*do a happy dance*
I realised I have 102 projects on Ravelry, so here, for you knitting folk, is a run-down. End here if you aren’t interested in knitting!
Works in progress
- 1 of these is a long term blanket and unlikely to be finished anytime soon.
- 1 just needs ends sewn in and blocked.
- 1 just needs some embroidery.
- 1 just needs a photo but the yarn isn’t playing nice with the camera.
- only 2 need more knitting done!
Most favourited by others
Most of my projects aresn’t favourited by more than 1 person, if at all, so special mention to the following:
Personal achievements this year include a few lace shawls (for my sister and for a friend), some socks and my first felted project.
I’ve a few big plans for knitting for the rest of this year, and I feel like I’ll need to sign up to a few challenges on Ravelry before the year is out – any ideas?
Earlier in the month, I posted about really liking the 10 foot high lace bolero. Well I’ve finished it, and I’m quite pleased – aside from the obvious mistake right across the back!
I was surprised at how quickly I could knit this up, even allowing for the miscounting leading to the few rows of fun in the middle. I really should learn my lesson about not knitting lace when watching CSI.
I found the instructions for the custom sizing slightly tricky, so in case you want to make one, and happen to be the same size as me, here are the measurements I used and the stitches cast on. Adapted from http://kellymaher.wordpress.com/2007/07/04/ribbed-lace-bolero/, my measurements are in pink.
The first step is to measure your shoulder-span. Mine is about 20 inches. Then you add 4 inches for each sleeve (8 inches) and add that to your shoulder measurement. I got 28 inches from that, so 28 inches will be the width of my bolero. My ribbing gauge is 4 stitches per inch, so I multiply 28 by 4 to get 112. I take that number, 112, and round it down to the next number that is a multiple of 4 +2. The next number down is 110, and that will be my cast-on number. To determine the length of my bolero, I measure the width of my upper arm, right under the armpit. Mine measures 14, and I will add 6.5 inches to that (3.25 inches on either side which I will seam together) to get my length of 20.5 inches.
I cast on 110 stitches.The finished bolero width is 28 inches and it is about 20.5 inches long.
If you are a Raveler, you can see the project here.