Mission: Photograph “Regrowth”

“Regrowth” the behemoth shawl is done! I think it is the largest thing I have ever knitted.

I began it back in April.  I knitted it through 6 seasons of “How I Met Your Mother”, a couple of seasons of “Justified”, couple of seasons of “Hell on Wheels”, couple of seasons of “Longmire”, a season of “Homeland”, and then just lots more evening knitting.  I took some breaks from it to make some baby things and a couple of other projects, but they were mostly pretty quick, and then I was back to this shawl.

It’s beautiful.  Our mission today was to try to figure out how the heck to get a photograph that might somewhat do it justice.  I made it for a friend and will be sending it to her soon, so I wanted to get lots of pictures before I sent it off.  We are going to miss it around here!

David and Davey tried to hold it up for me so that the beautiful patterns could be seen.

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David had fun with this.

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I tried draping it gracefully over a chair.

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Then we decided to go walk over to have some frozen yogurt and to look for possible photo op places on the way.

We tried some steps behind city hall (this was to give Davey some added height by getting up the steps).

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Then we just enjoyed our walk because it is just so darn pretty out today!

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Lot of pretty colors in town.

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We decided to walk around campus to see what we could figure out for picture possibilities.

There’s lots of concrete around, so we found a clean spot, swept the leaves off and tried again.

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We decided that we needed a little more angle on the picture.

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Davey may have been getting a little weary of the pictures at this point.

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We took one final picture of the shadows cast by the shawl.  We thought this was pretty cool!

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This is really a nicely written pattern which was actually a combination of several different motifs that the designer liked.  I had a lot of fun knitting it.  I never grew weary of it except maybe when I had about 1700 stitches of purling to make my way across the row!  I’d love to make this again though sometime!

Knitting Baby Sweaters

I’ve not blogged about knitting in awhile.  I’ve not been knitting a ton since we moved, but I have been working on my Regrowth Shawl.  Holy mackerel, it’s growing.  I am approaching the last two charts, one of which is the edging chart. I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I’m not completely sure though that I am going to have enough yarn either, but I can order some more if need be.  At this point, each row takes me almost an hour to knit.  It’s getting pretty enormous.

I finished my baby sweaters before we left home.  The Little Ancolie was the one I had so much trouble with, but I did learn a ton from knitting it.  I ended up making short i-cords for the button loops, and I liked that a lot.

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After I finished this one and declared it a “semi-disaster”, I had to make another one for my sister-in-law’s friend’s daughter.  I found another pattern that I liked called “Granny’s Favourite”.    I knit it with a more practical washable yarn too.  It’s a cotton/acrylic blend from Kraemer.

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The little lace pattern at the top and on the sleeves was easy to follow.  Everything about this pattern went as smoothly as the other sweater went unsmoothly.  My only problem with this sweater was that I first knit a long sleeve.  There is lace at the wrist, and I thought it looked too bulky and long for a sweater for an 18 month to 2 year old.  So I ripped it back and made a 3/4 length sleeve.  I liked this much better.

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I took pictures of this while it was still on the towel I used for blocking.  I meant to get some better ones, but my brain was in pre-move addled mode at that point!

Both of these patterns are good ones.  The first one is more difficult in that you have to be really careful when you pick up the stitches for the edging or you will have a side that is longer than the other.   I’d like to knit this second sweater again sometime, although it’s like reading a book for the second time – there is no time to do this because there are so many great patterns to knit and books to read!