finished fabric

Oct 30th, 2010 knitting, swaps

See? I told you I was excited to finish and block this shawl! The real moment of truth is yet to come, when it’s dry and I get to feel how soft, drapey and luxurious the Sundara Silky Merino turns out. But stretching the fabric out to see the design in its entirety is always an exciting moment, too. It’s enough to tide me over…

and after

May 6th, 2010 knitting

Ahh, the magic of blocking. I could not be happier with Catenary’s transformation! All the weird lumpiness from the short rows is gone, showing just a gorgeously curved shawl shape and all the lace detail in the edging. The overall size grew a LOT– I forgot to measure but you can get a sense of the size since the towels are the same in both…

before blocking

May 5th, 2010 knitting

I finished a shawl project on Monday, and I am so excited to block it today, if the rain holds off long enough for me to do it on the porch. It’s going to be one of those dramatic transformations from its pre-blocked state to its final form, so I made sure to take the “before” pictures so you can appreciate the change with me….

shiatsu shocks

Apr 1st, 2010 knitting, work

While all the knitting-for-hire I’ve been doing recently is pretty bad for producing blog-able content, I really love the professional photoshoots I ultimately get to see upon their completion. Back in November I knitted the Shiatsu Socks from Knitted Socks East and West, to be featured in the latest Knit Picks catalog. Normally I think I do a pretty good job at photographing my knits,…

pearl’s paper

Oct 27th, 2009 dyeing, knitting, patterns

I don’t know about this. I’m normally a confident knitter, but I’ve always had a “thing” about making hats. I’ve never been totally pleased with any hat I’ve made, usually the fit is off, and sometimes everything is off. Since I generally take pride in my ability to handle challenging knitting projects, and most people count most hats among easy knitting projects, this is a…