Sunday, June 20, 2010

What better way to celebrate the birthday!!

What better way for a knitter to celebrate her birthday than to unpin a lovely shawlette from blocking and to admire its beauty. And, thats what happened today! I got the pattern for Cedar leaf shawlette from Desiree as a prize in the UFO warriors challenge in the SAARC group I am part of in Ravelry. The yarn was a RAK from Bebere back in October 2009. I feel this shawlette is a perfect culmination of yarn and pattern.


With this yarn, I started knucks, a basic gloves pattern available from knitty.com but, after making five fingers and gusset of one hand, I left the project languishing in the UFO pile. When I got this pattern as a prize, I decided the yarn should become a cedar leaf shawlette and I had two skeins of it, thanks to the kindness of Bebere.

 The leaves are addictive to knit. The body of the shawl is knitted in one go..it uses short rows for the crescent shape. Then the leaves are knitted-on to the curved edge. The shawlette grew by leaps and bounds after blocking. The pre-blocking size was: 78 inches long, 9 inches deep and the post-blocking size is: 92 inches long, 11 inches deep. Here it is on me..


Since I like taking goofy pictures, I setup a prop on the table and shot the shawlette in different angles. Here is the outcome of my photo session:

The prop is a set of three porcelain storage jars labeled Tea, Coffee and Sugar. We got this as a wedding gift and I haven't used it even once. It doesn't make sense to use breakable item when there is an active toddler tornado in the house everyday.


Here is the project page in Ravelry: Knottygal's Cedar Leaf Shawlette

So, today on my birthday.. I got up early, went to church with my family, came back, unpinned this shawlette from where it was blocking since last night, wrapped myself around with it and took photos to my heart's content.. I am still wearing the shawlette as I write this post. Its almost time for us to go out for a family lunch... So far, so good! Hope you are having a nice day too..

-Josie

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Back from hibernation!!

Hi guys.. I am back from hibernation.. and, I am slowly getting back to my craftiness..or you can say.. I am limping my way back to craftiness.. I took out my sewing machine after what feels like ages yesterday.. it just sat on my dining table for the night and went back to its closet when I started for my work,today morning. No stitching for the past 3 weeks! and, its not doing any good for my Etsy shop. I had been working myself to exhaustion prior to the break and I needed the break. So, after a week long trip to our hometown, we are back to HYD and I am trying to find my crafty bone.

During this break, I took up knitting again..Boy! does it feel good to be knitting!! I finished my stockinette therapy shawl..aka melody shawl. It came out as a VERY LONG shawl. but, I am ok with it..I need the extra length to wrap it around myself.. here are a few pics of it..



My bed wouldn't fit the shawl to be blocked on it..so, I loosely blocked it on my clothesline..and, I am happy with the results..The fringes are made by steeking.. it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be..Here is a picture of the fringes before steeking and after:



a close-up of the fringes after steeking and pre-blocking:



As if all the yarn snipping was not enough with the fringe-steeking, I snipped off two stitches in the shawl while trimming excess yarn..I was cursing myself for being such a clutz! A few drops of fevicol later, the stitches were secured without any damage to the shawl.. Thank God for quick-drying fevicol! Phew! that was a close call.



The trip to our hometown was very eventful.. On the way to NGL, the train from HYD was delayed by more than 5hrs even before it started. And, the travel time of the train was also delayed by 4 hrs. So, instead of starting at 4:45pm Friday evening, it started 11pm Friday evening and, instead of reaching the destination by 6am Satruday morning, it reached by 3pm Saturday afternoon! I am glad I had my knitting with me.. I had decided on a travel project and took the yarn and needles along with me. God! It saved my sanity during the delays. I cast on for the Scrappy Lengthwise scarf on the train from HYD to CHN. Its my first time casting on on a train! I will put up a picture once I get it clicked..

I am also working on a Cedar leaf shawlette..the pattern was gifted to me by a fellow Raveler as a part of the UFO warriors challenge in the SAARC group that I am part of, in Ravelry. Its a lovely pattern and has lotsa stockinette stitch.. do you see a pattern here? I am falling for patterns with more stockinette stitch. I am officially in love with stockinette stitch. I have to search for my camera as I have loadsa items waiting for be photographed. I promise, my next post will have more eye candy than this..

Till then.. Ciao!

-Josie aka knottygal
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