Posts Tagged ‘juneberry’

 

A Hazy Shade of Winter

Monday, January 7th, 2013

I thought I’d start the second week of 2013 with a quick roundup of what I’ve been up to.

 

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My brother is off to China for a whole year! I made Hobbes for him for Christmas before I knew he was going. He took it along. I think it’s safe to say he enjoyed it!

 

 

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I started playing around with a label design for my husband’s homebrew for fun, and this was born. I might go back and redo it later, but he was quite pleased with it in the meantime.

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I’ve been working on the Juneberry Triangle only halfway done with the edging. It’s exhausting! It’s beautiful, though, and I’m sure it’ll be worth it.

 

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I fulfilled some of my Maid of Honor duties and went dress shopping with Jenna. She found the perfect one on our first trip! Don’t worry, this isn’t the one!

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Juneberry Triangle: Update

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

I’ve reached the home stretch on the Juneberry Triangle. This is definitely going to be a test of willpower – the edging. I think it might take longer than the entire rest of the project combined.

I’m actually quite pleased with my progress, though. After my first update, I had to frog the whole damn thing and start over. Somehow, I didn’t pay enough attention to the chart and screwed up big-time. Oh well. It looks much better now.

Right after finishing chart A.

 

 

About the pattern itself:

Jared Flood is obviously a modern legend in the knitting world. His blog, Brooklyn Tweed, was one of the reasons I taught myself to knit in the first place. His photography, taste, and style combined make for a magical knitting utopia that fiber aficionados’ dreams are made of.

I just bopped over there to grab the link, and the first paragraph is spot-on:

The minute September arrives it’s like an internal alarm goes off in my head. I think it must be a knitter thing, because most of the knitters in my life have the same impulse. Despite the lagging humidity of summer, the first month of Fall is here and it’s a change you can feel. We are ready to knit again in a serious way, and savor the perfect mix of color, temperature and light that Fall brings.

 

The patterns I’ve purchased or followed of his have always been top-notch, quality items with plenty of attention to detail. There is nothing more frustrating than a pattern that can’t be followed due to poor writing!

Here are a few things that stick out to me:

  • Jared includes helpful notes in his patterns that help explain how it’s going to be constructed. I tend to be a more visual, intuitive knitter, so I love it when notes like “First three and last three (border stitches) are knit on every row. The single stitch between the 2nd and 3rd marker is kept stockinette stitch (k on RS, p on WS) throughout.”are included. These kind of notes have saved me lots of confusion in other projects. They provide a visual checkpoint and, in a way, lets you ignore that part of the chart or pattern.
  • Helpful stitch counts at the end of every section. This is such a simple thing, but I don’t know why pattern writers aren’t required by law to provide this information.
  • There are lace elements in each row of the pattern, including the wrong side. This is part of the reason I screwed it up the first time – I wasn’t paying enough attention on the wrong side. I personally would prefer that the wrong side of lace work is a simple purl row, but that’s just me.
  • The charts are triangular, with each section being repeated on either side of the center stitch of the shawl (typical triangular shawl construction). However, in charts B, C, and D, there is a 7 or 14-stitch repeat. This is helpful, but once you get further on in the rows, there are quite a few sections on either side of the “repeat” that are identical. It’s frustrating, because suddenly you’re needing to pay attention to a long line of stitches that turns out to be another few repeats. I’m not sure how to chart it differently, but it’s mildly frustrating.

Otherwise, the pattern is fantastic and this has been a really enjoyable knit so far. I like how the lace looks in a chunkier-than-traditional yarn, and I think it will be a fantastic addition to my winter wardrobe.

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