New Project

I’ve finally found a new knitting project that I can get excited about!  I’m going to make this next. The Sheherazade Beaded Lace Shawl, by Anna Victoria. Intricate lace – YES PLEASE! With beads, too – DOUBLE YES!  :)   I’m so excited!!

I have a lace shawl on the needles already, but it’s pretty ‘plain’ knitting, so it’s been really boring for me.  I’m just not excited about it, much as I love the color and I’m sure it will be pretty when I’m done.

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Queen Anne’s Lace circular shawl in progress.

So, this will go into hibernation (once I mark on my pattern where I left off!!) And the new lace shawl will get cast on!

I have the yarn for it, I just need to decide which beads to use. I ordered two different colors because I couldn’t decide. I still can’t decide!!! Help!! Which do you like best?

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Juniper Moon Farm Findley lace in Malachite. Beads are silver-lined light pink, or silver-lined light gold. They’re both so pretty!!!!

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So, let me know in the comments which one you like best!  I’m going to bring them to my knitting group tonight too, so my knitting peeps can have a look in  person to give me their opinions.  :-)  Then (if I can make a decision) I’ll cast on tonight at knit night!!! Yay!!

I also have some Jacob wool I’m spinning up – I am really happy with how that’s going! I’m almost done with the single, then I’m going to navajo ply it once it’s done.

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I’ve never spun up Jacob before – it’s been a dream to spin! I love it. This will probably end up a heavy fingering weight. I hope I end up with enough yardage to do something neat with it.

Anyhow, that’s what I have going on at this moment. Still waiting (not so patiently) for my Master Knitter level 3 box to come back to me.  I have maybe 6-8 more weeks to wait…  :)

Happy Knitting everyone!!

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Patiently Waiting

I’m patiently waiting for my level 3 box (or trying to).  It won’t come back to me for another 8 weeks or so now, at least.  I hope it made its way safely to the first committee member!

I’m doing a few things to keep busy – I’m spinning up some Jacob wool I had gotten from SAFF a year or two ago.  It was prepped with a gradient from cream to brown, so I’m spinning it to keep the gradient.  I’ll try to post some pictures of it next week.

I’m finishing up my one row scarf – it’s almost done – I should have it finished by next week.

I’ve also started a circular lace shawl, with some sky blue Knit Picks Shadow tonal yarn – I’ll get pictures of it next week as well.  (Sorry I have not many pictures to show you today!!  I guess I’ve been lazy in the picture department.) :-)

I’ve finished up a pattern I had been working on (it had been on the back burner for a good while now, since the Master Knitter work was taking priority).  I just need to knit the second sock (in a lighter color to show the details better) and proof/tech-edit the pattern.  Hopefully I’ll be able to release it soon.

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New sock pattern in progress

I’m very happy that Spring is (trying) to make its presence known.  It’s been really cold the last few days, though.  My crocuses and daffodils are all up and blooming – that makes me happy – I love the colors of crocuses.

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I promise to have more things (and pictures) to show you next week!
Until then, Happy Knitting!

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Steek Sandwich

Sounds yummy, right? ;-)

In actuality it is a method of dealing with steeks which hides the steek inside a few rows of knitting.  Stitches are picked up through the fabric on the right side, and then stitches are picked up from the loops on the wrong side, and a few rows of knitting are worked on both sides, completely enclosing the steek.  The two flaps are then knit together, and the rest of the buttonband (or whatever) is finished.

Here is a much more in depth post on the method, and is the reference I used in my researching.  Kate Davies’ series on steeks is excellent – my post today will be a very quick overview on how I did my steek sandwich, so go to her website if you want more details!

Here’s how I did my steek sandwiches.  My gauge worked out perfectly to allow me to pick up stitches at every row on the buttonbands.  Be sure you check your gauges, though – yours might not work out like that.  You’ll adjust the number of rows you pick up depending on your gauge ratio.  (If you don’t know what I mean by that – that’s a lesson for another blog post!)

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Stitches picked up on every row – exactly between the steek stitches and the pattern stitches.

You have to be sure to pick the yarn up from behind the work, and through to the front, so that the working yarn carries across the back.  This is what forms the loops you’ll use to pick up stitches on the back.  It also reinforces the steek edge even more, since it locks all your floats!

Then, using a second circular needle, you turn your work and pick up each loop on the back and knit into it.  (Pull the yarn snug when working the first one.) This can be tricky, because the loops are pretty tight.  (You could help this by using a larger needle for picking up the front stitches, and then switching to the smaller needles for the rest of the buttonband, but I didn’t do that with my sweater.)  I used a dpn to gently lift each loop, and then my working needle to knit into it. You must pick up one extra stitch on the back to have your stitch counts the same on both sides.

(Also – I did my steek sandwiches slightly different from how Kate Davies showed. I didn’t want to have to seam the sides of my ‘sandwich’, so I worked my sandwich like a giant tube – knitting first the front and then carrying the yarn to the back, snugly, and then knitting the back. As opposed to knitting all the rows on the front first and then knitting the rows on the back.)

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Loops on back, each one picked up and knit.

I worked four more rows total, front and back – ending with the wrong side completed. Now, you have two circular needles – one with the front stitches and one with the back stitches.

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Front and back knit together.

You will use your front circular needle, and knit the front and the back stitches together across the row (as though you were doing a three needle bind off – but without the binding off.) That finishes the sandwich!

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Front and back knit together (back/wrong side view) See how the steek is hidden – doesn’t that look nice??

Then you finish off the buttonband however you wish – I did corrugated ribbing for my sweater, but you could do an i-cord, or some other edge for the finishing.

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I forgot to take a close up shot of the finished band – this picture will have to do! So here’s how the band looks when complete.

So that’s how I did my steek sandwiches for my sweater! It adds a bit of bulk to the edge, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing at the buttonbands, where you want some stability.

I hope this was informative! Happy Knitting!!

(Oh – and PS: my box arrived safely in Ohio today! That’s one less thing for me to worry about! I’ll try to patiently wait for it to come back to me…) ;-)

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It’s in the mail!

So, I dropped my Master Knitter Level 3 box in the mail yesterday!!  Now begins the weeks of worrying and waiting to get it back.  I’ve already started worrying – the post office only had a 12x12x5 box for me to use, so I had to squish the sweater and binder down to get the box to close.  I woke up this morning in a cold sweat wishing I had taken the time to go to a different post office or swung by a store to get a bigger box.  I’m worried the swatches and the hat and sweater will be squished flat and nothing will pass because of it. :-(  Oh well, it’s too late now.

Anyhow, here are some pictures of my finished sweater!!

'Bidding Spring Arise' cardigan

'Bidding Spring Arise' cardigan

'Bidding Spring Arise' cardigan

There are lots more photos over in my Flickr set, if you want to take a gander.

We got some better photos of me wearing my hat as well:

Master Knitter Level 3 Aran hat

Master Knitter Level 3 Aran hat

And here it all is ready to get boxed (and squished!) up:

Master Knitter Level 3 submission

Now begins the nervous weeks of waiting.    …I really should have found a bigger box….

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Sneak Peek

I know I promised you a post on my handling of the steeks on my sweater (I did a sandwiched steek) – but that will have to wait a couple of days.  I thought you’d like a sneak peek of the finished sweater first!!  She’s blocking once more right now, and I’m hoping to get her dry enough to do pictures wearing it tomorrow (it’s supposed to be a beautiful day here tomorrow!)

Here’s a couple of sneak-peek pictures:
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Buttons!!

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Here’s the armscye facing – I’ll talk a bit about that when I post next as well.

I’m planning on having everything ready to be mailed off on Monday!

I’ll post with more pictures and an in-depth entry on the steek sandwiches in the next few days!

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