aedifica: A pair of socks I knitted. (socks)
[personal profile] aedifica
Hi, all!

Last year I knitted the Argus Shawlette when we had that knit-along (speaking of which--that was fun, we should do it again!). I blocked it with points along the lower edges like in the pictures, but it lost its decorative points very quickly after blocking. Do you have any advice how to make it keep the decorative points? I suppose I could try starch, but I'm hoping not to need to.

It was my first time blocking lace, and I'm quite prepared to believe I did something wrong--but I can't see what it would have been! (I got the shawl thoroughly wet, gently squeezed out some of the water--though I realized later I could have taken out a lot more water--and pinned it into shape on a clean sheet on a bed, and left it til it was dry.)
laughingrat: Buster in a diving suit, from "The Navigator" (Goin to the Moon--Keaton)
[personal profile] laughingrat
Well, we've come to the end of a great knitalong. Thanks to everyone who participated! If you're still knitting, I hope you'll feel free to ask the [community profile] knitting community as a whole your questions, share your progress, etc.

What's next for the community? We'd discussed a stranded colorwork KAL after Argus. Does anyone have any suggestions? Would someone who feels pretty confident with stranded colorwork (ie., not me :)) want to coordinate that?
laughingrat: Little old lady witches drinkin' tea and plotting. (Consciousness-Raising)
[personal profile] laughingrat
Aloha and welcome to a special edition of the Argus Knitalong Update Post: Vacation Edition! Yes, I am coming to you live from the Denny's in Henderson, Kentucky, the best wifi spot in town. Lots of people have finished in the last few weeks! Any new progress to share?

What do you think about next week's being the last post? Are there still lots of people in progress, or are most of us wrapped up? Even if you're still working, you can always post progress and questions to the comm as a whole. Let me know what you think!
laughingrat: A detail of leaping rats from an original movie poster for the first film of Nosferatu (Default)
[personal profile] laughingrat
Oh, peeps. My apologies. It is no excuse, but I spent all Saturday working or cleaning the kitchen or making pots de creme in advance of Mother's Day. OK, the food turned out fabulous, but still no excuse.

I see [personal profile] willidan finished this past week, and her shawl is gorgeous! Anyone else got some progress to share, pics, questions, etc.? :)
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[personal profile] willidan
I finally finished my Argus Shawlette. I had to restart it three times. But I finally finished! A couple of weeks ago, yes, but I finally got some pictures taken and finally got around to posting them. And here is my Shawlette:

Sorry for the bad pictures. )
laughingrat: A young Cab Calloway (Hi-De-Ho)
[personal profile] laughingrat
Hey hey! How's everyone doing? Last week's entry wound up having some technical discussion in the comments, so if you missed that, you might want to check it out!
laughingrat: Three ST crew members rolling around, captioned "IDEK" (IDEK)
[personal profile] laughingrat
Hey, the two month mark! Wow, yay! Originally there was some discussion of maybe going to biweekly posts after this point; what do you think? People not in the KAL, do these posts make you wanna gouge your eyes out? KAL peeps, whether wrapping up or maybe just getting started, are these potentially-useful spaces for you?

As always, please share your comments, questions, complaints, squees, progress pics, etc.!
laughingrat: Buster in a diving suit, from "The Navigator" (Goin to the Moon--Keaton)
[personal profile] laughingrat
Hey hey hey! How's things going on Argus?

I got nothing this week. Tax week is a killer. :)
laughingrat: Three ST crew members rolling around, captioned "IDEK" (IDEK)
[personal profile] laughingrat
Peeps, first of all, my apologies. All-work weekends kinda cook my brain. Only excuse I have for letting the update post go so long.

I know some of us are still working! I've *just* gotten into the sort of boring bit at the end of Chart C--the part that makes the edging. Anyone else finish this week? Anyone nearing the end? What would you do differently, if at all?
laughingrat: The Beatles are on a boat. (On a boat!)
[personal profile] laughingrat
Sooooo, what's the haps? I see Kareila just finished hers! :) Anyone else?

