General knitting

The Purple/Pink Shawl

I’ve finally gotten around to taking photos of the shawl, and am ready to show it in it’s finished, blocked, glory:

As I said previously, I’m really quite pleased. More pictures? If you insist:

You will note the nice, pointy little edges. I’m very pleased those worked out as well as they did. Please also note the expanse: nearly 6 feet, which is the result of a bit of agressive blocking, but it really made the whole shawl work.

For slightly less expansive occasions, it can be worn folded in half:

I’ve written so much about this shawl, I don’t feel like there’s a huge amount left to say, so I’ll leave you with a final picture:

General knitting

The Shawl is Done!

After about 6 months, my pink pinwheel shawl is done. I am very excited.

It’s not blocked yet, so you can’t really see the pointy edging I put on, but I’ll definitely post more pictures once I block it.

I was concerned as I was working on this that it wouldn’t work out. I was concerned in all sorts of ways. For the last 5 days, since I started the edging, I’ve been convinced I would run out of yarn (though some time yesterday I relaxed when I realized I was okay). I’ve been concerned that it wouldn’t lie flat (it mainly does, and I think it really will once I block it). I was concerned that I wouldn’t like it (I do…a lot).

I think I’m planning to offer it for sale, to try to offset my yarn habit…though if I wind up keeping it as a wrap, I wouldn’t be heartbroken.

For more details about the construction, you can take a look at the ravelry page for the project: I’ve included the pattern for the edging there.

Have I mentioned I’m excited to have finished this?


Moving Forward on Socks!

I’m finally making progress on Eva’s socks again.

You will note, a completed sock and another sock with the foot finished and me working my way up the leg. I’m finally feeling like I’m making real progress on a knitting project again, which is great after months of not feeling like I was getting anywhere.

I’m on the leg, and the leg is the longest part of this sock (this is sort of a three-quarter calf length). But still. . .I think I finished the foot in about a week, and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to finish up the leg in a week or two more.

I’ve been working on this pair of socks since February, and it was the last project I started. I have 3 other projects that have been getting some attention also, but the bottom line is that nothing has been moving very quickly. So for the last week or so I’ve been concentrating on these socks, and making nice progress on them. I’m not a knitter who needs constant gratification, but it turns out I need to finish something more often than once every 4 months.

I didn’t think this would be a problem. I thought it would be great for me to have a variety of projects going simultaneously. You know, some that were more complex and took more attention, some that were very simple. Some that were very portable, some that needed me to be sitting unmoving because they were too big to tote around. And while that has been nice, it means that nothing has gotten finished. And that has been more discouraging than I expected.

But now, I am making progress, and feeling good about it. Yes, I have 3 other projects languishing, but I prefer to think of them as “waiting for attention.” And I know that when I dedicated my undivided knitting attention to them, they will begin to proceed more quickly as well.

Want to see my progress over the last week again? Ok: