Cheater, cheater

Poor Ondine. Just one row to go and she gets set aside for something newer and shinier. Well, not exactly shinier, but a bit stripyer. (is that a word??)
A ball of Ella Rae Seasons fell into my stash last week, and I took it along to our family bbq yesterday because it is destined to become a cowl and it’s easy knitting while talking. Ondine has a fancy picot edge that I have to pay close attention to, so she’ll get finished up at home.
Here’s the cowl, nearly done already:

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I made up the pattern – cast on 168-ish (I only counted once, so it’s very likely off a stitch or two), knit in garter for a bit, then alternate 5 rows stockinette and 1 row purl until the yarn gets scarce, then garter for a bit more and bind off. Very precise. At my gauge, it should end up about 48″ in circumference, which will wrap twice around the neck of a person I have in mind just fine.

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Chaining forever

There’s just 1.5 rows left on the Ondine shawl, but it’s sloooooow. So many chain-6’s. The last row is a picot edge, and that’s not going to go very fast, either. But, only 1.5 rows to go!

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Socks & baseball

Tuesday night was a Stitch ‘n Pitch and the Ondine shawl is too large for stadium knitting, so I cast on a pair of simple socks. As it was, I had a difficult time keeping track of the toe increases and they are not exactly symmetrical… But they are just socks and not obviously wonky.

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The game wasn’t very good; our team wasn’t hitting very well, but my Girl and I had fun anyway.

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Dc, ch1

423 times. Hopefully, anyway; I haven’t actually counted to make sure my stitch count matches the pattern, but it feels like 423 stitches.

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I’m getting a ruffled edge and I don’t know how much it will block out – but the pattern gives a suggestion to make a ruffled edge so I’ll just pretend it’s on purpose. :)

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Seeing red

That Temperature Scarf has been on hold, but today I popped in a movie and made some progress. Why has it been holding?

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Because for the last 6-8 weeks Seattle has been unnaturally hot, and I couldn’t stand having six feet of wool scarf on my lap. But, today it’s a much more reasonable high 60s, so I’m talking advantage of the break to get caught up. The pic above shows the scarf through June 27; I’ll do a bit more before calling it a day.

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Hook meets needle

I knit, and I crochet – but it’s not often I get to combine the two in one project. That was one of the appealing features on the Ondine shawl: it has a crocheted border. I am now at that border, crocheting the live edge off in order to work the final section. 

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The German way

My Ondine shawl is coming along great; there’s a section of short rows at each side that I’m working on, then it’s a crochet border and done. I am really liking the simplicity of the German short rows used in the pattern; so much easier than W&T, and makes a smooth fabric. 

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