Archive for December 21st, 2009

Magic Knitting

Lace is like magic… you knit all these yarn overs, ssk, k2tog.  When you finish it generally looks like yarn vomit.  Attractive.. I know that what’s I want to wear around my neck.  And then you block it, and like magic this beautiful finished object appears.

Friday night while I babysat Bestest’s kid, I finished knitting the nupps on the swallowtail and started the edging.  Even though the edging is only 18 rows.  18 rows of 300+ stitches per row still take a while.  We were suppose to get the great blizzard of 09 on Saturday night for which I prepared myself with pizza, yarn, a furball, and the Dexter Season 3 on DVD.  I had all but the last two rows done by the time I went to sleep on Saturday. I make a 2 am cut off with knitting lace.  Anything after that, there’s a 90% chance I will mess it up from sleepiness.  So bright and early Sunday morning after peering outside to see how many inches of snow my car was under, I bound off the 323 stitches and sat back and admired the finest yarn vomit anyone had every seen.

Jacie was kind enough to let me borrow her magic blocking wires and blocking boards – that have already made their way around our SnB.

Yarn vomit soaking

So into the sink went the yarn vomit with some Soak.

20 minutes later we had this…

ooooh.... Magic.

I measured it last night – 46 inches across and 29 inches from the center to the tip.  I used less than one skein of Malabrigo lace. I bought one of these Shawl Sticks to go with it – A Christmas present for mom.  Currently it’s pinned and drying on top of my table where a certain furball can not get to it.   Although he was way more interested in the blocking wires than the yarn, I imagine the wet yarn wasn’t soft enough for him.


Pattern: Swallowtail

Yarn: Malabrigo lace in Stonechat – less than 1 skein

Needles: Size 6 Signatures and Size 6 Lace Addis

Start: November 24, 2009

Finished: December 21, 2009

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I created a monster

My friend Tracy is a beader.  She makes lovely necklaces and bracelets.  She’s inspired by beads as I am to yarn.  We took a trip to Salem, Massachusetts last spring and it was so convenient that they had a LYS right down the street from a bead store and TWO chocolate stores.

A few weeks ago.. ok maybe it was more like a month ago, Tracy wanted to learn how to knit. So I rounded up some of the girls from SnB and we headed over to creative fibers to pick out yarn and needles.  Tracy picked a squishy 50/50 wool/acrylic blend in a lovely shade of red for her Grandpa.  After lunch and gossiping, because really when do girls get together and not gossip, I taught Tracy how to knit.  Tracy knows that I knit, that yarn and needles are involved and I am pretty sure that was her knowledge base before we started.  I taught her how to do the knitted cast on, because if you can do that – you can knit.  I had faith that Tracy was going to be an over achiever, she’s also a doctor and we have similiar personalities… so I taught her to make a 1×1 ribbed scarf.  You achieve the look of a stockinette fabric with no curling and it is reversible.  I have a thing about non reversible scarves.  What I didn’t tell Tracy that most people start off with a plain knit scarf and for some reason people fear purling.  Purling is not to be feared – it’s just backwards knitting.  With in a few minutes she was chugging away on her scarf.

Jacie and I took her to the mecca that is Webs.  She had finished Grandpa’s scarf and was looking to buy yarn to make a scarf for her dad,and maybe a hat for her sister.  (These were not things we recommended).  Left to wander around webs for a few minutes and she comes to us and says I can I make a scarf out of this?  The girl picked out alpaca.  We then headed to the warehouse where discontinued Misty Alpaca jumped off the shelves and into our basket.  “Hey Tracy, what are you going to make out of that.”  “I have no idea, but I want to cuddle with it.”

Jacie and I smiled… we had corrupted her in the best way possible.

Last week I made Tracy sign up for Ravelry.  I showed her how to put her projects in, and her new found stash.  I showed her how to search for projects using the weight of yarn, needles, yarn brand, etc.  A few minutes later she announced that she wanted to do a cabled scarf with the Eco Alpaca.  Sure….why not.  Cables aren’t hard.  They just look hard.  I then guided her over to knittinghelp.com.  I said you can learn how to cast on, bind off, and over here in the advanced area is how to cable.  I told her she needed an extra needle or a cable needle.

Tracy and I also play in the Seven Hills Symphony together. This involves an hour drive to Worcester, Ma and an hour drive home every Sunday afternoon.  We usually stop for dinner on the way home.  Tracy was excited to show me the progress on her scarf at dinner yesterday.  I was thinking she figured out how to cast on by herself and was getting ready to starting cabling.  HAHAHA… No.  She went and bought DPNs sat down with the videos on knittinghelp.com and taught her self how to cable.  We turned her into an addict.  I am still working on teaching her that one should always have yarn on their person in case of an emergency, but I think with all the alpaca she now owns that won’t be a problem.

She's one of us.


She makes me proud.

Next up for Tracy… hats and maybe LACE.

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