Monday, November 24, 2008

Getting On With It

I hate the fiddly finishing of knit projects. This weekend I sucked it up and decided to block the pile of finished projects I've accumulated the past six month. Of course, I couldn't decide to do it last week when it was in the high 80's and the humidity was down to 14% - No not me. This weekend it was about 70 and 49% humidity so it took a full 24 hours for each batch to dry and that's with a fan on it all day too.

Saturday I blocked the parts for Hey Teach

Hey Teach blocking

While pinning out the front pieces I saw that I'd knit two more rows on the Right front than the Left front. This is at the top of the neckline so, yes, it will show. Why couldn't I have seen this when I was knitting?? Absolutely the worst place to have made this MISTAKE! So my choices are to pull out the whole shoulder and re-knit or try to pick out the two rows and anchor the extra yarn at the back. Thick I'll try pulling out the two rows first and see how it looks before pulling the whole shoulder and re-knitting. Sigh... It's always something.

Sunday I blocked three scarves.

3 scarves blocked

The scarf on the left is My So Called Scarf which I finished in February.
Ravelry link here

Center is the Noro Stripped Scarf I mentioned last post.

The Right hand scarf is the Grace's Scarf I mentioned in my Nov. 7th blog entry.

And this morning I pinned down the last project that's been languishing in my blocking pile.

Midwest Moonlight Scarf blocked

My Midwest Moonlight Scarf from the book Scarf Style; at 12 inches in width seems more like a small shawl than a scarf.
Mentioned in my Sept. 8 blog entry. Ravelry link here

My second knitting problem was I ran out of yarn 2.5 inches from the end of the second sock! I kept looking in my sock bag like more yarn would magically appear.

This is the first time this has unexpectedly happened. The yarn label says 350 yards and that's usually more than enough for me to make an 8" leg with a 9" foot. I'm thinking the pattern may be the reason. I'm knitting the Welsh Traveling Socks out of the book Shear Spirit. So I ripped back the toe of sock one in order to finish the pattern part of sock two and will finish both toes in another yarn. No pictures as the sun went in before I got the photograph and the detail of the pattern wouldn't show up. I'll finished them and then you can tell me if I picked an acceptable color for the toes.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the U.S.; enjoy your time with family and friends.

Now is a good time for me to say how thankful I am to all you that read this blog and have taken time to write to me. I really do enjoy hearing from you.


gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

Nice work! Love all your FO's and looking forward to seeing the socks, too.

LaurieM said...

No wonder you hate blocking with all those pins! It must have taken you hours.

For a scarf that's not lace, I'll just lay it flat and smooth it with my hands. It works pretty well.

Sweater looks like it will be a beaut.

throwing a knit said...

I love the Grace scarf. Do you know where I can get the pattern?

Sheena said...

And Thank you for sharing your knitting projects with us. You truly inspire me.