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Is it just me?

Last week as I was writing the newsletter about finishing things, I thought maybe I would include my Springtime Bandit.  At that point I was on row 22 of the 34 of the edging rows, and decided I'd be finished too quickly for it to matter.

How wrong I was.

I worked merrily along until row 29.  My stitches didn't match up.  I reviewed the pattern and decided I could make it work, despite the uncompensated yarnover in row 27.   This must be part of how the shawl widens at the edge, I thought stupidly.  I worked several more of the nearly 300 stitch rows until I realized that things were just not going to work out.  I had screwed up somewhere.  The pattern had been a breeze thus far.  The chart was easy to follow and I could clearly read the pattern in my knitting.  Except for the center stitch, I hadn't even needed stitch markers to denote the pattern repeats.   Ah, the price of my hubris, I told Lynne that Tuesday - no stitch markers.  No wonder I got messed up. 

So I laboriously unknit several rows - did I mention that each row was about 300 stitches?  No, I had not used a lifeline - who needs lifelines in such an easy pattern?  Back to row 26 where I proceeded to place stitch markers between the pattern repeats.  Working row 27 again, I carefully counted stitches, worked the chart and counted again.  My stitches don't match up.  What the heck???  An error in the pattern?  On Ravelry, hundreds of people have posted about this pattern and no one has mentioned an error.  Okay.  I'm an idiot.  It's Thursday night at this point and I decided that I am just tired and I will just take it in to the shop Friday morning and look at it again in the clear light of day.

When I got to Leonardtown Friday, I saw Jenny's completed and beautifully blocked Springtime Bandit on display in the shop.  Now I felt like a super idiot.  She had started a week after I had.  I showed Ginni, and together we looked at the pattern, at my knitting, back at the pattern.  Counting.  Looking.  Then back at the pattern.  Then at Jenny's.  Then at mine.  There is definitely a problem.  A quick call to Jenny confirmed that there was an error in the pattern, and no, there was nothing about it on Ravelry.  Frustrated, but relieved not to be an idiot, I took a deep breath, made the changes to the chart, and knit most of the rest of the edging. 

I went to download a clean copy of the pattern and saw that one of the changes had been made already without mention of the change or any errata.  In case you are working this pattern, here's the fix I used for rows 27 and 29:

Row 27: there should be a ssk after the final yarnover in the beginning section just before the pattern repeat begins,  another ssk after the final yarnover at the end of the pattern repeat. 
Row 29: there should not be a yarnover at the end of the beginning section just before the pattern repeat begins, nor should there be a yarnover at the end of the pattern repeat.

There are other ways to correct the errors: Jenny used a double decrease in row 29, and that looks just fine as well.

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Lovin' my Slip Stitch Cowl

I finished up my Noro Slip Stitch Cowl Sunday afternoon after church and before pecan pie.  As you can see, the bound off side is curling up something fierce, so I decided to give it a nice long soak while I baked.

 Filled the laundry tub with a few inches of lukewarm water and about half a teaspoonful of Eucalan and layed it in there.  Noro Kureyon is a single ply so there's lots of air in the fiber, and I had to hold the cowl down in the water until it was wet enough to sink.  You can also tell that the fibers are getting saturated when there are no little bubbles around the fabric.


After a nice long soak - I kind of forgot about it with all the pie excitement - it was good and wet.   I didn't stretch it out, any because the fibers were already relaxed and very well behaved.  Also, despite my concerns that I was knitting too tightly, its final circumference  is 56" and its depth 10".  The pattern says it's to be 46" in circumference, but I am just fine with the extra length.  Here it is after a few hours on the board. 

I am totally in love with the pattern, but it's the colors that really blow me away.  I loved the palette shown in the original pattern, but I'm just thrilled at how these two really different colorways played off one another.  You can just see in the photo at right that one is a dark combination of blue, turquoise, and rust, while the other is a very light blend of reddish purple, lime green, and gold.

This was a fun, fun knit.  I can't wait to wear it, and now that it's done, I can start a new project without any guilt at all.  

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Kidsilk Trio and a one skein project

This month’s first Friday project is a thinly disguised excuse to play with Rowan's luxurious new yarn, Kidsilk Trio.  The Rowan designers have taken three different colored strands of my most favorite yarn in the world, Kidsilk Haze, and plied them together for a subtle tweed as elegant as only Rowan can make.  I fell in love with it back in the spring when Peter first showed me the color cards.

Trio comes in 6 really gorgeous shades

Dynamite colors, but you really need to fondle the skeins to fully appreciate it.  Soft and delicate as a cloud, Trio is as delicious against you skin as her little sister Kidsilk Haze, but Trio is much more of an instant gratification girl.  

One skein makes this terrific cowl

In just a few hours of knitting I whipped up The Chrysanthemum Cowl, our First Friday project.  This quick little confection that's as nice to knit as it is to wear.  Its wide ribs flare out into a delicate ruffle reminiscent of fall's favorite blossoms.  I like it worn long, but you can also double it around your neck when the weather calls for something cozier.  Trio's generous yardage means that that it only takes one skein to knit it.  Give yourself a skein of Trio and a few great films (or football games) and you'll have a lovely little accessory.  Join us at First Friday for pink drinks and a start on your Chrysanthemum Cowl.

The pattern is free with purchase of Kidsilk Trio.

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Line Break cast off.

Line Break is the August First Friday project.  I started mine on August 1, the Wednesday before First Friday to kind of road test the pattern.  It's really simple and very forgiving.  I already posted this shot of my progress by Thursday afternoon, but here it is again. It's almost ready for its first row of yarnovers and short rows that give it that wonderful asymmetry. 

I had lots of good knitting time on the trip to North Carolina and back and then a one-day round trip to Pittsburgh.  Probably would have finished it on the trip back from Pittsburgh, but there were those three inches I had to rip out after a misspent evening of knitting with too many distractions.  Oh well.

I finally cast off yesterday afternoon. Kind of reminds me of a newborn baby, all bunched up and wrinkled, but a good hard blocking will create the fabric I want and stabilize the overall shape.  I'm excited to try out my new blocking wires on it.

Freshly castoff Line Break

All in all, Line Break took almost exactly two weeks, or about 40 hours of knitting time   It's a good project to carry along everywhere - you don't need to refer constantly to the pattern, and it's pretty easy to see where you are.  I am so glad that I got all 4 of the patterns in this set - I will definitely be knitting more of Veera Välimäki's designs.

Technical specs: Madeline Tosh Sock, Lepidoptera, 2 skeins.  Size 6 Addi Turbos from my Click Set.  . 

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