Finishing Things

I meant to get a second post in for July, but I wanted a photo in the sun of the finished Moonlight Sonata Shawl and the sun was not cooperative before I went out yesterday. So let’s see if I manage to post more than once in August…

I have actually finished TWO projects in the last week. First off the needles was the Fruit Loop socks. Apart from modelling them for the photo below, I haven’t worn them yet. I will in the next few days though.

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Second off the needles was the Moonlight Sonata Shawl. I had wanted to knit 10-12 repeats of Chart 2 of this pattern. After 10 repeats, I had 25 grams of yarn left. I thought I would be fine to do one more repeat and the edging. I did have enough yarn for repeat 11, but then had only 7 grams left and could only have manage two rows of garter before casting off, instead of the 6 rows of garter the pattern called for. After a bit of denial and a look at various people’s projects on Ravelry, I concluded that the 6 rows of garter were essential to the look, and two rows just weren’t going to cut it. So I ripped back 2 rows of garter and the 11th repeat – three evening’s work, without a lifeline (I should have put one in…) and knit the border properly. I’m glad I bit the bullet and did it, because the simple border is very effective.

I expected the yarn to lose dye when I gave it a soak before blocking, due to the crocking I mentioned in my last post, but it didn’t really lose much at all. So I’m hoping most of the excess dye had already come off the yarn on to my fingers and there won’t be any further problem. I still don’t like the feel of the yarn, so I probably won’t buy it again. There are so many yarns out there right now that there is no reason to knit one you don’t like more than once!

The finished shawl is 127 cm across and 66 cm deep – a little smaller than I was hoping for, but a good size for wrapping around my neck, like my Flower Basket Shawl.

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I cast on another pair of sock – this one in the Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, colour “Duchess”. The pattern is a simple slip stitch one that gives it some texture, though it is mainly hidden by the darkness of the colourway. I’m loving the richness of this yarn and will probably seek out more of it after these socks are done.

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I don’t think I’ll cast on more lace just now. The Kundalini Cardi is being neglected with all its monotonous stocking stitch, so I think I’ll have to ration the knitting time and do a set amount of the cardi before the sock each evening to get some progress happening on the cardi. It’s fairly predictable that the cardi will be finished about the time it becomes too warm to wear it!

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