Wednesday, 1 December 2010
kouyou shawl done
I see a cooler summer than usual has been forecast. I won't be sorry to avoid the 40+° temperatures we've occasionally had over the last couple of years. However, while fires may not be bad this year with lots of dampness, next year may not be good with the growth from this year providing fuel for a bushfire.
Silly little Sweetpea was shut outside yesterday when it was fine and stayed out when it started to rain. She was sopping wet when DIL remembered and let her in. What was annoying was that she could have been under shelter in the little airlock system we have. She could have come in the open back door and sat by her feed bowl, well out of the rain, if not in the actual house. Neither she nor DIL was very happy about things. When I opened the door this morning, she took one look out and ran up the stairs. She'll just have to use her tray if needed.
Kouyou shawl. It's done on 5 mm needles with Bendigo 8 ply Classic in Maize. I bought two of their big balls and almost got away with one. The last five rows of the shawl came from the second ball. It was an easy knit, but I needed to concentrate to keep my stitch count right. I didn't use markers between repeats as there were times when there were decreases at the end of the repeat and markers needed shifting each time. Instead, I counted. Accurately most of the time. I would count on the back row to make sure count was correct. That way I was warned if I needed to check progress and perhaps pick up a yarnover if I'd left one out.
The pattern uses four types of decreases and I also watched that I used the right one. There were knit 2 together, slip one knit one, pass the slipped stitch over. Also used was slip one, knit 2 together and psso and the final was slip2 as if to knit together, knit 1 and pass the two slipped stitches over. The correct one to use at any time was fairly obvious. These different decreases are what give the pattern the texture and direction which attracted me to it in the beginning.
It's just become darker. Heavier rain on teh way I think. I'm supposed to be going out shortly but may not go. Today's forecast is for "Rain, heavy at times and thunderstorms." A good day to be inside.