Test Knitting

I’ve been quiet for the past fortnight because I’ve taken a break from all the KALs to complete two test knits for designer friends on Ravelry. I’m not saying much about them at the moment, but one is blocking and the other is about to be blocked, so watch this space…

Here’s a teaser from one of them…

test knit blocking [1 of 1] -- click for larger

Of course, it now means I’m a tad (ahem! :p) behind with the KALs but I’m hoping to forge forward with those some this weekend, and there’s another one starting next week — and guess what? It’s not a shawl…

Until then, knit on! :)



KAL Progress!

I’m moving along with two of the knitalongs I talked about last timeWendy’s Summer Solstice KAL, and the Mystic Fire knitalong.

For the Summer Solstice Shawl, the next clue included more beads — another 105 of them, to be precise, over four rows(!) — but it seems that this will be the last clue to feature them. As the shawl is bottom-up, I can only assume this means that the remaining five clues will include lace motifs and (eventually) decreases to the point of casting off. Whee! Here’s where I’m at, after Clue 2:

Summer Solstice Shawl, Summer 2012 WIP [1 of 1] -- click for larger

It’s looking lovely with all that luscious silk and the sparkling beads! :)

The second clue of the Mystic Fire KAL irritated me a little, I’ll confess — because other lace KALs I’ve done/seen have been a case of “part one, chart one”, then “part two, chart two”, the fact that this one had additional rows added to the end of the first chart threw me a little. It’s just lucky that I am sad and anal and read lace charts for fun (ha!) and noticed it that way — otherwise, I’d have just started on the second chart immediately, and that would have caused all kinds of problems. Still, it didn’t happen — although there was a lot of swearing around rows 83-86, mainly due to four yarn overs in a row and how to deal with them on subsequent rows. That slowed me down a little and was a little fiddly, but I got there in the end.

Here’s how it looks after Clue 2 — the shawl is getting a bit big for the needles now, so it’s harder to photograph:

Mystic Fire Shawl, Summer 2012 WIP [1 of 1] -- click for larger

Never one to overwhelm myself (*snorts*), I’m now doing a juggling act between these two KALs, Ziggity, the GoddessKnits Summer Mystery Shawl, and two test knits for friends. Oh, and there’s another KAL started this week, too. Thank goodness for the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage — it’s excellent knitting time. Wish me luck — and until next time, knit on! :)



Knitalongs!

So, I finally got chance to write about the two KALs that started recently — Wendy’s Summer Solstice KAL, and the Mystic Fire knitalong.

I started the Summer Solstice Shawl in another yarn completely, Knit Picks’ Palette, but after a few rows it became apparent that the yarn and I did not get on — not in the slightest. Clue a bit of panicking, as I didn’t have any other blue/teal fingering weight yarn in my stash and I desperately wanted this shawl to be “watery” in tone. Plus I had some absolutely gorgeous beads to match…!

At this point, my wonderful hubbie stepped in, and kindly told me he’d buy me new yarn for the project. I had a quick dash around the Internet (because the KAL had started and I didn’t want to fall behind any!) and came across Solstice Yarns, who are not far from me and who had in stock a stunning 100% silk fingering weight (Osiris) in a delicious teal colour (“On Your Shore”). Needless to say, it got ordered and within a few days I was casting on again quite merrily — so huge thanks to both hubbie and to Eleanor at Solstice Yarns for being so swift and helpful!

Here I am, after Clue 1:

Summer Solstice Shawl, Summer 2012 WIP [1 of 2] -- click for larger

And here’s a detail shot of those beads already in place. The pattern calls for nupps originally, but I thought beads would bring a little bit of sparkle. :)

Summer Solstice Shawl, Summer 2012 WIP [2 of 2] -- click for larger

I also got started on the Mystic Fire KAL, using some Old Maiden Aunt Merino/Bamboo 4ply in the “Far Darrig” colourway. This also had a challenge of its own, because I swatched for this project and was very confused when, after changing needle size to 5mm needles, I got the exact same tension as I had on 4.5mm! I eventually figured out that I’d only gone and re-swatched on another pair of 4.5mms that I own, so a third swatch (on the actual 5mm needles) was worked. However, I didn’t like the stitch definition so decided to stick with the 4.5mms — it’s still tighter than the pattern recommends, but it’ll have to do. :p

Here’s the progress after Clue 1:

Mystic Fire Shawl, Summer 2012 WIP [1 of 1] -- click for larger

And after all that, I also managed to get in some update time for Ziggity too! Wow!

Ziggity WIP [1 of 2] -- click for larger

And here’s a close up on that lovely zig-zagging lace pattern…

Ziggity WIP [2 of 2] -- click for larger

All this means, of course, that I’ve not done as much on the GoddessKnits Summer Mystery Shawl Knitalong than I’d hoped, but that’s next in the pile — so, until then, knit on!





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