Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Lace of my past and the P-Man hears a good joke

Hi blog world!! Long time, no see...miss me? hehe....

I've been really busy with the usual end of semester bollocks
higher learning of final exams, term projects and papers, oh my!! so my blog went a bit fallow. Besides, I didn't think anyone would mind looking at the beading tutorial a while longer since I've gotten such a wonderful and positive response to it! Thanx for all the great feedback and if I can ever offer any assistance for beading (or other topics for that matter) feel free to leave a comment or send me an email and I'll do my best to pay it forward for all the sharing and support this knitting community has given me!

Now I have a whole, glorious six days before classes resume. And, lucky me, one of my classes this term is Accounting!! YIKES!! For a woman who has *never* even balanced her own checkbook, this does not bode well!! (altho, I also have surprisingly never bounced a check!) Send me positive numeric vibes, would you? At least I have my knitting to keep me somewhat sane!

I'm still working on the linen Shaped Triangle Shawl but the end is in sight as I am on row 165 of 188 plus the border. The rows are soooo long and slow now as there are about 400 stitches on the needles but I'm chugging along because I am really eager to finish and see how the linen changes when washed and blocked. Unfortunately, because there are so many slippery stitches on the 32" circs, pics would just look like a tangled mess of skinny rope! I hope this will be a FO in the next week or so and I'll take plenty of pics then! I've also finished 1 1/2 socks of my Go With The Flow socks so they should be a FO and pic worthy soon too.

But just when you think this will be a pic-less post, Lace to the rescue cause everybody *loves* pics, right?

Right before I started this blog I finished Madli's Shawl from Summer 2004 Interweave Knits. I *loved* making this shawl, I *love* the yarn I used and I *love* the finished product so I thought I would share it now.


I used 3.5 skeins of Naturespun Fingering Weight in French Clay and a US #7 addi natura bamboo circ (but knit back and fourth, of course - I don't own straight needles other than DPN's anymore) This was my first experience with the dreaded nupp -- the little bobbles you see interspersed between the vines and on the border. The pattern suggested that you loosely *K1, yo* a total of seven times in the same stitch on the public side and purl SEVEN together on the return row!! I found this nearly impossible as the yo's tightened up to the needle and made it impossible to scoop up all seven stitches no matter how hard I tried! I didn't want to leave out the nupps as I feel they give real character to the finished shawl. My solution was to K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1 in the same stitch VERY loosely...the purls gave the nupp some stability and support and the purls didn't tighten up on the needle the way the yo's did. I found this made a compact, neat nupp with not too much fuss and it prevented lots of vituperatives and tearing of hair :) Here's a close up of the border and those fractious nupps...


Another frightening interesting aspect of this shawl is you knit the border and the body pattern repeats and then leave the live stitches on the needle. You then knit a second border and kitchener the 110 stitches together! A bit daunting at first but not too difficult with absolute silence, lots of caffeine and a kitchener cheat sheet close at hand! (Margene - if you want to knit Madli, you can come for a visit or mail me the pieces and I'll kitchener for ya!)

The shawl was a gift for my Mom and she *loves* it too! I plan to make it again someday soon in black Kid Silk Haze cause I'm a knitter who loves herself some Madli's Shawl and a good challenge! (or has serious masochistic issues, hehe)

Now I know this blog has been suffering some serious Pumpkin withdrawal....
I just *love* this pic cause it looks as if Pumpkin is laughing at the great joke he just heard....A mouse and some catnip went into a bar.....


Pumpkin says have a great week, a good laugh and some knitting *love* of your own!!

14 comments:

AmyP said...

A whole SIX days of rest - WOW! Don't get too relaxed, will you? ;)
On a slightly more serious note, the shawl is lovely.

heather said...

have fun on your 6 days of freedom! That Madli Shawl is gorgeous. I wish I had that issue!

The pumpkin pic is priceless! He seems like quite the character.

eh...I've bounced before, and I DO balance the checkbook. Woops! See, I'm not so good at math either, so don't as me for help.

Liz said...

I want to squeeze that little cutie!

The shawl is gorgeous. I am so loving the color.

Enjoy your little break. Hopefully we'll talk soon. :)

Anonymous said...

Your Pumpkin is adorable, the shawl is lovely (matches pumpkin too). I dont envy you your exams - Ive been out of grad school a long time, but the memories of stress still linger.

Ada said...

That picture of Pumpkin is just fabulous. Give him a big hug from me will you. The shawl is gorgeous and we will catch up in those 6 days of "freedom"
Love ada

Anonymous said...

Your Madli is beautiful! That's clinched it for me - she is my next lace project. I forgot the blog where I just saw one (forgive me), but went to my library and was please to see I actually have the magazine. So as soon as the current lace (Estonian Scarf) is done, I will cast on - and yes, Debi, it will be my one and only lace project. I promise. What degree are you working on? I'm a student too! Just started classes Monday. I'm a senior (or at least one class away) at Washington State University. And, as for the accounting - knitting is inherently mathematical. You will do just fine!
Dorothy http://missouristar.typepad.com

Barbara said...

Warning - one of my cats is BONKERS over Kid Silk Haze. She doesn't bother any other wool, but she tore a hole in my completed lacework the first time I wore it, after having stolen the skein several times. I caught up with her on the dead run with her "prey". Check out your beloved feline before you do a lot of work.

margene said...

Your offer just might make it worth knitting Madli! Your knitting is so beautiful and she should be a shawl you'll enjoy and cherish forever. Brava!

Agnes said...

The shawl is gorgeous! And I agree that the colour matches Pumpkin! ;)
As always, the little guy is adorable! Big kisses for him.

La said...

It's good to hear from you again! Ok, here's the offer: I LOVE math stuff, and even moreso accounting and I'm pretty good at it, even if I do say so myself. If you ever need help, consider me your online tutor.

Madli is just gorgeous! My madli yarn is still languishing in her drawer. On day...

Thanks for the Punkin love. Can't wait to meet you both!

New York City Mouse said...

Yay! More Deb! And thank you so much for the very kind thing you said to me over yonder.

cmeknit said...

Hi deb, I came found your blog from grumperina's comments...I love your knits! Your lace shawls are gorgeous. I am glad to hear of the success of shine for kiri...I want to make this shawl next. Your beading tutorial is fabulous! I am going to be trying this now!

Jacky said...

What a pretty shawl! It's about time you blogged again.... Hope the hurricane didn't get you!

Lyle said...

Hi from Canada. I just had to post a comment thanking you, or rather Pumpkin, for making me laugh out loud...his smile made my day. I just posted a pic of my cat Smokie up on my blog (http://lylesbloggy.blogspot.com/)if you wanna check it out...thanks again...:)