Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Almost there

I am almost there! I intend to knit 46 repeats, and this morning I finished the 44th! There are no new pictures yet, but maybe on Friday...

Then, on to blocking. My yarn is superwash merino. What kind of blocking do you suggest?

Take care!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Branching Out #2

I finally got around to finishing my second Branching Out. It took me two months to complete! It's really hard to get any knitting done with an 8 month old who wants my undivided attention, so I only got to chip away at it a few rows at a time. This one seemed to take so much longer because of the fingerling weight yarn... I felt like I wasn't making much progress and I was knitting very slowly to avoid losing stitches because the yarn was very slippery.

This is a picture of the scarf being blocked; wrong side up. I wish I had a blocking board or some blocking wires so the edges will turn out straight.

I still haven't gotten sick of this pattern. I'm already working on Branching Out #3, this one for my mom. It's made of the same yarn I used to make her hat. I thought it would be nice for her to have a matching scarf.


Finally finished it - I completely started over after my last post, but I think it was worth it. Still used the same KnitPicks Aplaca Cloud in Mist and bamboo 8 straights. Here it is, blocked and pinned to 6" x 42" (I did 20 pattern repeats).

Glad to see all of yours going so well too! This one's a Christmas gift, and I'm being indecisive about making all the girls their own Branching Outs in different colors. I think I may have the pattern cracked, but it does require a lot of time and concentration.


I finished my Branching Out on Sunday, now I need to block it. I'll post pictures once that's done but in the meantime if any KALers have tips for blocking BO in Kidsilk Haze I'd really appreciate it. :)

Monday, November 28, 2005

New to Lace

I just joined this KAL.....I am new to I bought the exact yarn that the pattern called for. Wish me luck!

Friday, November 25, 2005


Hey y'all, I finished my Tahki New Tweed Branching Out a few days ago. Click on the photo for my blog post about it.

It's been really motivating to read everyone's progress! Thanks for sharing your Branching Outs with the rest of us.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005


I don't know why, there was a period when I just had real troubles with the repeats. There were more than a few moments of frogging.

When I switched from the bamboos to the Denises, it helped. And a few days of rest helped, too.

I used the Silky Wool and ended up with 24 repeats. I probably could have gotten one more repeat, but I didn't want to run out before the garter edge.

I thought you all might enjoy a shot of it blocking on my professional blocking board lawnchair and beach towel.

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Monday, November 21, 2005

New to Lace!

Thanks for the invite Amy!

It's my first crack at lace knitting - I'm 7 repeats in, and so far, so good (I think). I've made a few mistakes and I had to frog back half a repeat, so I'm afraid that section will look a bit wobbly when I'm done, but not too bad, I hope.

I'm using KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud in Mist, and bamboo 8's.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Finally Finished!!

It seems as though I have been working on this scarf forever, but finally and gloriously, this morning I finished it! Last night I was working on it and messed up slightly, so I had to rip it back a couple of rows. I was able to get it fixed easily enough, but was angry at it so I put it away until this morning.

I did it a little differently than what the pattern called for. Rather than knitting from start to finish and ending up with the length I wanted, I knit two seperate pieces and grafted them together, so both ends of the scarf look the same, which actually worked quite well, I think. I'm trying to decide whether or not I'm going to kill the arcylic so that the ends are not as wavey, but I'm not sure yet ... nor am I sure exactly how to "kill" acrylic yarn. I used Red Heart Soft yarn on 4.5 mm needles. It's a Christmas gift for my Grandmother. I'm so very glad it's finished.

Started new Branching Out

Hey everyone! I joined this KAL a couple of months ago and I was knitting a BO with some egyptian cotton. Well, I stopped that one and have since started a new one that I like a whole lot better. I'm using some hand dyed yarn (from my first dyeing experience)and it's 100% Peruvian wool from KnitPicks (it's "color your own" 440 yds). Please come to my site and look at the pics!!


Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Ripping, ripping and more ripping.

I joined this KAL yesterday. Eagerly and enthusiastically I casted on and intended to get at least two pattern repeats completed. I wanted to post a picture and everything. You see, I have "branched out" before when I knitted a mini lace shawl. I figured this would be no problem for me. It's only 10 rows to work with. Pbth, easy like Sunday Morning! Well, I am not sure if it is that I have lost my knack for knitting, or that my attention span has been reduced to the size of a pea due to a constantly crying 4-month-old.

For whatever reason, I started and ripped out this puppy 3 times already. The first two times, I screwed up on the 4th or 5th row. Not too much lost.

The third time I ripped I had knitted the 10 rows for a complete pattern and thought I was well on my way to completing my 2 pattern repeats I had hoped for. Wrong I was, I somehow ended up with 31 stitches on my tenth row instead of 25.

Having no clue what I did wrong I frogged the whole thing again.

Cry cry.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Branching Out Update

Progress so far! I'm just short of ten repeats and am pleased with the results - the pattern is really well defined.

I'm finding that I have to knit much more slowly with the KSH than I do normally but it's worth it. If I use KSH again (and I probably will because it's just so gorgeous!) then I think I would give bamboo needles a try instead of the metal ones I'm currently using.

OK - this baby has to be done by 4 December in time for my Mum's birthday. Here's hoping I can get it done in time.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Branching Out Progress with pics, finally!

Hello! Here's a progress update on the BO Scarf:
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It's the Silky Wool yarn that was recommended on the pattern, and size 8 Addis. The darker picture was taken with flash,the lighter ones without. Right now the scarf measures just over 12" or so. Picture credits: My daddy took these on his snazzy camera. Thanks Daddy!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Please be kind....

Here is my BO started on 8's. Will blocking really fix this or should I frog and start over on 10's? There aren't any mistakes that I can see, it's just impossible to see the pattern unless I stretch it way out. I'm kinda glad I've not made much progress on it just in case I need to frog the silly thing! LOL

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

First KAL post!

Hiyah everyone! I hope everyone's making good progress on their Branching Outs! Here's a picture of mine in progress. During the last repeat I nearly gave myself a heartattack and thought I picked up an extra stitch. I'm using Paton's Lacette from Michael's I really liked it when I saw it at the store, but I'm thinking fuzzy yarn probably wasn't the best choice for this project. Anyway, see you all later! Hopefully the next time I post it'll be a bit longer!
Happy Knitting! ~Carolyn

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

This is my first KAL!

I started my BO today. Since I'm just getting started knitting lace, I thought I would make this first in a heavier yarn. So I found some really pretty dusty lilac Debbie Bliss Merino DK in my stash and cast on this afternoon. I think I could have used larger needles than my 8's but I so wanted to use my bamboo and I don't have them in very many sizes yet. I think it will be alright once it's all blocked out. So far I only have two repeats, but hey, it's a start....

I'll post a pic later this weekend of my progress! I just love looking at all the pretty ones on this blog. Can't wait to add mine!

Hat to match my scarf!

Hi all! I decided after knitting my scarf that I would knit a hat to match, as I do with most all scarves that I knit. I had no more of the yarn that I used, but had some very pretty painted wool that I got from Ebay some time ago for no purpose whatsoever! Well, it's purpose was found when I saw that the color of my Branching Out was one of the colors in the yarn...thus the hat was born. I thought a simple hat with a Seed St border would be okay, but I wasn't happy with it, so I knit several (aLOT) of leaves of various sizes and sewed them to the border resulting in this 'Painted Autumnal Hat' that matches Branching Out quite well, although I'm afraid that the picture doesn't show the exact color match...but I'm happy to say that it is a perfect match :0)!!
Happy Knitting, Becka

Monday, November 07, 2005

Hi, Howdy and Hello!

