UFO Tuesday

UFO Tuesday

Spelled correctly this week! (oops)

So, here’s last week’s UFO project, the Iznik, I Heart You shawl 7 days ago:

I Heart Iznik shawl status as of 31st March 2015
I Heart Iznik shawl status as of 31st March 2015

And here’s the progress I’ve made (colour is more accurate in this photo than last week’s)

Pinned out one half to show the patterning slightly better. As of 7th April 2015.
I’ve pinned out one half to show the patterning slightly better. As of 7th April 2015.

Closer shot of the number of rows I’ve done, as indicated by the blue stitch marker:

Stitch marker indicates where I started last week.
Stitch marker indicates where I started last week.

I think 7 days is all I can manage on this (it takes a great deal of concentration and I’m increasing 6 sts every other row so it’s only going to get harder!), so I’ve switched to another long-languishing UFO.

Introducing the Advent Scarf/Stole from 2010!

Days 1 - 19 complete. As of 7th April 2015
Days 1 – 19 complete. As of 7th April 2015

Oh look, it’s a big lump of lace! I’ve only got 4 “days” of pattern to go so I’m not quite sure why this stalled. I intend to press on and try and get it finished this week or next.

So, how are your UFOs progressing?

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FO Friday: Exploration Station Shawl

FO Friday: Exploration Station Shawl

I can fly!
I can fly!

Pattern: Exploration Station aka Mystery Shawl 4 by Stephen West

It made a pretty decent-sized shawl!
It made a pretty decent-sized shawl!

Yarns and needles:

Four sock weight yarns (all from stash).

4.5 mm long interchangeable Knit Pro

I love the swooping of those short rows at the top.
I love the swooping of those short rows at the top.

Dates: 6th November 2014 – 17th February 2015

Size: 155 cm wingspan by 62 cm at deepest point.

Techniques:

  • I-cord (starting tab, edging, cast off)
  • Short rows
  • Double yarn overs
  • Slipped stitches
  • Simple lace
  • 2 colour brioche

Notes/mods:

  • Disappointingly the Mystery Shawl did not resemble any kind of body part this year. I was rather looking forward to that!
  • I learnt a couple of new techniques, most significant being brioche. I loved it!
  • I’m really pleased with my colour choices, especially the balance between the 3 tonal colours and the one contrast. I’m glad I waited until lots of other people had knit their first clues so I had a good idea of what would and wouldn’t work.
Duality Shawl: Knit Now 45

Duality Shawl: Knit Now 45

Duality Shawl - in issue 45 of Knit Now
Duality Shawl – in issue 45 of Knit Now

This has to be, hands-down, one of my favourite designs ever. I loved working with the Blacker Swan over-dyed Falklands Merino DK in the sample and the colours (while not to everyone’s taste, I will admit) are totally “me”.

Duality Shawl
Duality Shawl

This side-to-side shawl/scarf features lace, cables, garter stitch, and intarsia.

The shaping for the shawl is done within the garter stitch section.

The lace and the cables are all fully charted.

The ends of the shawl are shaped, with the cables growing gracefully out of and into the points.

Duality shawl - close up of cables and lace edging
Duality shawl – close up of cables and lace edging

This pattern features in the revamped Knit Now issue 45, available in selected UK newsagents and supermarkets or online (internationally) in paper or digital format from More Mags.

 

WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday

Well, one of last week’s Works In Progress is/are now Finished Objects, but I’ll only be able to show you those in April!

First up is this Exploration Station shawl:

stephen west mkal2014 WIP6
Newly-knit rows at bottom of photo. Not many rows, but lots of stitches!

 

Not much done since yesterday, but it’s heading in the right direction.

The Duotone Cowl is puttering along nicely:

duotonecowl_wip_040215
Still have 40 g of the alpaca left.

 

And finally, the Scrap Yarn Sock Advent:

SYSA WIP 040215
Note the “To Do” list on the left; most are crossed out!

So, nothing earth-shattering, but all moving forward!

UFO Friday

UFO Friday

Well, now I’ve got the Winter 2015 commissioned knitting done I’ve turned back to my abandoned projects! My aim is to work on one or two each week until I’ve finally finished them. Or made up my mind to abandon them all together (already done that this year).

So, the first UnFinished Object to be resurrected is the “Iznik, I heart you” shawl I started back in … woah … March this year!

iznik clue 2 mid row 55
Paused mid-row 55 (Clue 2)

As you can see, I paused mid-row to photograph my progress. Or lack of it.

Just got to keep plugging away, I suppose!