Thursday, June 30, 2005
progress pic and lifeline explanation
The weird looking green string is my lifeline - DMC embroidery floss. For the person who asked the other day a lifeline is an extra piece of string/yarn that you run through the live stitches on your needle at a particular point (of your choosing). If you manage to mess up your knitting or a needle falls out the lifeline stops the stitches from unraveling any further so that you pick up and start over again with stitches that you know to be correct. It's recommended to use string/yarn that won't stick to the yarn you're using for the project. I'm using the lime green floss because, really, what else would one use that color of floss for? =) When I started putting in the lifelines I was putting one in every repeat and leaving them there. After about 6 times of doing that I got tired of looking at all the funky green strings on my scarf and removed all but the current one. Now when I get to row 10 I go back and remove the line and reinsert it on the current row. So far it's working beautifully.
I'm using Twinkle Toes yarn (yep sock yarn) and I had started out using 4.5 DPN, they were so heavy so when we were in the city yesterday I treated myself to some clover bamboo needles... they are light as air, I just love them!!
It's my first time knitting lace and I really must say I love it.... I'm at 20 repeats so far, and think I'll have to do at least another 20... maybe a bit more.. I have 440 yards of the yarn so I don't have any worries of running out, I'd love to make this scarf as big as possible!
I love seeing everyones BO's...
Thanks for letting me join
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Please note the unabashed photo tribute to the original BO Knitty picture.
I finished the other one, too, but ran out of yarn midstream so will frog it to make mittens or hats out of. I got some pretty new Katia yarn in pink to make another, frilly and lacy one.
progress and a question... or few
Questions: Is my figuring correct in that once I'm all done with the scarf, one end will be more stitches wide than the other? If so, is that fixed with blocking? And how the heck am I supposed to block this thing? It's long. Really long.
change of plans
Hello and Help!
First, I'd like to thank Yarner from knitty.com for sending me her Silky Wool yarn. I've tried this pattern about 6 or 7 times now and it is definitely showing up better on the Silky Wool than my initial attempts on alpaca yarn.
I've sat and analyzed a bunch of knitting clips/videos online and it appears I am doing everything right on the pattern instructions. But after looking at the scarves that some of you have finished, I realized that something is going wrong w/mine. The "holes" in my scarf aren't as pronounced, thus the leaves don't really stand out in the pattern and they sort of blend into the background.
I hope Lizzie doesn't mind that I'm going to borrow a part of her picture for this! (Your scarf is coming out pretty fantastic btw.)
As you can see in Lizzie's scarf, the blue and orange pieces are 'twisted' together. All of those corresponding parts are nice and twisted which is why the "holes" are nicely formed. On my scarf however, my 2 pieces aren't twisted. So if you were looking at my scarf the 'blue' and 'orange' pieces would be separate and side by side. This is why my "holes" aren't as defined.
Does anyone have any idea what I'm doing wrong? I'm not an advanced knitter so I don't know what part of the pattern I'm messing up on. I hope my post at least makes some sense and that someone will be able to help me out on this.
Many thanks in advance!
Slowly but surely...
Monday, June 27, 2005
This morning I started Branching Out. I'm using Red Heart Soft Touch yarn in an offwhite colour (I'm not sure what the exact colour is called -- perhaps it's just called "Off White", though it looks quite different IRL than it does on the linked page) on 4.5mm needles. It's going to be a Christmas gift for my Grandmother. I have 4 repeats done (no pictures yet -- sorry!) and so far its knitting up wonderfully. Quite enjoyable really. I have plans to knit another one for myself once I'm done this one.
Friday, June 24, 2005
My Branching out Progress
It's finally here!
I need to unearth a set of #8 needles before I can get started, seems they all have something on them. I have so many sets of 8's you wouldn't think it would be an issue.
I'm excited to start my first lace project!
Thursday, June 23, 2005
I'm using size 8 needles and Alpaca Cloud yarn in "Sunshine" from KnitPicks. This is two repeats in and so far I have to say that I'm enjoying working from a chart a whole lot more than I thought I would!
Branching Out as Wrap
Here is mine so far!
I have a pic on my blog dated June 22nd!
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
I Started (Twice)!
Monday, June 20, 2005
Hello to all
I'm using black silky wool that I (can you believe it) already had in my stash. I had the yarn and the needles, and only needed to print out the pattern. Unbelievable.
I'm still trying to figure out how to include a photo in a post, but if you would like to see one, it is posted on my blog. Any hints on how to include a photo with a post? I'm actually enjoying learning out this "blogging thing."
Kim in WV
Newbie and question
Anyway, I would like to know how much should I expect the scarf to grow lengthwise and widthwise, i.e., if before blocking it measures, say, 10 cm width and 120 cm length, after blocking how much should it measure?
If I find it too narrow for my mother, I will think of some solution.
Thanks a lot and happy knittings,
P.S. I have taken a picture of my BO, but it's very blurry and the colour is not very true.
Intro and Progress
See more of my project pictures here.
I'm sorry but I have tried and tried to get this thing right and much as I hate it, I'm conceding defeat--temporarily anyway. Everyone's scarves and shawls are so very beautiful. What great jobs you have all done.
I am feeling a little guilty and not a little inept about not finishing but perhaps this pattern just isn't for me.*sniffle*
Good luck to the rest of you.
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Friday, June 17, 2005
another jumps on the wagon
Happy weekend and happy knitting,
Boring with no pictures update
I'm terrified. Because once I finish this thing, I've got to block it. And I've never blocked anything before. And I am just stunningly afraid that I'm going to somehow completely ruin it, beyond repair, in the process.
Can anyone reassure me that's not likely to happen? Anyone have tips for blocking the Kidsilk Haze?
The other reason I wanted to write was just to say how very much I'm enjoying seeing everyone's pictures and reading everyone's updates. I'm really glad I joined this KAL, and I'm really thankful that all of you are taking time to share your adventures! So -- thanks, y'all! (Okay, I know, I'm being sappy. I'll quit now.)
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Not giving up!
I'm using Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in the Sunlight colorway. Very pretty but very thin and I'm thinking I should have gotten an evtra skein and doubled it. It's only about 3.5 inches wide, but maybe it will be bigger and behave a bit better after its blocked. Any thoughts?
Oh...and I made it to three pattern repeats without frogging! A milestone! LOL
Another New Member...
I didn't have an area with good lighting so just imagine it being more of a brighter turquouise color. (I tried thumbtacking it to my wall for that picture.) Also, since my current knitting supplies equal one set of #8 needles, I obviously don't have super nice yarn...yet! Till the day I have money though, I am using Caron Simply Soft...which is the nicest stuff I've gotten to play with...and it really is soft.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
New to Branching out
Latecomer just started
I hope it isn't too late to join in. I'm very excited. This is my very first knitalong! I haven't yet figured out which "nice" yarn I will use for this, however I have started the pattern in the meantime with a different yarn and have completed 3 repeats so far. I have a hard time seeing the pattern, it shows better against this white background.
After 4 tries, I finally got a photo posted correctly. Yay!
Is there a trick to taking pictures of our knitting? This didn't seem to turn out very well.
Monday, June 13, 2005
Phew!! BO #2 is finished!!
I'm really pleased with the way it's turned out. I stopped at 25 repeats as I didn't want it to be a really long scarf. Pre blocking it was 45", post blocking 53.5". This is for my sis-in-law, Deb, who is such a good friend, and who has had a bit of a traumatic year so far. I hope she likes it!
I felt by the end I'd finally got to grips with knitting with this yarn, and it was worth the effort! I also got the pattern repeat down from almost an hour per repeat to 20 minutes!
I love lace knitting!
Friday, June 10, 2005
Thursday, June 09, 2005
I ordered my yarn today so it should be here early next week. I chose Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in Mist after seeing several others had good results with the Alpaca Cloud. Since I was placing an order anyway I went ahead and ordered some Shimmer in Grape Hyacinth, but I did hold it to just those two, this time.
Just an FYI Post
I just started this pattern last night and it is looking good! I am just using a cotton I had sitting lonely in a drawer... Its done in Lilac. I will post pictures today or tomorrow! Glad to be here!!!
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
I used a hand spun/dyed 100% silk yarn from The Yarn Tree in Brooklyn, NY. They are awesome. happy knitting!
It took me a few tries to get past the first repeat, but the third time was the charm. It's like it just "clicked" for me. I'm not sure how many repeats I plan to do; I have 2 balls of the KSH and will probably use part of the second one. I want it to be pretty long.
This is what it looked like right after I put it back on the needles after my 2-year-old decided it would be great sport to give Mama a heart attack by pulling the needle out of her knitting:
And here's a close(r)-up:
I absolutely love the way it looks so far, and I love how it feels against my face. (I'm having trouble stopping myself from fondling this yarn as I knit!) The KSH is not as scary to work with as I thought it would be.
Anyway, I'm thrilled to join y'all!
First lace attempt
I started Branching Out a few nights ago using Caron Simply Soft because I couldn't wait any longer for my silky wool to come in. Here's my progress thus far:
I'm looking foward to working on it some more tonight!
Saturday, June 04, 2005
The Silky Wool relaxed a lot after blocking. It became even silkier and softer, and stretched and bent with ease, which helped me get the curve out of the starting repeat. It's surprisingly light and airy, and looks wonderful.
Friday, June 03, 2005
Here's a photo:
Isn't she cute? :)
I'm using the Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool - I think the color is sage. :)
Bah!!! I'm an idiot.
This is my very first lace project AND my very first time using a chart. Well, I've been reading the chart from left to right! I don't know how I missed the right to left thing in the directions but, ack...how dumb. And hey, surprise, surprise, it's made a huge difference.
Are all charts read from right to left, or is this one different? Obviously, the moral of the story is to READ the pattern before jumping in.
It got longer?
But the comment that the scarf "got longer" after blocking surprised me.
I was thinking that the stretching out width-wise in blocking, to make the leaf lace really stand out, would result in a wider, somewhat squatter scarf. No?
This is my first all-lace project, so I have no expereince to draw on. What say all of you with finished Branching Outs?
Janina in Red Deer
Thursday, June 02, 2005
The finished product!
I never got to post a picture of my finished BO because I ended up giving it to my mom almost immediately afterward.
This is my mom wearing the scarf (my guess is for the photo shoot my brother held, as opposed to her actually wearing it somewhere ;)
I think she was happy that I made her something for Mother's Day, even if it was several weeks late.
The scarf became substantially longer post-blocking - I didn't measure, but it added maybe 6+ inches to the length. I personally liked the original length, but that is something to keep in mind for the next project!
Moving right along
May Prize Announcement
And our First Winner is - - - Diana, of this post!
Diana - please e-mail me your snail addy so that I can send of a loverly hank of merino to you. The ones I am sending off are about 220 yards each.
Others - its easy to have a chance at a prize for June - just post your progress, tips, etc!
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
new brancher here
i'm using knitpicks "color your own" merino that i dyed with kool-aid. the yarn was slated for another project, but branching out made me change my mind, and i'm glad i did.
thanks for letting me play along.
There's even a picture!! (excuse the backdrop- the best light is over the computer!)