Monday, November 12, 2007
Finished my Hanami last week and blocked it over the weekend. I even took an 'arty' picture of it posing in the fall folige.
The yarn on this one is Fino from Alpaca with a Twist. Sourced from the Yarn Barn of Kansas. No modifications to the pattern; I'm actually enjoying the assymetry.
Great KAL, guys. Thanks for hosting us.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Thanks for being a part of this knit a long! I hope we'll have a chance to knit with you again. Don't forget to find us on Ravelry! (Teri and Joline.)
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I am looking forward to your next KAL and once again thank you for letting me take part in the Hanami KAL.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I was having a rather icky day yesterday when my wonderful mail lady left a package in my mailbox. For me?!? And it came a long way, too...from way up north of the border...via Canada Postes no less! Thanks T&J for my wonderful present..just for being a part of this KAL and chatting with everyone. I received a skein of KnitPicks Shadow in the Jewels colorway--the very shade I was considering ordering for my wintertime lace knitting. As if that wasn't awesome enough, there was a set of handmade stitch markers made with freshwater pearls in the same shade of blue and white. They are so pretty!
I know the KAL is winding up. My shawl is done and I'm contemplating my next move, but I just wanted to thank everyone for being here and contributing their ideas and experiences. It's been a great learning experience for me. It's also been a lot of fun getting to know you better. I look forward to meeting up with ya'll again after the holidays to knit up another great lace shawl design. Thanks T&J for having the courage to put this group together. I know moderating a group is no small feat, but I think I can speak for all of us in saying that we really appreciate your efforts.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I'm really happy with how the second half of the shawl has turned out - and how my experiment in 'erasing' sections of the transition chart helped the basket weave area blend into the flower charts. Here is a detail shot that shows how it all turned out (and that gives a pretty good idea of the color too)
Thanks so much to T&J for hosting the knit-along - even though I didn't post much, it really kept me motivated to keep knitting a bit each day to keep up with the pack and get this done. I can't wait to see her finished, blocked, and out on the town!
Friday, October 19, 2007
So remember - we will announce the winner of the final prize next Friday!!
We know there have been lots of comments about the next KAL - you'll have to keep visiting our website (Baad Medicine) to find out! Possibly post- Christmas??
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Here is yesterdays spinning results, too. Another skein of 2-ply, about a fine fingering weight yarn. I am spinning this on my little Louet S45 (love, love, love this wheel and am sad to hear that Louet is discontinuing them)
I am thinking of altering my stole a little bit. I was thinking I might knit 4 repeats (or maybe 5) of the basket weave on each end and then in the center (the part that will fall across my back) doing one of the cherry blossom charts - either B or C. I don't think I will put beads across the back, but will have beads at both ends. I don't know though, I am really loving those beads!
What do you all think? I would love opinions!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Like "Catknip" and Maria wrote earlier, I am behind the rest of you, too ;) In fact I have only finished two repeats of the basket weave section. Here it is, not blocked at all, only stretched out for this photo. At this stage, it is only 16 inches wide but the wool will take a lot of blocking so I think I will easily be able to make 18 inches wide, though maybe not 19.
Can you see the faint difference in the knitting towards the lower edge of the my stole? That is a spot in my spinning where my yarn was finer and it shows. I am hoping it won't be so noticeable in the finished project, while being worn.
Here is a close up of the beads on the edge:
I love how they look, and glad that I decided to use them. At first I wasn't going to, but seeing photos of the rest of your projects I changed my mind!
One of the reasons I am so slow is that I am spinning my yarn, from my own sheep! It is 100% Corriedale Comfort Wool! You can see more photos and details of my stole at my own blog, Serenity Farms, plus a picture or two of the sheep who provide the fleece that I spin from.
I can't tell you how much I have been enjoying this KAL and the relaxing nature of it all! Many thanks to T&J!
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
WOW, all the finished Hanami stoles (and even the unfinished ones) are all so gorgeous!!! I'm a Ba-a-a-d KALer but had to finish up some projects, so I'm just getting started. I was wondering if I could gather up some ideas for bead placement on the blossom part of the stole. Those of you who beaded... where'd you put them? I appreciate the input.
