on Saturday.
After I saw Annie's and Margaret's gorgeous scarves, I decided to make one too. This pattern is so beautiful. Upon a quick glance, it looks somewhat similar to the Tiger Eye Scarf, but it is much easier to knit in my opinion. I did not try to memorize the pattern, but after a few repeats, I could pretty much figure out what to do next based on the previous row. It also knit up faster than Tiger Eye.
I wanted the two ends of the scarf to be symmetrical, so I worked the scarf from two ends and then joined them together. Each half has 19 pattern repeats. I had planned to graft the two halves using the Kitchener stitch. Well, I was only about 1/3 of the way through when I spotted a big hole. I could not figure out what went wrong. The lace border also presented some difficulties for grafting. I ripped back the join, almost dropped a stitch in the process. After all that, I decided to just do the safe and easy three needle bind-off. Although it is not as seamless as Kitchener stitch, I know I can do it without dropping any stitches... :D
It's the pink scarf in the middle of the picture. Doesn't it look like the popular Flower Petal Scarf (other than mine, seen here, here, here, here, and many others)? And also the Flower Scarf (seen here, here, here, and here...)? I am tempted to make this version too. Maybe in mohair?
This is my second lace shawl. After just finishing Shetland Triangle, this one felt familiar and easy. The construction follows the same formula, just the stitch counts and the lace pattern are different. It is a simple lace, easily memorized after a few repeats. Although it was not a difficult knit, I did not dare to stare at the TV while I knit this one. Ripping back lace is no fun at all. I would rather go slow than make a mistake.
Since I only bought one skein of this yarn, my plan was to try to use it up. When I first started, I was amazed at how little yarn it took to make the initial few repeats. But Shetland Triangle taught me that the yarn would go really fast toward the last few repeats and the edging. After I finished the 9th repeat of the 10-row lace pattern, I started weighing the yarn ball at each 1o-row repeat - which used about 5 g. When I finished 12 repeats and only had 11 g of yarn left, I knew it was time to start the edging. Still worried that I might not have enough, I started weighing it every two rows. The good thing is I have more than enough - there's still 4 g left after bind-off. I am glad that I used the scale to help me estimate and decide when to stop.
因為這線只買了一綑, 一開始便打算盡量把它用完. 剛開始織, 覺得這細線用起來還蠻省的耶! 好像都沒有減少... 織過雪特蘭後知道最後那幾段用線會用的很兇, 織完9次十段花樣重複後, 我就開始每十段秤一次重量 - 每十段用掉 5 g. 當我織完12次重複時只剩下 11 g, 我就開始織邊啦! 每兩段再秤一次, 很怕線不夠來收針. 每兩段還是只用掉 1 g. 最後收針收完時剩下 4 g ... 真是ㄗㄞ的度度好... :D
The bind-off on my Shetland Triangle was too tight, I could not pull out those sharp points along the bias edges, which was very disappointing. Thus this time around, I decided to use needles 3 sizes larger (US size #7) to do the bind-off, thinking that it should be enough... Well, the result was as follows -
The maddening thing is, if there were no sharp points at all, then I might just give up and try again on my next lace shawl. But do you see those few sharp points along the right edge? I was not happy about this... the look of it just drove me nuts... I slept on it, woke up the next morning determined to make it right. I ripped out the bind-off, one stitch at a time. It took me almost two hours just to undo the bind-off. What's one to do when 3-size-larger needles did not work? I grabbed a US size #10.5 from my tool box (note the lace was knit in size #4)... If I still couldn't get those sharp points with these huge needles, I would give up forever, maybe hire someone to do the bind-off for me next time... Fortunately, I am satisfied with the final result... :)
Three projects at the same time? And I still want to start new ones... hehe... ;) Although I always seem to have multiple projects going on at the same time, I do almost finish them all at the end. The keyword being "almost", there's a frustrating UFO in the pile for more than a year now. Not that I don't want to finish it, I just don't know how (and if) to go forward. That will be another post. For now, let me show you what I am working on:
Phildar Swing Jacket is looking good. Both front pieces, the back, and one sleeve are done. The fronts and back have been blocked and measure perfectly. The sleeve has not been blocked. I will do a second batch of blocking once the second sleeve and the collar are done. Gotta start looking for yarn to do the pockets, and shopping for buttons!
I couldn't resist, the second day after I received my Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2007 issue in the mail, I went out to buy yarn for the cover dress. It is too adorable! After about 4 days, the top back is done. I bought enough yarn and do intend to make the entire dress, but I know myself, this is probably one of the largest projects I have ever taken on (the largest may be the baby blanket...) I decided to start with the top, then the second tier of the garment and the sleeves. And if I haven't got tired of it, then I will make the bottom tier of the skirt. If I run out of patience, then at least I can wear it as a top. I imagine this dress will take some time to make. No hurry, this will just be a "little" something to do on the side while I tackle the other projects. :D
And of course, TKA's project of the month - Kiri Shawl. I started a few days ago, wanted to make sure the yarn and the needle gauge work well for this lace pattern. This lace yarn is one of my acquisitions from Stitches West 2007. I am liking how it has turned out so far. Hopefully it will look as good after blocking.