Swatching and on hold

Morning, currently the Pi Shawl is on hold. I’m busy mocking up some swatches of the edging, and have made coasters with my failures.

Put it this was, a crocodile crochet stitch edging doesn’t work on a knit shawl. I didn’t know, and now I do. So, in the meantime, I’m stalking knitters and searching edging patterns that I can do in the round.

Since the next increase on the Pi Shawl is less than 18 rows away, and it’s the big one. I need to be ready for those edging rows. I’ve re-read some of Yarn Harlot’s posts about the shawls she knits for family. I’ve seen the pictures of how she does edging, and I am oh so tempted.

The good news is that I have plenty of red heart jumbo yarn, and swatches do make lovely dish cloths, or lacy rags to put under plants etc… I have use for the swatches beyond the knit.

I had planned to do a crochet edging, but I don’t like how it is turning out. I don’t like the difference for the edge of this particular shawl, and the change in thickness of the edge versus the thickness of the knitting.

I’m knitting this shawl in stockinette. I did this on purpose for warmth. However the edging, I want to be a pretty in addition to warm. The yarn yes, has the warmth, and I’m not worried about that. It’s the idea of doing the lace. I do have several stitch dictionaries…

Crap, my brain just jumped. Okay, I am thinking of a feather and fan edging for one part of it. I have 128 stitches of edging to play with. I can do a feather and fan repeat in there, and then another edge of stockinette in order to make it smoother.

Yes, I’m thinking during the write as I go through this blog post… It happens, if you don’t like it… oh well.

So a band of feather and fan or open shell stitch of 99 stitches would work. That would give me 29 stitches to play with for a final edging…

Maybe it is time to rocket through those last few rows before the increase row, then turn the work on its side, and do a nice edge in lace.

That’s all for now. Hugs, -L


Being a day walker

It’s almost 4 pm, and I just woke from a short nap. Duke and I had laid down for a few this afternoon to snuggle, and I woke in the middle of a raging nightmare.

My heart is still pounding. There isn’t enough coffee in the world right now, and there is no way I’m climbing back into that bed.

That said, this week I’m transitioning back to being a day walker. It’s like trying to get your neck to pop after being out of place for a few weeks. It’s going to take time.

On the recovery front, there is a meeting in 4 hours, on zoom. I’m going to be there. Especially since I woke from that dratted evil horse running me ragged in my dreams.

On the knitting front, I’m about 1/3 of the way through the current skein. And I have started doing youtube videos of my knitting. It’s nothing to look at right at the moment. However, I like the idea of it, and it keeps me on my needles.

That’s about it. Huge hugs, -L

Adam Savage is saving my knitting

Morning all, Have been working all night on the Pi Shawl, and am to the point where each row is about half an hour of my time. I have 12 more hours of knitting in this section, and then over 128 hours of knitting in the next. (This is based on my current knitting speed.)

The current section takes about 32 hours to work. It’s an idea that I found while watching Adam Savage’s tested over on youtube tonight while I was knitting. He is one heck of a philosopher, and part of his ask me anything or q and a segments he really throws out there a lot of information.

There are times in watching his videos that I want to take notes, and sometimes I actually do. This way, I can journal about them or focus on those ideas. He talks about simplifying the process, or what he can do to make them better. He also talks about slog work.

Slog work is the total of this shawl, to be honest. Yet, it’s also so important. I’m doing the entire shawl in stockinette stitch. The only break is when I change colors, or when I do an increase row. That’s it. It is plain jane simple knitting that is a total slog.

Yet getting bogged down in the work isn’t the drawback here. The main draw back I’m running into is pain. This type of knitting is very painful over the long term. I had to take a break this morning because the acetaminophen had completely run out of my system.

Yet, I was able to use that break to record 2 episodes of the step study, to get my knolling on the desk done, take the acetaminophen and naproxen sodium, and have 2 cigarettes. It’s a relative thing. Mr. Savage even talks about knolling quite a bit on these episodes, and how it relaxes him. I’m finding that the more I knit, the more I’m enjoying the process of knolling.

Seriously, google Knolling, or better yet, watch Tom Sachs videos on knolling. It is a game changer.

Hugs, that’s all for today. Take care, will be back again soon with another post. -L