Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Shall We Swatch?

I have fallen in love with knitting lace swatches.

And I am just beginning my collection. 
Here are two:

The photo above is a swatch knitted with
Rowan Kidsilk Haze yarn
(of course),
US 7 Chiaogoo needles
(of course),
using a purchased pattern named “Orchid”.

And this is the beginning of a traditional lace pattern 
called “Horseshoe”.  

And here it is finished:

Book author and writer of the online Knitter’s Review,
 Clara Parkes, says that she has been knitting swatches
daily for years. Just because.

You see, most knitters knit a swatch
 (a small sample of their pattern),
 as a test of how their yarn knits up with their chosen needles.

This is so they can measure its “gauge”,
how many stitches per inch they get,
to ensure the knitted item fits.

It is usually viewed as a necessary evil, a drag,
and is a very often skipped step.

But I don’t knit things that have to fit. 
(Isn’t that an unexpected blessing?)  J !! 

I knit lace scarves and shawls. 
And I love trying out new lace stitches. 

So I don’t knit swatches to get gauge. 
I like to knit up samples of different lace patterns
to see how they look before I commit to a whole scarf or shawl. 

I like to knit swatches when I just want to try out a pattern a little
and see if I like or enjoy knitting it.

...Take it out for a little test drive.  (!!)

It’s also just plain fun!!  J

And I have decided to knit them
using my beloved Rowan Kidsilk Haze yarn.

That way my knitted swatch will show me exactly
how a pattern will look when using this yarn and those needles.

Plus, there’s no long-term commitment or expense
 like you would have with a blanket, shawl, or even a scarf. 

To me, these little handkerchief-sized swatches are probably
the closest one can get to instant gratification
in the lace-knitting world.

I think I would love to knit several
in all sorts of different hues of pink and grey and violet.

To quote an artist friend of mine: 
“Never say purple to a color theorist.  It’s violet.” 

And there are so many gorgeous colors to choose from,
how could you go wrong??

Lucky Dog

Friday, September 5, 2014

Round 2.



The transformation is complete.

<insert happy sigh here>

Lucky Dog

Friday Funny


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My Knitting Buddy

Knitting with my sweet little dog by my side...

This is truly one of life's best simple pleasures.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Beyond Blessed



We're in hog heaven
with our new stainless steel appliances!

I've been planning on getting them for 7 years now
and just waiting for one of our old appliances to die..

But this summer Mr. Man said,
let's just get them now
and enjoy them that much longer.

Isn't he the best?!

And so we are.

I thought I was just getting a color change,
but we got several new bells and whistles
which I didn't anticipate.

Like a dishwasher that is so quiet
that we don't even know it's on!

Beyond blessed, I tell you.

Lucky Dog

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Laceweight Circular Swatch

Well, I did it! 

I tried the Pi Shawl pattern
with laceweight yarn.

Isn’t it yummy?
It’s only about 6 inches across.

I must admit,
it was a bit fiddly on the DPNs,

but... look at the results.

Now I need a new laceweight project.

Lucky Dog

Friday, August 8, 2014


Today I've been a little LE
and I haven't really felt like myself all day.

Thank heavens I have
a knitting buddy by my side.

TGIF anyway!!

Lucky Dog

(LE=low energy)