The results of the “how many hours per day do you knit on a normal weekday” poll were about what I expected: the majority of responses in the 1-3 hours category. That’s where I thought I was, until I added up all those stolen minutes I get in during the day that push me over 3 hours. Thanks for participating in my highly scientific study.
Crochet Loops. Dude.
I sucked it up and actually completed all the crochet loops for the Peacock Feathers shawl. By knit-quittin’ time last night, I had more than half of them done (those little suckers annoyed the hell out of me, but they do go fast), and I finished the rest of them on the morning commute and at lunchtime today.
Judith, there are no crochet-in-progress photos, mainly because I was by myself. I would have needed another person to wield the camera to produce halfway decent photos. Sorry! But if you’re planning on making the Peacock Feathers shawl, you should know that the pattern includes step-by-step instructions for the loops with a clear photo for each step.
I really liked Barbara’s idea of making up a song with a beat for each stitch in the crocheted loop: doop, doop, doop, doop, doop, doop, doop, badoop! That worked fine last night, but on the commute this morning it was hard to manage while listening to “Paradise By the Dashboard Light” and other such classics on the iPod. Instead, I was crocheting to ” . . . let me think on it, baby, baby, let me think on it . . . ” Worked almost as well.
(Except that now Meatloaf’s opus has been running through my head, nonstop. So much so, that when one of my minions at the office asked me a question today, I responded: ” . . . let me think on it, baby, baby, let me think on it . . . ” Oh yeah, I’m a fun boss.)
Fancy, the stitches are not terrible fine — in yesterday’s photo, they were shown on a US size 4 needle — that should give you some idea of gauge. I measured it, and the pre-blocked gauge is around 6 sts/inch.
And Diane, yes, one reverses the slant on the decreases on the second half of each row. It’s knit on a stockinette background and proper slantiness counts! But the pattern is so logical that mirror-imaging it in your head is really not a big deal.
Here’s the whole sucker, pre-blocked.
So . . . as soon as I got home, blocking ensued. Ta da!
A close up of the edge:
And the bottom point:
It took me about an hour to pin it out. I pinned the little loops out twice. The first time it was a bit crooked, so I evened things out some on the second go-round.
During the blocking process, Lucy seemed to think it would help me if there were a little furry ass parked on the shawl. It didn’t.
But the shawl is pinned out, drying. I’ll wait til tomorrow after work to unpin it.
Shetland Garden Faroese Shawl
Knitting has commenced!
This morning before leaving for work, I wound one skein of the wool into a ball in preparation. I think this yarn is even prettier in the ball than it was in the skein.
I did just a few rows at lunchtime, basically setting up for the chart knitting.
The shawl is knitted on US size 5 needles, in one piece, from the neck down.
When asked if she likes this new shawl pattern, Lucy responded:
Let me sleep on it, baby, baby, let me sleep on it.