Winter 2010 Pins are In the Shop! Pre-orders have begun if you’d like to get a nifty pin to commemorate the Winter Ravelympics 2010. Head over to Ravelry Store to get the details and pony up. Like before, half of the proceeds go towards Special Olympics!
I have made very little progress on Ravelympics 2010 entries. My plate is overfilled and consumed by kids’ activities, flute rehearsals, teen’s upcoming birthday party (tomorrow!) more unpleasant medical experimental testing. Tomorrow…tomorrow.
Look…a finished project!
10Shawlsin2010 Challenge #3 and 52in52-2010 Challenge #18 Handpainted Sheep Shawl (Previously mentioned here and here)
CAST ON: February 11, 2010
BIND OFF: February 18, 2010 (Approximately 16 hours in knitting and finishing time.)
PATTERN: The Sheep Shawl by Evelyn Clark
MATERIAL: about 586 yards, 167 grams, of hand-painted sock blanks. (My friend Pam has the pattern and sock blanks in stock if you’d like to place an order. She will ship your order speedily.)
NEEDLES: 4.0mm and 5.0mm(US 6 and 8)
MEASUREMENTS: 20″Lx24W” Relaxed; 30L”x60″W Blocked
MODIFICATIONS: 1) Skipped Orchards chart to keep the project under three sock blanks. at my friend’s request. It came too close for comfort–with 4 grams left in 3rd sock blank. 2) Added 47-scallop ruffled border, embellished with 1270 Size 6 round iridescent green beads. 3) Use 5.0mm (Size 8) needles for i-cord bind-off.
COMMENTS: I did, bit by bit, get the gruesome ruffles done last night and really enjoyed knitting it–different charts in the shawl kept things interesting. The triangular shawl looks like a more intimidating knit than it actually is. This was the first time I’ve done beaded ruffles as a drastic form of modification. The lace charts aren’t too hard, either. I never managed to get the stitch count to work out for the the border neither followed Ms. Clark’s direction (hopefully my head is clearer next time around,) but that wasn’t a big deal–I just did more or less attached stitch along the body edging, modified, and adjusted accordingly. The lace was the fun part. I love learning new skill–knit-on salvage edges. I-cord finishing/framing the neckline really dressed up the shawl nicely. I will be sure to apply that to future shawls. Beaded ruffles was a bit monotonous and anti-climatic afterward. The outcome, needless to say, is unexpected.
As I started the lace the day before Winter Games, this lace was not entered into any of the Ravelympics 2010 race. Win some, lose some. Come back tomorrow, if you like, for modeled snapshots.
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!