Category: Kiri Shawl

Finishing Party

Thank you so much for the kind comments on the Picovoli Dress! 🙂 I decided that it doesn’t matter whether I get a medal or not, I’m just so happy with the final product. 🙂 Annette wore it to church yesterday, and the dress got so many complements. Of course, they were probably just being polite… 🙂 But I’m happy nevertheless.

Speaking of finished things, I have some more FOs to show you! No, these are not recent FOs, but I don’t believe I’ve shown them here.

First, meet Kate.

Kate the Kitten

This is Kate the Kitten, aka Kitten in breeches. You might remember her from such knitting magazines as Knitty winter 2005.

Pattern: Kate from Knitty.
Yarn: Elle Pure Wool DK from Lincraft in Orange, Regal (purple) and Hot Pink, 1 ball each. Plus some scrap black yarn to embroider the eyes and nose.
Needles: 4mm DPNs.
Started 26 Dec 2005, finished 1 Jan 2006.

Then, there’s the Kiri Shawl.

Kiri shawl

Pattern: Kiri Shawl by Polly of All Tangled Up.
Yarn: Jo Sharp DK Wool in ‘Lilac’, 300g.
Needles: 5mm circulars.
Started August 2005, finished 17 January 2006.
Modification: I did only 9 repeats instead of 12, because I was running out of yarn.

I finished knitting Kiri back in January, then blocked it while we were on holidays in Canberra. (Hubby objected to me blocking the shawl on our bed or on the carpet, what with the hundreds of sharp needles required. So I brought it along to the holiday, using the spare bed to block the shawl. I don’t know what I’d do if I make another shawl… Go on another holiday perhaps :))

I love this shawl, it’s just so pretty. And yes, blocking lace is just magic. What looked like a bunch of tangled up dental floss was transformed into this beautiful lace, with pretty scalloped edges. I love it.

The status so far

First, a dilemma

I’ve finished all the pieces of Beaded Cardi (actually finished that last sleeve last saturday), and here’s what it looks like right now:

Pre blocking

It is patiently waiting to be blocked. I do prefer to block before seaming, because it just makes the seaming so much easier when the pieces are nice and flat. It’s easier to match up the stitches, and what a great morale boost to see your knitting so professional-looking!

But right now I am stumped. I have a confession to make — I am a baby when it comes to blocking. I’ve only ever blocked one project, which was another cardigan for Annette (here’s a picture). I used Sirdar Snuggly yarn, which is 50% acrylic / 50% nylon in DK weight. I read Becky‘s mini-tutorial on steam blocking, and decided it was the way to go. It was easy and quick to do, and I’m very happy with the result. However with the (beadless) Beaded Cardi I’m not so sure… The fabric is a bit finer than the Snuggly cardi. I read in Knitty’s article on blocking that with merino fabric, especially fine gauge ones, it’s best to do the pin/spritz method (pin the pieces out, spritz each piece until damp, and wait to dry). But would that really make the pieces flat?

So I’m just wondering if anybody can share about their blocking methods, and whether they achieve the result you intended?

I am impatient by nature, especially now that it’s so close to finishing, I just want to finish it. (Not that I don’t enjoy working on the project, but I just can’t wait to see the end product, you know?) So I’ll probably end up steam blocking (since it’s probably the quickest). But I’d really love to hear your suggestions or any of your experience with blocking. I’d definitely consider it if there’s a better way! (Thanks in advance!)

And in the meantime…

… I have kept myself busy by starting another project (gasp!) because I have no self-control. It’s the Urban Necessity tam/beret from September MagKnits. I’m not making the gloves, just the beret. I’ve always wanted to knit myself a beret, and this pattern looks nice and simple, yet not too simple (there’s actually a snowflake pattern at the top, which you can’t really see from the picture on the website).

I’m making this with yarn from stash, Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed in Dove colourway. It’s light grey-blue-purpley colour with brown and purple flecks. Does that sound weird? But it looks ok. Overall it looks just like light grey-blue, which is a colour I would definitely wear.

Here’s what it looks like at the moment:

Starting Urban beret

It has 1×1 ribbing, so it’s a perfect opportunity to try out tubular cast on! That article in Fall Knitty is really the clearest tutorial on tubular cast on that I’ve ever found on the web. Thanks, Knitty! 🙂 I quite like the way the cast-on edge of the ribbing looks, it definitely looks better than with the long-tail cast-on or knitted cast-on. And I hope it will be more comfortable to wear as well.

Kiri

I’m still working on Kiri, too. But now that the rows are getting very long, progress is indeed getting slower. I’m only up to 8 repeats. Boohoo…

Kiri, 8 repeats

And a trip to the frog pond

I started the Liesel lace scarf a while ago, with the variegated Lana “Moana” yarn. I like the pattern (love that drooping elm leaves pattern), I like the yarn (love the colourway and the way it drapes), but they’re just not meant for each other. You just can’t see the pattern very well in that yarn, and I think it would be a shame. Here’s what it looks like at last check:

Liesel

Against the dark background of my couch you can sort of see the leaves pattern, if you squint maybe. But at other times you just can’t see it. So, off to the frog pond this one goes. I still want to make the scarf in the future, just not with this yarn.

Ok that’s all for now. Phew, what a long post!

On my needles

I was going to start this knit blog by cataloging the items that I have knitted in the past. But then there would be a lot of them, and many are probably not that interesting anymore now. So I thought I’d better just post pictures of the items on my Flickr account instead, and I’d just write about what’s on my needles now. That would be more exciting! So here goes…

First, we have the Kiri shawl. I’ve seen various Kiris on the knit blogs around, and I just love the way it looks. I started this a few weeks ago, although I’ve only managed to work on it here and there. I’m knitting this with Jo Sharp Classic DK in Lilac, which I got through eBay. Here’s what it looks like after about 4-5 repeats:

Kiri at about 4-5 repeats

I’m using my 60cm 5mm circs, and it is now clear that I will need longer needles. Hmm.. 150cm long maybe?

And here’s a close up of the lace. I love the way the fern leaf pattern looks!

Kiri lace close up

I’m not quite sure about the colour… it’s kind of halfway between purple-pink and brown. I was hoping it would be more like purple/pink, since that’s what I thought lilac is. Some days it looks like purple, some days it looks just like brown. Sigh. But it’s growing on me.

The other thing that I’m working on now is a poncho for Annette. This poncho is inspired by the Children’s Poncho from Knitting Pure and Simple, except that I’m working out the pattern myself, and I’m adding a fair isle hearts pattern around the bottom edge, which is taken from the Cheesylove pattern from Knitty. I like to mix and match! 🙂

Here’s what it looks like at the moment. I’m just halfway through the fair isle.

Fair isle Poncho

I’m also hoping to add a hood to this poncho, but I haven’t quite worked out the pattern yet. Hope it’ll work out.