Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Graceful Pullover

I often think of how blessed our family is.  We are pretty much all healthy and are working and are happy, most days.  It would seem all around us there is sickness, and troubles, and death too soon.  So, every night as I lay in bed, I think about how blessed we as a family are.

So, when a knitter asked me if I would blog about a pattern that was designed and to be used as a fundraiser for another knitter who lost her husband and a much too young age, I could not resist.  The goal is to sell 1000 of the Graceful Pullover pattern by the end of November.

Is this not a cute pattern for young teens?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

All I Needed Was Some Blocking

I finally got around to blocking a couple of things on Sunday.

The Water's Edge Shawl is finally finished and ready for some wearing.  It is knit out of Berroco Folio which is alpaca and rayon.  I love the feel of it, even though it was a bit slippery to knit with.  I was a bit iffy of it when first off the needles as it was a bit of a mess. And even more, when after blocking, I was a bit skeptical.  But, I used my blocking wires up the spine and across the top of it, and am really pleased with the final product.

While blocking on Sunday, I thought I could block my Gibson by Norah Gaughan at the same time.  I miscalculated the space on the table, so it was a bit squeezed in, so I re-positioned it out last night after pulling the Water's Edge off the table.

Gibson was knit out of Kodiak and has been waiting since March to be blocked.  At the time, I figured I wouldn't be wearing it until this Winter so there was no big rush to complete the blocking.  I, also was thinking I might have to rip the bottom bind off out and add a bit more to the length, but this one too, behaved a bit better after blocking and I think it is going to be just fine as is.

Normally, Kodiak would be just a bit fluffier than I would buy for a sweater, but I couldn't resist the softness of the yarn when I bought it last Fall.  Little did I know how much it would shed, so this is definitely not going to be a sweater to be worn over a white top!

I have two more projects in my blocking basket, one needs to sewn together and then finished the rest of the way.

The other is going to require blocking wires too, maybe I'll tackle it next Sunday.

For now, I am pretty pleased that I am down two in my blocking basket!