Monday, October 22, 2007

Double Done

Two posts in two days? Two FOs in two days? The former might have something to do with the latter.

The Rona Shaw is finished:



Vital Statistics:

Yarn: Blue and pink Atkinson Yarn Illusion Jacinthe (i.e. Unknown)

Source: "Boutique" aka Charity/Thrift Shop

Pattern: Rona Lace Shawl from Knitpicks

Needles: 3.25 circulars

Started: 8th September 2007

Finished: 17th October 2007

Diameter: 60 inches

Weight: 161g

This is a lovely pattern to knit.



The Rainbow Socks are also done:



I never had so much trouble with a pair of socks in my life. I had to use lifelines and I ripped several sections of both socks back. I don't really know what the problem was (apart from crass stupidity on my part). I did extensive research on short row techniques and I still wasn't satisfied with the outcome. Eventually, I settled on this technique. I found that passing the lifted wrap over the turning stitch made for a neater, less holey (tt) finish than any other method, as you can see from the short row heel:



Though I used the yarn she specifies, I think these socks would look better if the stripes were narrower so if (and that's a great big IF) I ever knit these socks again I'd probably use Regia mini ringel or something else with skinny (tt) stripes.

Many thanks to Mary-Lou for her correspondence on short rows, without which I'd probably never have finished the fearful things and certainly would have less hair than at present.

So now I'm in that post- finishing valley where I can't decide what to knit next. Yes, I know - there's the Kauni; the Japanese shawl; the Burda tablecloth; a sock for 'im indoors; the flu virus; Fulmar; the Mermaid; the Wedding Ring Shawl. All WIPs, all right here in my living room. But nothing's really shouting "Knit me, knit me"

What shall I do?

HELP!

Oh, nearly forgot. Back Field Saturday on a Monday, just for a change:

6 comments:

Heather said...

Beautiful! Both the shawl and the socks are lovely, well done for your perseverence.

allisonmariecat said...

Both beautiful FOs. How nice to have both finished, particularly the socks, which I know weren't fun. They look great, though, and the shawl is stunning.

Lovely back field! Our yard is looking very brown, due to drought and a watering ban :(

Knit - R - Done said...

Beyond lovely. Just exquisite.

Jane said...

You turn a lovely heel! Your Rhona Shawl is beautiful. I have the doily pattern for it in one of my Gloria Penning books but have not had time to knit it. I don't know what you should knit next as I have no idea what I will knit when I allow myself to start something new but whatever you choose I know it will be beautiful. Thank you for the great "eye candy".Such a treat!

Nautical Knitter said...

The Rona Shawl is just gorgeous!! You did a wonderful job.

littlelixie said...

Thud as jaw hits table. The shawl is fabulous!