Monday, July 16, 2007

Picture as promised!

I did say that DH was awful with the camera!!

Monday, July 9, 2007

I've finished!!

Blocked as well!!

But I don't think I can take pics till the weekend.
I promise I'll venture out if we have a sunny evening, but DH isn't too good with my camera.
(Or the mobile, TV, DVD - he can set the alarm clock though!!)


Thursday, May 31, 2007

Still plodding..!

Yep--still here.
Going to call this the "Magnus Magnusson Shawl", as in "I've started so I'll finish".
...but when?
I've got 15 pattern rows to go, then 2 plain rows & the cast-off. The dance I want to wear it for is a week's time. Do you think I'll make it ??

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

I'm still here...

I'm on the second repeat of my Shoalwater. I'm using the written instructions and things are going alright. I'm enjoying the color - it's Aquarius by Lucy Neatby. I'll try to get a photo sometime, but the weather makes for poor photos right now.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Here we go!

Ok here's my wee shoalwater! I'm doing it in Kaalund Classic Two, in pacific colourway, the colours are amazing, so rich and scrummy :D

It's not very big..

After frogging loads I decided a plan was needed. So I've coloured every pattern row (not the ones where it's just knit, and 4 YOs). That way it's a lot easier to keep track of where I am, and my eyes don't wander into other rows while I knit!
I'm waiting for my Addi Turbos (first pair!) from AY - I can't wait to try them out with this project!

I got to row 41, had 5 stitches too many and had to frog back to row 28.. well if it's worth doing, it's worth doing well I guess!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Done, but not sure I like the colour!

Here are finished pics of my shoalwater being blocked. Knitted in Conjoined Creations Soy Silk, Music 8 track colourway. Measures 60 by 44 inches, but I don't think it's big enough.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Dippydappyblonde's SW

It's a start lol, a very small start but i am determined I will do this!

Using kaalund 2ply in Guava on 4mm Addi lace needles.



Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Sorry everyone - my cashmere shoalwater is on hold yet again!!
I have to do the flower basket in the next 5-6 weeks for a birthday, and I have also been asked to make loads of headbands - ideal apparently for snowboarding!!

I really want to get back to my shawl, it's beautifully soft and a pretty colour, but I've got to get my priorities right just now!!

I'll check back to have look at progress with everyone else's achievements, and post when I'm abole to pick it up again.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Mongrel's Shawl :o)

Mongrel says "This shows my shawl at the end of chart A.
I'm just coming to the end of chart B now, actually, but it looks much the same !!
I'm using Lane Borgosesia Cashwool in "denim" shade, and 3.75mm Denises.
My official aim is to finish in time to wear it for a formal Scottish Country Dance on June 12th, but to be honest if I finish before I die of old age that will be a nice supprise !! :-)"
Keep going M you'll get there!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Feather & Fan is finished.

Whilst this is not a true Shoalwater, I thought you might be interested to see the finished Feather & Fan shawl from Folk Shawls. It is essentially the same pattern as the Shoalwater but instead of being a triangular shape it is a rectangle and it's over a different number of stitches, the effect is somewhat different.

Sorry Joanne the one on your blog isn't showing either, you can pm it to me via the Angel Yarn forum and I'll have a go if you like or if you want my email addy pm me for that too :o)#

I want to see your shawl :o(

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


I'm not sure whats going on but i cannot get a pic on the blog so if you would like to see Buster have a look on my blog.
I promise I wont do another posting tonight.

Buster likes my shawl lol

Sorry I made a boboo my photo didnt come up on the blogg so here we go again.



Hi every one.
Just thought that i would let you know that I have finished my shawl.
I have blocked it and worn it my DH admired it so, it must be nice. I am having an operation this Thursday on my right eye but as soon as I stop looking like Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribiean I am going to block it again there was something that I wasn't quite sure about in the shaping of it. So I will post more photos when its had its second blocking. I have enough wool left over to knit a pair of socks which I have started and completed one sock and the other one is on the needles, My DH had a visit to the dentist this week and I took my knitting with me by the end of his session my needles were red hot ha ha.
The photo I have taken has got our Brown British short haired cat walking over
it so its got his seal of approval he is called Buster
I hope every one else has enjoyed knitting the Shoal water as much as I have.
But I'm not sure if I want to do another in a hurry.


Sunday, April 8, 2007

Chugging along

I am now around row 48 for the penultimate time. The rows must be about 350 stitches long. At this stage it is rather like knitting a surprise item for yourself, because although I can stretch out a little of the fabric to see the lace pattern, it is a long time since I was able to flatten out the shawl to get a view of it in its entirety. I am definitely excited to see how it will look when it is finished.
As others have observed before me, lacework looks like a pile of rags (or at least, mine does!) while it is being knitted, and blocking is the final moment of magic. I've never blocked anything before but love the feel and drape of the fabric I am knitting up. I only hope that it looks as good as it feels when it is done.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

update on my progress

hi everyone,
i just want to introduce myself and say hello to everyone.
this is my day 3 on knitting shoalwater and i thought i would show you my progress.
the wool i chose is cherrytree hill in river run, and its really nice to knit just poppin this pic up to show my progress so far with dh's help.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Been busy!

