Back from a Detour

If there’s such a thing as a Contemplation-in-Progress project, then that’s what I’m working on. And sporadically at that. I actually haven’t knit or done any kind of yarn related work at all for more than 2 weeks now. I’ve been doing some programming for myself, and it was going so great that I didn’t feel the need to work on my other crafts. ๐Ÿ™‚ And now that my programming work is done, and I’ve created a few “great things” ๐Ÿ˜‰ , the crafty calling is back.

And now I’m picking up from my last post, where I signed off wondering what I should make next. I’ve taken a tiny step forward in the contemplation process – I’m making a poncho. (I think.) I still haven’t found a project yet, though, so I hope I figure it out soon.

It’s funny how my pastimey detour affected my book devouring too – I usually listen to books or podcasts while I work on crafty stuff, but since I can’t really concentrate on a book while I program, last month was the least reading that I did this year! But on the plus side, whatever little I read, I ended up reading with my eyes, not ears – and I’m glad my reading speed hasn’t reduced much.

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Yesteryear Yoke

My Yesteryear yoke is now operational! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so happy that I chose this pattern to replace the destroyed lace in my top, because it complements the top so perfectly. (The pattern is Yesteryear Top by Mimi Alelis.)

Yesteryear Yoke | Crochet | Anita

I crocheted the yoke just as described in the pattern. Well, almost. I did make a few mistakes, and I decided to just leave them be. I miss fixing knitting mistakes – unraveling an entire crochet round just to add a missed stitch seems like too much work, doesn’t it?

Once done with the yoke, I made a couple of body rows at the front and the back, and finished them with the edging described in the pattern. It was a few days before I picked up the project again, but when I did, I quickly blocked it and hand-stitched the front and back onto the respective edges of my top.

Yesteryear Yoke | Crochet | Anita

If there was anything I could change in this project, it’d be to shape the front and back a bit, so they’re less curved and don’t fold over the rest of the fabric as much as they do now. But that’s nitpicking, really – and I don’t know where the shaping could happen or how much it’d help, since there are only 2-3 body rows.

Overall, the project was enjoyable and the result is definitely more than satisfactory. I would absolutely love to crochet the entire top some time. (I’ll probably add a picot edging to the sleeves. Looks like I’m discovering crochet stitches now, hehe!)

What’s next?

I have yarn that I don’t have projects for. I’ve been thinking of frogging a few older projects that I don’t wear much, and there’s the Bamboo eyelet cardigan WIP that I’d frogged and I love the yarn and I really want to make something with it, and some yarn that my sister bought a while ago and wants a shawl from, so let’s see what works out. Maybe some of your projects will provide the required inspiration…

WIP: Yesteryear Yoke

My crochet project is now underway!

I mentioned in my previous post that I own a top that I’ve only worn once so far – its lace yoke disintegrated at places when I washed it. (Talk about delicate!) I’ve been looking at making a crochet yoke for the top, so I can add it back into my wardrobe. Since I’ve not reached “level=designer” in crochet yet, I looked up patterns that I could use for the yoke, and chose the Yesteryear Top by Mimi Alelis.

Yesteryear Yoke | WIP | Anita

I couldn’t get the suggested gauge with the mercerized cotton thread that I’d chosen for this yoke, but after some calculations, I found that I could still follow instructions for a smaller size from the pattern, and get my desired fit. No conversions needed, yay! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve not followed crochet patterns before, and this project was the perfect opportunity to learn how to read a crochet chart. Between the clear, closeup pictures in the pattern and the instructions, it wasn’t too difficult to understand how to read the chart that was provided. I’ve completed almost half the project now, and fingers crossed the yoke does fit me fine.

By the way, if I’d assumed that crochet and knitting knowledge, like cycling or swimming, doesn’t fade with lack of use, I was proven wrong here, because I suddenly had doubts about the single crochet stitch(!) – I had to go on Youtube to reacquaint myself with it. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Has this ever happened to you?

Puck’s Tunic Inspired Shawl

Looks like I managed productive bursts of knitting towards the end of my current project, and completed it as a surprise move! I’m as surprised as you are – I certainly expected this post to be an I’m-almost-there one.

Puck's Tunic-Inspired Shawl | Anita

This shawl is inspired by Puck’s Tunic from Susanna IC. I knit the shawl with sections of lace pattern from the tunic interspersed with varying-width sections of stockinette stitch, and 3-row / 3-column seed stitch edges.

The shawl is for my sister, who wanted a long and wide rectangle, and I feel like I went overboard since it appears like a mini-blanket to me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But my sister is happy with this size, as are my parents who think that it “covers well” (I wonder what that says about my previous shawls… ๐Ÿ˜› ) so I think I’ll conclude that the project is a resounding success!