(Still on Chart B myself. :))
laughingrat: 10th Doctor falling through a window. (SKILLZ)
[personal profile] laughingrat
GUISE OMG I'M LATE

Sorry, peeps. So, what's the story on our collective Argii? I tuckered out on both spinning and knitting this week and am still on Chart B. It's starting to get interesting, though! :) Are folks having fun? Hating it? Anyone new to charts on this project, and if so, are you hating charts, loving charts, indifferent? :)

Please feel free to share your progress, pics, problems, observations, squees, whatevers in the comments!
laughingrat: Spock, knitting, totally tuning you out. (KNIT IT SON)
[personal profile] laughingrat
So, I think we have a finished shawl somewhere in our ranks! How are the rest of us doing?
laughingrat: A richly-embroidered panel from a reproduction 17th-century jacket..  Motifs are plants, birds, and insects. (Making)
[personal profile] laughingrat
So, how's going for y'all? I see some folks are already on Chart C; between life-chaos and hand troubles, I'm still on repeat three of Chart A. ;) Anyone hovering somewhere in between?

Please feel free to share opinions, questions, pics, etc. in the comments! We've also had a post or two through the month about pattern questions, so clicking on the KAL tag may bring you something you'll end up finding useful.
aedifica: A pair of socks I knitted. (socks)
[personal profile] aedifica
Is anyone else confused by row 7 of chart C? I just got to that point and I can't make it make sense to me--the written instructions don't mention anything about moving the stitch markers for this row, but the stitches won't come out right if I don't move each stitch marker one to the right when I come up to it.

I'm going to just start in and hope it comes out right. My concern is that the rest of the pattern might be one stitch sideways of where it's supposed to be.

Edited to correct which row--I had written row 5, but it's row 7.

Update: I kept going and it does come out right. I was confused because in chart B the written instructions state two rows where one has to move stitch markers, but the written instructions for chart C don't say anything about it. But it works, so all's well.
laughingrat: A richly-embroidered panel from a reproduction 17th-century jacket..  Motifs are plants, birds, and insects. (Making)
[personal profile] laughingrat
So how goes it? Anyone loving the pattern? Hating the pattern? Having problems? Tips to share? Still waiting for your yarn to arrive? ;) If you've got progress pics, questions, answers, links to knitting blog entries, what-have-you, please share them in the comments!
aedifica: A pair of socks I knitted. (socks)
[personal profile] aedifica
I added the tags "dreamwidth" and "kal" to my Ravelry page for the knitalong shawl, and I invite anyone else who's on Ravelry to do the same for theirs! Or if you're using a different tag we could share for this, what is it?

I finished the first time through Chart A today on my lunch break. I've noticed I keep making the same mistake--I often forget the last yarnover before a stitch marker, and don't notice it until the next row. Luckily that's easy enough to fix (or at least fudge).

Argus KAL

Mar. 1st, 2010 05:22 pm
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[personal profile] kareila
Has anyone else started the Argus Shawlette yet? I just finished the "set-up" chart. I think I may have to go buy more stitch markers before I start the charts with pattern repeats.

I've made one tiny screwup so far - I did all my single decreases as K2togs before noticing that the left-slanting ones were supposed to be SSKs. But that's only three stitches, so I doubt anyone will ever notice. I'm planning to use a highlighter to mark all the SSKs before I continue.
laughingrat: Little old lady witches drinkin' tea and plotting. (Consciousness-Raising)
[personal profile] laughingrat
Heya! There were some positive comments on my feeler post about this, and a few people are eager to start once Ravelympics are over, so let's do it! Let's say we start March 1st, and then the KAL runs for as long as people are actively posting about it. [personal profile] kareila suggested we do a weekly KAL progress post here in [community profile] knitting, and then everyone can share any progress, pics, etc. in the comments. I want to make sure people feel like they can ask for help whenever they like, though--not just in the weekly posts. If we tag everything with "knitalong: argus," then we should be able to find all the Q&A, progress, etc. posts.

Slow knitters--this isn't a race, so don't feel like you can't take part. I knit slowly myself. :) Even if you're still knitting after the weekly progress posts have stopped, I'm sure others will want to see your progress.

Pattern, needle, and yarn info behind the cut, for those who didn't see it the first time around. Read more... )

If there's anything I've left out, let me know!

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