I finished a pair of socks that have been on the needles for over six months! This is not an unusual situation for me. I always have a pair of socks on the needles that are for me. I like knitting socks. I wear hand knit socks, exclusively. Since I am obsessive about always having a knitting project in my bag, no matter where I go, having a sock on the needles is pretty much a lifestyle requirement.
Sock knitting conquered, I pulled out the ball of Reticule (Mrs. Crosby) and spent a day knitting the design-as-one-goes pi shawl. I finished the third segment (48 rows). Worked the next increase row and then contemplated a new design element for the next segment (96 rows). I wanted to add a lace element to my band of traveling stitches swirling about the shawl. I leafed through the Treasury of Knitting Patterns (volume one, by Barbara Walker) looking for inspiration. I knew I wanted a very open lace pattern. I also wanted the stitch pattern to be easily converted to knitting in the round (the majority of stitch patterns are written to be worked flat) and easy to remember. I had used a faggoting stitch when knitting a market bag several years ago but wanted something a bit more interesting. After swatching a few contenders, I decided to use the Vandyke faggoting stitch. It is a multiple of three stitches, allowing me to insert the lace as stitches open behind the traveling band. The fabric under the traveling band will stay in stockinette. I also decided to change my needle size from 2.75mm to 3.00mm. The slightly larger needle size should add to the openness of the fabric.
The fronts of the Rueben are progressing. I am still a few rows (truthfully, two inches) from beginning the shoulder shaping on the fronts. As I am knitting both fronts at the same time, doing the shaping simultaneously should keep me focused.
The baby socks are finished. Today I am determined to wrap them up and drop them in the mail. If I wait much longer the baby socks won’t fit the baby for very long! One can not procrastinate with knitting for babies.
YarnStory has a few new yarns on the shelf that are simply too tempting. At my most virtuous I am not a monogamous knitter. While I am determined to finish Rueben, I could not resist Reticule, from Mrs. Crosby. Reticule is lovely two ply lace in 100% superwash merino. The skein is a generous 840 yards to 100 grams. The colors are all lovely….how could I resist?
I took my time winding Reticule into a ball. The yarn is soft to the touch. The color, Toucan, has bright moments of deep red and blue-green on a background of softer golds, greens, and blues. After considerable thought I decided to knit a pi shawl, using the recipe from The Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann. A pi shawl is the perfect knitting project for picking up and dropping while working on a bigger project. The recipe is simple, mathematical, easy to remember but can be endlessly changed by the addition of pattern stitches in the plain rounds. This pi shawl I want to use simple pattern stitches that will not detract from the wild colors. I think I will also change needle sizes, gradually increasing the needle size and the “laciness” of the shawl or not. A pi shawl allows one to change the details as one knits. As long as one follows the recipe, it will be a flat circle, all according to pi.