Free At Last!

That’s my knitting bag. Empty.

I tell you, making a list of all the things that are weighing you down, then systematically forcing yourself to deal with each item can be very productive. In about a week I have gone from 8 works in progress down to 4!

  • Pattern: Spiderweb Capelet by Erin Weckerle from Stitch ‘n Bitch Nation
  • Yarn: Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Brushed Alpaca, about 1/2 skein
  • Needles: Size 15 US & a crochet hook
  • Mods: I did one extra repeat of the lace pattern before decreasing at the top.

My 2nd set of successful pom poms!

This was one of those patterns that took a fair amount of focus to work on. I’m used to knitting on much smaller needles; knitting with 15s felt like holding two broomsticks! I had to be careful not to drop them, or the stitches. I would highly recommend this pattern if you have some wispy laceweight or a fuzzy alpaca like this; it highlights the stitches beautifully and is feather light.

Before blocking:

I did a quick wet block on this by simply rinsing in out in my bathroom sink. Then I laid it out over a dry towel, folded the towel up and walked across it to absorb the excess water. My favorite blocking surface happens to be my yoga mat. It doesn’t absorb water, so it takes much less time for the items to dry.

I placed a pin about every 2 inches or so, being careful not to distort the stitches or the shape of the capelet.

This could be one of those whimsical knits that was fun to make but that I’ll never actually wear. But right now, as I fantasize about warmer weather, I imagine myself throwing it over a tank top to run out for the day…

Next time, more finished objects!