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Slice of Santa Fe

April 9, 2010

A Slice of Santa Fe

High on the list of “Best things about visit from Mom and Dad” is the requirement that the guest room become habitable.  This, in turn, means I get my “blocking bed” back.  Which means some long overdue Friday eye candy.

So I present a completed and blocked Citron.  I call it Slice of Santa Fe in honor of the Sundara Yarns Santa Fe collection that the Fingering Silky Merino in colorway Adobe comes from.

Some interesting blocking developments to report:  Though I knitted this at a gauge of 5.5 st/inch, after soaking in a warm bath and gently prodding into shape (Read: I did NOT block

A much-relaxed drape

this hard!) the gauge opened up to 4 st/inch.  This is good for the finished size – which is more like almost 3/4 of a circle than the designed shape of an actual 180-degree “slice.”  However, the same “opening up” also relaxed some of the texture in the ruched and ruffled

If you could only feel it!

parts of the shawl.

Important lesson learned: wash and block swatches before making a garment with this yarn, as I plan to do (per New Year’s resolution).  This could be a pleasant development or a disastrous one without a washed swatch.

As noted in previous posts, because of the uber-generous yardage of FSM, I was able to work an additional full repeat and complete ruffle, with about 5 yards of yarn to spare.  (Because of superstitiousness as to whether there would be enough yarn to pull this off, I did use some lifelines along the way.  Idiot-proofing is good.)  The resulting shape and drape really make this fit almost like a faroese shawl.  It’s been draped around my shoulders most of the time since it dried.

In summation: in all its simplicity, I found Citron to be eminently more fun than its viral cousin, Clapotis, and would make it again in a heartbeat.  The resulting shawl is not too large and shows off beautifully dyed yarn to its best advantage.

In case you are wondering, yes, that’s a sundial in my garden.  It is calibrated to our exact geographic location and keeps time wonderfully.

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Enough

February 17, 2010

Thanks to novenas to the Yarn Goddess and candles to St. Jude, here is an enlarged and completed Citron – with about 5 yards of yarn to spare!

Unblocked Citron

That’s right, the generous yardage of Sundara Fingering Silky Merino – billed as 500 yards, but always more – allowed for completion of a 6th pattern repeat and a complete ending ruffle.

About the pattern:  Just what the doctor ordered.  An unfussy knit that required no concentration.  Another shout-out here to Lilia who unselfishly shared the math to preserve the remaining sanity of one overtaxed Owl.

About the yarn:  Yummmmm! It feels wonderful and it hasn’t yet had a bath!  I do love semi-solids, and in this case, I’m delighted with the marriage of yarn and pattern.  The tonal color changes add depth to the pattern’s simplicity.

About gauge: I went up one needle size from the suggested 6 st/in for laceweight to account for the slightly heavier yarn while maintaining desired drape.  Actual gauge (pre-blocking) of about 5.5st/in.  It will undoubtedly open up a little more with blocking.  I also used a needle 2 sizes larger for the bind-off to keep the ruffle from drawing in.

My only caution regarding FSM is that if you are using lifelines, be sure to use a blunt-tipped needle.  The FSM can catch a needle in weird parts of the loops if you’re not using a really a fat tip.

Yes, I used a couple of lifelines – because I could.  I believe in idiot-proofing wherever possible.  Had I run out of yarn, no big deal.  I mean, it wasn’t in any way a tricky knit.  Word has it that a number of knitters have felt the project to be a little small.  I will follow the advice of Sprocket and block it a little harder along the straight edge to get more length.  With the extra pattern repeat, it’s more than a half-circle anyway, and the extra repeat will help preserve the ruffle in so doing.

Another Citron angle

The tricky part as it were, involves the time/inclination to clear out the guest room from our vacation bags to have room to block this.  Yes, I know we went away a bit ago, but they’re all summer clothes that need to be put away somewhere.

Wouldn’t you rather knit instead?

I thought so.

Conversing with the Yarn Goddess

February 8, 2010

As noted, Citron has been a most delicious and utterly mindless knit.  Love the yarn (Sundara FSM) too much to want it to end.  And so, when I reached the written end of the pattern, after five repeats of the ruching and stockinette, we moved on to what I must now call Extreme Process Knitting.

Use me! Every last inch!

See, there was just too much yarn left to simply knit the ruffle and be done.  And since I am working at a slightly different gauge from the pattern as written owing to slightly heavier yarn (light fingering vs. laceweight), I have no earthly idea whether I can pull this off.  Not to mention that although the original called for 1 sk of Malabrigo Laceweight, there’s no indication of how much yarn was actually used.

Thus, enter the lifeline and burning incense.  Lifeline inserted after Repeat Five.  I am now knitting an0ther 20-row repeat AND 11-row ruffle, hoping the yarn will hold out.  Mind you, “ruffle” is shorthand for “doubling the amount of stitches in the row.”  A special shout-out here to Lilia, who so kindly posted the math she already did to add repeats to the pattern.  It may not have been rocket science, but it’s one less thing to have to wrap the brain around.

