Rainbow shawl finished

My Soft Rainbow Shawl by Zsuzsa Kiss is finished. Mine is knitted in Twisted Fibre Art’s Evolution. I did a 5 section shawl and knitted all charts once, but the last chart I had to cut down a bit. So I knitted the first 4 rows plus wrong side rows and the last 5 rows plus wrong side rows. Of course with minor modifications to make the last rows fit.

It looks almost blue in the pictures, but is is fact teal and brown.

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Rainbow shawl progress

I’ve not been knitting an awfully lot lately, but just a few weeks ago I picked up my Rainbow Shawl again. It is almost finished. Right now I have about 4 more rows to go and bind off. So I’m trying to get through these rows. I’m knitting 5 sections and every chart once, but because I don’t have enough yarn I’m skipping some rows in the last chart.

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And here’s one shot from the one time I’ve spend knitting in the hammock this summer. If it’s not too cold, it’s either raining of it’s wet. I don’t mind it terribly, but some people might want to hang me for saying that.

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And here’s enjoying the knitting evenings with my cats, some tee and Miss Fisher.

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Finally!

Normally I’d say this is pretty useless as far as finished objects go in the middle of the summer, but it’s currently raining and 13C sooooo…

   

 
I love them. The yarn is like a hug for your feet. Not sold on the sweet tomato heel. One of these has a bazillion huge loops on the inside of the short rows… And it’s not even the first one I made so I can’t blame the new technique. 

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We do love green

Out and about to discover the amazing greens at this time of year. I can’t help but thinking of them i terms of madelinetosh color names…

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This one if with Tove in mind. I know she’s very fond of the rich varm greens.

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And this one is more for me as I tend to fall in love with teal and turquoise.

Just a couple images for inspiration!

 

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Craft cheating

I’m in some kind of knitting slump lately. There has been some sock progress: 

  

I’ve been a bit preoccupied with various bracelet projects. Nice for a change and much quicker than a lace weight cardigan…

  

   

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Why I should swatch

I recently cast on for the Whisper cardigan, using the recommended needle size of 4.5mm. Then I ripped it, and cast on using 4mm, and knit something like 40 rows. Then I stopped lying to myself, ripped it, and cast on with 3.5mm needles. 

 
Finally getting a fabric I like and a gauge that’s not crazypants off. I always think of myself as a pretty tight knitter so who even knows what’s going on there. 

As a bonus, this lets me use my new Chiaogoo spins! Very impressed so far, though there is a bit of a snagging problem with the joints sometimes. The swivel is great though and I love the tips themselves. 

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New toys!

After sitting on and breaking needle after needle, I decided I needed some new ones. I did a LOT of research and finally decided on Chiaogoo’s SPIN interchangeables. I ordered them from Purlescence, and got my order really promptly, but due to a small snafu I ended up with the metal TWIST tips instead of my bamboo ones (I’d ordered a Twist cable as well, as they all work together). They were lovely about it though and sent me the correct ones right away and let me keep the metal ones, so now I have tons of new needles to test! Review coming up when I do.

 

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I finished a sock last night

Grafting doesn’t count. 

I love it so much I’m not even feeling any hints of SSS. 

I also finished, A LONG TIME AGO, three baby cardigans for three little American boys born in December and January: 

 

And for my cunning, pliable, chestnut-haired sunfish’s* birthday, I made her a Spice Trade Shawl in Tosh Mo Light in Saffron. 


* whilst marathoning Parks and Rec. Obviously. Because birthday girl recommended it, and because she is, without a doubt, my very own Ann Perkins. <3

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