Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Whippoorwill Blues

Ohhhh…where do I start?  Honestly, this shawl was so long in the making I feel as though I’ve forgotten a bit about the process.  Forgive me if I leave something out, I’ll do my best to remember what I can.

This is my favorite shawl to date.  It’s puuuuurrrrdy.   I’ve been wanting to knit Whippoorwill for a good, long time.  But there just hadn’t been much time for shawls and such until I scaled back on some self-imposed knitting requirements.  I cast on for the shawl as a birthday present to myself.  I wanted to make something for me, that I knew I’d love.  I deliberated over colors for a very, very long time.  You should have seen how many times I went to my computer, visited shop after shop, filled and emptied my cart and so on. I had settled on using some Handmaiden Sea Silk, but right before I cast on, I made the decision I wanted something like a gradient.
I couldn’t find the right yarn that offered what I wanted.  Instead I chose to purchase multiple skeins of yarn and make my own transition in the pattern.  My final choice was Tanis Fiber Arts, and I used Tidal, Peacock, Deep Sea and Midnight.  (As an aside, I love TFA and would knit with it again in a heartbeat!) While not a true gradient, I tried alternating colors at specific intervals to combine the colors in a different way. 

I will admit that the set-up rows had me confused.  I think I ripped out three times at least before I got it right.  And there were some futsy notes I read on other knitters’ pages before I really thought I could take this project with me on the go.  But once I got going, it went quickly. 

Then I put it down, unintentionally, for a couple months.  I had a spreadsheet of sorts telling me the when, where and how of my color changes so when I picked it up to finish it, it took me about a week to really get into a groove.  I probably made it way more complicated than necessary. 
 (The purl side of this shawl looks so neat!)
Alternating skeins was a hassle, but like many things, I like the finished object so I would do it again. 

I blocked this sucker out as big as I could in the space that I had.  And even though it’s waaay too warm to wear it this summer, I’ve attempted to do just that at least a handful of times.  This was mostly unsuccessful because it was just too darn hot.  But Fall will be here soon and then I will get a lot of use out of it.  It doesn’t feel as though it retained the size I blocked it out to, so I may try reblocking.  We’ll see.  It’s a big shawl as it is and I’m still trying to decide the best way to wear it. 
Because it’s four different colors, though, I fully expect it to match much of my very blue wardrobe.  ;)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The End of Summer

As it turns out, I'm pretty terrible at blogging lately.  I'd be surprised if anyone ever stops by anymore to check and see if I've updated.  Things get pretty busy at home with a baby and a 3-yr-old and things like blog posts go to the wayside.

We've had a pleasant summer and I've gotten a good amount of knitting done.  I also enjoyed some other crafts with Squishy - he's a helper and loves to be involved.

Lovebug has started crawling (although she's been rolling all over the floor and pulling herself up and walking along the furniture for much longer than she's known how to crawl) and it's kind of nice.  I know I'll end up eating my words later when she's getting into everything and won't sit still.  But now it means she can get herself from Point A to Point B by herself (unless she's not feeling it and cries to be picked up).

This also means that I have more hands-free time for knitting.

There are a few projects I'll be sharing in the near future.  I've added a few things to my list of accomplishments, including stranded knitting (knitting with 2 colors at one time, one color in each hand).  You've seen the socks - which although a bit daunting at first, aren't actually that difficult. :)

So, while I won't make any promises to post every day, I'll try to be more active and share a bit more when I can.