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Ranco Solid Swallowtail

23 May

It wasn’t that long ago when I swore I’ll never knit another shawlette again because they’re so small.

Well oops, I did it again. But not to worry! This time it’s totally different.

Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl

Yarn: 1 skein of Ranco Solid from Araucania (fingering weight, 100 g = 344 m)

Colorway: 128

Needles: 4 mm


This time the triangle shape of the shawl allows me to tie it wrapped twice around my neck – the upper edge is just wide and stretchy enough for that without it being uncomfortable. Also, the fingering weight yarn created a warm but open and airy fabric that just feels amazing. It also blocked out beautifully.

I’ve knitted this pattern before – actually I think the first ever lace shawl I knitted was this one. It was fun to see how much easier knitting lace has become for me in the last two years.

Hard to believe it’s been that long. I checked it on Ravelry, and it’s been two years almost to the day. That’s another reason I love Ravelry. There’s no way I could remember my old projects without it.

Ranco Solid is a semisolid yarn, and the different colors in it show up beautifully in the shawl (though not necessarily in a picture as small as this, clickety to make way bigger). I was happy the color changes were so subtle they didn’t obscure the pattern. I have more of this yarn in another colorway, and I want to knit a shawl for a wedding with it. Now I know my troubles won’t be in vain.


Round Bottom Bag

22 Feb

Lately I’ve been thinking I don’t have enough project bags.

Actually I’m not sure it’s even possible to have enough project bags.

Anyway, my projects need homes,  so when I got the hankering to do some quick sewing yesterday, a drawstring bag was a natural idea. I like the look of round bottom bags, and a quick google search yielded me this spiffy tutorial for making one.

I’m happy with the end result, especially with this drawstring method. It’s much easier to use and looks nicer than other types I’ve seen/used. However, if I were to make another bag like this, I’d make it a little bit bigger still. This one is big enough to hold maybe two 50 gram balls of yarn and a sock on needles, but a little bit of extra room wouldn’t hurt.

I ended up calculating my own measurements, even though I tried to use those provided in the pattern. The finished bag is 22 cm high and 44 cm in circumference at the bottom.

My first bottom circle was way too small, so I got to calculate the radius of a circle based on the circumference of the loop I had already sewn. While searching for my compass and drawing the circle I kept wondering if it’s a bit strange to be so happy to get the chance to do even a little bit of maths. (Answer: it’s not strange.)

I didn’t do the gathering stitch ruffle-thing which I suppose is meant to make it easier to sew a straight piece onto a round piece. I was trying to save time – which I then spent struggling to get the loop and circle to match.

After that it got interesting as both light bulbs in my lamp burned out at the same time. I finished sewing the last couple of seams wearing a forehead lamp.The bag is currently holding the beautiful skein of Ranco Solid from Araucania that boyfriend gave me for Christmas, and of which I’ve since then neglected to blog about.

Mmm, yarn… It wants to be something special, something that would preferably use up the whole 100 g.

I Can Cancan

26 Jan

I made myself proud and used some left over yarn for this pair of mitts. I have some real problems using left over yarn – not because for a lack of suitable patterns, but because I get bored with yarn oh so very easily. I also always buy way too much yarn for any given project. I’m hoping that trend is now ending so that I won’t end up with stash beyond life expectancy…

Pattern: CanCans

Yarn: Ranco Solid from Araucania

Colorway: 107

I needed a quick gift, so I made the short cuffed version of the pattern. The pattern was one of those great ones: everything fits together, there’s nothing missing and nothing extra.

Once I comprehended the instructions for the left twist, I vowed never to do crossed stitches in any other way again. (The pattern says  “Knit 2nd stitch through the back loop, leave on the left needle. Knit 1st stitch and slip both stitches off the left needle.” and I kept reading “K2tog through the back loop, …” and that didn’t work at all.) This way of crossing stitches was so simple, so fast, so much better than switching the positions of the stitches before knitting them.


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