I’m on the crown shaping of Lacecap. I am pleased with the pattern so far and haven’t found any mistakes. I am taking the advice of someone on Ravelry and adding extra length, as a lot of the caps have come out too short. I knit nine repeats of the lace pattern and 6-6.5 inches before decreasing. Next time I would also cast on with larger needles to make the edge more stretchy. I have enough yarn for another of these, so I will probably make one for myself.

The recipient, my best friend Mandy, has agreed to have her photo taken for the blog when the cap is finished! Yay!

I started Lacecap from Knitty on the 8th. It’s a pattern for a lace skull cap, which I’m knitting for my best friend, Mandy. I bought the yarn for it last summer, I think…I meant to start it before but didn’t for whatever reason. I’m knitting it in Hemp for Knitting by Lanaknits in fingering weight. The color is called 012 Classic, which is gray.

The yarn is kind of stiff at first so I put it into hanks, then washed it by hand and hung to dry. This color looks green when it’s wet. I was using double point needles, but the stitches kept falling off and driving me nuts. At one point, I was putting stitches back on that had fallen off one side of the cap and more fell off the other side at the same time! So, yeah… a circular needle was definitely in order. I got to buy my second set of Addi’s as that was all the store had.

Lily of the Valley

This is a lace cuff I made for little sis Christen’s birthday. It is made of black Coton Perle DMC thread with iridescent glass seed beads and mother of pearl buttons.

Pattern: Perdita, from Knitty in the Lily of the Valley style.

Old Shale Shawl

My shawl, in progress. I made the stitch marker, too. :)

Yep, I do love it!

Progress seems slow on my mock Shoalwater rectangular shawl. I have been knitting a few rows just every other day or so. It now measures 6.5 in. tall and I was careful to measure it unstretched, as the shawl is very stretchy right now. I figure it will be less stretchy once it is done and blocked. It should be about 60 inches wide blocked out.

I noticed a few mistakes several rows back last night. I have been knitting in our fairly dark living room a lot and in the dark I must have overlooked that I was putting YOs in the decrease columns. Woops. It would be a glaring error in the finished work as I did this twice, right next to each other. I tinked 2.5 rows and I still have 3 or so to go till I’m back to the mistake. Too bad I stopped doing lifelines. I don’t think I will start again though, as the project is simple enough that I don’t think I will have many more mess ups. (crossing fingers) I turned the lamp on a brighter setting last night. I guess my laziness to turn on some lights is no excuse for knitting mistakes. I have a knitting lamp somewhere, too. I think it’s that the dark is easier on my eyes overall.

I realized last night that my shawl needs a name of its own. Sure, I’m imitating a well-known and gorgeous shawl and using a lesser-known scarf pattern for the stitch pattern, but I think my shawl needs its own name, don’t you?

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