(cross posted on Ravelry)
Friday, October 12, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
One down...................six more to go (sob! - I can do it, I think I can - I think I can - I think I can).
EDITED TO ASK: Where are with supposed to be in the KAL? I see so many gorgeous knitted stoles and I realize that I am behind, why behind, but would like to know if we were knitting along weekly with the KAL, where are I supposed to be? Thanks. :)
Sunday, October 7, 2007
It was worth it though! Now, to find an occasion to wear it - it'll have to wait - Mother Nature still thinks it's summer here in Mississippi!
Chanda in Mississippi
Friday, October 5, 2007
Still, it does look lovely, and I'm getting into the flow of the basketweave now that the markers aren't there (fingers crossed for no more mis-placed squares!).
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Cagey44 asked about making adjustments since she is knitting her Hanami in a heavier yarn. I didn't see any replies yet, so I'll jump in. Basically, the basketweave section and the cherry blossom section are of equal size, with the transition chart separating the two. If you omit one repeat of the basketweave, then I would eliminate the same total number of rows in the cherry blossom section by skipping 2-6 rows out of each chart. Perhaps I would knit fewer rows of the 1st chart after the transition where the knitting is more solid. I would also omit several rows of the last chart, where the lace is at it's "holiest". The cherry blossom section is so forgiving that you could do almost anything and it would be fine. I can't wait to see pictures of your stole!
And finally, to our hostess, thanks again for sponsoring this KAL and for offering such a generous prize. You really brightened my day :-)
I'm falling a little behind on the KAL; my work has been nuts with lots of overtime the last couple of weeks. I've just started the Week 4 assignment.
I'm still loving this pattern, but I'm really looking forward to getting to the cherry blossoms part.
Friday, September 28, 2007
I am doing the Hanami in a heavier weight yarn - Lavold silk in a luscious fuschia. I am using a needle size 4.5mm to get a wonderful drape in this stole. I have almost completed the second repeat of the basketweave section and am at about 10 inches now and my width is 28 inches stretched. Looking at the pattern it looks like the basketweave section runs about half the pattern then the transition begins to the blossoms. I know that 7 repeats of the basket portion will be way too long based on what I have now. What is the measurement of each section done in the lace weight yarn? I have the approximate width and length in the lace weight stoles that have been completed, and will adjust as I go to get the look that I want, but want to try to keep the proportions the same. So, far I love what I have and will post a picture when I can get the camera from my husband :) Thanks for your help, Krista PS. I have a button on my blog for those like me who are challenged in keeping up with KAL's - SLOKALOK!
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Thursday, September 27, 2007
I keep meaning to post about my progress on my Hanami, but since I portion out each week's allotment to work a little bit each day by the time I finish with one section it seems everyone else is already on to the next ! But I couldn't let the end of the basketweave section go by unremarked. I enjoyed knitting it but I'm excited to be on to something new.
So here is my Hanami so far, in what is really a light lilac shade of Misti Alpaca laceweight and not the blue that my camera is determined to capture. I was originally going to work this in a silk/merino blend from my stash, but at the last moment I caved to the fact that the yardage wasn't really enough and let these two balls jump into my basket at my LYS.
Since I have heard rumors that the Misti doesn't actually grow when blocked (does anyone have any experience with this?) I am worried that the length won't be enough at the end. To try and protect myself I've knit an extra repeat of the basketweave chart (really), then put in two lifelines, one at the end of the basketweave section and the other at the start of the transition chart. That way, the theory goes, if it is too short I can remove the purl row between the two sections and pull them apart, knit up more of the basketweave, then graft together again. At least that is my backup plan if needed (hopefully it won't!)
Looking at completed Hanami's, I've also been less than content with the abrupt end between the transition panel and the first 'flowers' panel. To fit with the theme of the shawl overall, I made a few extra copies of the transition chart and then got creative with the white-out, erasing selected decrease/yarnover pairs in this area, then adding back in a few more of these pairs in the upper empty zone. On the chart, at least, it now looks like the basketweave is being blown apart in this area - almost like a dandelion puff in the breeze. We'll see how it looks in the knitting itself - I think I'll have to be a few rows beyond that point to really stretch it out and get a good look. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
Happy knitting everyone,
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Here's the deal: I'm making the blossoms-only version, but realizing that the blossomy half of the Hanami pattern doesn't constitute half of the length of the finished stole (in the original version) -- meaning that if I just do the blossomy half, twice, I'll end up with a fairly short stole. So, I could add an extra repeat of chart F at either end, and lengthen the ruffles. I could also (or instead) add an extra repeat or two of chart A when I pick up from my provisional cast-on.
