Back to blogging about the knitting anyway--I've been knitting every day.
This is a swatch from a while back, and I'd like to get opinions about it:
Does it look too ratty and worn? It's a hemp/cotton blend and I really like it once it's washed up. The bottom section is on US size 8 needles, the center is on 6s, and the top is on 4s. I like the top once, especially since everything I've read about knitting with cotton says to knit it at a tighter gauge since it tends to stretch.
I've got in mind a raglan cardigan with buttons, with rolled neckline, sleeve edges, and hem.
Next up on the swatch front: swatches for the Lightning Lace Jacket from Just One More Row. I got my hands on the Cast On Summer 2003 issue, and this jacket was in there. I'm totally in love with it, and I decided to try some ShineSport from KnitPicks (I blogged about this yesterday). Here are the swatches:
The one on the left is the one without the seed-stitch border on each side, and it's been washed and dried. The one on the right is in its unwashed newness, and the addition of the 3-stitch seed stitch border has solved the zig-zagginess. So now as soon as I order the yarn (and it gets here) I'll be able to start on it! Well, I really should finish up some other projects first, which I'm really going to work on doing. It'll probably be a while until I order the yarn anyway, unless they decide to have a sale.
Now for the mystery stole. Here's my progress, eight rows into the second clue. I figured out that each two-row combinations (pattern row and plain row) takes me approximately 8 minutes. Less than that if there isn't bead work, a little more if there is. So, if there are 50 rows in this clue that means that it'll take me 3 hours and 20 minutes.
I don't know why I torture myself like that--it seems to go so much faster if I don't know how long it takes!
Isn't it purty though?
A couple of years ago I posted my Fir Cone Three-Quarter Shawl pattern (see the sidebar), and Kate in Berkeley on the Laceknitters list was wondering about the non-direction decreases in the border. Here are some close-ups of the right and wrong sides of the border:
Click on them to make the pictures bigger.
I think that when lace is done in garter stitch, directional decreases don't make any difference. [That's my personal opinion, and you're welcome to disagree with me.] I've read that that's one of the reasons why traditional lace shawls don't have directional decreases--they're done in garter and blocked severely.