Twist again

The Twist Again Shawl was finished at least a week ago and blocked…twice.

I blocked the shawl wrong the first time.  What?

The points were supposed to be where the bobbles are, not in between.

So I kept the wires in the top, dampened (soaked) the bottom edges, and reinserted the blocking wires through the stitches under the bobbles.

Now the bobbles pop out more.

The yarn is Hacho by Mirasol Yarn (DK weight) in a multi-green shade.  I used 170 grams or about 470 yards.  I started on January 25 and finished it on February 5, 2021.  Not bad.

The pattern consists of stockinette sections with reverse stockinette ridges.  The lace pattern was fairly easy to figure out.  The rows with the bobble stitches were not difficult but I had to rest my hands after each of those rows.

This shawl will be perfect to throw over the shoulders of my green wool winter coat for more warmth on these cold, winter days.

Speaking of cold, winter days…we just got through the third winter storm so far this month. We are very grateful that we did not lose power or water.  I hope you are safe, warm, and have enough to eat.

Patti

No-go mojo and a sneak peek

Even though my knitting mojo was a no-go for a few weeks, I did manage some relatively mindless knitting making more scrubbies.I love the top one but dealing with two balls of this scratchy yarn in one row was too much for my hands.  All were made with Red Heart Sparkle Scrubby yarn.

So all the others were two or three color blocks.  Much more interesting than a solid color.  They do hold up well and the best part is they dry quickly.

Craftsy was hosting a week-long series of Valentine crafts and I decided to make a heart-shaped scrubbie.  The pattern is free but you might have to sign up to get it.

My mods were to stop increasing after 36 stitches (34 rows), straight knitting for 10 rows then follow the instructions for the decreases.  It is just too cute for dishes!

I also signed up for the fourth season on The Handmade Sock Society and already have the first sock started.  More on that later this week.

While waiting for the first sock pattern, I decided to sort through all my yarn stash for something suitable.  I found some DK weight yarn leftover from the cowl I knit for my grandson that was enough for the Twist Again Shawl from the Deep Fall 2014 issue of Knitty.

Here’s a sneak peek of the finished shawl.

How is your crafting coming along so far this year?

Patti

The dropped stitch

I am 99.99% sure that I dropped a stitch on the bottom of Jayne’s first sock when I photographed it to show my progress. Of course, I didn’t realize that until I was ready to graft the toe together and found I was short one stitch.  And I didn’t see it until I was ready to change from the mini circular needle to the double-point needles on the second sock to knit the toe. Click here for a better explanation of using circular vs. double-pointed needles for socks.

I wanted to get right on with the second sock and graft the toe of the first sock later, like in the morning with natural daylight.  Well, one thing led to another and I didn’t graft the toe until I needed those double-pointed needles to finish the second sock toe.

And that’s when I discovered the dropped stitch.  Way down on the heel/foot.  Tacking the stitch would cause a small but annoying bump that would feel like a large grain of sand with each and every step.

It’s that purple stitch.  Right there.

No, I didn’t rip out down to the offending stitch but picked up and knit that stitch all the way to where the toe section began.

It made a bit of a ridge on the bottom of the foot but I’m ready to finish the toe again, weave in the ends, and call them done.

I’m hoping the yarn ridge will relax somewhat and fix itself when I soak the finished socks.  Or am I kidding myself?

Patti