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Archive for November 12th, 2014

Lots of knitting going on around here. Between collecting seeds from well-loved garden plants and doctor visits it’s been busy.

The 1960s girl’s sweater’s front and back are completed. The three needle bind off at the shoulders is also done. One sleeve is in the works. The maths for all the sleeves and sleeve caps is completed. I am particularly surprised at how well the plackets on the front came out. The front was worked in one piece up to the beginning of the placket, where I then divided it. Working both sides at once was a novel construction for me. Usually new construction techniques cause their fair share of headaches, but this one didn’t. It almost felt like the sweater wanted to be made this way.

I think what may have helped too is that I purchased the buttons before I ever got to the plackets. Usually, the buttons are the very last thing I buy and buttonholes and button bands are made for buttons I don’t have yet. Having them on hand and planning the plackets around them made the entire buttonhole and band experience go as smooth as silk. From now on, the buttons will be purchased ahead of time.

I’ve taken some time off from the girl’s sweater (I really need to come up with a 1960-ish name for it. Projects without a name feel like orphans to me). Instead I’ve spent time playing with Shetland lace designs for a triangular shawl that until two weeks ago I had no idea I was making.

The living room floor looks a little like a kindergarten classroom. Scissors, graph paper, pencils, erasers, cello tape, small cut out shapes, enough eraser residue to make a small mound, snippets and fine curls of paper here and there and Yarn Rascal relentlessly trying to position himself in the middle of it all to steal the pencils.

It’s the most familiar way I know to create lace shawls. Graph out the lace motifs, have a brown craft paper cut out of the size and shape of the entire shawl, and then start moving the lace motifs around until I come up with something that is pleasing. Since the background paper of the shawl is brown, and the lace motifs are cut out of white graph paper, I get a better idea of the impact negative space has on the motifs.

On Ravelry, I’ve posted my request for test knitters via the Free Pattern Testers group for the Forgotten Love Socks. Pop on over if you’re interested.

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