Tuesday, June 20, 2006

OMG, Karen actually IS still knitting!

So, I actually managed to finish that Peacock Feather's shawl for my dance teacher (photos to come). It definitely was a learning experience. I learned that while I love my Denise interchangeables, they can be a pain for large projects where you need to chain a whole bunch of those connector pieces together. My loops would get caught on the joints, and it kinda drove me nuts sometimes. Also, I learned that you can't always trust what they say on the pattern for the amount of yarn that you'll need. I got two skeins of the Jaeggerspun (which is REALLY nice to work with, and I highly recommend it), but it turned out not to be enough. I had to end the shawl early and thankfully was able to finish the crochet chain binding (another new thing that I learned!). And even still, the shawl turned out HUGE! It was just kinda weird though, cuz that made me feel like I wasn't knitting tightly enough, but they even say in the instructions to knit more loosely. Oh well.

I think I'm going to move back to smaller, more recreational projects soon. Blocking that sucker was pretty hard. And back to stash busting!! I really need to make a serious dent in it.

1 comment:

Elaine said...

Tee hee. Hi Karen. I've been waiting for a new post from you. :)

The shawl looked great and I think our dance teacher really liked it.

I've come to the conclusion that the only way to really stash bust or get some real knitting done is to commute to work. You can do a lot on the TTC even in a half hour ride. And it makes the delays that much more bearable.