Stationary Drifting

Knitting: Lace Shawl

Lace attempt #2!

I used the Haruni Shawl Pattern off Ravelry. I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine wool in an off white colour (as you can see below), which I think is a fingering weight. I’m bad and wool weights…

close of the final shawl

The first was for Corrie, a much belated birthday present this fall, I really loved knitting her’s so I decided to give it another go and make one from my mom for xmas. That didn’t really work out because my brother went and got married by surprise. I didn’t have the time to knit it that I was planning over the holidays. So I gave my mom the wool and pattern in a box and promised to knit it for her this winter. Which is what I did. It was ready to send to her for her birthday. Two birds, one stone.

I loved knitting it, it was so complicated and therefore kept my interest. Occasionally I was annoyed that I had to pay such close attention to the pattern and couldn’t just relax into the rhythm of knitting. As it got bigger though and I got used to the pattern that part got easier. As far as I’m aware I only made one mistake (mistakes are super visible in lace I learned), it wasn’t that bad and is hard to find in the pattern anyway (thankfully). I would say this pattern is easy as long as you have experience knitting and know how to knit stitches together, etc. I’m really happy with it, I was almost sad to send it away!

knitting away at it one night

It knit up surprisingly fast for such small needles and wool. I didn’t work at it constantly but I would say it was done in under a month. I highly suggest using a row counter, I would have been totally lost if I hadn’t.

shawl leaf pattern pre blocking



shawl leaf pattern pre blocking

It was pretty small before I blocked it. I would have been worried if I hadn’t tried this before. Luckily the beauty of lace is that it is supposed to be stretched way out so its possible to see the gaps and therefore look more like lace.

pre blocked whole shawl

Generally I block on my couch. The back is big enough to stretch a shawl out on, its made of a nylon material so it doesn’t absorb a lot of moisture, and my house is small so I’m using a relatively small amount of space. I also haven’t knitted enough lace in my life to justify investing in fancier blocking equipment. I just wet down the wool, squeeze (not wring) it out, and stretch it along the back of the couch using regular knitting pins to hold it. It can be time consuming because I have to put a lot of pins in to hold it but I just put on a podcast and go to work. I like walking by it as it dries and admiring the pattern.

I generally block on my couch. Apologies for the fuzzy photo, its dark in my living room

The shawl blocked out pretty big. It goes from my shoulders to almost my butt at the bottom point. I think it will be perfect for my mom for spring to wear with her spring/summer dresses. It gets cool in Calgary at night, even in the summer, so its always nice to have something to wrap around you.

the shawl from my shoulders to butt. I think it looks awesome with my leather jacket by the way. Also why does the bottom of my hair and neck look so weird in this picture?





Knitting: Marseau’s hood

I finally finished it! and there’s still snow on the ground! So there’s still use for it. Phew.

Marseau thought I never would. He says I’ve been working on it for 2 years but I’ve really only been for 1 and a bit, not continuously.

I got through knitting stages. In the fall I want to knit all the time. Until my wrists click, my hands are stiff and I have no moisture left in my fingertips. I can knit like this usually through the winter but as soon as I start craving spring I kind of taper off at it. I barely knit during the spring and I don’t knit in the summer because the idea of holding knit things, let alone wearing them is too hot.

This was supposed to be Marseau’s xmas present of 2010, just after we started dating. But it never got done, and then I stopped for the spring summer. I picked it up again this fall but it took a lot longer than I anticipated. Its a much bigger (size wise) project than I usually do. But its done now! Its all wet and pinned to my couch at the moment (blocking) and I’m considering making it a lining so that the wool isn’t itchy, but let’s just say its done anyway.

I used the Through the Woods pattern on Ravelry (you can find me under keetham there by the way). And it was pretty easy if you know how to cable and pick up stitches, etc. The button holes thwarted me for a while because I had never done them before but overall not too bad. I don’t follow knitting patterns very well because I’ve been knitting since I was 5 and am used to making up my own stuff. I’m sure I didn’t do it exactly as the pattern said (even though it was a very good pattern description wise) but it turned out pretty close to what the picture looked like so I’m pleased.

I guess I should finish my mom’s lace shawl now that I “gave” her for xmas or maybe Venessa’s mitts. I’m trying to finish projects these days. I’m bad at finishing projects, which is complicated because I really like starting them and my craft bench is covered in started projects.

taking silly pictures in the hood