OR... (this is where it gets crazy) I could design a graphic of a cherry blossom and create it in lace in the centre section (running from the provisional cast-on, before going back to doing chart A etc. in the other direction). The large charry blossom would then sit in the middle of the wearer's back.
(Image borrowed from Flickr user sandcastlematt)
So, tell me I'm nuts. Tell me I'm brilliant. Tell me what you think!
So, funny thing: I plodded through the first 2 or 3 repeats of the lattice portion of the pattern (I'm making the asymmetrical version) with the suggested markers in place, but I wasn't really enjoying knitting the pattern. Then last week I took the markers out, and now I love it! Turns out the markers were somehow keeping me from reading the lace I'd already knitted (which meant I had to look at the printed pattern more), and also made me feel like the rows were really long. Weird, huh?
And then I spent all day yesterday traveling, and made all kinds of progress. I'm trying to decide if I want to lengthen it or not--I'm tall, and have kind of wide shoulders--so I may block what I have so far in the next few days.
(Andrea, 100% silk from Schaefer Yarns, in the Lillian Gilbreth colorway)
Sunday, September 23, 2007
All done, I made it without the ruffle on the end. Just simple garter, mirroring the basket weave end. The color in the top photo is pretty accurate.
Finished size is 18" x 67". It's made from Zephyr wool silk and I used 1.99 oz - just under 630 yards. (3.25mm needle) I bought a 4oz ball from Sarah's yarns so there were no ends to weave and I have enough for a second one. I like the basket weave end very much and want to make a second one just in basket weave next time.
I blocked it without wires, because I don't own any. Makes me wish I did, boy howdy!
I suppose I could have just as easily blocked it to 17" and gained a little length, but I'm not even 5'2" and the person it's for is shorter than I am, I think the width is more desirable. Increases the cozy factor IMO.
It was fun, I'm glad it's done!
I'm most of the way through chart F on the blossoms-only version. I'll be repeating F 2.5 times, rather than doing F + G. I'm also debating adding some beads in that garter section before the ruffle -- the one thing I miss about the original version is the pretty beads! I'm not sure where they would go best, though...
When I get there, I'll take pix and post them.
Onward! Chanda in Mississippi
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
I loved knitting the basket weave and want to make another that is all basket weave. I think it's so pretty.
I'm a little behind where I want to be, also. Trying to finish a couple of projects that have drug on too long means I'm almost done with chart C of an all-blossom stole (the first time). Think I may have bitten off more than I can chew. ;) Good motivation to work in this one tonight though! It's great to see everyone's progress, they are all so lovely. I don't have a camera, but I tried laying it on the scanner. Works ok, I think.
In case you're wondering why mine looks wider than the rest, that's because it is. I added two repeats to the row.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
So "Aaaargh! Shiver me needles! Get to knitting all you yarn wenches!"
I have to do that because it's the only thing that keeps me from crying everytime I pick up my Hanami. This is my 6th start (yes, 6) and I'm trying to not get disappointed. Everytime I get to the end my stitches don't work out. And I don't mean by just one. Sometimes it's seven or twelve or eighteen. So I consulted the Yarn Guru and she suggested I bring it to SnB on Monday - which I will. I need knitting love and support to get me through those first few rows. So until then:
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Chugging along on repeat #5. Is anybody but me worried about the length on this piece? This is the 1/4 mark and it looks to be shaping up more like a long (abet a beautiful) scarf. Unfortunatley, I only have the amount of yarn that the pattern notes give, so adding repeats will not be possible.
I know blocking will add a lot of length, and I really SHOULD have blocked my swatch out. But with having 5 yds less yarn per the ball band than the pattern notes show, I didn't dare risk it.