The Wedding Shawl – Part 1

Ninnawe:  My son is getting married in about 45 days. The wedding date was set 16 months ago. I had plenty of warning.  Five days ago I decided that I should knit his bride a lace wedding shawl.

Now, lace knitting does not intimidate me. I have done a fair share of lace scarves, hats and socks. But those projects were done at a leisurely pace . . . no angst over deadlines, and certainly no impatience with tinking and occasional frogging when there was an error.  I had time then to ponder the value of lifelines; time to mull over the difference in drape between a size 6 or 7 needle; time to plan projects for my assorted single skeins of silk, cashmere, and/or alpaca blends.  Time was already running out on this shawl when I decided to knit it, and I hadn’t even begun!

As I am (vainly) hoping this shawl will be of heirloom quality . . . something the bride will want as a remembrance of The Day . . . I decide on some hue of white.   While I have lots of potential shawl yarn in my stash, I don’t remember buying any white.  Hurray . . . I  find one skein suitable for a wedding shawl . . . a skein of ivory Cascade Heritage Silk.  Beautiful.  At least there won’t be too much cost involved in this project.  So, I have the yarn, now all I need is a pattern.

Pattern picking consumes the major part of 3 days. Prior to Ravelry, pattern picking for me consisted mostly of spending an hour or so on Knitting Pattern Central, plus a visit to my LYS to peruse their offerings.  I might even go look through knitting books at the local library.   It was all hit or miss, in pre-Ravelry days.

Now, with Ravelry, not only do I spend hours looking through potential patterns, I must also spent quite a bit of time reading about what other Ravelers have done with the Cascade Heritage Silk. If I am lucky, I will find a beautiful shawl pattern that someone else has already done in that yarn.  Investigate.  Analyze.  Re-investigate.  Re-analyze.  The process of knitting is almost replaced by the process of Raveling.  (When will Webster add this new definition of raveling?)

I choose a lovely pattern, with a simple 4-row lace repeat. Even better, it has been done in my yarn by another Raveler.   My confidence builds.

Then angst attacks. Will one skein be enough? No, of course not. My future DIL is tall, nearly 6′.  So I want to make this a little bigger than the pattern … maybe one more repeat of the lace. This may take additional yarn … big sigh.  I wish more Ravelers would tell how much yarn they have left over from these single skein patterns.  Then I could make a more informed decision.

Oh well, back to my LYS for another skein. Of course the dyelot is long gone (I bought the first skein there over a year ago.) But, the owner and I take one skein each from the dyelots she now has outside to compare with my skein. One of the skeins is so close that I don’t think anyone could see a difference, but ‘close’ on the skein may not be ‘close’ in completion. I figure that if I need the skein at all, it will be at the very outer edge of the shawl and probably no one will ever notice.   And really, what other choice do I have? (I was secretly hoping that the store owner would take pity on me and offer to take my skein back and allow me to get two skeins of the same dyelot because this is to be a Wedding Shawl, after all. No dice. She had no pity.)

I purchase the additional skein of yarn, and head home to cast on.

I will have the pattern details and some pics in my next post … am too worn out from all this writing today … must knit to relax.


Bloggus Interruptus

Ninnawe:   I’m back, as well.  Thanks, Inky, for getting this ship on course again.

As my re-entry to this site, I’d like to share one knitting incident that happened to me a few weeks ago.   I had left a small knitting bag (with one sock on the needles) sitting on the front seat of my car in the WalMart  parking lot while I went in for a few groceries.  Before I got out of the car, I’ll admit I looked at the bag … one of those little canvas bags you can get at Michael’s for $1 or so … and I thought, “Hmm, would someone looking into my car think this was a purse sitting on the seat?”  I satisfied myself that no one would, and so I locked the doors, and went into the store.

Of course, you know what I found upon my return.  The car had been broken into and the bag was gone.    Nothing else was missing … not the Garmin, not the choir music, not the phone charger … nothing.  Not only did I feel horribly violated that someone had broken into my car, I was also chagrined to know that the other sock was at home, now orphaned.  Dang.  I envisioned frogging, and then remaking that 50 grams into shortie socks, or a scarf or some such.

Then I thought of Ravelry.  I searched the yarn data base, and miraculously, found a woman who had one skein of the same yarn IN THE SAME DYELOT (yes I am shouting) for sale.    Within a week I had my stolen yarn replaced, and was finishing the pair of socks.

I wonder how much the thief got on the street for 50 grams of Regia 4-ply?

WOW. Has it been that long? lol

Ok, let me reintroduce myself.
Hi, I’m Inky.
A KNOWN procrastinator, lol.

LOL. If you only knew.

But, whatever.

I am seeing that it has been, what? Oh, a little over 5 months since I last posted here.


I am in favor of saying, “Folks, if you are looking for info. regarding our Avocet B Cardigan KIL, that ship has sailed.” Heh.

I would like to propose to my fellow blog authors that we clear the decks with a neutral “getting back to knowing you and what you are about as a knitter” post, and then find a short, snappy, heck-I-can-do-this-with-my-eyes-closed KIL and move forward.

What say Ye, Ninnawe and Esquirette?



WIP Wednesday: While I Have Been Procrastinating Part 2

Ok I am dragging my lame a** feet on this cardigan. And why? I think it’s the color. Not stimulating enough to keep me interested. There, I admitted it.

Here is what I’ve been working on:

The Urchin Set, I call it. Consists of a variation of the Big Button Hat, and a rustic-style gauntlet I devised.


Back to the sweater.

Nearly Finished

ninnawe:   I have finished the knitting portion of the sweater. I had finished most of my Christmas projects a while back, so I devoted most of my Thanksgiving break to knitting on this sweater. My formula for the short sleeves is below, and is somewhat different from what I wrote in my earlier post.

knit at the same time on one 24" circular needle

Short sleeve directions for 1X:

  • Cast on 68 stitches
  • Knit in garter stitch for 8 rows, ending on WS
  • Inc 1 st on each end, every 4th row, until 80 stitches, end on WS
  • Knit in garter stitch until 5-1/2″ from beg
  • Shape Cap as in original directions.

I will block and assemble the pieces when I get back home after the Thanksgiving holiday.    This will be a beautiful sweater.


Making Real Progress

ninnawe: I finished both of the fronts. Looking good. I have decided to make this short sleeved, so I am casting on 80 stitches for each sleeve, then knitting 6″ straight before doing the shaping. This corresponds to where the as-written pattern would be.

I’m Going Short Sleeved

Ninnawe: Someone recently put up a short sleeved version of the Avocet B on Ravelry. Bless her heart! And, her project page tells how to reshape the sleeves for the short version. Since I live in a warm weather climate, I am going to do this short sleeve version. Check out the link and see her picture below. Lovely.

Short Sleeve Avocet B on Ravelry

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