Suddenly, I had a burning desire to learn Entrelac. Noro was on sale at The Loopy Ewe, so why not? I did feel guilty about cheating on my baby knitting, but this project didn’t take that long.
I cast on for this pattern and learned to knit backwards to avoid turning the work so much, using this video: http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/purl-stitch (it’s the last video on the page)
On the first pass through Tier 1, I encountered a knot with a very ugly color transition, from magenta to light green.
So I knit through all the different components of the entrelac pattern to make sure I understood everything, got the tension right for knitting backwards, then ripped it out and went through all 4 skeins with a ball winder to look for other knots. 3 of the 4 skeins had a knot. One of the other knots was an abrupt color transition – from pink to black. The last was magenta to black which wasn’t too bad so I just spit spliced it and left it that way. The rest I rearranged so that the color changes weren’t so obvious.
Entrelac is a very addictive technique – I stayed up too late a few times knitting just.. one.. more.. square… and I think it turned out well. I love the texture of it, and have decided to leave it unblocked.
After that, I went back to the baby blanket and finished half of it. But then, I received The Knitter’s Book of Wool by Clara Parkes from my sister for Christmas, and could not resist the Tibetan Clouds Beaded Shawl, by Sivia Harding. I even had suitable yarn in my stash:
It’s Briar Rose Fibers Sea Pearl, a fingering weight merino/tencel blend, which is a bit variegated but not so much as to overwhelm the pattern. I am skipping the beads, because I was too impatient to start the project to go looking for the right beads. I think the pattern is plenty beautiful anyway! I used Emily Ocker’s circular cast-on to start, a tutorial can be found here. Here’s what I have so far, using very poor flash photography – I need to get a better photo in natural light. This doesn’t nearly do it justice.
I also wanted to show off this beautiful project bag that I got from ZigZagStitches:
It’s beautifully made using Japanese fabric, and quite sturdy. I love it!
So, as I wait to go into labor, I am knitting, knitting, knitting. Keeps me from going nuts.