Shawls

Hitchhiker Shawl

I finally got around to knitting the Hitchhiker Shawl. I have wanted to knit this pattern for well over a year. I used some of the Unicorn Farts yarn that I hand dyed a while back. I also have some pink Princess Farts yarn that I plan to use to make a second Hitchhiker Shawl someday soon.

hitchhiker

This pattern was a blast to knit up until the last 5 or 6 repeats of the pattern. I just wanted it to be done so I could try it on. It’s so soft and squishy and it turned out really lovely. It is going into my Christmas gift pile.

hitchhiker close up

 

 

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Sixty Cables Hat

I finished knitting the Sixty Cables Hat with some of my hand dyed yarn the other day. This pattern seemed to take forever to complete but I am guessing that is because I hate knitting ribbing. However, I love how the hat turned out and I finally got pictures of the yarn that show the specks of colors in it.

Sixty Cables 2

This is the first time that I have knit a slouch hat with a closure that looks like this. The hat is a little bit looser than I prefer so I am going to try adding some elastic loop stitches to the hat cuff.

Next time I knit a hat I plan to use the method that Andre Sue Knit’s has mentioned in several of her podcasts. It’s 85% of the head circumference with a closure on the top that is more squared. I’ve never knit a squared closure before so I am just trying it for the experience.

Sixty Cables 1

*** School started this week so this crafty Momma will have more free time to craft while listening to audio books and podcasts. I also expect that my house will be cleaner!!! “Trying to clean with kids in the house is like scooping snow in a blizzard”

I hope you all have a great weekend.

 

Shawls

Pegasus Farts Triangle

I have been super busy with end of the summer children’s activities and knitting my first lace shawl. This shawl took me a week and a half to create.
Pegasus Fart Triangle Shawl

I love how detailed the lace is although I sort of regret my choice of yarn. I think that the lace would look better in a solid color. So, I guess that I will just have to knit it again. 😉

Duane Park Triangle

NOTES: The pattern is the Duane Park Triangle by Kirsten Kapur. I used Bare Stroll Fingering Sock Yarn by Knit Picks. I dyed the “Pegasus Fart Yarn” and the “White” yarn is undyed. The entire shawl was knit on US 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles.

oops dye

Unfortunately, when I soaked my shawl before I blocked it the color bled. I thought that I had rinsed my hand dyed yarn sufficiently but apparently not. I guess this is a learning experience for me. It may have been a bit of an over stretch to use my first hand dyed yarn in such a detailed project. Especially since I paired it with an undyed yarn. Live and learn right?!?!

I started knitting a hat with more of my hand dyed yarn while this shawl was blocking. I noticed that the yarn from the hat did not have an odor to it like the shawl yarn did. I think that I may have over saturated my first yarn with dye and I don’t think that I washed it out enough. It’s also possible that I didn’t heat set it enough. I solar baked it wrapped in plastic wrap inside a navy blue tote for about 4 hours on a nearly 100 degree day. I know the heat index was over 100 that day. I think a lot of yarn dying experiences are just trial and error but if anyone has any advice to add I’d love to hear it. I also plan to purchase one of the products that is suppose to help with the color bleeding issues. I just have to do some research to figure out which one I want to buy.

All in all I am trying not to be too frustrated about it.  It’s yarn… they make more… and I’ve learned a lot… but I have a lot more to go.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison