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Laminaria and Vest

August 18, 2008 2 comments

Yesterday, I gave first anniversary presents to a wonderful couple.

Laminaria for the Bride
(My mom. Isn’t she beautiful?)

Pattern: Laminaria
Yarn: Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud “Tidepool” colorway
Needles: Knitpicks Options US5 32″

This was easily the most complex shawl I’ve knitted to date, with two different pattern repeats and two different edgings. This made it an enjoyable knit – just as I was getting bored with one set of repeats, it moved to another. The only really annoying thing about it was that I had to keep moving the stitch markers back and forth, but even that got into a rhythm of sorts.

It’s my mother’s favorite color, and I know she’ll be using it – restaurants are always too cold for her.


Perfect size.

Thumbnails of preblocking, blocking and stitch detail:
unblocked(Scale Whale is about ten inches long. There for size.)

blocking
The shawl curves, which is why the blocking looks odd.

detail

Vest for the Groom
This handsome fellow is my stepdad.

Lenny

Pattern: Vest from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patternsby Ann Block
Yarn: Knitpicks Swish Bulky in Squirrel Heather and Marlin
Needles: Knitpicks Harmony US9 and US10.

It’s my first sweater vest, it’s my first v-neck and it’s my first time using bulky yarn and large needles. It felt like I was knitting rope with tree trunks and was just as much fun. I’m sticking to finer gauges from now on. I do think this would have looked better in a worsted gauge.

On the other hand, it’s also my first proper mattress stitch, and I matched the stripes (my design) on each side. It’s also a bit big and short, which I’m putting down to the fact that I had to guess at his size. But the colors look good on him, it’ll be warm under a light jacket and he seemed happy.

The other problem was that I couldn’t knit for the Nine Days before Tisha b’Av. I ended up weaving in the ends, and there were a lot of ends, during Michael Phelps’ final race. *sigh*

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