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My Very First Lace Shawl is Complete!

So this was my first time blocking a lace shawl, or  a lace anything, or to be perfectly honest I have never used pins when blocking anything before. You could probably say that I have never actually blocked anything before. So here it is:

Looking at it now, I see all kinds of adjustments to the pins that I want to make. But I can’t, since I blocked it at my sister’s. I hope it turns out okay. Lace makes me nervous. Here is the shawl before blocking:

I made this for my sister and she is happy with it. I’m just happy to have finally made a lace shawl. I’ve been working on a bunch of new stuff, including a (much less lacy) lace shawl and a sweater for 海丰。

At long last, I’ll be talking about other projects soon

It’s done! The steek cutting went well, but Felted Tweed doesn’t steek as well as Lopi does. It’s too light and cobweb-y.

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I’m really happy about the way it turned out, and the pattern for the sweater is incredible. It’s an amazing pattern for a generic cardigan, I could make this sweater over and over again, just changing the yoke patt to make it different from the last.

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I’ve been knitting up a storm (for me, anyway), but I put the Sutton Hoo hat on the backburner because I found my husband’s missing hat from last year and my son doesn’t have a single knitted sweater that fits. I’m already nearly half-way through the Ryuu-ko sweater.

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Oh, and happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!

How to cut a steek. Or perhaps how not to cut a steek.

Cityscape: sleeves, yoke, collar, all done!! I thought I’d post some pictures showing how I plan to cut the steek. I’ve never had a problem with steeking, but all my experience with steeks involves lopi, which is a very sticky wool yarn. Felted Tweed is part merino, alpaca, and rayon, and the knit fabric is very light, so long story short I don’t want to cut the steek until after the buttonbands are complete.  The pictues below show the steek ready to be cut. I will cut the sweater along the orange yarn, gently pulling it out as I go. I sewed through the knit stitches on either side of the orange yarn, using yellow and blue. Once I cut the steek, I will sew the edges to the inside of the sweater, using sewing thread. Hopefully, I will have pictures of the completed cardie very soon!

cityscape yoke showing where steek is to be cut
Cityscape with steek ready to be cut