Shawl Challenge 2014 – July FO

Sunshine, hayfever, holidays, air conditioning – that’s summer to me. So there’s not a lot of knitting going on at the moment, anywhere. I keep seeing blogs and podcasts from the most ardent of knitters, and we’re all struggling for inspiration. I can’t even get worked up about the new Rowan magazine. It won’t last long, I’m sure.

KALs definitely help, and I’ve finished my Lilac Drizzle. This is the second of the Meteorology collection from Agnes Kutas Knitwear, featured in the associated KAL on Ravelry.

Lilac Drizzle

Here’s detail of the body, showing the moss stitch (yes!) bands between the lace sections:

Lilac Drizzle body detail

and the border:

Lilac Drizzle border detail

I picked the larger size, which meant that I had over 500 sts when knitting the border section, and over 800 to cast off.  Not a problem! The thing I like best about knitting in laceweight – and I sometimes forget this – is the stage when I’m 60 or 70 grammes into a ball and I’ve a lovely bundle of lace in my lap. And the same applies to the finished article – I just love lots of frothy lace!

I used Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace, shade 10, which is definitely Lilac, although very pink. And guess what colour I’m planning to use for the last shawl in the collection?

My sock thing has abated too, so it was a struggle to finish Minster:

Minster sock

My first Rachel Coopey knit, and definitely not my last. But it makes you feel hot just looking at them, doesn’t it?

Having nothing on the needles, I turned to my crochet. But not for long, because it’s too warm to crochet with an acrylic blanket over my knees! However, I think I’ll have a go at Lucy’s Bower Bird, now that she’s published the pattern as a PDF. Since this may not interest non-hookers, I’ll blog about it over here.

Do you have a skein of yarn which looked really special in the LYS but you can’t do anything with it? Let me just say Zauberball or, more particularly, Lace Ball. What would you do with a Lace Ball 100 in Heißes Eisen?

Lace Ball 100 in Heißes Eisen

I have tried THREE times to knit something with it, and it may be third time lucky. But more of that next time…

Shawl Challenge 2014 – July Shortlist

The shortlist of shawls published in June is the shortest yet – only 14:

So this is going to be quick. Last month I joined Agnes Kutas-Keresztes’ Meteorology KAL and knitted Mist. This month, I’m going to carry on and knit Drizzle. In purple. Although the “lilac” shade of yarn I’m using is really rather pinky. And it’s likely I’ll knit Rainbow in August.

So that’s my 12 shawls for 2014 completed and I’ve duly posted in the banner thread. At which point, considering the dearth of appealing (to me) designs in June, I thought this challenge was pretty much over. But perhaps not. A few designs have appeared in the last two days which have tickled my interest. The wonderful Heidi Alander has published another gem, so I’ve revived my board for July.

Do I sound grumpy? Sorry. Put it down to the ridiculously high pollen count.

Shawl Challenge 2014 – June FOs

After a day or two of indecision, I picked Positive Thoughts #1 as my shawl of the month. The name is so inspiring, it just had to be chosen.

Knitted in one of my favourite yarns, Drops Lace, here’s Positively Purple:

Positively Purple

It was a bit of a struggle to get started with laceweight after so much 4-ply, and stocking stitch is never very even on large needles. (more…)

Shawl Challenge 2014 – June Shortlist

Here’s my Pinterest board of shawls published in May which I’d like to knit this month.

Not as many as previous months, but there’s more crochet this time. However, while I’m still ploughing through my Granny Stripe I’m not that likely to hook a shawl as well. (more…)

Shawl Challenge 2014 – May FOs

Yes, that’s plural. I have three finished shawls this month, featuring beads, slipped stitches and stripes.

First of all, beads. Here’s Custardseed, which is Boo Knits’ Mustardseed in West Yorkshire Spinners’ Signature and some clear silver-lined beads: