The shawl is maturing into a wonderful teenager, everyone! Here is a progress pic:
I'm almost done on the last repeat. The pattern says to knit till there are 195 stitches on the needles, but I haven't been counting stitches. I'm just trying to get rid of yarn so that I can make more room for new yarn. You guys seen my stash.
Because I like to plan ahead, I decided to read further along in the pattern to prepare myself for what was next. I found out that the pattern wanted me to create a scalloped edge on the border of the entire shawl. That's when I started to panic because it did not explain exactly how to do this. I fiddled around the web for a moment and found only this page to be somewhat useful. However, if you are an expert in lace, please let me know how I would attach a scallopped edge to my shawl. I would love to finish this piece before the month ends. It's not that I have a deadline in terms of wearing it somewhere or giving it as a gift. I just can't wait to block this thing to see how it comes out!
On Sunday as I was listening to podcasts and working on the shawl, I was sitting in front of my stash and glanced over at these skeins of yarn:
I immediately got the inspiration to knit this bag out of it:
It is from Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick. I've wanted to make this bag for a long time now. In fact, when I bought the skeins pictures above, I knew they were going to be felted (which reminds me of a story about what happens when a knitter picks the wrong yarn for certain projects I have to tell you guys later).
The pattern calls for 4 colors but I'm only using 3: 2 for the main design and possibly 1 for the accent color on the crosses (you see the little light flecks of color on the crosses?). According to the introduction to the pattern, the fourth color was similiar to another background color which made a slight stripey affect that made the yarn look hand dyed when felted. That sounds cool but when a knitter's on a budget, you can't afford a stripey affect that even the picture in the book can not detect.
Del asked me in the comments of last post what the stitch pattern was for the yellow scarf. Just to let you know it's a seed stitch. Usually I do not like seed stitch because to me it's really plain but requires alot more than stockinette. For example, if I do stockinette in the round, I don't even have to think. I could knit and watch tv for hours and before I know it, I'm ready to turn the heel of a sock. Seed stitch, however, you got to make sure that you start with a purl if you did a knit on the last stitch of the last row. It is for this reason that my rule of having an even number of stitches when making a scarf go out the window. For this scarf in particular, I casted on 13 stitches. Then I knited 1, purled 1 to the end, then I turned the work around and did the same thing the entire scarf till I ran out of yarn. Very easy, very simple, but the results are very Banana Republic.
My plans for today vary. I got some errands to run, knitting to do, and a mock interview to go to so that I can test out my interviewing skills. I don't plan on doing perfect the first time and hearing some constructive criticism right now would be great. That is because, quite frankly, that's one of the best ways to improve.