Oh please, Yarn Goddess, I have been an obedient knitter.  I swatched!  Please let there be enough yarn to use it to its full and complete advantage!

This is a one-way conversation.

If there’s not enough yarn, well, I’ll just rip, rip, rip all the way back to the lifeline.  And have quite a bit of yarn left.  And then knit it again.  Which is, really, fine – I mean, it’s a very relaxing knit.

In the meantime, the length of the rows keeps growing.  And the cake of yarn is definitely shrinking.  And my monologue with the Yarn Goddess continues.

A slice

February 4, 2010

… in this case, a slice of time removed from the real world, to sit on a beach, swim in the pool with a delighted toddler, see a movie in a theatre, stroll brightly lit downtown streets, sip a T&T with a big, fat lime and actual bubbles in the tonic while the sun dips below the horizon.

It was wonderful.

The other slice is this: A Slice of Santa Fe, my name for Citron, from knitty.com’s winter issue.

Citron in progress

This pattern is the ultimate in vacation knitting.  Cast on, work stockinette back and forth, and let the yarn do the work.

In this case, the yarn is Sundara Fingering Silky Merino in the colorway Adobe from the Santa Fe Collection.  It’s a warm orange/tan semi-solid – exactly what the name says.  It’s my first time knitting with this yarn, and while it would initially appear to want to be somewhat splitty, it isn’t splitting at all while on the needles. (Addi Lace US 6, to be precise.  I had gauge with the 5, but wanted a more airy, draping fabric, so I opened it up just a bit.)  With no exertion, I’m nearly finished.

Just what the doctor ordered.  Along with that T&T.

Calling an audible

January 25, 2010

I know, I know.  I said I’d next be casting on for Citron or a wonderful Ysolda hat.  I lied.  Actually, a LYS sale made me lie.  I was diverted by Plymouth Yarns Royal Cashmere – the right gauge for Drifted Pearls and at 50% off.

In my household, we refer to this as “Calling an audible.”  It most often occurs in restaurants, where at the last second, someone changes what they thought they would order.  I’ve wanted to make one of these for Mom, and with the right yardage in this beautiful color, I had to get it OTN.

Yikes. Perhaps I’ve been knitting too much lace lately, but I tried to use the written instructions and messed myself up terribly.  Though I had gauge, I bumped down a couple of needle sizes because I didn’t like the way this was coming together. 

Drifted Pearls

Project details: Drifted Pearls in Plymouth Yarns Royal Cashmere.  2 sk.  Needles:  US 7 and and US5 Addi Lace.  The yarn wants to split, but the Addis and I won’t let it.  The first skein got me 14″ from cast-on edge.

A plea to designers from one who does plenty of document layout and publishing: If you are going to use a chart, and use funky symbols in said chart, please will you lay out your pattern so that the chart key and the chart are on the same page?

Owl Mods: print an extra copy of your pattern and cut it up so you can actually read chart and symbols on ONE PAGE.  I almost titled the project “Dratted Pearls.”

I have more yarn in a different color to make one for myself – if I still choose when I’m done – and I may make the pearled bottom deeper, as some have recommended.  We shall see when I have Mom’s more-petite version done to wrap around my less-statuesque neck.

By the time you read this, I will be trying to get through airport security with needles.  Thus, you won’t have anything to read for awhile.  This project will stay home.  Look for Citron pix when I come back.

Happy knitting – hope your place is a warm place, wherever you are.

Itchy fingers

January 8, 2010

With two recent FOs (still in need of photography) and two more projects nearing completion, the  itchy fingers are back.

I need to start something new.  It’s a practically primal urge.  Something fun and scrumptious.

I bought patterns the other day for some wonderful hats by the brilliant Ysolda TeagueRose Red, Snapdragon Tam and Ishbel beret.  I’m sure one of them will be forthcoming.  They make good travel knitting. Heaven knows, the yarn shop in the house stash offers plenty of possibilities and the patterns offer plenty of options to fit any hat that tickles my fancy.  There’s Sundara sock yarn, some yummy BFL, heaps of worsted and DK.

But right this second, I’m distracted by Citron from the new Knitty, done in this:

Sundara Fingering Silky Merino in Adobe

Sundara Fingering Silky Merino in the colorway Adobe from the recent Santa Fe Collection.  A one-skein project for a yarn I’ve been dying to put through its paces.

With all the snow and chilliness of late (and drafty office), every morning I grab something to wrap around my neck.  I might as well have something in my favorite colors with a little bit of ruffle — but not too girly.  It should also go wonderfully with my new (winter staple) car coat.

I hope to resist casting on until I’m finished with the current Darling Bebe sweater, Action.  Just working up the sleeves now.

Citron would be a terrific travel project, as there is a trip upcoming.  Perhaps it will become a race – does a hat beat this to the needles?

Which one is your money on?


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