Wednesday, 6 July 2011

WIP Wednesdays: Start me up, we're halfway there...

....ooooh, living on a prayer! This post is brought to you by "Start Me Up/Livin' on A Prayer" by Glee Cast

First of all, drums please! Once I sat down to my Daybreak Shawl, it's gone quite quickly. Considering I've been "knitting" the first plain section from mid-May to end of June, the stripes took me less than a week!
 I have even broke my inner resistance and ordered blocking mats. Well, not the pro ones, just some baby ones. It's a totally different matter that the letters are CUT OUT, dammit, and I will have to glue them together somehow so that they don't fall out....
Never mind, I'm sure the cat will be pleased with the new space where she can plop her fluffy behind on.

I'm working on the border now and I'm very happy to have to purl just one row in 4, I thought all this purling will kill me!

The evil side of my Daybreak shawl
Yarn: Chroma Fingering in Pegasus & Palette in Cream

Now, the stripes were beautiful at the beginning, however, as they grow longer (purl, purl, purl...zzzz) the colour runs were not long enough to go through a whole row/two rows ideally.

Fortunately I had another skein of Chroma handy and a mad passion for spit-splicing (ohhh! magic!!) I took bits and pieces of the two skeins and put them together to make the colour go through at least one row at the time. This was an issue only with pale blue/turquoise, cream and pale pink sections.

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I'm usually a one-project person. True, I may have started a few projects, but I put them down until I finish with the current one. I very rarely knit two projects in one day or even in one week.
However, there's been rumour on Ravelry that this new thing called "startitis" is really cool and everybody's doing it! So I decided to give it a try and casted on for my Parfait Tunic.
See? I'm swatching!!

Yarn: Lanas Stop Extra Merino (the one I bought in Valencia)
The yarn is so so yummy and squishy, I love it! The project goes really fast, I now memorised the pattern repeat and since there's no shaping involved, it's a very quick and easy project. Certainly a welcome break from the Daybreak shawl above!

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On another note, I'm leaving my current workplace to explore pastures green & new. I wanted to knit something for my co-workers (even if they irritate me sometimes!) and there's only 10 of us.
I came up with the idea of knitting them little coasters - you see, we have this "tea rounds" when we all in turns make everybody else a drink.
This one is really cute, but husband says you can't really see what it pictures (a tea/coffee cup?) because people know don't knit will not go: Ooooh-it's-a-tea-cup-made-of-purl-bumps-against-stockinette-background!

So I tried to give it a little bit of contour but I'm not entirely happy with the result. If anyone has any idea for a super-quick projects that I could gift them, I would appreciate your suggestions!


That's all from me today (sorry it's a bit long!), to check out what everybody else is working on, head to Tami Amis blog here


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23 comments

  1. Love your daybreak, the stripes look beautiful (and I think it's worth the extra time spent splicing!)

    As a coworker gift - how about coffee/tea cup cosies?

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  2. You are so dedicated to spit splice. It looks great. I'm probably going to cast on another one quite soon, and I won't be that dedicated I assure you. However, I am going to be using two self striping skeins so it won't show as much, as least it didn't on the last Daybreak I made in this yarn.

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  3. Enjoy splicing!!! - wow I take my hat of to you. It is worth it though as the shawl looks fantastic. I love the yarn you have chosen for the tunic - gorgeous yummy colourway which works perfectly with that pattern x

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  4. The work you are putting into spit splicing all those ends is worth it it looks great.

    I love your other projects too

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  5. Oh, that shawl is looking fabulous! LOVE the colors of the stripes!

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  6. Wow - I agree, definitely worth the effort - those stripes are looking fantastic, and so are your other things!

    I also think cosies are a good idea, or maybe you could crochet some little coasters, as that would be quicker too :)

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  7. Those stripes are awesome, love the colors!!!

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  8. OMG I can't believe you are splicing the two yarns together ... I think I'd just run with it, LOL! Its amazing how those yarns look when coupled with a solid color. I commend you on splicing so your stripes are even!

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  9. Wow, you've been busy!!! Sorry about the blocking mats but it is kind of comical!! Love the colors on the tunic and your stripes are awesome!! The tea cup is adorable!!! I want one!

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  10. The striped shawl is very pretty, love all the bright colors. And the pink variegated yarn looks super soft and lovely, anxious to see both projects come along.

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  11. The shawl looks amazing - the little extra time really shows in the final result!

    As for a gift, I thought the coaster was cute and I knew it was a cup the moment I saw it :)

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  12. Loving the stripes they look awesome!

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  13. The shawl is fabulous and I assure you there's a tea cup in that coaster. It's very easy to see.

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  14. So many great projects! I love the stripes on your daybreak. All your work is definitely paying off.

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  15. The daybreak shawl is awesome!

    I didn't order pro blocking mats either. Mine are exercise mats from walmart, meant to put weight-lifting equipment on. XD

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  16. love your shawl, I guess getting to the next colour makes the knitting go faster. I like the coaster too.

    I use the kiddy playmats for blocking and the numbers stay in place so I wouldn't go to the trouble of gluing them

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  17. That has to be one of the best Daybreaks I have EVER seen. OH MY GOD. I must make this with chroma now! LOL

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  18. I love the colours you've picked for the shawl

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  19. I love your swatch for the Parfait Tunic!

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  20. Wow, your Daybreak is looking stunning! One of my Rav Groups is doing a West KAL and I'm tossing up between this and Clockwork. Seeing yours has me thinking again.

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  21. The shawl looks lovely!

    And good job on the swatching :)
    I have a wimple I've knit in that color and I love it!

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  22. I love your Daybreak shawl, the colours are just gorgeous. I can't believe that you are splicing the yarn to keep consistent colours, I would just let them come naturally, then say it's part of the charm of handmade! Very impressive.

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  23. I love your rainbow daybreak! It will definitely be worth all of the splicing and purling!

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