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Posts Tagged ‘entrelac’

Something Else . . . NOT Level 2

Posted by mtmom on May 10, 2009

I *have* been knitting things besides my Master Knitter resubmissions; today I’ll write a bit about those.  These are all pattern-less projects.

I finished the knitting portion of the Felted Hobo Bag — last piece was the handle.  hobo handle

“Poems”, a 100% wool singles by Wisdom Yarns,

on US size 9 needles,

hand-felted by myself and youngest DD.


And I’ve added another tier to my Noro Matsuri (cotton/wool blend) entrelac shawl.  It’s about 15″ across the top now.Noro shawl

I’ve even gotten back to my Fair Isle Sampler Scarf.  Finished the last few rows of a St. John’s Cross motif in Noro sock yarn over various neutral background colors: cream, grey, fawn, and cream again, while the Noro self-changed from blue to purple to red-violet to green and finally to yellow.  FI Noro



For a while, I was “blocked” on this one

— perhaps overwhelmed by thinking about testing color schemes for a Level 3 sweater

— but I’ve switched tracks and gone back to another idea for a next pattern band.


For some time, I’ve been wanting to try out some Kaffe Fasset stripe “patterns”.

These he calls “Korean” stripes. . . FI Korean. . .  wide bands of pale neutrals separated by a handful of single-row stripes.  This first neutral I dyed myself with (decaf) black tea.

Tomorrow, I hope to get back to Level 2 cables, then collar pick-up, then . . . DONE!  (Lord willing!)

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Spring Springing and Wool Fulling

Posted by mtmom on March 19, 2009

(Say that out loud — it’s more satisfying that way.) 🙂
Our temperatures still drop below freezing at night, but the days definitely feel like spring.  Allergies are flaring.  Bulbs are popping up. . .
. . . in the new plot



and an iris,

I think)





. . . and in the old




(which I thought

I had cleared out

— evidently not).





Yesterday, I took my completed entrelac swatch,
which measured 7 1/4″ wide x 7 1/2″ tall,
and some soapy water,
combined and scrubbed.
My shoulders got tired.
Right away, my water turned pink.
(I think the Poems purple, in particular, leached out.)
But I persevered
(with a little “help”),
and ended up with this
now 6″ square.

(That’s the same

floor square,

for comparison.)


I’ll stretch those corners out, nice and square, while it’s still wet.


That was fun!
More fodder for project-ideas.

I’ll leave you with this image of the glorious view from my own front yard!

(Thank you, Lord, for beauty and eyes/heart to see it!)

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Lots of Little Bits

Posted by mtmom on March 15, 2009

Not a whole lot of knitting going on; that is to say, a variety of projects tackled, but not very many inches produced.  My neck has been bothering me enough that there were several days this week that I just could not knit; plus a day I took off on principle.

My current Square-Top Cap is down to the ribbing.  I’m planning a turned-up brim on this one.   Uses 80 stitches, to be larger than my usual (lately) 72 sts. 

And I’ve progressed on my Multi-directional scarf in Twisted “Duchess” (DK-weight) yarn, colorway “Rodney”. 

And I’ve been swatching some Wisdom Yarns “Poems” in entrelac. 

I redid that


triangle, but

the new photo

is not as


On each tier, I’ve tried a slight variation in the technique:  slipping the top-edge stitches or not, working special selvedge stitches at the side-edges or not, picking up 1/2  or  1 whole stitch in from the previous tier’s edge, purling back or purling back backwards, and so on.  Some look better on the front, some on the back, but I’m homing in on “favorite” techniques — particularly looking ahead to Master Level 3.  Next time, I want to try another cast on. . . .  (So many ideas, so little available time!)  My new LYSO also wants someone to teach a class in entrelac, so I’m exlporing how I might do that myself.  This yarn is a single and very softly-spun, so I’m concerned it may pill easily.  The swatch is, therefore, destined for felting.  (Funky hot pad!)

On the second of my Purl-sided Socks, I’ve reached the instep-increases.  (Due to the curl of the purl side-panels, they look quite funny with no feet in them!)  I’m deciding between 2 heel-possibilities — not an exact match to the first sock — keeps it interesting!

And I have an idea for a next pair. . . .  (Discipline, discipline!  Pace it out.)  These would be for my mother, I think, in Classic Elite’s “Alpaca Sox” yarn, using one of Cat Bordhi’s architectures in New Pathways for Sock Knitters (Book One).  I’m especially looking for that great idea for *next year’s* Sock Madness. . . .

Speaking of Sock Madness, Round 1’s pattern will be released this coming Thursday morning and the competitors are chomping at the bit over on the Ravelry discussion board.  This one is NOT my pattern, but I hope they will yet use mine — it has been featured in one of the teasers!  Again this year, as last, I am  not competing, but watching from the sidelines and enjoying all the hooplah.  Seeing the teasers has made me wish I could get all those patterns, but. . . not this year.

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