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Thursday Quick Takes

Filed under: Knitting,Movies,Rats!,Spinning — folkcat at 1:42 pm on Thursday, July 10, 2008

Hope you’re all having a great week! I’ve been keeping busy here in New Hampshire.

Illegal firecrackers going off mere yards from our home are an annual problem here every Fourth of July. So many of the neighbors are the type who just don’t care, and the houses are so close together.

Gryphon and I decided to avoid the issue altogether this year. We went to the movies.

A little dark, but that’s what it really looked like at that moment. We visited the Milford Drive-in (celebrating 50 years in business), and saw Wall-E.

You are hereby ordered, if you haven’t seen it already, to go. Immediately. As quick as you can manage, at least. It’s that good. I’m not saying anything more, it’s worth seeing with as little knowledge of the story as possible.

Not for the Faint of Heart

I finished my shawl last Thursday. Attached the border and everything, except for blocking and weaving in ends. This is what it looked like Friday afternoon.

Ametrine Shawl - finished?

Here’s what it looks like today.

I know, I know – some of you just gasped, others felt a little faint. Fact is, I examined the results carefully and decided they weren’t good enough, darn it. My gauge had lied and come out smaller, the whole shawl wouldn’t block as large as I wanted, and I absolutely didn’t like the way the border fit around the corner of the shawl (the pattern is designed with no extra ease there, so it cups).

So, yes, I frogged a very nearly complete object. It’s the right thing to do if you know you won’t be happy with the end result. And honestly? I love knitting entrelac so much that I’m kinda secretly thrilled that I get to do it again!

I’ve cast on for a base of 27 triangles instead of the 25 called for in the patten. I’m working with a needle a size larger than before, and so far it’s giving the correct gauge. I’ll re-calculate the border when I get to it, and I’ll include a little extra so it can be properly eased around the point.

I was calling this my Ametrine Shawl, for the combination of purple with yellows and oranges. I think now I’ll call it my Ametrine Phoenix Shawl, for being born, returned to its source material, and reborn better than before.


Progresses fairly rapidly.

I’m managing up to an hour at a time now, and it’s coming along well. This is around half of the fiber spun. I can’t wait to ply this (it’ll be my first chain-plying) and see how it comes out. The singles are very thin, I’m guessing I’ll get fingering weight or maybe a little thinner when I triple-ply it.

Reluctant Model

Here’s what happens when I try too hard to get a picture of the Ratties for you:

Nose of a sleepy Leonardo

Leo gets pissed at me for disturbing his sleep.

Sorry…I tried!


Comment by christina

July 10, 2008 @ 6:45 pm

Oh my! I nearly passed out! Poor shawl! I applaud your bravery to frog the whole thing.

Comment by Carol

July 10, 2008 @ 10:49 pm

brave woman. I hate it when I decide to do somethingike that. I am debating doingit to the laceehst sock. The lace around hte ankles is a bit wonky. While I don’t want to “lose” the work,the lace is so pretty when it’s right, it seems a shame not to fix it. Does that make sense? Anywhooo, it is marinating while I contemplate….

Comment by Laughingrat

August 22, 2008 @ 1:56 pm

Gosh, your spinning is beautiful! I didn’t remember you doing that, I must be really behind on things.

Comment by Angela Lee

August 1, 2009 @ 6:27 am

I so love your entralac work. It is very pretty. You are so skilled in your crafts.

Angela Lee

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