Busy, Busy, Busy

This weekend passed by fairly quickly.  There was the optometrist Saturday morning, then Arts in the Square Saturday afternoon.  Sunday was for knitting though and I was able to get a bit done.

Blanket 2.0 2

That is 2 sets of the 24 row Clustered Braid pattern with 3 repeats of the 16 row OXO pattern.  I think it is coming along very nicely.  I am farther along than I was when I had to frog it last week, and I seem to be doing a better job of paying attention to where I am in the pattern, though there is a small mistake in one of the “o”s.  I may go back to fix that later.  As this blanket is just for me, I’m not as concerned about it as I would be otherwise.  Unless I find some time this evening, there probably will not be any knitting done today, but tomorrow will either be more blanket, or I will stop at the Ewe and pick up some yarn to start The Swatching Of The Shawl.

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Dreary

It’s a bit dreary outside today.  Cloudy, humid, upper 60s.  The type of weather where you like to stay at home and knit, instead of go to work.  But you do what you have to do. 🙂

As for the blanket, I made it about 8 rows before I put it down for the night.  Halfway to my goal of 16 rows, so progress is being made.

Blanket 2.0

I think it’s coming along nicely.

 

Any plans for the weekend besides knitting?

Goals

Are an excellent thing to have.  Even if you don’t always meet them as I didn’t last night.  I did meet my goal of completing my final chart for my shawl.  Yay!  I did not meet my goal of finishing the remaining 24 rows of the Clustered Braid pattern.  I started a bit later than I planned and I only ended up knitting 6 rows instead of 18.  But that’s ok.  These things happen.  Just don’t be too disappointed if you are not always able to reach your goals.  They may be perfectly reasonable goals, or they may be a little out there.  My goal of 3104-4656 stitches of cable pattern a night may be a little lofty depending on how my day goes, but you never know unless you try.  Yesterday, it just wasn’t meant to be.

Today is a new day and you never know what you can do.

Two Down, One To Go

Yesterday during lunch, I was able to get two of the charts for my shawl completed and they really helped me to visualize the pattern.  They also showed a couple of flaws in my pattern.  I actually had part of it backwards when I wrote it down, which I never would have notice if I hadn’t charted it until I started knitting the swatch.  I was also able to see that it would be more aesthetically pleasing to shift the patterns a bit in the sections.  I have to say, I am definitely a fan of charts.  I am a very visual person and sometimes a written pattern just doesn’t cut it for me.

Shawl Goals:

Today-Finish Charting

Next Week-Purchase Yarn and Swatch

 

As for the blanket, I have completely frogged the whole frigging thing. 😐  That’s ok.  It will be better this time.  The issue I find is that the pattern does a lot of repeat row blah.  So I go to row 9 which says “rows 9-12 repeat rows 5-8” so you go to 5 and it says “rows 5-7 repeat rows 1-3”.  Sometimes it can be a bit easy to get a little lost in this pattern.  You just have to be sure to pay close attention to where you are and apparently I wasn’t doing a very good job of that the first time around.  I am currently on row 6 and I will do better. 🙂

Blanket Goals:

Today-Complete the 1st 24 row section of the Clustered Braid section

This Week-16-24 rows a day.

 

It’s good to have goals.  What are your goals for the week?

Diving Right In

I’ve never really been one for half measures.  Whenever I want to try something I just jump right in and go for it.  Knitting is a perfect example of that.  I decided I wanted to learn, I bought a book, and in a rare moment of decorum, I bought a kit (a little scarf and hat kit from Lion Brand, I believe) and started knitting away.  My very first project after that garter stitch kit was a scarf for my brother.  Now if you look at that scarf, there is an easy way to do the “drippy” parts.  You can just go back over the black with red and it looks very nice.  My issue was that I was using a very thick yarn and I didn’t want those areas to be thicker than the rest of the scarf.  So what did I do in my new knitter wisdom?  Intarsia, of course!  Because that’s what beginning knitters automatically go to when they knit something for the first time. 😛 Apparently, I like to make things difficult for myself.  This is of course, before I started blogging and I wasn’t thinking about posting pictures, but it did turn out well, if I do say so myself.  If the opportunity arises to take a picture of it, I will.

That being said, there was a reason for this story.  I have decided to design my first shawl.  And me, being me, it is not going to be a simple rectangular shawl, or even a triangular one, nope, it is going to be a circular lace shawl.  The idea has been floating around in my head since about November/December, and I think finally have it down.

Shawl Pattern

That is the beginning of my pattern.  I’m going to chart it out to see if I need to move things around a bit, then I’m going to knit up a swatch to see if it will work.  Hopefully, fingers crossed, I’ll have a very nice shawl in a few weeks. 🙂

(Hopefully, this one will never have to go into Time Out.)

Looks Can Be Deceiving

Now that the Melissa Shawl is in Time Out, I was able to make great progress on my blanket as evidenced by this photo:

Blanket 2

 

But looks can be deceiving.  If you look closely at the left hand side there, you’ll notice a mistake, and an obvious one ant that.  And there are at least 3 others  that are just as obvious.  *Sigh*  Mondays may not be for knitting, but I think they are going to be for ripping back previously knitted crap issues from the weekend.

I Am In A Love/Hate Relationship

With my Melissa Shawl.  I love that it is a beautiful lace shawl and I love the sparkly sequin in the yarn.  It really is a very lovely shawl.  But I keep getting lost in the pattern and I’m really starting to not like her very much.  I think this is part of the reason I haven’t been knitting very much lately.  Plus it takes forever just to get through a row.  I’m going to set her aside for a bit, after I tink back this frigging row.  I think I need some cable therapy.

Say “Hello” to my new love:

Blanket

 

The Lover’s Knot Afghan from Lion Brand.  I’m not too sure about the tassels, but I think this will be a very lovely blanket.