Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Another Forest Canopy

I've finished the greeny blue Forest Canopy now too. It's 15 repeats, and it grew from 45 inches by 24 to 75 inches wide by 36 inches deep. It's much heavier yarn than the first: it's sock yarn (Blue-Faced Leicester sock yarn from Fyberspates) but it must be for boot socks as it's about double knitting weight, and I used 6.5mm needles. I was trying to squeeze another pattern repeat out of the yarn, but I decided to rip it back and make longer pointy bits on the border instead, which I'm very happy with. I had a satisfactorily tiny bit left over.

Australian readers might be amused to see what I used to soak it: this is wonderful stuff, imported to the UK by Lakeland. I think I've got the need to knit a larger shawl out of my system for the moment and I'm willing to go down a needle size or two. Judith suggested the Swallowtail, which I have looked at in the past and thought, 'Oh I couldn't possibly knit that,' but now I'm beginning to wonder. It would suit that Schaefer Anne yarn, which I now seem to have wound into a ball. My new lace needles haven't arrived yet, so I am paused. I'm still intending to do Icarus, just having a dither about the yarn - can't decide whether to do fuzzy or plain.

A commenter in Germany has asked about knitting rips in a sweater. I think the method used in patterns is to make a stitch where you want the bottom of the rip to be, knit it in subsequent rows, and then when it's long enough, drop the stitch and rip it down - it won't rip further than the row where you made it in the first place. I didn't like the appearance of that in All Seasons Cotton, so I just knitted a column of purl stitches instead.

When she Was Knitting has done the Movie Meme. I'm still working on my list for this.

7 comments:

Knitting Linguist said...

Ooh! I love the colors of that shawl! It turned out very nicely -- isn't it amazing what different yarns will do to the same pattern? As an aside, I did my Icarus in Kidsilk Haze, and love it. It's incredibly light and airy and warm. But you've got to be willing to have a bit of fuzz to use that yarn...

NeedleDancer said...

I wonder what it's like to knit the same thing twice - at the same time! Except for knucks, and a sweater I designed and then upsized, I don't think I've knit the same thing a second time.
Perhaps I should consider a second "shower gasket"

Judith said...

I am sure that you can knit a Swallowtail, the nupps are not that bad! I found they were easier to do with a stretchy, firmer yarn such as Rowanspun 4 ply and fiddly with Kid silk haze but less noticable as you got less "bump" I also did one out of angora and that again was easy. I also always do the last 2 rows and cast off in a larger size needle which helps with the blocking. The end result is a very attractive shawl with an elegant border and end. You can see some on my Ravelry page. Judithknits

mrspilkington said...

Woo hoo! I know where to visit now! My goodness, that is some lovely knitting. I'm inspired.

jessie said...

That shawl is absolutely beautiful.

Spinningfishwife said...

Well there you go...I turn my back for a few days and you've been knitting like a demon. They are both LOVELY. Aren't you glad you took the plunge over the Forest Canopy pattern now?

I'm planning a sock yarn FC for holiday knitting.

Roobeedoo said...

You've knitted TWO lovely shawls in the space of two posts?! (I know I know)Thanks for your comment on my blog. I first saw S.C. in about 2002 so it is possible they were around in the late 90's. And yes, I had to crack and buy a copy of Knitting Nature - itching to get started on a project or two!