Elektra off the needles and blocked

Somehow I managed to go five months without a post even though I actually have been knitting and have a few things to show off. I could resolve to do better, but you know how effective that’s been in the past… This July I finally cast off the Elektra I’ve been working on since October of 2012.

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This Romi Hill pattern is from her 7 Small Shawls Year One collection. I started it, like so many other projects, because it was part of a knit-a-long that I joined. The knit-a-long only lasted one month and when it was ended I didn’t really continue to give the project any attention. My finishing kick this year made me pull it out and finally get it off the needles.

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The pattern is beaded down each of the “spines” and around the lace motifs. I used cheap size 6 seed beads from Michaels. The match the yarn color I used very well so they blend in and just add a bit of sparkle. The yarn is Dream in Color Baby which is unfortunately discontinued. The yarn is 100% merino lace weight and has an interesting “crunch” in the texture. It’s still quite soft but also somehow a little rustic. The colorway is called Aqua Jet and has an overdyed kettle quality to it.

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I used the crochet method to attach my beads, and while it definitely makes the project go slower than normal but it was much more manageable than stringing hundreds of beads in advance. Like all of Romi’s patterns this one was very well written and easy to follow and I had no troubles with it at all. Now I just have to wait for fall scarf weather to reach us. We’re having a long summer here in Portland and even though it’s October its still reaching the 80s here on the regular. Soon enough.

Elektra

Remember how I mentioned how once the knit-a-longs are over, I tend to not focus on the projects so much, in favor of new exciting things… Meet exhibit B.

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This is what I have of Elektra by Romi Hill. It’s from her Year One collection of 7 Small Shawls. I really love her year one and year two. Year three is about half released so far and I’m not loving it so much, but I’m very glad to have the first two years.
It’s a generously sized beaded shawl. It’s written for fingering weight yarn, but I’m using Dream In Color Baby which is a heavy lace weight. I’m using the baby because it’s easier to get the beads on the slightly finer yarn. See the beads?
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This one is in deep storage for a while (which is a shame because it’s on my size 4 signature needles.) I just have quite a lot of projects that are more important than this one. I’m sure I’ll get back to it someday…

Ouch

Yesterday I fell… twice. It was pretty public and embarrassing. It probably also hurt, but at the time I didn’t notice any pain because I was too busy wishing the earth would swallow me whole. It didn’t and I had to stand up and go on with my life.

This morning though, the pain kicked in with a vengeance. I was woken up much too early by a throbbing leg. I consulted with my dad who is a life-time runner and coached track and cross country for many years (and therefore has experience every kind of leg injury known to man.) I described the falls (dear god why did there have to be two!) and he’s pretty certain that it’s a “high ankle sprain.” He tells me these are slower to heal that your run-of-the-mill ankle sprain. Joy.

Frustratingly, as with most minor muscle, ligament, tendon injuries the “treatment” is rest, ice, compression, and elevation (I think I was born knowing about RICE treatments… so common were they in our house growing up.) I don’t have an ace bandage (dad would be appalled) and I definitely don’t feel like limping out to get one, so today has been all about RIE.

The only upside has been the knitting. The LYS I work at has been featuring Calliope’s Odyssey as the September knit-a-long and I’ve been loving it!  After today I’m through 4 of the 9 repeats of chart B. After chart B comes the fun colorwork section.

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Of course unblocked and scrunched up on my needles it’s not looking like much, but I assure you it will be amazing once finished. The yarn I’m using is a 50% merino 50% tencel blend called Agleam by Sincere Sheep  and I’m loving how crisp and shiny my stitches look.
No laughing if you see me hobbling around in the next few days.