Misc Monday ~ in which I finish a shawl for ME

Last week I mentioned that I was working on the East of the Sun, West of the Moon shawl again after it had hibernated for a while. Well, I finished it over the weekend!

East of the Sun, West of the Moon beaded shawl

It was not without some concern, though. I thought I was going to run out of yarn. I DID run out of yarn. But I had another yarn left over from another project which is essentially indistinguishable from the Freia. Luckily, I had worked the shawl so that the white was at the end, and the other yarn was KnitPicks Bare lace yarn, so it was also white.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon beaded shawl

This is the replacement yarn, which I used for the last few rows, but if I didn’t know where I switched I’m not sure I’d be able to tell (except by looking at the back for where the yarn is doubled).

Blocking this thing was CRAZY. I have never knit a shawl this large. (This may be the largest ANYTHING I have knit. It might count as larger than the afghans I’ve crocheted, too, depending on how you measure it. I think this shawl’s wingspan is larger than the longest side of any of my afghans.)

East of the Sun, West of the Moon beaded shawl

But it’s done! So I will get to wear it this fall and winter! Yay! I must say, though, this is not going to be a casual-wear item. It’s big! I’ll need to be aware of it when I wear it.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon beaded shawl

Stats:
PATTERN: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
DESIGNER: Nim Teasdale
YARN: Freia Ombré Lace (with a smidge of Knit Picks Bare Shadow Lace)
COLORWAY: Ice Queen
START DATE: 5/31/2015
END DATE: 9/30/2017

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WIP Weds Oops

I thought I had posted a WIP Weds post yesterday. Apparently I did not.

To compensate, here is a picture of my most promising WIP: the East of the Sun, West of the Moon shawl by Nim Teasdale. This is probably my favorite fairy tale ever, so when I saw the shawl name I had to knit it. (Helps that the shawl is so lovely, too.)

I’ve been working on this one for a while. Part of that time it’s been hibernating because the rows got really long. But I want to wear it this year, so I pulled it out of the WIP pile and have been plugging away on it. I’m to the point now where I either need to bind off or hope that I have enough yarn left for another 12-row repeat. I really want to get to the last gradient color change, so I’m hoping I have enough yarn. But just in case I don’t, I added a lifeline so I can back up to this point if necessary.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

It’s hard to see the beads in that photo, but they’ll show up better once I block the shawl. I am so excited to have this one almost done! The plan is to finish it this weekend, if I can. By the end of the first full week in October at the latest.

The shawl is designed so that you can put together the pattern pieces in any way you like. It tells you how to make a shawl identical to the sample, but I wanted to use up all my yarn, so I made mine a little differently. I love the lace pattern, though, and it looks like it will block out beautifully.

I do have other WIPs, but they’re not getting quite as much love as this one right now. (And I don’t have any new pictures.) My Vanilla Latte socks are still my travel knitting, and I’m closing in on the end of the first sock (I really need to start 2-at-a-time sock knitting). And the Star Wars GAL square is still getting worked on sometimes. I’ll be able to focus on the GAL blanket again once this shawl is done.

Happy Wednesday Thursday!  🙂

Misc Monday ~ in which Reyna is done

I have another FO post for you today!

Finished Reyna

This one is the Reyna shawl, which I’ll be giving to a family member as a gift this holiday season. (Remember, I haven’t decided if it’s birthday or Christmas but it will be in December, therefore “holiday season”.)

(For those of you keeping score at home, that’s 7 gift knits complete so far for this year. I have one more in progress, and a couple that haven’t made it past the “thinking about it” stage, so I’m in good shape for this year’s knitted gifts.)

Finished Reyna

I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. For me, I think this would be more along the lines of a shawlette, but since the recipient is more petite than I am, it should be a larger shawl on her than it would have been on me. And the colors will be great for her, I think. Hopefully she’ll like it. I think she will.

Finished Reyna

I haven’t determined if I’ll be making another one of these shawls. The pattern was easy enough to work, and yet also simple enough that it was easy to memorize. It didn’t even get mindless to the point of boring, so it was pretty easy to finish, too. However, there are so many shawl patterns out there that I want to make, so this one may be one of a kind for me. We’ll have to see – I guess I’ve determined that I won’t be making another one soon, but I might make another down the road when I need a fairly quick (or easy to memorize) shawl knit. It certainly looks like the mesh will keep the fabric lightweight enough for California weather.

Finished Reyna

However, for now I’m not going to think about whether or not to make more, and I’m just going to be happy that I’ve made this one. I like how it turned out, and I didn’t make any modifications to it, so I give this pattern two thumbs up!

The pattern is here (and free!) if you want to make your own.

WIP Weds for September 20, 2017

Well… enough FO posts in place of WIP Weds posts for a while. Time for an actual works-in-progress post!

Though, random note, I have to say that I LOVE having 6 holiday season gifts finished already and it’s only mid-Septmeber. (I say “holiday season” because I have Christmas plus 5 birthdays all very close to each other, so I tend to knit for “the season” and then decide what to give for which occasion as the time gets closer.)

Okay, enough with the rambling. On to the knitting!

First up, we have some new socks. When the Hyrule Socks ended up being the wrong size for the person I was making them for, I cast on some Vanilla Latte socks to take their place. They’re a fun and fast knit, and here is my progress on them so far:

Vanilla Latte progress

There was one problem with these socks, though. I got careless part-way through knitting the leg and ended up with the garter stitches being offset by one. I was able to fix it by laddering down to the mistake and then re-working the stitches. Do-able, but annoying.

