just in time

Finished knitting it last night. Now it's drying on my blocking board (a large piece of cardboard covered with a beach towel). Perfect timing, since we're leaving tomorrow. I did the full knit border along the rounded edge, but just the single crochet border on the straight edge, instead of the applied i-cord.

Now it's all done. Here's my mom modeling it.


now the web is almost done

Yay! My ridiculous course has finally ended, so I actually have time to knit again! I had fallen really behind on my shawl for my grandmother, but now I'm almost done. I decided to only do six and a half of the main repeats on the max number of stitches, instead of seven and a half, because I need to make sure I get this done before we fly out to see her next week! So here's a photo of it before I started the edging. I'm having a really hard time determining how big it's going to be finished, because the circular I've got it on is much shorter than the full length of the edge would be fully stretched out. I think it might end up a bit small? But maybe blocking will make it normal shawl size? Who knows.

Here's a close up. It really is cobwebby. I like how light and airy it is. I'm not personally a fan of the sea foam greenish color, but I think Grandma will like it. Lace is so much fun to knit. But next up after this I've got a few soakers I need to do. Thankfully I've decided not to take any courses at all this summer, so I'll get to spend lots of hot summer nights knitting. Oh, I've also decided to try my hand at sewing. I've always sucked at sewing, but I think that's because I've never spent time to learn it. I've always just thought, "Oh, how hard can it be to make a shirt?" But I've realized now that it's probably a learned skill, so I've reserved a sewing 101 book from the library, and we'll see how it goes. After I get this shawl done, of course. And a few soakers. Oh, and the shawl I'm knitting my mom for her birthday in May. :P


what's done is done

I thought I'd share a picture of the last project I finished before the lacy scarf. This is a soaker knit from the curly purly free soaker pattern. It was knit from the same 100% merino wool as the green soaker below (color: Otono Fantasia). My lovely 4 month old daughter is modeling. And even though it practically comes up to her nipples, I love this soaker, it's my favourite of hers so far. And it should fit her for a good long while. I knit a pair of booties out of the same yarn, and I'm not quite so pleased with them, just because they pill SO much. The no-ply yarn works well for the soaker, because the soaker doesn't rub up against anything ever. But with the baby feet always kicking, the booties are always rubbing against stuff, hence the pilling. At least they keep her feet warm.

Grandma's shawl is coming along. Slowly. I'd post another picture, but it would look pretty much exactly like the one below, just with slightly more shawl. I've got the max number of stitches now, so each row takes a looooooong time. Well, half an hour, which feels really long. That means each night I get about half a repeat of the main pattern done. I've got 5 repeats left. You do the math.