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We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programing

to bring you, math and a two-day-last-minute-scarf.

I have spent the past few days completely immersed in math, and ribbing.

One of my potential test knitters for A Study in Grey, wouldn’t have been able to finish the shawl by the deadline I had set, and suggested a baby blanket instead. Now, rather than being hated by new mothers everywhere for simply squaring the stole, and ending up with a blanket that is 100% alpaca (and therefore non machine washable), laceweight, and knit on size 2s. I’ve redesigned the stole into a blanket pattern (currently named SiG Blankie, but I’m working on a better name), that calls for Knit Picks Stroll (formerly known as Knit Picks Essential), and is knit on size 5s. The blanket will come in two sizes baby and adult, while the stole only comes in one. Both patterns will be made available separately, as well as together at a steep discount.

I’m in the process of gathering test knitters for the blanket pattern. I’ll be knitting along with them, because the idea of releasing a pattern that I haven’t knit, kind of weirds me out. I’m at the very beginnings of my baby blanket, just starting the 3rd repeat. I’ll have pictures once I’m a little further in. I am working stripes because I have a whole bunch of blue and brown Knit Picks Essential, and nothing else to do with.

While writing up the blanket pattern, I simply didn’t want to knit lace, and since all my projects currently on the needles are lace (of varying levels of difficulty) I cast on something new. Obviously.

Basic Ribbed Scarf

Cast on 20 stitches. Knit 1×1 ribbing until you run out of yarn. Bind off.

I used two skeins of Schoeller+Stahl Big Print in colorway 7942, and US size 10 (6mm) needles. Due to the fact that I like symmetry I knit the first ball starting from the end on the outside of the skein, and the second ball with the end on the inside of the skein. This means that when the scarf is hanging around the wearer’s neck the colors should (approximately) line up. Since I don’t have an immediate recipient this scarf will go into the gift stash until I need a last minute gift.

I know I keep promising an actual knitting update, but I keep getting side tracked. Soon (I hope).




I washed and blocked a whole bunch of knitting and spinning a few days ago, but will only be posting about the handspun today. In total there were 3 skeins of yarn, one stole, one scarf, the rug waiting to become a blanket, a pair of socks, and a cowl/collar thing. I don’t have any good blocking pictures, so there won’t be a post about everything, but the shawl does need to be reblocked, so there will be a post about that soon.

Raspberries, Belle, Rubies

Here’s a picture of the three yarns, left to right they are Raspberries, Belle, and Rubies.

Raspberries, is approximately 250 yards, 3.64oz, of 100% super-wash merino, from Zen String (now wildflower whimsy) in Raspberry Swirl, ending up at 14wpi. The fiber originally had a lot more white spots that got dyed over and blended together while the yarn was soaking.

Belle has showed up in the past few posts. It is approximately 420 yards, 4.1 oz, also of 100% super-wash merino, from Yarn Love, in the colorway Belle, and ended up at 16wpi. I’m thinking of turning this into a shawlette, or maybe a scarf.

Rubies was last seen in this post, when it was first finished being spun. Both Raspberries and Belle were spun and plied on the wheel, but Rubies was spindle spun and wheel plied. It’s approx 372 yards, 1.55oz, a 70/30 blend of Alpaca/Silk, from Gale’s Art, in Ruby Swirl, and an amazing 28wpi. This will probably end up being a lacy little scarf or a cowl.

I’ll hopefully get the shawl reblocked, as well as some other shawls and scarves blocked soon, and I have a bunch of knitting progress to write about, so I’ll try for more regular posts.



Mail Day

Yesterday I got a delivery from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.

STR yarn

The skein on the left is STR lightweight in Gail’s Autumn Joy, and the skein on the right is STR mediumweight in Dragon Dance. Gail’s Autumn Joy is destined to be a semi-lacy scarf inspired by snakeskin, and Dragon Dance is going to be knit into a second Birdy Shawl, with a very much more updated pattern and chart.

With the arrival of these two skeins I have a basket full of yarns to swatch. So, I’m planning on spending a large chunk of tomorrow first fighting with the printer, and then swatching, because other than Icy Fields and Que Sera (which is currently being ignored) I don’t have anything on the needles. So here’s two more Icy Fields photos.

Icy Fields close up

In this photo is a little closer and you can see more of the stitch definition. I’ve knit another 4 or 5 rows since I took the picture and hope to finish up the last two rows of the current repeat tonight.

Icy Fields

And this photo explains why 2 rows before bed tonight will be an accomplishment.

Icy Fields is a stole, and it is knit flat, although in the photo it kind of looks like it’s in the round. It is constructed so that you cast on length-wise, knit one half of the main body, pick up the stitches from the provisional cast on, and knit the second half of the main body. Then you pick up the stitches around the outside and knit outwards, finishing either with a crochet cast off, or a knit on border, I haven’t decided which. It’s progressing slowly but consistently, so long as I don’t force myself to work on it.

Something progressing much faster on the other hand, is Belle.


I finished both singles a few days ago, and started plying this morning, but I don’t have a picture of the plied yarn at the moment. Hopefully this will be done within the next few days, and then I can wash it plus a few other skeins I have lying around.

In other news, Climbing Trellis is up and on Ravelry. I’ll be posting about it, and putting a link up on the sidebar, within the next few days.

My modified 10kH is going amazingly well. I ended up working on it for 13 and a half hours this week, which is making me feel better about the weeks that I kind of slacked off right after school ended. But I will end this post here and go work on Icy Fields.