Tag Archives: yarn

Knitting A Shawl Lengthwise…

28 Oct

So I’m working on making myself a shawl with ladders in it- styled after the various Clap style patterns on Ravelry. I wanted it striped- but wanted it to strip lengthwise, so I’m knitting it on round needles. I cast on 300 stitches after doing a test block to see the gauge of the yarn and my needles. By my estimations the shawl should end up being around 6 feet long so that it wraps really nicely.

I’ve never done a scarf or shawl lengthwise before. DLDzioba has always claimed it’s an awful experience, but I’m actually finding it preferable. I feel like I can actually see the progress quicker as opposed to having to knit like 300 rows.

I’m using Encore Colorspun Worsted color 7733 and Stylecraft Life DK in Granite Marl. They look great together and I’m ridiculously thrilled with how well it is turning out so far. I’m just hoping there is enough of the pink- since it has 100+ yards less in than the granite color.

I’m hoping to finish this by November 5th to wear it to the Renaissance Festival. We’ll see how that goes. After I’m finished I’ll post a pattern!

Simple Scarf (And Some NaNoWriMo)

14 Oct

Simple Scarf

So I’m taking a break from knitting my Christmas gifts to make a couple of scarves in some multi-color yarn that I bought. I want to do something simple and brainless, so that’s what I’m working on. I started tonight at the post-writer’s-group hang out and got about six inches of the scarf done. I’m using needles that are bigger than I like- size 10, and size 8 or 6 are my favorite. But I like the way the colors are striping. I’m doing it in a simple stockinette stitch- except the first and last three rows are straight knit, and I’m knitting the first and last three stitches of each row to prevent curling. The yarn looked like it would be hideous, but it’s producing nice striping and looks like something from American Eagle in my opinion.

I also got some plotting done for my NaNo today. I named my main character Alfie Urswick and I’ve begun working out some character profiles on him and the girl he’s holding hostage in his basement. It was a semi-productive day. But I have a lot more to get done in the next two weeks if I hope to end up with a successful NaNo project! It was a lot of fun, though, hanging out with DLD, Becca, & Kristyn. It was a great girl’s night, and I had some delicious hot chocolate drowning in caramel at B&N.

The next few months will be so busy! NaNo, Christmas Knitting, holidays, etc. I’m going to be dragging by the new year!