Day 171

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All fixed!

The new triangle…

day 168 - corrected

Pieces 170 and 171.

Day 170-171

I am now up-to-date.

I gave in with the triangle and knit it separately. I cast on 31, and decreased one at the beginning of every right side row, knitting the last two stitches together to finish. I left a tail long enough to sew the triangle to the rest of the blanket.

It’s getting cumbersome to cart around now. I’ll try to remember to measure it tomorrow along the longest sides, and I really need to start sewing in the ends. There are more than 300 now.

We have music tonight! Because I am knitting while watching Marvel Avengers Assemble, here’s Soundgarden.

P.S. I’ve finally updated Day 169 with the photo of the updated plan. I had to email it to myself from my phone and it took 2 days to arrive for some reason…

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Day 154

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So I had the decrease ratio right for yesterdays triangle but I could not manage to pick up the stitches on the side connected to the trapezoids in any way that looked nice. To save my sanity and to move on, I sewed the angled side to the trapezoids. I think it works nicely.

Today’s rectangle was a cinch by comparison…

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Our son is with us this weekend so posta are likely to be only blanket updates. But today you get the Tenacious D track I mentioned the other day because it rocks.

Tenacious D – Tribute

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Today’s knitting is accompanied by Triple M radio in Sydney and their Almost Acoustic Sunday. Gotta love online radio streaming. I miss Triple M since coming to the UK.

Today, using the green version of the pink Austermann Step I used on Day 7, I tackled the triangle and I am pleased to report that the technique I used for the angled side of the trapezoid works for the triangle.

So, working left to right across the angled sides of the 2 trapezoids we’ve already made, pick up 15sts on Day 13’s shape +1sts between the 2 shapes +15sts from Day 14’s shape. You’ll have the standard 31sts on your needles.

Your decreases are made 1 stitch in from the edge on both ends of the right side row.

Row 1 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k25, k2tog, k1 – 29sts

Row 2 and all even numbered rows – k

Row3 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k23, k2tog, k1 – 27sts

Row 5 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k21, k2tog, k1 – 25sts

Row 7 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k19, k2tog, k1 – 23sts

Row 9 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k17, k2tog, k1 – 21sts

Row 11 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k15, k2tog, k1 – 19sts

Row 13 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k13, k2tog, k1 – 17sts

Row 15 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k11, k2tog, k1 – 15sts

Row 17 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k9, k2tog, k1 – 13sts

Row 19 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k7, k2tog, k1 – 11sts

Row 21 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k5, k2tog, k1 – 9sts

Row 23 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k3, k2tog, k1 – 7sts

Row 25 – k1, sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, k1 – 5sts

Row 27 – k1, sl2tog, k1, psso, k1 – 3sts

Row 29 – sl2tog, k1, psso – 1st. Break yarn and pull through your stitch.

There you go Stuart, a triangle! (I was asked for a triangle earlier this week).

day15In the photo, you can see that I have pinned the piece out. You can also see that between some of the pins, the fabric is bowed. in the final item this can be taken care of with blocking (more on that in a later post). But right now let me explain.

I’m knitting with the same weight yarn (4ply sock yarn) for each of these shapes, on the same size needles (3.25mm), using the same techniques, stitches and dimensions. do you remember that I said in an earlier post how just because several yarns say they are all 4ply, some are thicker than others?  That’s one part of it – because a thicker yarn fills the stitch space more fully. Another part is that whether the knitter is tense or relaxed effects how tightly they knit. A chilled out knitter is more likely to knit loosely than a knitter who is contemplating stabbing you with her needles despite the blood it will get on her yarn (and believe me, in that moment, the potential damage to the yarn is the only thing saving you :p). There are other factors involved but those are the two most likely to make a difference in this project.

Hey Charlotte, did you make your husband go into the loft today?

I didn’t actually, but he remembered and went without me nagging. He’s clever like that. So along with 7 or 8 other projects, I now have the project I’ve been  wanting to work on for a week. It’s a lace shawl made with yarn that’s about as thick as a couple of strands of sewing thread (for the curious, the yarn is JaggerSpun Zephyr – a wool-silk blend, lace weight yarn in the colour ‘Peacock’).

Anyway, the pattern is called ‘Aspen Grove‘ and has been designed by Miriam Felton to look like, well, like a grove of trees. I’m about half way down the tree trunks and haven’t had the focus to work on this for more than a year.

aspen grove

 

Lace work needs a lot of attention – counting stitches and working out if you’ve put the yarn overs and k2tog’s in the right place. Anyway, I haven’t been in the right fame of mind for that until now so I wanted to strike while the proverbial iron was hot.

Yes, it is entirely normal for me to be working on his many projects at he same time.