I am slowly slogging through the rewriting of my design for the dratted multi-yarn,
but my heart just isn’t in it at the moment. The project is working up nicely; I’m just tired of working on it. Luckily, the yarn support I mentioned in previous posts has arrived! Turns out it had an excellent reason for being delayed, but now it is here and smooshy and lovely and a perfectly timed dose of “new” to consume all of my attention.
It occurs to me that both of these projects are made of cotton yarns, and thank goodness for that because there are no days in the local forecast with highs below 90. I love summer anyway, but it’s a little easier to love with weather-appropriate yarns.
Last week I promised a post on the project I took along to Montreal, so here goes. Since the yarn support I’m waiting on didn’t make it here before I left town, I started a new, somewhat experimental design with some variegated cotton I had laying around. Variegated yarns are always a little dicey to play around with – so many things can wind up looking wonky.
But, I had hopes! So I brought along the full pack of yarn and a couple different needles and other supplies to allow for mind changing as I worked. Then I spent about half of the drive up and back (about 11 hours each way) and lots of time in Montreal, plus all of last week, working on…this:
Sometimes designing hurts.
So those of you who have worked with lace before probably know about those handy blocking wires that make blocking straight edges so much faster and easier. But what about knitting with no straight edges? What if you’ve knit a circle?
You can’t just…not block it.
Eww. Blocking lace is not optional.
1. Soak it.
This is pretty much the same as with regular lace. Give your work a nice, thorough soak in cold water. Then go and gather up all of your t-pins. Seriously, all of them. However many you think you need, I promise you will need more. Once your knitting is good an soaked, gently squeeze it until it no longer drips. Don’t wring; felted lace is a tragedy.
2. Pin the center.
Bring your damp knitting over to your blocking area (mine is a collection of cheap foam squares from the dollar store) and center it. Keep in mind that your blocking area needs to be much larger than the unblocked piece would suggest. Now, if your piece is pretty solid in the center, one pin may be enough. If it has a bit of a “belly button” like my example here, I recommend 4-5 pins to keep it from stretching more in one direction than another.
3. Pin every point and scallop.
Seriously. All of them. Even the ones that are nowhere near your edges. Start from the center and work your way out, always matching each pin with one on the opposite side of the knitting. This helps keep in symmetrical. If your edges don’t have any points or scallops, you’ll want to put pins in the edge every inch or two as well. Told you you’d need all the pins!
4. Walk away.
Make sure your lace is safely away from the reach of any pets or small children, and then walk away. Just go away and leave it for a day or two until it’s completely, beyond a shadow of a doubt bone dry. If it’s not totally dry when you unpin, the lace will just scrunch up again. After all the time you just spent pinning, having to redo it would just be a crying shame.
5. Unpin and enjoy!
Once your sure it’s dry, go ahead and put away all those pins. Doesn’t that look better?
Okay, I put this one off hoping it would be up on Ravelry soon, but I am tired of waiting! The final pattern in my series with Salt River Mills is a two-fer. The pretty lace cowl Steamy comes with bonus boot toppers! This is another fairly quick knit, working up in as little as a weekend.
The deceptively easy dropped stitch pattern adds fabric quickly, and really shows off the fuzzy halo of the Suri-angora yarn. It’s also quite stylish!
For more info and pictures, be sure to check out the pattern pages on the North American Suri Co. site. When it is finally up on Ravelry, I will update this post to include that link too.
The next pattern in my series with Salt River Mills is the fun cabled cardigan Tangled!
This great, slightly retro sweater is completely covered in awesomely tangled cables. Combine cables with the textured aplaca yarn, and you have one fabulously warm cardi. While its yarn twin Furrowed is ideal for beginning knitters, this one is designed for the more adventurous set.
For more info and pictures, be sure to check out the pattern pages on Ravelry and the North American Suri Co. site.
The next pattern in my series with Salt River Mills is a gorgeous lace scarf called Ice Blossoms. Ice blossoms (aka frost flowers) are a natural phenomenon that occurs when thin ribbons of ice are extruded from pores in the soil or cracks in plant stems during the coldest parts of winter. There’s nothing quite like a shiny “flower” in the dead of winter, whether they’re from ice or a cozy Suri-silk blend!
The best part about this elegant lace scarf? It’s completely reversible! I am a serious sucker for reversible scarves, and reversible lace in particular. For more info and pictures, be sure to check out the pattern pages on Ravelry and the North American Suri Co. site.