Luiza

I’ve been working on this pattern for the last two months and I have (finally) published it.

This is an advanced pattern. The shawl is knit from the neck down and can be done with any yarn from cobweb to fingering.

The one on the picture was done with sock yarn. If you have access to Ravelry, you can see another one knit with handspun lace weight – here.

You can find a link to purchase the pattern on the side bar.

I’m dyeing here!

I haven’t posted anything new on my Etsy shop for eons. With test knitting, Christmas gifts to do, a new design being written, I just didn’t have time to dye or spin.
These weren’t the only reasons, though. I live in a small apartment and usually put rovings and yarn outside to dry. With winter (a very snowy and cold one) this became impossible. So I was kind of taking a break from the shop.

A few days ago, I had to “wake up” the store as I was asked to dye two rovings for a new client. Two days after the first request, I get another one, this time for a skein of one of my hand dyed, handspun yarn.
The timing is good, since I’m done with the test knitting and the pattern is almost ready to be published, so I went for it! I’m dyeing again. :)

It takes me almost a full day to dye 4 oz of roving, so while I wait, I’m spinning a merino roving that had been sitting in my wheel for …I don’t even know anymore…maybe since November last year :P.

As I was dyeing the second roving today, one drop of dye fell on top of an area where it wasn’t intended to be. I usually keep paper towels by the crock pot, so I thought: “why not?” and dipped the tip of the paper towel in the dye bath. To my surprise, it worked and sucked the stain right out of it.
Now, if I were using a different technique, I don’t think it would work, but I do think it’s a nifty trick and might be helpful for other people too.

I’m hoping to get my dyeing mojo back, as I have some really cool fibers waiting to be dyed.

SSS

This is the Summer Stonington Shawl which I designed sometime around May/June of last year.

I was asked to review my Summer Leaves design. Problem was, I don’t usually care for knitting the same pattern more than once. I began knitting it and then I decided I’d just keep on doing it and try some new (to me) ideas while knitting it.

I will, eventually, gather all my notes and posts about this shawl and publish it as one file. For now, if you want to knit it and have access to Ravelry, I created a series of posts, with charts, schematics and answered a few questions here.

Now, those are old news and you might be wondering why I’m talking about it now. Well, this shawl was made from my handspun. I bought some merino/silk roving, dyed it and then spun.
I spun short draw, so the yarn is a true worsted one (not as in worsted weight), yet, by the time I was knitting the border I began to see piling. I wasn’t happy with my discovery, but was getting closer to finishing and had people waiting for it, so I kept on going.
The second disappointment with the shawl came a few weeks after the knitting was done. I took it with me in a week long trip and when we came back, the blocking job was all but gone.
I give away almost 99% of everything I knit, this shawl is one of the few exceptions. I kept it because it’s too small for almost anyone else, there are huge design flaws in it and I wasn’t really pleased with the dye job, how the colors came out, how the yarn behaved…What can I say? I’m a perfectionist.

Anyway, I kept the shawl and even though I love to block (yeah, I’m crazy), never bother to try it again on this one, because I thought it wouldn’t hold the blocking – maybe because merino fibers have too much crimp.
The other day I was really bored and looking for something to do so I wouldn’t have to do the things I needed to do ;). I finally picked up the SSS, washed it and blocked it again.
I usually block something and let it sit pinned down from one day to the next. This time, though, I kept it on the blocking board for almost a week. I just took the pins out and have a feeling this time the blocking will hold. I’ll keep you updated on how it goes.

Fiber arts with a twist

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