After pausing to swear after I ripped out 44 rows, I cast on again and am now just beginning the third repeat of the pattern block. I'm still on the first skein but I can see I'll have to wind skein two soon.

The ever lengthening rows are, indeed, meditative and quite soothing to work, so I do begin to think that I will finish this and it'll be a work to be proud of!

I was a bit worried about blocking soy silk, but a quick websearch reveals that this is possible and gives good results. The fabric has a lovely drapey feel to it already.

Of course, the bottom edge as shown in the picture will be the long straight edge of this trinagular shawl, but it is too big to show stretched to the proper shape now.

Casting on Again :o)

Although I decided that I want a bigger version of the SW shawl ,I didn't want to cast on for another triangular shawl straight away. I looked through this book and found the feather and fan shawl which uses the Old Shale pattern but is knitted across the length of the shawl rather than by casting on the short side/end.

Actually I looked through all my books :o) there's a couple of pleasant hours gone.

Once I'd wound the Emily yarn (Patter) which I got in the last PY sale I had to cast on last night. 390 stitches - that's a long row!
I am using the Emily which caused me so much confusion last time and size 5mm KnitPicks Options needles. Just doing my second repeat. This is a stocking stitch version of the feather and fan so the second row is purl - there are 6 YOs and K2togs instead of the 8 in the SW but otherwise pretty much standard stuff and I am hoping good for a variegated yarn :o)

HilaryD's finished Shoalwater Shawl

Hilary said "did it full size using brightdyes sock yarn (3 skeins) from Jade and Chrissy. Have a wee bit left."
Great job Hilary. Now I really want to take mine back to where I cast off and add another ball of yarn :o) Guess this is another pattern I'll have to revisit.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

I'm back on the shoalwater!!

I have finally finished the silver-grey Flower Basket in 4ply, just need to block it now.
I still have over a month until the birthday, but had to get it done first, or my shawl would have taken over, and I didn't want to rush it.

Now I can get back to the cashmere shoalwater!!


Cast off early and now blocked


Casting off early as I panicked about size was a mistake *blushes* but not one that makes it unwearable.

The photo above was supposed to show the subtle colours in the yarn, some lovely purple and green in there when you look closely but they just will not photograph. I have grown to like the yarn more as I have knitted and I now have 2 skeins left due to casting off after 2 1/2 repeats.

Finished size 67" x 33" 2 skeins of PY Emily in Frost Flowers colour.

I am going to do another larger one for me and to give this one to my Aunty who has just been diagnosed with cancer - something warm and lovely to wrap herself in when she needs a hug.

Friday, March 23, 2007

I'm ready to Block!

Oh the trials and tribulations, full story on my blog but I will post some photos tomorrow - if it dries quickly :o) or the next day if not :o(

Did I mention btw that I love blocking? Let's hope the magic happens.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Still waiting...

I'm still waiting for my yarn and pattern (really it's the pattern that is the hold-up). I've ordered some 5mm needles from Texere, but they didn't have the 6mm in 100 cm so if I find I need a 6mm I will have to hunt around for a set.

I'm anxious to get started!

Where have I got to?

Here I am :o) Actually I'm a little further on now, up to row 41 of my last repeat, yipee, but the rows are taking forever! I have tried counting how many stitches too many times to mention, and lost my place too many times too! I've included a close up as it shows the colour better, still think it's a bit muddy but i also know I am more likely to wear it more often than one of the really bright ones.

Expletive deleted

Well I was motoring along nicely but at row 44 I notice that I had two too many stitches on one side, and a couple of holes in the wrong place, so I've frogged the lot.
Hm, lifelines next time I think!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Going to start on ....

i have decided that I am going to start my shawl when the kids go back to school after Easter, so in about a month's time. I won't be left alone to concentrate (demanding 11 year old), plus I will hopefully be in a better state of mind by then.


Thursday, March 15, 2007

Nearly back to square one :o)

After one full repeat and up to row 37 of the second I'm not quite back to where I was before I had to frog back, but no mistakes this time *touches wood* :o)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

logged in - I will start sooner or later

I have managed to log in with the help of Ryan.

I have the pattern, needles and some hand dyed yarn I bought from Violet Green over christmas - when we can get our brains to sct like brains and not mush we will attempt to upload some photos (I have a new camera and it is a bit confusing!)

I am making a scarf at the moment to wear at my mum's funeral, but I propose to have a go at shoalwater soon.

Ryan is laughing at me because I typed furniture instead of funeral, he reckons I haven't any finger/hand co-ordination but it's because my fingers are feeling a bit dyslexic today.


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Wound up!

Thanks everyone for the kind comments. I bought the yarn in two batches from Peak Wools on Ebay - they also have a webshop.

I wasn't planning to do a shawl, but the idea of lacework had begun to niggle at the back of my brain ...

I never cease to wonder at how different yarn looks in the ball to as a skein, and different again in a knitted garment. You'll have to wait a bit for that view of 8 Track!

Yummy yarns

Oh I want to make about 6 of these - I keep seeing yarn that would be beautiful!!

Hilary - know I can see why the KSH colour was so appealing!!
Samantha - that yarn is absolutely stunning!! Please share the seller if they have more!!
You know you want to be an enabler!!

I don't find it repetitive - good TV knitting if you time your pattern row for the ads!!!