Monday, April 11, 2011

Off the Wall

As you have seen in the previous post, I have been working on some lace. I got tired of spinning, spinning, spinning. Not that I don't enjoy it, but it gets tedious if you do it all the time. Not that lace knitting is not tedious as well, but it is a different kind of tedious.

I did get tired of this scarf. It was not very interesting to do. It was soooo predictable! The decreases all followed a set pattern, and the YOs were all in the same place. I know -- that is what makes lace lace! And it is the repetitiveness of it all that is impressive. I got that. It's still very boring and tedious to do!

I have been working on the Three Sisters Scarves #3. There are two other designs (see her previous posts), and I think I will do at least another one -- maybe all three. They are very simple designs, but because of the repetiveness of the motifs, they are very attractive.

I didn't arrange my scarf as nicely as Monika did hers. I was in a rush to take pics! I completed this on Thursday night. I ran home at noon on Friday, washed it, and took it back to the office to pin it up on my cubicle wall. They are made of some sort of fibre-covered foamboard, and I can stick pins into it. And they are large enough!

Here you can see a pic of my scarf pinned out on the wall. It was dry by the time I left for home.
Because it is stocking stitch based, it does want to curl. I did 2 stitches on the edge in garter, but that didn't seem to be enough to prevent that curl. I might have to block it once more.... or maybe I'll just leave it. When a person is wearing it, no looks to see if it is curling or not.

I used some kind of yarn that I found somewhere. It is very fine, and I used two strands together to knit this scarf. I am assuming it is a wool. I think I used about a 4mm needle -- I never check, I just grab a circular that seems to be about the right size, and just cast on! The knitting went very smoothly, there was hardly a slip-up -- except when I would fall asleep, and just keep on knitting, not watching for the next decrease! So I had to tink only a couple of times and just a few stitches at that. As I said, it was boring to do. It seemed it was never going to end! So eventually, when I thought it was plenty long enough, I came to the end of a pattern repeat, and cast-off.

It's a nice wine colour, and I have no idea what I am going to do with it. Perhaps I'll just put it into my "gift box" so that when I need something quick, I will have something ready to go. Here is a detail of the scarf.
Now, I should get back to my spinning. I have a lot of cops here waiting to be plied. Then I can have more things to show you.

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