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I actually blocked my lace this time, I swear!

Looks pretty doesn't it?  I finished it a few day's ago.  I don't have lace wires or enough blocking boards to fully stretch it out.  It's the Lily of the Valley Scarf from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush.  This is the second pattern I've done from this book.  Of course I used a Knit Picks yarn.  It only took one ball of lace weight Gloss in Fiesta.  Here is a picture of the scarf when it was done, it literally was dry by the end of the day cause it was so hot and I had the ceiling fan on in the kitchen.

 

I know the colors are really distorted between the two photos.  My sister wore it today as a regular scarf around her neck, it seems to have kept it's shape for the most part but the edges are curling.  I really will have to get some more blocking boards and wires.

 

I started working on the Raha scarf from the same book, I forgot to take a picture of it, I have about two feet done, it goes really quick.  I'm using Palette and I have mixed feelings about it, like the twist isn't right or something, maybe when I block it, it'll look better, but I don't know about the science of yarn twist so I don't know, it just looks off too me.  I'm using size 4 needles, so perhaps that has something to do with it.  I have an entire sweater's worth of Palette in my yarn box which will be knit on size 1 and 2 needles, hopefully it looks better at this gauge.

 

Another project I'm working on is a sweater for Dino that I started back in December when I bought 4 skeins of Imagination.  Yeah that's that sweater I began in a size 6 (1960's size 6).  Dino likes thin cardigan with bright buttons, especially since he can now do the buttons all by himself (yay fine motor skills!).

 

Yes, those are size 2 clover bamboo needles, I thought using those were frightening until the size 1 came in the mail, swishy comes to mind, but I got over my fear of the delicacy of the bamboo.  They work really well and after half the sleeve was done, they felt like my other bamboo needles, nice and smooth.  I only have one skein left of yarn though and I'm up to doing the raglan decreases on the first sleeve, I'm praying I have enough yarn.  Dino wants red buttons for it, I'm gonna have to go to Walmart, can't afford M and J Trimmings anymore, I was spending more on buttons that I was on the yarn for the entire sweater!

 

I actually finished another item within the past couple of weeks, a new red scarf for Dino (can you tell what his new favorite color is?).  Let me tell you the story of this scarf.  Last year when we were at the Greenmarket in Union Square (I try to go whenever it's my weekend with Dino) we came across the Catskill Marino Farm stall.  Low and behold they had hanks upon hanks of super super soft marino yarn (I believe hand spun), that was hand dyed with all natural dyes, (so natural my bamboo needs are still stained blue).  I used the universal scarf pattern from an issue of Interweave Knits, very simple knit it in a few hours time on size 10 needles, they said it was worsted weight, no way it was bulky.  Anyway, months later when Dino would wear that scarf with his multi colored Koigu hat, he lost the scarf.  We thought he lost it in the Tribeca Whole Foods, but when I called lost and found several times it never turned up.  So anyway, other times when I took Dino the sheep people were never there, turns out they're only there on Saturday!  So a couple of weeks ago we went, and I surprised Dino, and he picked out a hank of red merino yarn.  39.50 later, (I bought two skeins, one for a hat for me), and another 12 bucks on lamb sausage (oh my god, it was fantastic sausage, seriously, expensive but sooooo good!), and we were home, cooking said sausage and winding said yarn into ball and staining size 10 bamboo needles red, they are so very nice and smooth however now.  This is what I did, the same pattern:

 

 

It came out to be a perfect Dino sized scarf.  I wanna get the scarf and sweater done before I fly down to Key West so I can work on a scarf for myself on the plane, and join the Mile High Knitting Club.  Well that's about it for me.  I promise to block my projects from now on!  I'm also really happy about getting stuff done!

 

 

 

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Comment by PickleSue on August 23, 2011 at 8:36pm
Beautiful work!  The projects for the wee one look great!!  Love your Estonian lace scarf.  I'm planning on making something from that book  They're all so pretty!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on August 22, 2011 at 1:07pm
Hooray for the Mile High Club! And lucky Dino!

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