Saturday, January 30, 2010


I decided to make another pair of computer gloves for DP. The crochet ones I'd made last year were looking a bit worse for wear, since he wears them every day. I have some yarn that I spun from a roving I'd gotten from the Loopy Ewe. I bought it because it reminded me of twilight in summer:

lonestar yarn

He didn't want fingers or a thumb, so that he could have full movement of his fingers while typing. I decided on the easiest type of mitts, the ribbed tube with a slit for the thumb. Cast on 32, rib 2x2 for 20 rounds. Next row, kfb, kfb, rib to end. Rib 2 rows. Next row, kfb, k1, kfb, k1. Rib 2 rows. Move 3 k stitches from beginning of row to end, and work back and forth in rows 13 times. Then start working in rounds again for 13 rows. Bind off with Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind off.

I think they turned out rather well:

twilight mitts


twilight mitts back

The nice thing is that they are tighter in the wrist than in the palm. It gives wrist support without binding the movement of the fingers in any way. Not bad for a day's work!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Someone was extremely generous to me today - I'm always floored when that happens.

In other news, I printed the shipping label out for my swap package and scheduled the pickup. Hooray! I was beginning to treat my shawl like a silmaril, so I'm glad to get it out of my house. I really hope my partner likes it!

I also discovered that the chai mix I get from Trader Joe's can be made with water, not just milk. I don't know why I didn't realize that before, but I'm happy I discovered it today.

Tomorrow I'm going to see The Turn of the Screw in opera form - crazy! I'll let you know how it is. I'm never too optimistic with modern opera: The Picture of Dorian Gray, anyone?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Slipping away

Here are the slippers in their finished form:

mal loafers


mal loafers soles

(You can see the leather sole patches I put on them to keep them from being too slippery. Thank you Renaissance Faire leather workers!)

I'm planning to mail the package out tomorrow, if I can find someone to take it to the post office. Hopefully, my swappee will get it by Saturday or Monday.

I'm slowly working my way through the guld wristlets (go to the Bohus Stickning page and they should be on the top). They're not really complicated to knit, but you need to keep an eye on where you are in the chart. It's not really the best bus knitting, but I have to keep busy :) I may end up trying to finish them as an Olympic project - I plan to do a lot of Olympic watching, and I'll need something to work on during all that TV watching.

Other than knitting, there's nothing new. My health issues are still not resolved, but that's nothing new. At least they don't interfere with my crafts!

Sunday, January 24, 2010


Here she is, in all her blocked glory:

rohan draped

The blocked dimensions are 70x28, which I hope is big enough. Here's a detail of the center:

rohan blocked center lace detail

and of the edging:

rohan blocked detail

DP says it's my best work, and I'm inclined to believe him. That makes it an even better thing to give away. I've always been of the mind to give the good stuff to other people and keep the stuff with errors for myself...just like giving the best looking piece of pie to someone else and keeping the one with the crumbled crust :)

Knitting with the singles didn't seem to cause any problem. I didn't see any biasing in the finished piece, either before or after blocking. I spun the singles using the smallest whorl on my Ashford Traditional. I washed the singles and hung them to dry unweighted, then wound the yarn into center pull balls but used the outside strand to knit with.

I used 10 repeats of the alpine edging, and used the Danish tie shawl edging the full length of both long sides. For the center portion, I'd chain 9, sc 3 tog; for the edging on the edging, I'd chain 10, sc 2 tog. The alpine edging had a lot more longitudinal stretch than the starlight lace.

I'm very happy with this project!

I also decided to make my partner a pair of slippers:

mal slippers unfelted

(I'll get a better picture of them in their finished state, I promise.) I had the perfect yarn for her in my stash, but she wrote in her post that she didn't need any more yarn. I checked her queue, and she had Malabrigo loafers as one of the things she'd like to knit, so I knit her a pair. I got stitch gauge, but there was no row gauge, so they came out way too big. I fulled them in the washer and dryer, so I think they'll fit. I used some leather scraps to make leather patches for the soles so they'll be less slippery. I just have to sew them on, and I'll be done.

This was a very fun swap. It made me think hard about what I was going to make and do, rather than just going out and buying a bunch of stuff (as fun as that may be).

Okay, one more gratuitous shot of the shawl (I can't help it):

rohan full

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Almost done!

