Two Finished Objects

It’s sunny, which is unusual for a Bank Holiday weekend. The mercury is hitting 15°C, about as good as it gets in these parts at this time of year. I’ve been hacking things back in the garden, the last proper chance to do so before plants start running rampant and the undergrowth gets too dense to see what’s going on. You can probably guess from this that my garden is not a neatly manicured one, more of a jungle. During the summer I wage a constant battle to try and maintain some semblance of control.

Ginkgo Crescent – finished

Ginkgo Crescent scarfThe additional free time this Easter has enabled me to get a couple of knitting projects finished. I’m delighted with the way my lacy shawlette/scarf has turned out, which was based on the Ginkgo Crescent pattern.

The finished fabric has quite a firm, crisp handle which means it holds its shape and the leafy tips that I blocked into points are staying well defined.

It’s definitely more of a scarf than a shawlette, but that’s fine with me.  It will jazz up a few of my T-shirts this summer.Ginkgo Crescent scarf

Daisies for a baby

Baby's matinee jacketThe other “finished object” from this weekend is a baby’s matinee jacket. Again, I modified the pattern substantially, dispensing with the sewn-on collar completely and changing the sewn-on front bands to picked-up ones knitted sideways.

The stitch pattern is also different. I worked a daisy stitch, which takes up 5 stitches, as follows:

Daisy stitchRow 1 (RS): K1, K into st 3 rows below 2nd st on needle, K2, K into same st 3 rows below, K2, K into same st 3 rows below.

Row 2 (WS): P2tog (long loop and the next st), P1, P2tog (long loop and the next st), P1, P2tog (long loop and the next st).

I spaced the “daisies” 5 sts apart, putting them into every 6th row, but staggered.

I’m not a fan of 100% acrylic yarn, but new parents don’t have the time to handwash baby clothes so I prioritised chuck-it-in-the-machine washability over beauty.

Cast on for Color Affection

Colour affection planFinishing these two projects has left a yarny hole in my life. I filled it by casting on for Color Affection, a striped shawl that I will knit in three shades of blue. I want to use some of the palest shade for a single stripe in a cardigan that is next in my knitting queue.  The second colour (C1) that is used in Color Affection seems to be the one that takes the least yarn so that reduced the six possible colour combinations down to two. I think it will look best with the darkest shade as the border (C2), so my starting colour (MC) is medium blue and the shawl should look something like the sketch above.

The pattern uses UK size 8 needles (4mm) for the 4-ply (fingering) version. This seems large – 4-ply is normally knitted on size 10s (3.25mm). I’ve only done a few rows but it is looking very “open” and I expect I’ll end up going down a size or two. I don’t mind if it comes out small.

I’m following the advice of many Ravellers who have knitted this shawl to work a yarnover along each edge that is then dropped in the following row. This should allow it to be blocked into the desired segment shape. If it’s necessary to include yarnovers when knitting Color Affection with wool, it must be doubly necessary when using inelastic cotton yarn. Ravelry is so useful for this kind of thing. It would be soul-destroying to get to the end of the shawl and then discover that the edge is too tight to get it to block to the right shape, or even lay flat.

I’ve somehow managed to get ahead of myself on my electronics course this week. I’d like to think it’s because everything I learned as a student is coming back to me, but I fear that it’s just that this week’s topic (diodes) is much more straightforward than last week’s (op-amps). Long may it last, anyway.

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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