it’s been kinda miserable here for the last few days . . . alternately rainy, snowy, and icy, with bouts of heavy wind and/or cold calmness. and dark . . have i mentioned that it is dark here most of the day this time of year?
nothing to do but bury myself under wraps and furiously knit to the end of simurgh. i pulled out a triumphant late-night finish 14 days after receiving my yarn in the mail.
and it looks like crap, right?? hee-hee!
this is what i love about lace knitting. it looks like a dog’s dinner til it’s blocked.
the edges are lettuce-ing to the point where you wonder if they will ever be straight
really, if i hadn’t been through this so many times already, it would be enough to make me worry in two different ways: either the side edges will always look riffly next to the body OR this stole is going to block out way longer than i’d planned.
and don’t even get me started on the hems.
the beautiful feathered edging looks like so much used and shredded tissue
and is currently so much wider than the rest of the stole that it looks as if it was purposely knit with a flare in it.
but as you can see from jocelyn’s blocked beauty, everything evens out in the wash.
isn’t she stunning?
so this morning i put in on to soak while i write this post and soon i will be blocking (insert chorus of crows here).
on saturday we celebrated her finish with a blocking dance provided by our buddy kim (sadly blogless!). go on, watch it . . watch the WHOLE thing . . . i’ll wait. i love living vicariously through other dancers.
you might remember that we have several different size configurations in progress from the pattern as written. now that two of us are completely finished, and rachael is over half done, i can give you more info.
jocelyn knit the straight-up petite version as written and ended up with a stole that is approximately 19 inches wide and i think around 76 inches long. the silk/mohair relaxes out a LOT more than the merino does. since this is longer than i intended for petite people, i fixed the pattern so that it should now be 72 inches total length, and i am testing that length in my own piece.
rachael is knitting the straight-up tall version but in the merino laceweight, which should giver her a petite sized stole. she also found that hers was running a little long, so the need for that fix i talked about was confirmed.
not one to follow any pattern as written, apparently not even my own, i knit a hybrid version by casting on for the tall width and working the petite length (conversely you could also knit a tall length/petite width if you wanted).
but i wasn’t just being ornery; in actuality, i wanted to see if i could squeeze a hybrid out of one skein of geisha.
well, you can . . . but for most knitters, this might be cutting it too close for comfort.
i dunno why, but i was completely unpanicked about the diminishing yarn as i knit the last hem edge. i just felt like i’d have enough. but this morning, when i measured and it turned out to be all of 2 yards, i really had to take pause and consider why i do stuff like this.
i mean what was i going to do if i ran out??
i didn’t even think about that—why worry about what didn’t happen?
anyhow, my finished length unblocked is 58 inches and the width is about 18.5 (it varies from one motif to the next). later today i’ll know what the blocked size is.
one last note about the stole today is that i’m really happy with the way the motifs run in it. the diagonal line of the small feathers is mirrored on each side and the feathered hem also has a mirrored bias . . .
just like the faroese version. it shows up strongly in the unblocked fabric and lends the piece the appearance of a real wingspan without slamming you in the face with it.
after i cast off last night i was way too excited to go right to bed, so i worked on these for a couple of hours while we watched a movie (prime, with meryl streep and uma thurman).
i got most of the foot done and should be able to finish them off tonight. meanwhile, kim and jocelyn (she’s a glutton for punishment i tell you!) have the pattern and are busily test knitting. writing this one was a bit complex . . . so i am really grateful for their help. and i know kim is anxious to start skeining and dyeing for those kits she’s putting together.
i also have been steadily adding inches to oh! canada, and arrived at the halfway point by the end of classes yesterday.
this one is worked from the hem and then grafted in the center, so i may just go ahead and block the first half out once simurgh is dry. OR i could try to finish the second half over the next day or two and block it then.
we are SO getting david to model this one. i’ve noticed he’s fixed his eye on it and keeps touching and squishing the fabric, so i’m pretty sure i can sweet-talk him into selling his body to possess it.
don’t yell at ame but . . . i still haven’t begun my christmas knitting.
i might try to start a pair of mitts today . . . we’ll see. it’s a tough choice . . mitts or finished geese wrap, hmmmm.
meanwhile, i still also need to go stash diving to find yarn for david’s gifts. his cranberry red sweater (the first one i ever made him, when he was still my boyfriend—proving that, at least in some cases, the curse is bunk)
is on its last legs (ya think? don’t laugh, but this photo is from last year and it’s worse now. let’s just say, he gets very attached to his knits).
he looks so good in that color that i’d like to find something to replace it. i’m not sure i have anything though. it would be great to come across a nice red aran or chunky wool tweed for it.
i have a feeling i am fresh out of cranberry red in that weight of yarn though.
i’ll find something good for the guy who makes this happen on a regular basis
the other sign that winter has set in for real: many, many wool sock in use.
ok, enough with the talking—it’s time to go find the blocking wires and start stringing up simurgh.