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Archive for October 30th, 2013

The swatch for the Shetland Baby Shawl continues.

shetland lace swatch 2

It’s 60 stitches long and 41 rows. I don’t know what it will block out to and I am looking forward to finding out. The motifs shown may make up the wide border of the shawl. I am kind of sold on the diamond at the very bottom, but am not sure about some of the other shapes.

I don’t know what the gauge is yet. I’ll take that measurement after it is blocked or rather dressed. I am going to test out an edging at the top after I finish the entire border motif. Should I keep this particular border I may change the spacing of the motifs. Right now I am planning on working the shawl “borders out” which means making the center first, adding break patterns and smaller borders with more break patterns, then comes the border pattern I am swatching. More break patterns then the edging. Picking and choosing the designs is exciting. Every element that goes into this shawl will be swatched first to make sure it works as a cohesive whole and that I can knit the motif without constantly messing it up.

Right now the swatch looks exactly like I envisioned it: frothy like the foam left by a wave as it retreats from shore. I hope the needle size continues to give me that effect after dressing.

On the camera front, I got the Canon EOS60D and I am loving it. All bad shots are my fault from here on in and not the camera. It’s not small nor is it light weight but I still love it.

The Charlotte Baby Sweater and Hat are almost ready to be sent to the test knitters. Monday I traveled to the not-so-local Joann Fabric Store and found the perfect ribbon to finish the hat and sweater.

lace ribbon

I all but squealed when I saw it.

hat

Tie the ribbon in a bow, sew on the sweater’s antique buttons, which go perfectly with the ribbon, take some photographs of it all and off to the test knitters.

The word from my oncologist is good. Stay of execution granted. I am very grateful for all I have and don’t have.

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