Posted in Fingering Weight, Knit, Knitting, Knitty.com, NHKnittingMama, Patterns, Wool

Torreyana Casted On—Finally

For some reason my brain failed to realize the stitches were doubled, until this morning.  Maybe it was because I was trying to get the stitches on while supper was cooking last night.  Happens to all of us at one point or another, right? Over hungry and trying to knit or cast on equals disaster!

After 5 tries (I’m not kidding) I finally have all 685 stitches on the needles for the Torreyana Shawl. Why so many times?  Well, it goes like this:

  • Only have one skein to work with
  • tail was waaayyyy too long the first try (when my brain failed)
  • second time tail was way to short  (ok, over compensated there)
  • Third time missed by half the stitches
  • Got impaitiant and just did it again = fail to short
  • ok, now I read the instructions AGAIN
  • ooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh  each needle = 685  (ok, now i feel like I should of been wearing the dunce cap!  No wonder Clutch was looking at me funny)

See?  This is an example of what can happen when your multitasking, HUNGRY and casting on!  Not a good combo.  At least I gave it a go three time last night before I gave up for the night.

It don’t look like much now, I know.  But there really are two (2) circular needles there.

The yarn I’m using is from NH Knitting Mama. It’s a fingering weight: 80% Superwash Wool & 20% Bamboo.  It’s sooooo soft.  I love working with it.

I know I have a bunch of WsIP, but I couldn’t help casting on yet another project!  I will only do a couple of rows and move on to the Iain Sweater, I swear…. {evil grin}

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Posted in Blocking, Blocking Mats, Fingering Weight, Knit, KnitPicks.com, Knitting, Knitty.com, Lace Blocking Wires, Lace Weight, NHKnittingMama, Scarf, Steam Blocking, Yarn

Floaty Finished!

Happy St.Patrick’s Day!

I finished it last night!

It took just over a month to complete.  I’ll admit, there were a handful of days I didn’t work on it.  I hate P.O.T.S. days! But I’m so glad it’s done now!  The pattern can be found on Knitty:Flit n Float

The yarn I used is from NH Knitting Mama Farmington Line, color is Philosophy.  it is 100% Superwash Merino.  What is superwash you ask?  It is wool that is treated so it can go in the Washing Machine.  OMG, it came out sooooo soft after I washed it!  I thought it was soft to begin with…wow.

If you clicked the link for the pattern above, and the one for NH Knitting Mama and searched for the yarn I used, you probably noticed that I used a fingering weight instead of a lace weight.  It still came out beautiful!

It’s blocked and dry now.
Scarf blocked and drying
It was the first time I used my Lace Blocking Wires and Blocking Mats from Knit Picks.  (Both were X-Mas presents – Thanks Mimi & honey)  Granted, it took a while to run the wire through the edges of the scarf, but sooooo worth it!  It would have took FOREVER to pin and measure TRYING to get a straight line!

I actually had to re-pin, and steam block the ruffles.

But now it is Finished!
finished scarf