I Do This Every Time!

I’m the Queen of UFO’s*  I’ve got five or six going right now.  So what do I do?  I have this idea for a shawl (yes, another one.  I’m the queen of those, too) and nothing will do but I have to work out the pattern for it.  I have to admit, the idea is kind of cool, though.  It’s inspired by the Drekin shawl by Ninja Chickens.  It has cables — one across the top and one “T’ed” down the middle.  You start the top cable border in the middle, but because you use the Turkish cast on, you can’t tell where it starts!You do 21 rows of the cable, and then treat it like a garter tab and pick up 19 stitches down the side on a DPN*, like so.  That becomes the vertical cable down the middle.

Then as you work around, you start adding stitches on either side of that center cable to make the “wings.”

It’s a bit tricky until you get enough ease in the work to where you can get it all on one needle, but when you do, it looks like this.  You can see the two bands of cable and how they “T.”

I’ve also worked out a knitted-on cable edging to tie it all together.  It’s going to take a bunch of knitting to finish it, though. But, I love how that cable goes in both directions seamlessly.  It wants to be called “Ilisidi” –another Foreigner shawl, like “Malguri Morning” and “Najidama Bay.

I think I need to start a rotation in my queue.  Work on each project for a day, then switch to the next in line in rotation.

I’ve just brewed up a pot of some of Stash Tea’s Breakfast In Paris tea — YUM!  It’s got lavender, vanilla, and bergamot in.  Very delightful.

I’ve been watching Ninja Chicken’s previous podcasts trying to catch up to the present, and I’ve made a playlist.  I’m going to make another pot of that “Breakfast in Paris” tea, retire to my knitting nook, fire up my Kindle HD tablet and finish my snowflake hat.

*UFOs – UnFinished Objects
*DPN – double pointed needle.

Author: WOL

My burrow, "La Maison du Hibou Sous Terre" is located on the flatlands of West Texas where I live with my computer, my books, and a lot of yarn waiting to become something.

One thought on “I Do This Every Time!”

  1. That looks like a wonderful idea for a beautiful shawl! I like the blue. (And it looks like you have a knack for picking catchy names. 🙂 )
    I limit my WIPs because I’d feel lost if I have too many of them going on. Hope the rotation plan works for you.


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