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Anyone have any ideas what sort of hiccups WordPress was having this morning?  Almost like their servers were trying to go down, or something.  Anyway…

Right, yesterday I promised you a shot of my unvention.  Here it is before blocking, I didn’t have time this morning to photo it before I left home.  But it’s a square (well, almost)!  Look!

A square!

A square!

Isn’t that special?  Really,  I’m jazzed about this one, and the possibility that I’ve got a solution for the center of my Mirkwood shawl.  Now I just have to make a larger test square / diamond to test my charting and see if the pattern works.  This swatch was knitted with the Lacis NP28 “Pashmina Shetland”, which I’m beginning to like more and more as I spend more time using it.

And on the swatch-knitting front, I had to rip out my HK Cash-Silk swatch last night, all 17 rows of it.  Somehow, gossamer weight yarn and the wrong reading glasses don’t work nicely together, and I wound up several stitches off in the pattern, then dropped a couple of stitches and yarnovers while tinking,  and, well, that was that.  Looking on the bright side, though, it’ll let me see how the yarn does with being ripped and re-worked.

Added to everything else,  my TKGA Masters packet came yesterday.  Ulp!  I have to knit how many swatches?  The fun part is going to be finding worsted weight, light colored, WOOL yarn around here.  Although Phildar does seem to carry some 100% wools, they seem to be heavy DK to not-quite-worsted.  Haven’t checked Bergere de France yet, but from memory most of their worsted is acrylic or acrylic-mix.  It’s very odd, to me, as in Germany I have no problem finding wool, silk, cotton, and various mixtures thereof, but I have a devil of a time finding real honest-to-goodness wool here in the south of France.

So how is life where you all are?  Leave a comment and we’ll chat!

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A lace unvention

I plan my knitting projects in my head before I ever set needle to yarn, which sometimes leads me down some blind alleys.  Sometimes I realize before I start down them that they are blind alleys, and sometimes I don’t. 

My “Mirkwood” shawl is still very much in the planning stage, where I can visualize what I want to have where, how I want to knit it, and how I want to have it look when I’m done.  My original plan for the center was, cast on X stitches, knit the center pattern for X rows, and voila, a square!  Well, I’m sure everyone out there is laughing up their sleeves at me… but fortunately I realized the error of my thinking when I looked at a 59-stitch by 56-row swatch yesterday and realized “there’s NO WAY that X by X will give me a square center!”  I want a square, I need a square, and I want it symmetrical in every direction.  Argh!

And then I came into work yesterday.  On my way to work, there is one specific patch of road where I seem to have my brightest ideas.  I don’t know if it’s the distance from home, or if it’s just something about that patch of road, but it’s where the light bulb always goes on.  And yesterday morning was no different.  “What if I…” said I, and couldn’t wait to get home and test it.  Sure enough, it gave me a square.  The method?

Cast on 3, turn, and k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 (RS).    Turn, knit the 5 stitches (WS).  Turn, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1.  Knit these 7 stitches back.  Continue until it’s the desired width, finishing with a WS row.  For the RS row, ssk, yo, ssk, knit across the “center” until 4 stitches remain to be knitted, k2tog, yo, k2tog.  Continue until 3 stitches remain, using sk2togp when the yarn-overs approach each other.  Bind the last three stitches off, and there’s a square.

Now I’m sure some bright spark has already figured this out, probably many times over, but I was so jazzed last night when it actually worked that I couldn’t wait to post it.  The square is blocking at the moment, so photos tomorrow!

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