Thursday, August 22, 2013

On the Needles - 8/23/2013

I finally fired up my courage and blocked Cloud Illusions!

I had never blocked a knitted project before, and I hit a roadblock when I realized that I might need blocking wires - which I didn't have.  A few knitting friends suggested that I could probably get away with not using them on this shawl if I was careful to not pull the neck out of shape too badly, so I decided to go ahead and try it.

This shawl turned out to be quite huge!!!  It is much larger after blocking than I thought it would be!  I used the directions for the extended body section because it seemed to be working up very small, but in hindsight, I'm thinking I could have stayed with that smaller size and been fine.  Look at how I had to add another piece of matting, and a small portion was still on the carpet.  One of these days I'll invest in another yoga mat to replace that piece of one LOL!!!  I think I cut that one up a couple of years ago to have pieces that I could kneel on in the flower beds.  It sure came in handy to have it!

Doesn't the lacework look pretty?  I can hardly believe I actually did that!!!  

I'm not sure I did everything correctly during the blocking process, even though I had a supervisor in the room with me.  Gypsy sniffed around a few minutes to see what in the world I was up to crawling around on the floor with wet stuff and pins, but I think she quickly decided that her bath was much more urgent and satisfying LOL!!!

Of course, I have to show you a few more views of the shawl....     =^..^=

...............on the love-seat in the living room - the light coming in the window washed out those gorgeous colors, but I like the way it shows off the expanse and delicacy of the lacework ....

It's so long, I can't even reach to each tip!!!

Overall, I would have to say that I'm happy with my first knitted shawl, and my first lacework project!

Next in line is to get busy on the Dreambird Shawl!  We start the KAL on August 25th!!!!

My current project to keep my needles busy until I can get back to Dreambird is a much smaller one....  

This is the Noro Bias Lace Scarf pattern (free on Ravelry!) using a Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn in a range of deep, rich fall colors.  I love the diagonal design to it!  I'm not really very fond of the yarn - it is not as soft as I would like and it curls up quite a lot off the skein.  But you all know I'm a COLOR girl, and those colors just sucked me in!!!

Be sure to go to Patchwork Times to see what others are creating On The Needles!

I know I haven't shared a lot of quilting items lately, but there's a very good reason for that.  I have been busy, busy, busy at the sewing machine, but I haven't been able to show you....

What am I sewing, you may want to know?  
Well..... come back on Monday to see!  
That's the day that I magically turn into a Hexie Queen!!!

I hope you've all been following the Hexie Queen blog hop so far!  Madame Samm and Cheerleader Debby Kratovil have put together a doozy of a blog hop for our entertainment!  And I have been simply amazed at the abundance of wonderfully creative hexie projects being shown!  Click HERE to find all the posts!

Hugs & Blessings!


  1. That shawl is gorgeous! Nice job. Love the fall colors, too.

  2. Beautiful work, Teresa!! Aren't you proud? : )

  3. How are your hexies coming along?!? We are on the same day!! I am soon ready to sew the binding!

  4. You've certainly piqued my curiosity!

    Your shawl is absolutely gorgeous!! I love it!

  5. Beautiful! I know you'll have a smile on your face every time you wear it!

  6. It's beautiful! Fabulous job, Teresa!

  7. The shawl is stunning!
    Love the yarn for the scarf. Isn't that a great project!

  8. Teresa your shawl came out so beautiful! Yes lace knitting does get larger after blocking, so at least it wasn't a sweater you knit, lol. I am working on a lace cardigan pattern right now and it seems like every few rows I end up having to rip it out because the count doesn't come out correctly. I feel like a doodle bug. 3 steps forward and 2 steps backward. The stitches are so easy to knit, but why is this happening? I must not be paying as close attention as I think I am? It's frustrating, but I know the end result will turn out gorgeous like your shawl. I am sure you must have ripped back a row here and there too? If not just lie to me and tell me you had to rip out a ton so I don't feel like such a dunce with my cardigan, lol.

  9. That shawl is LOVELY! Wow! How delicate looking. Great job!

  10. Your shawl is beautiful! I knitted my first lace shawl recently and was very surprised by how much it grew when I blocked it!

  11. Your first shawl? Fabulous work! You make me want to try that pattern; it's around here somewhere.


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