Monday, December 10, 2012

Knitting has been keeping me busy ...

... other than my beginning to knit class project:

It's a shawl/scarf I found on Ravelry and downloaded the pattern from Knitty
where it was published a couple of years ago.

The comments on Ravelry gave me the courage to give it a try
as it was said to be easy enough for beginners.
And it is ... to some extent.

I found myself making numerous mistakes and ripping the thing out.
But at my class last week, our teacher gave us a great
tutorial on how to fix mistakes in the knit fabric without 
undoing hours and hours of work.

That tutorial is worth the class fee all by itself!

Here's a view of the flared bottom in need of some serious blocking!
(Link provided to explain "blocking" just in case.)

The flared bottom is created by gussets where I learned
how to knit "short rows."
I hope it will give me a boost when I tackle
my first knit sock project.

The main part of the shawl's fabric is a combination of
stockinette made with overly large needles
and garter stitch made with appropriately-sized needles.
I love the effect.
I'll love it even more after blocking! 

The yummy yarn!
Mini Mochi from Crystal Palace Yarns, color #323 - copper-turquoise.

Love that it's machine washable.
The Merino gives it a nice softness. I assume the nylon
is blended because this is meant to be a "sock yarn"
and nylon lends both stretch and memory to the yarn.

When I move on to knitting socks, I will definitely use this yarn.
It's a single ply but surprisingly strong, which I assume is also
because of the nylon blend.

I'm almost to the halfway point of the shawl.
Hopefully, I'll be posting pictures of the finished product
in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, we are re-doing our upstairs bathroom.
A complete much-needed renovation since the house
is almost 35 years old and the bathrooms
and kitchen need some serious updating.

So while it may not be totally "Tread" related,
I'll share the before, during and after of the ordeal.
Because of the plumbing issues involved,
we are using a contractor to do the lion's share of the job.
My tasks will be eliminating the popcorn texture off the ceiling
and all of the painting.

Oh joy.


Ginger Davis Allman (The Blue Bottle Tree) said...

I do love Mini Mochi. I made a double knit scarf for my husband from it and took advantage of the colors changing. It is strong but I wouldn't want to use it for socks. Socks take some serious pounding so unless they're bed socks then I'd stick with the more rugged yarns like Dream in Color or the gold standards like Regia or Opal. I have had so many socks that I put all that time into and they felted up or shrank or wore through.

I'm really amazed at how well you're doing with knitting. Your shawl is just gorgeous! I've never done a short row pattern like that one, it seems like a really easy way to get shaping.

Hilary said...

beautiful... love the colors...

Chris said...

Hi Hilary, this is so pretty. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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