The edging is almost done! I may be able to finish it tonight and block it.

I'm very proud of this project. I planned, charted, spun, sampled and ripped countless times. I hope my partner likes it, but even if she doesn't, I feel I did a good job on it.

Since the final touches are the crochet edging from the Danish Tie Shawl pattern, I couldn't take it with me on the bus - it would take up too much room and it's too fiddly. I have to work til 6 today, so I won't get home to it until 6:30. My fingers are itching to get back to it.

I'm planning to string block it, since I don't have blocking wires and I don't think I'd like the edges to have pin points. Eeek!

In other news...who am I kidding - I have no other news!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Climbing through the mountains

So, charting out the alpine edging was horrible. I resorted to the notecard method, because I don't have the time to fiddle around. I'll chart it out when I finish the project.

I was using Precious Metals, but I realized that the tencel was too shiny against the matte body of the shawl. I ripped out several repeats, then started up with some Seacoast Handpainted in the "silver and gold" colorway. I'd always planned to make something LotR-esque with it, so this fit the bill. Once I did a few repeats of the edging, I decided that I'd need to do a few body rows in the edging color to make the transition less jarring. Rip-rip again, then back to the body, and then finally to the edging. I finished the edging on one side last night, and I'm starting the other side today. Hopefully, I'll get some knitting in during the playoff games.

I'm so excited to give this shawl to my swap partner. I hope she likes it...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Oh no!

I discovered I hadn't charted out the alpine edging yet...and it's a doozy. I may take tonight to chart it, while watching the game. Eeek!

On the bright side, the stitch counts should work out with only minimal fiddling.

I'm starting the second half tonight/tomorrow, and I've wound the yarn for the edging. I really like it; it's the Precious Metals colorway from the Unique Sheep. If I had more money, I'd join the LotR club again this year, but I can't do it. If there had been fewer errors, maybe.

I just did a ton of shoveling, which I'm counting as my workout for was aerobic!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Starting 2010

I'm working on my swap project, but it's been going slowly because I've had no time to work on it! I keep telling myself that I finished a sweater in a week, so I should be able to do this :) I'm calling it the White Lady of Rohan. If you've read the Lord of the Rings, it will make sense, otherwise it probably won't :) Not that I think my swap partner is reading this, but if she wants to be surprised, she should stop reading now.
Now, for the details. I'm making a handspun/millspun rectangular lace shawl: handspun cream center and millspun golden edges. I spun the cream alpaca/cormo/silk singles for the body of the shawl as a true laceweight with some slubs. I wasn't aiming for perfection but for a rustic look.

I chose the starlight lace from BW's 2nd treasury of lace patterns and charted it out. I disliked the chart, so I made the 16 row pattern into notecards on a ring that I can flip to stay on the correct row.

I cast on 125 provisionally with US 6 needles because my plan is to knit up half the yarn in one direction and the other half in the other direction. Once both sides are knit up, I'm going to add the alpine lace edging, also from BW's 2nd treasury :) If I have enough yarn, my scheme is to add the crochet edging from the Danish wrap shawls to the long edges, but I may not have enough yarn to actually do that.

This is based on various descriptions and passages about Eowyn from LotR:

-But the helm of her secrecy had fallen from her, and her bright hair, released from its bonds, gleamed with pale gold upon her shoulders...

-They were clad in warm raiment and heavy cloaks, and over all the Lady Éowyn wore a great blue mantle of the colour of deep summer-night, and it was set with silver stars about hem and throat... But she now shivered beneath the starry mantle...

Of course, my shawl will not be the blue of deep summer's night...though I've been looking for a yarn of that color for years. My partner likes gold, cream and pale blue. Rather than make a pale blue shawl, I've decided to go with cream, which is starry in my opinion. I've gotten her some pale blue sodalite stitch markers that I think she'll like.

Truly, I'll post pics as soon as I can, but I left our camera at my mom's house when we came back from Christmas so I'm currently high and dry. I'd use my sister's camera, but she's at her in-laws this week. Fie!

I have high hopes for this least, I hope my partner likes it. She could always rip it for the yarn if she didn't like the pattern at any rate. The yarn is so nice to knit with: it just slides through my fingers, and the fabric it knits to is soft and elastic.