Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Shape of Things to Come

When I can during these past few busy weeks, I've been knitting sporadically on the purple Miss Grace shawl. But like center-out lace patterns, all the quick business happens on the front end. As the piece gets bigger, each new row takes longer and longer to complete, with more and more interruptions for all the short-row shaping. On the upside, though, there are more interesting pattern features emerging now that I'm working my way up. Starting with two stitches, I'm now up to 148. I should end up with 220, give or take a few, so I have some long days of garter stitch ahead.

Still not sure there that there is enough contrast between the base color which is a darker, slightly more solid purple (left ball of yarn in photo) and Color 2, the more neon-like deep purple (bottom ball). The more pinky-purple Color 1 sticks out just fine, and I find myself looking forward to the rows where I get to work with this stand-out and oh-so-not-me hue.

I may not have mentioned that I signed up for Kate Davies' Seven Skeins Club, which includes seven skeins (duh) of her new Buachaille yarn line in each of the beautiful colors, which arrived a few weeks ago. Then, each week for six weeks we are sent links to two patterns to choose from. Choosing one each week will go through the yarn sent. If I'd cleared my knitting dance card beforehand, I might have tried, but I gave myself permission not to panic and try to do these on any kind of schedule. I'm enjoying seeing them come in and am making plans based on what I've seen so far. Closer to the holidays, I'll receive a book with all the patterns in it. I love her stranded knitting designs and am looking forward to what will be revealed over the next few weeks.

Hope all you knitters are enjoying some fall (or spring?) knitting. And I hope all my central Texas friends are enjoying all of this wonderful rain!

6 comments:

  1. I'm a little confused that a kit was put together with such similar purples... but the result is still pretty! Can't wait to see your stranded work with the seven skeins...

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  2. The one other person at Ravelry who has this same color kit listed had the same comment. She swapped them out. I didn't, and it does kind of work.

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  3. It does look very beautiful.

    I wish I'd cleared my dance card for the Seven Skeins too but I was also thinking that which option you choose each week might limit your options later, depending on the yarn colours you used. So I thought I might wait until the book arrives and decide what to do then.

    We are having our kitchen renovated next February which will involve a few weeks of being locked inside watching DVDs, making cups of coffee for the builders, and knitting with the dogs. Seven small projects sounds like a perfect diversion.

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    1. You February sounds perfect!

      The post said that most of the skeins would come in over 50g, but one of mine (one of the shades of gray) is only 49. So I'll have to be careful. I also need to get a scale that measures in half-grams. Mine only does full grams.

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  4. I'm getting ready to start my Miss Grace in the pixie color way. Can't wait!! What is the seven skeins club? Sounds interesting. Is it too late to do this?

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    1. Hi, Shirley. You're going to love making that shawl.

      The Seven Skeins club was set up by Kate Davies to highlight a new yarn line and a book about highland stranded knitting that she was putting up. The club got you some of the yarn early and a couple pattern a week over six weeks. But now you can buy the yarn and the book -- and do your own version! Just check out Kate Davies' online shop.

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