Hello from beautiful and not-at-all-autumnlike Texas - (It's Nov 7 and it's supposed to be mid 80s and humid today - how I long for some cool weather!).

I've gotten about 4 repeats done on the BO this time around (I've started and frogged this baby 3 times before.) But I seem to be having more success this time.... I don't know what the difference is, I've been using the same yarn (Silky Wool) and the recommended needle size, and I have good gauge... It's just the pattern-reading that seems to be getting to me... I've only done a few really pattern-critical items - mostly I've just made scarves and very easy hats (knitted flat & then mattress-stitched).

This pattern has been a learning process for me. It's looking pretty okay though, these days.. I'll post a picture once I get a friend with a digicam to shoot one for me (he was all like.... "you want me to take pictures of your knitting? WHY ON EARTH?" Feh. Some people just don't get it. Feh again.)

All in all, though, I'm pleased with my progress this go around - I have about 12" of progress to show. (MY previous attempts have been catalogued on my blog, if anyone's curious.

All you other ladies seem to be rocking and rolling on your scarves!! The variegated one is just lovely - I'm kind of curious to try this scarf as a skinny scarf with sock yarn - maybe as a double-panel. (I love doing really challenging things... Can you tell?

Happy knitting!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Branching Out Blocks....

I so enjoyed knitting this Branching Out that I know I will do several more after completing some other projects! It's a fun, fun knit and I also know that I'm ready to try some more lace, it's such fun, as everyone knows, I'm sure!! I have a couple of photos, one of partial blocking on the ironing board (it's far too long to fit on the board) and an 'up close & personal' shot of my 1st lace. I have discovered that I do so want to get some blocking wires! I had to reposition the scarf after the pictures were taken because of the wavy edges left by the pins. All in all I am pleased with my 1st attempt at lace :)
Happy Knitting Everyone!

New KAL-er!

Hi folks... this is my first time joining a KAL, and what better one to join than Branching Out?

I'm doing my Branching Out with knitpicks Gossamer in the Caribean colorway on size 7 needles. I love this pattern, but admit that it is taking somewhat of a backseat to my current holiday gift knitting.

And here it is thus far...

I can't wait to see more of everyone elses' projects!

Finished my first Branching Out!

Wow, I'ver never finished a knitting project this fast! I started my Branching Out on Saturday and bound off yesterday. Here you can see it modeled by the lovely Lily:

50g of Lana Grossa's New Kid sufficed for 27 pattern repeats. I blocked the scarf overnight, but it still has a tendency to fold in the middle. Does that happen to anyone else?

Looking at all the different versions in this KAL, I'm sure I'll make another one soon. Once you understand the pattern, it's so much fun to knit!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Hello Everybody!!

I LOVE, LOVE everyone's versions of the pattern, it's stunning no matter the yarn!!
I just joined this KAL and wanted to say 'hI all' to everyone! I started my 1st Branching Out a few days ago and am 2/3 complete. It's SO MUCH FUN to knit. I will confess that I grabbed the wrong size addi's as I began! I wanted 9's but grabbed 8's...oops! But I know that when I block the magic will happen. I was between large projects and wanted to knit a pretty scarf with nice winter colors and I happened to have KnitPicks Merino Style in Hollyberry on I grabbed it and my addi's (even tho I grabbed the wrong size I can see that it will be lovely) and began on the 28th or 29th of Oct. I quickly decided that this will NOT be my only BO!! I envision many colors & many yarns with this nice pattern!
This is my 1st lace project (I've been knitting almost a year and 1/2) be please kind :-) LOL!! I have posted pics of day one and day three on the needles.
Happy Knitting

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Hey all!


I just joined the KAL yesterday. I am knitting the scarf for my mother for Christmas so I woud like to have some motivation to finish. I've had to start over again, but so far I have one repeat on a bit larger needles. Here is the progress so far -
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I'm really enjoying it so far and seeing how everyone else's is progressing!