Thursday, November 06, 2008

Shetland Triangle

I wanted to get a photo of me wearing this before I blogged about it. But it's been done since August and that hasn't happened yet. I've worn it. But never remember to get out the camera.

Shetland Triangle Shawl

Shetland Triangle Shawl

I finished this Shetland Triangle (pattern in Wrap Style) July 5, just before Henry was born. I blocked it in August with my new Knit Picks lace blockers (awesome!). I love this shawl. It is so pretty. The yarn is Handmaiden Sea Silk, one jumbo skein that Larissa bought for my b-day in 2007. Normally the skeins are about 400 meters (437 yards) but mine was 600 meters (about 650 yards). There was some mixup somewhere and Handmaiden ended up with bigger skeins for a limited time. Lucky for me b/c this allowed me to do 13 repeats of the pattern to make it a nice sized shawl.

This was meant to be a nursing shawl. But the first time Henry spit up, I realized that sea silk plus baby is a bad idea.

Baby Yoda

I meant to post this before Halloween ... but Henry got sick and we were traveling to Wisconsin for a wedding.

So this is late.

I saw the patterns for a baby Yoda hat and sweater on Ravelry last spring and had to knit it for Henry's first Halloween. It was a surprise for G who loves Star Wars. He's not quite so dorky that he dresses up in costume to attend the movie premiers (nothing wrong with that. But have you seen the Triumph the Insult Comic Dog bit where he goes to a Star Wars premier? Funny, funny stuff). But he's is dorky enough that on our first date, which was six months before the final Star Wars movie came out, he spent a good amount of time outline his predictions for the movie.

So where was I? Saw the patterns, went to Cloverhill in June (last yarn store visit before H was born) and picked up some Plymouth Galway for the hat and Mission Falls superwash wool for the sweater. I knit them in Aug. and Sept. during my break.

This one we call "Yoda Strong With Force."

Yoda Strong with Force

Here's "Yoda Smiling."

Yoda smiling

And finally, "Yoda, Adorable"

Yoda adorable

As you can see the hat is floppy. And it felted both a bit too big (around) and too small (too short). I didn't soak the ears in a glue/water mixture that the pattern suggests to stiffen them. No time. But I probably would next time.

The sweater is great. I didn't get to the icord ties. Probably won't since he'll outgrow this in about two minutes. But it's been serving as a nice fall jacket/sweater for him.

I did other knitting and blocking on my leave! I'll show that ... sometime.