Vanilla Latte oops

I have also been getting some work done on the Reyna Shawl. Since the rows are longer now, though, I haven’t been taking this places, so it only gets knit on at home. Still… there is progress!

Nearly Finished Reyna

And the Star Wars GAL square… is a WIP, but hasn’t been worked on lately. So there will be no new pictures of the square, since it is in essentially the same place as the last picture.

Believe it or not, that’s all the current WIPs for now. I have other things on the needles, but they’re not currently being worked on. I think once I finish the Reyna shawl I’ll pick up the East of the Sun, West of the Moon shawl and see about getting that one finished. I’d love to wear it this winter. And after the Vanilla Latte socks, I’ll either pick the Minecraft socks back up or cast on another pair of (hopefully quick) gift socks. I haven’t decided yet, partly because I’m waiting to see how long the Vanilla Latte socks take me.

Have a great rest of the week!

WIP Wednesday ~ everything else

Last week I showed you the progress made on my Babette Blanket. This week, I’m going to show you progress on everything else. Just as a quick note, though: there might not be as much progress on these items as you’d think, given that I’ve been spending so much time on Babette.

First up ~ the Star Wars GAL blanket square:

GAL - Star Wars progress

I’m enjoying this one, though the GAL is not as high a priority for me as it was last year. Still, I do want to keep working on it and get this blanket finished, too. (Babette is just a higher priority.)

Second up ~ the Reyna shawl:

This one is definitely going to be a gift for Miss M. The more I work on it, the more it feels like it should be hers. So… Christmas! Yay! I love getting hand-knit gifts made with enough time that my tension is normal. If I wait until last-minute, My tension goes wonky. While this isn’t as big a deal with shawls as it would be with something fitted, it’s still nice to be relaxed for gift knitting.

Third up ~ the Hyrule socks:

Not a whole lot of progress on these, and they had been supposed to be finished by now. Alas. Well, since the Vanilla is the New Black socks are done, these have been moved up to the top of the sock knitting list. At least I’m done with the yarn worry and am ready to move on to the ribbing. (The ribbing will be in the white. See the green yarn coiled between the socks? That’s all that’s left of it.)

And that’s all folks! There are other things OTN, but these are the only ones I’ve been working on lately. All of them should be done relatively quickly (I hope), and then I can pick up the other WIPs which have been languishing while I work on these. (I will cast on another GAL square when I finish this one, though. That’s just the way this project goes.) I’m in a bit of a finishing mood right now, so we’ll see how many things I can get finished before my mood swings back toward startitis

WIP Weds ~ in which there is shawl progress

Remember when I mentioned casting on a new shawl due to having some waiting room time and wanting an easy project to keep my attention? Well, here is the progress on that shawl:

This is approximately one week’s worth of knitting time on the shawl. It’s been a lot of fun to work on.

The shawl in question is Reyna, by Noora Laivola, and I’m knitting it in Queensland Uluru. I got the yarn from a friend’s destash; I loved the color and halo, but wasn’t sure about the yarn content. (It’s a cotton-acrylic-polyester blend, and I don’t think I’ve knit with anything like it before.) Well, I love working with it, too.

There has been other knitting, too. There’s been a row or two of GAL square progress, but I don’t have any pics of that (since there wouldn’t be much to see, anyway.) There has also been more work on the Vanilla is the New Black socks:

Very nearly to the toe decreases for this one, and then it’s all over but the Kitchner.

The VitNB socks are another gift for this year, and I may also give the Reyna shawl as a gift. (It depends on whether I like it too much to give up, even though it would be given to a local family member so I would still get to see it.) I am glad that this year I’ve gotten A LOT more of my gift knitting done early than usual, but I also want to work on something for me.

Maybe when Reyna is done I’ll pull out the East of the Sun, West of the Moon beaded shawl I have in progress for myself, and work on that. The rows are long, but it’s a very fulfilling knit as well. And I still haven’t decided who the Minecraft socks are for. (I don’t have too long to figure that out. I want to work on those after I’m done with the Vanilla is the New Black socks, so I’ll need to decide soon.)

Have a great rest of the week!

Misc Monday ~ in which another one bites the dust

Well… that’s not a very nice way to put it, I suppose. But I have another Christmas gift finished, and after the length of the final few rows… well, I was ready to be done with it.

Finished 22 Leaves Shawl

This is the 22 Leaves Shawl, though I didn’t get far enough away from it to show off its full wingspan. (That would have also shown off some of the cleaning I need to do in my house, so…)

I really enjoyed knitting this one. The Noro yarn was a lot of fun to work with here, too. I enjoyed it much more than the socks I had started to make with this yarn.

Finished 22 Leaves Shawl

Look at the detail on this baby! So pretty. I love the way it turned out.

Finished 22 Leaves Shawl

The center medallion is possibly my favorite, because of the way it stands out from the background body of the shawl.

I fully intend to make another one of these, but in laceweight and the larger size. (And I plan to keep it for myself.) However, I do realize that if I had trouble with the final rows of this one, I’ll have even more to slog through with the larger one. On the other hand, I’ve cast off longer rows than this one by far, so I’ll be fine. (I just like complaining about the long rows.)

Finished 22 Leaves Shawl

One last look, then time to put it away in the Christmas box with lavender sachets. (I’ve knit so many early Christmas gifts this year, that I have a separate Christmas box for the knitted items which includes moth-repelling lavender. Hopefully that will keep everything safe until it’s time to give them away.)

Have a great day!