Thursday, February 19, 2009

Morning Surf Scarf

I finished my first spinning project! The Ravelry group Ply By Night selected the Morning Surf Scarf as our project. Here is my version.

My final yarn was 131 yards, 3.5 oz, 14 wpi (DK weight) - 2 ply. The scarf is pretty small since I didn't have lots of yardage, only 5" x 37". I kind of knew it was going to be that way but figured my little one can wear the scarf.

All in all, I'm very pleased with my first handspun project. I have 4 oz of the roving left to play with and I recently signed up for Butterfly Girl Designs' Spindle and Fiber Club where I will receive a spindle and some fiber every month for 3 months. Can't wait to see what comes in my first shipment!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Print O' The Wave Stole

Knitted lace has always fascinated me. The Print O' The Wave Stole was a great first lace project, lots of samples on the internet for inspiration. It took a loooong time to work on but only 2 skeins of Knit Picks Shadow yarn (midnight heather). Very affordable. I finally blocked it this week.

The knitting was complete in October so why do you ask did I not block it until February. Well, as I grafted the edging (ie, finished it), I noticed that I knit the right side of the edging with the WRONG side of the panel facing. I was completely disgusted and put the finished knit in the closet, out of my sight. :( Fast forward to now and I needed a gift for my grandmother's 90th birthday so I thought, let me block the stole and see how it looks. AMAZING! The blocking made it look so beautiful and the WS/RS thing didn't bother me at all. Even my mom and sisters were impressed.

Lesson learned - blocking really does do wonderful things (the time lapse probably helped as well).