Sunday, August 22, 2010

Still kicking. And knitting.

Life goes on. Goldie eventually stops crying and searching for her lost lamb. We stop tearing up every time we look at the sheep pasture. We're counting on better luck next time. (I think we've earned it...)

In the meantime, Goldie's fleece is being spun, slowly but surely.And there's been knitting.
Maplewing has been temporarily supplanted.


I Niebled. I have committed Niebling. I blame Cookie.


In this picture, you can see my cheat. There's no chart, so as I complete each round, I mark it out with highlighter. I'd much prefer a chart, which makes it easier to read the lace, but that's not an option with this particular pattern.
And this is the third iteration of this project - I'm shooting for a shawl rather than a doily, and the first try was on needles that were too small. (I wanted a shawl that was bigger than 24", which is what my best geometric skills told me would be the diameter, extrapolating on the first 20 rounds.)
On the second try, I'd hit 24 rounds when I realized I'd dropped a stitch around row 11. (One of those k2togs that didn't meld properly...)
This is the third try, and I'm sure hoping it's the charm.

11 comments:

kmkat said...

Sending you charmed Niebling thoughts! Judging by what I read elsewhere, it seems likely that you may need them...

Cookie said...

There's no chart?! WTF?! FFS!

Good luck, sweetie. I hope it's big enough.

xo

Diane said...

A Niebling + no chart = a masochist.

Dorothy said...

Oh. My. Goodness. Without a chart. You are my hero.

laurie said...

Make your own chart! (Whew, still wouldn't quite tackle a Niebling.)

Joansie said...

I've yet to knit a Niebling but it's on my mind. Do you use a "lifeline" and if so, how many rows?

Becky said...

Um, Cookie almost committed hari kari with her needles while knitting a Niebling. Good luck! Let me know if I need to send you the good chocolate.

Bullwinkle said...

Those are just GorGeous. And so not happening in my world. (About the most I can handle is garter stitch.)

Good luck.

gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

I never sent my sympathy over the loss, I am so sorry. Those of us who fantasize about having a backyard of critters forget the sad parts!

Lanea said...

I'm so sorry about Kohl. Sigh.

catsmum said...

thanks for the author recommendation - I looked up Bujold on our library database and [ apart from all the books in the series you told me to skip ] they have Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls and Hallowed Hunt ... any good? where do you suggest I start ? As in are these a trilogy or from separate series ?
and I'm without words about Kohl.