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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

We've Passed the Halfway Point!

Rose gold 
I've started the fourth shade of the gradients!  There are a total of six shades in each gradient, so I'm more than halfway through the shawl.  I'm also to the point where I'm watching my stitch count because I'm getting fairly close to the fancy edging action.  I don't know if the edging will begin in these colors or in the fifth shade, but I hope to begin it later this week!  My gradients each have 100 yards more than the yardage required by the pattern, so I plan to just knit until I'm out of yarn.
Rose gold
This project feels like it's moving along pretty quickly.  When I began it, I really figured I'd be working on it all summer, but now I think I'll be finishing it up next month!

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Monday, June 26, 2017

This Blog Post Is Going To Look Really Familiar

Jih 
I know this is going to look a lot like Friday's post, but it's actually very different!  On Friday I showed you sort of what was going on and how I was planning to fix it.  Over the weekend I undid everything I had attempted and after several more attempts, I figured it out!
Jih
I decided to go with the shell edging, but instead of making shells with double crochet (Friday) I tried half double crochet shells (this made them a little smaller) and that worked.  I also took apart the lower edge and changed to smaller hooks to keep it from flaring.  I worked the same shell edging there as well.
Jih
Finally, I gave it a bit of a blocking, focusing on the edgings to make sure they were going to do what they were supposed to and now I'm ready to begin the sleeves!

In case you want specific details, I added notes on the Ravelry project page so I could do this again someday and (obviously sooner than that) get the sleeve cuffs finished when I get to them.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Crochet Edgings Take One

Jih 
I've finished the knitting on the body of my Jih pullover.  I bound off the knitting (to add stability at the lower edge) and proceeded to work some crochet for the edgings.  On the lower edge I worked three rounds of single crochet and then worked the tiny picot edging that I've worked on my Babette blanket and the Isobel's Antique Lace shawl.
Jih
Here is what it looks like.  The picots just kind of melted into the single crochet rows and disappeared.  I tried a couple of different variations but nothing really worked better.  After putting it on Fifi, I can tell it's a little too loose compared to the knitting, so I'll probably undo what I have and redo it on a smaller hook.  I'm hoping that will make the picots pop better because I think it's a combination of a too-big hook and soft, squishy fine yarn.
Jih
For some reason I decided to go ahead and start on the neckline too last night so after working a round of single crochet I started working the edging I had picked out.  Unfortunately, it was coming out too open and floppy again (for probably the same reasons as the lower hem issues).  I tried a couple of other things and I do like this scalloped edge, but again, it's too big for the edge.  I will be undoing this and trying again with a smaller hook over the weekend.  I need it to be just barely smaller than the neck opening so that it lies nicely and doesn't flip around.

So I'm basically going to be redoing all the crochet I've got on the sweater so far, but I'm hoping that a smaller hook will work better.  It's possible that the lace weight yarn, even doubled, is just too soft and floppy to hold a nice edge in crochet.  If anyone has any ideas, I'd be happy to hear them - just leave me a comment!

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Almost There!

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I'm only an inch away from the edging on my Jih pullover!  In fact, since I still hadn't picked an edging, I had to stop knitting and decide what to do so I didn't knit too far.  So I pulled out everything in my crochet library that might have an edging and started looking.

I think I've figured out what I'm going to do and I'm pretty sure I'm actually going to use two different edgings: a simple one for the sleeve cuffs and hem and a more complex one for the neckline.  Edges take the most wear on any garment and cuffs and hems need to be sturdy.  The neckline should be fine with something a little more delicate and intricate.  Now that I have a plan, I can get back to work on it!

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rose Gold

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I've started getting darker on my Rose Gold brioche shawl!  I've completed the first two tones of each gradient and I'm on the third now (working from light to dark).  Both the pink (Canis Major gradient) and the gray (Beachcomber gradient) tones change at the same time.  I've just been tying my ends off on the edges and I'll weave them in later.  I do need to find out how to weave in ends nicely in brioche because I'm not sure what the best way to do that is.  I kind of just winged it on my Meandering shawl and counted on the fuzz from the Kid Silk Night to cover up any issues (and it did), but there will be a lot more ends on this project and there's no fuzz for cover.  I'm sure that between the brioche book and the Craftsy class, there are directions for weaving in ends.

Can I just say how much fun it is to work with these gradient yarns?  I love watching the colors get darker and the tiny little skeins are just adorable!  (Each skein in each gradient is 133 yards.)  I definitely want to do more with more gradients.  Actually, I kind of want to collect them all, just to look at and squeeze!  I don't really need them all, so I'm trying to show some restraint.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Progress

Jih 
I'm still working along on the body of my Jih pullover.  I actually got a good shot of the star in this photo.  If you look just above the front neckline, you can see a star in the center back neck.  It's very subtle, but it's such a fun detail to this sweater.  I kind of want to try a little bird on another one of these (yes, I'm planning on knitting more), but you could put all sorts of little designs in this space.

I am getting far enough that I will need to start thinking about how I'm going to do the edges of this project.  I still haven't completely decided, but in a few more inches (I haven't tried it on yet to check length) I'll need a plan.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I'm Back!

Saturday morning we woke up and the Internet was out.  I went for a run and left Mickael to deal with rebooting the router and sorting things out.  Unfortunately, it wasn't that simple.  Not only was our Internet out, but our landline phone and our cable TV - the entire FiOS system was out at our house.  Caleb said it went out about 1:30 AM (he was still up, playing online games with his friends), so at that point he went to bed.  Long story short, we just got everything fixed yesterday afternoon, but we're up and running now!
Rose Gold shawl
I did start a new brioche project over the weekend!  This is the beginning of Rose Gold.  I fell in love with this the first time I saw the pattern.  I'm knitting it with two 2-Ply Gradient Sets from Miss Babs - Canis Major (which seems to be sold out) and Beachcomber.  I love the look of the sample in the pattern, but I just cannot wear golden tones.  I think this will work out better for my coloring.
Rose Gold shawl
I'm still on the first mini skein of each gradient set (I'm starting with the lightest tones), but I've gotten far enough that I can see the shape it will be and I have a feel for the pattern.

Last Friday, KayT of the Comments asked about brioche knitting and if the Meandering Shawl I just finished would be a good place to start.  To answer her question, yes.  The Meandering Shawl was the first two color brioche I'd ever knit.  The first time I ever did brioche knitting at all was the WestKnits MKAL this past February or March.  The Meandering Shawl is also designed by Stephen West and his directions are excellent.  I had no problem figuring out what to do as long as I took it step by step and just followed the directions.  One thing about two color brioche - it takes a few rows before you can actually see what it's doing.  I do have Nancy Marchant's Knitting Brioche book and while I haven't read the whole thing through, I can tell that it has a lot of information.  I also have her Craftsy class Explorations in Brioche Knitting, which is very similar to the book, but you can see the stitches being made and I know some people prefer to learn through videos rather than books.  The Rose Gold pattern is written by Andrea Mowry and while there are some differences in her pattern from Stephen West's (which you would expect since they're different designers and all), her directions also seem to be great.  I hope this answers Kay's question, as well as helps anyone else who was wondering the same thing!

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