Thursday, October 17, 2013

Land ho!

My shawl is done!
I made several mistakes along the way, such is life.  Being human I've had my share of crisis and struggles.  So my shawl shows the points during the voyage when I was adrift.  But like any good sailor, I was able to weather the storm, check my navigation and bring her to shore.
The blues remind me of a sunny day and clear waters.  But as evening approaches, you see dusk, with the threat of a storm approaching in the purple skies.  The ship is tossed during that storm with several dropped stitches.  I recover and try to find the my lost stitches though not always successfully.  Once I reach the shore, even in the night, I can see the remnants of sea glass and shells that have washed ashore.  And I smile because I still made it to the end.

This shawl was definitely a whole lot easier than I expected it to be.  I'd say the hardest part was starting the circle.  After deciding to go with Emily Ocker's Circular Cast-on it was easier.  Of course starting anything with so few stitches is going to be bothersome to start so be prepared for some rough waters.  Find a quiet place to start your circle and work the first 4-5 rounds.  After that, you've got something to work with and life gets a little easier.

You can hardly see them but those little glints around the edges are the few beads I scattered.  The things that flicker in the night when the moonlight hits them.
Hopefully the ruffles will lay flat once the shawl is blocked.  The patterned leaves are beautiful and I am able to see some hearts.  I want all of that to show after blocking.  All in all I did enjoy making this and just may make another one next year.

Keep stitchin'

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

We're sailing now!

I totally killed the middle section of this beautiful and now I'm on to the the part that will test my resolve.  Round after round of the same two stitches again and again and again.i believe I've already made a couple of mistakes but can't figure out where.  I think putting the stitch markers back in every 20 to 30 stitches will help me stay on track.   I could definitely see myself making another one of these one day.

I added the extension cables and laid it out on my resistant ball to get a better shot.  I love the colors!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

My ship sunk but I had a life preserve

Things did go well with my Shipwreak shawl.  After starting over 2, 3, 4 times I decided to put the yarn in the corner to think about the way she's been acting.  I picked a different color called Blue Dream and so far it has been a dream to work with.  I haven't had to do any ripping and I will get caught up this weekend and be ready to start the netting.