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MIL Shawl Done

Knitted lace looks so much better after it is blocked. The MIL stole is done and was sent to her just in time for her birthday.

estonian garden shawl knit 1

She loves the Estonian Garden Shawl. This was knit with MadelineTosh Lace in the Antique Lace colorway.

estonian garden shawl knit 2

As always with MadelineTosh yarns I loved working with it. While it looked like a hot mess before blocking and I wasn’t sure I’d chosen the right color, all that uncertainty faded away when blocked.

estonian garden shawl knit 3

The nupps were not difficult at all. The key to nupp making is when wrapping the yarn around the needle wrap it gently by just laying it over the needle. Then on the reverse side when it comes to purl 5 together it is easy to slip the needle into the stitches and accomplish the nupp. This way the nupp is neither too tight nor too loose.

I am currently working on my sister-in-law’s shawl. I am using MadelineTosh Light, a heavier yarn weight than the lace in the Happiness colorway which is exclusive to Happy Knits yarn shop in Portland Oregon.

pothos knit shawl

This is the third project I’ve used this colorway on and I just love it. If happiness were a color this would be it.

Although the project looks like a hot mess it is just in need of a blocking. The shawl is Pothos by Anne Hanson.

I know I have been quiet lately, but a lot has been going on in the background with the health of my parents.

Anyway…today’s masochistic knitting question: When is a lifeline not a lifeline? Answer: When it’s holding the incorrect number of stitches due to missed yarnovers and decreases. How to prevent this? Always count your stitches before you move your lifeline.

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All I Want To Do

madelinetosh light yarn shawl

I am still being a bad girl and working only on my mindless knitting project, the above pictured shawl. When the ball of Madelinetosh Light yarn in the Happiness colorway runs out the shawl will be done.

All I want to knit is this shawl. I have no socks on any needles, the Girl’s Smock, Ming Blue, is still waiting revisions. I have a second sweater I need to squeeze in design wise before the end of the month. I still need to source the yarn for my next sweater project. I have, what I think, is a great idea for a guy sweater that would fit perfectly a certain submission request and all I want to do is knit this simple shawl. Forget the revisions, the yarn search, the second sweater design, or writing up a submission. I just want to snuggle into my chair with Yarn Rascal draped around my neck and knit this shawl.

I am living on the edge, I tell you, because this ball of yarn is going to run out. In fact, I noticed how much smaller it was today than yesterday and I felt a little bit of panic in my chest. I wonder if this is how a knitter goes round the bend? Unreasonably attached to a specific project and its ball of yarn, knitting and knitting, knowing the end is coming closer the more one knits but not able to stop.

Hopefully, the yarn will last all weekend.

Have a great weekend.

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knit socks secret love wide shot

The Skipper’s Socks are finished and on his feet. None too soon either, as it has turned chilly.

knit socks secret love twisted stitches

Knit from the toe up, the inspiration for these socks was the work and art of the blacksmith. Imagine a walk on a cool, early Autumn morning as the misty countryside starts to awaken. The sound of metal ringing against metal. In the distance, wisps of grey smoke curl and drift from a forge. The blacksmith is already at work drawing and bending hot metal into ornate shapes destined to become a decorative element for a wrought iron gate.

In these socks, I wanted to capture the firmness of the vertical repetition of the wrought iron gate and the strength found in its twisted and curved decorative shapes. The twisted stitch pattern forming the side panels of the socks is the decorative element. The plain ribbing on the instep, the front and the back of the leg is the gate. The easy sewn bind off is intentionally used to echo the texture of the twisted stitch panels.

knit socks secret love cast off

Later this week, I will be searching for test knitters. The pattern is written for sizes 8.5 (9, 10)” / 21.5 (23, 25.5) cm circumference. Both the leg and foot length can be adjusted for an individual fit.

I am happy with these socks. They came out just as I had pictured them. The yarn is MadelineTosh Sock in the Aura colorway.

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The poetry of the earth is never dead:
When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;
That is the Grasshopper’s—he takes the lead…

John Keats On the Grasshopper and Cricket

I can’t recollect the sound of grasshoppers, having not seen one since I was young. But the sounds of the Cicadas fill some of the quiet times of these heat heavy days. Our baby birds grow bigger each day. The parent purple finches are doing round the clock feedings and when they are away from the nest two purple finch aunts guard the wee ones. One of the babies is already flapping its wings, a prelude to leaving the nest. In a way, I will be sad to see them go because I know there won’t be more babies this year. In another way too, I will be happy to see them fly for the first time. I can only imagine the freedom and joy in such soaring. My hope is that they remember their little home and come back to have babies of their own next year.

purple finch feeding babies

purple finch birds babies

The other item growing fast is the baby sweater I’m knitting with the MadelineTosh yarn. The right front is started and hopefully will be complete this weekend. Then onto the sleeves.

baby sweater madelinetosh yarn

I’ll block the fronts and backs before I sew them together. I like to block the pieces before sewing because it makes the sewing easier. I have a clearer view of what to stitch together and where.

Despite the knitting progress, I admit I’d rather be crocheting. I have an afghan design in mind for Dad and am searching for the yarn and colors.

tranquil color palette

Including the light blue book, count 4 to the left and that is the color scheme. The afghan will be called Tranquil. All the while I am knitting, I am thinking of this afghan. I need to work on staying in the moment.

To all: Have a happy weekend!

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