Puck's Tunic-Inspired Shawl | Anita

My only complaint is that blocking hasn’t fixed the curling of the edges much. I wonder if that would’ve been remedied by knitting a smaller shawl and stretching it like crazy while blocking.

I have an entire skein of yarn (and then some) left from this project, adding to my leftovers-woes. But since this project’s leftovers are substantial, maybe I can knit a hat from them.


Next…

I’ll go with a crochet project next. I own this particular top that had a lace yoke. The lace yoke was destroyed, and I’ve only worn the top once. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ I’ve been thinking of making a crocheted lace yoke for it since forever, and have been looking for crochet patterns since I’m not very good at designing crochet lace. I have a few candidates lined up now, and hope by my next post, I’ll have picked one!

Puck’s Tunic Inspired Shawl – WIP

My current project, a shawl for my sister, is inspired by a tunic. She really liked the pattern when we browsed through magazines for potential candidates, and I just have to multiply the pattern by N to make a shawl from a tunic, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

Puck’s Tunic is designed by Susanna IC. (Remember my Oshara Shawl from the only MKAL I’ve attempted so far? That’s her, too.) We ran into this project in the Summer 2017 issue of Interweave Knits. While the Oshara Shawl made liberal use of slip stitches for its zigzag patterning, this shawl uses some neat lacework for a zigzag pattern. I’ve inserted patterned columns at various points in the shawl, with stockinette stitch columns separating them.

Puck's Tunic inspired Shawl

Like always, as I love seeing the pattern form, I can’t wait to block the project, even if I’m not even close to done. ๐Ÿ™‚ This is one pattern that I haven’t gotten the hang of even after completing almost 5 repeats, and don’t think I ever will. I find this intriguing – it’s easy to see the pattern from the previous row, and it’s evident how the current row should go, but somehow, I can’t figure out the stitches that would make it happen. Maybe it’s some sort of mental block. Does this happen to you too?

I also find it interesting that I want to knit more shawls than sweaters now, and knit more lace patterns than cables. If I’d asked the me from one year ago if I’d ever want to knit lace shawls one after the other, the answer would have been an aghast “No!” Times do change, don’t they? ๐Ÿ™‚

Kashmiri Shawl

My Kashmiri Shawl is now done! The shawl is a pattern from Lana Jois, to which I’ve made very minimal modifications to better suit the yarn and my preferences.

 

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Ever spent ages trying (and failing) to capture in pictures just how lovely you find your project? I keep thinking the pictures just don’t do justice to the shawl. My poor sister spent quite some time modeling for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

The shawl is exactly as long and wide as I’d wanted it. My yarn turned out more than sufficient, even when I’d thought earlier that it would get mostly used up, and I’d underestimated the row gauge then. I kept weighing the used-up and remaining yarn at various points in the project to ensure that I won’t fall short. I have a little ball of it left now, and it joins the growing pile of scrap yarn that I don’t know what to do with.

I think this will be a shared shawl, since my mom and sis like it too. It provides enough warmth on a cool day in temperate climate, or, of course, in an office with the blasted air conditioning on. (Guess I’ll wear it to work next week, then.)

Kashmiri Shawl - blocking

I’m always thrilled with how blocking provides a neater finish to a project, especially a lace project when the eyelets and the pattern open up, and the stitches settle better. This project was no exception, and even the wonky left decreases that always catch my eye seem to have evened out a bit now.

I’ll probably be knitting more shawls than sweaters for the time being, since the yarn that we ordered for my sister’s shawl arrived just when I was about to finish the current project – talk about timing! For the new project, I’ll take some elements from a pattern for a tunic. I’ve just started on a swatch, and I’ll probably have more to talk about the project only in my next post.

Meanwhile, check out the lovely color of the new yarn, and tell me about your projects!

New yarn!

This is a greenish-blue yarn, and I swear it looked green last night!

WIP – Kashmiri Shawl

My Kashmiri Shawl is coming along well. I knit a couple more repeats of the first pattern than I’d originally planned – my row gauge had turned out to be a bit off – and now I’ve made about half a repeat of the second pattern.

I’ve not figured out the new pattern yet, and I find that I double-check my stitches a lot, and look up the pattern every RS row. I hope I get used to it soon, and knit without referring to the chart, because it’s no fun pausing the book that I listen to while I try to understand the current row – too many interruptions. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Kashmiri Shawl - WIP

I know I have miles to go before I’m done, but I just can’t wait to block this shawl! The yarn isn’t a stretchy one so the difference won’t be drastic, but I think there will still be some difference.

So that’s my short update. Since I have other projects to work on in the weekend, I won’t be able to knit much, so today is as good a time as any to write about the project. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope your projects are keeping you busy and entertained!