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Jun 17, 2018

Distraction

While I promised myself I'd stay completely focused on weaving the last few ends in preparation for blocking Herlacyn Breeze, I confess I've succumbed to distraction. The final steps required for finishing aren't difficult, but they do require a degree of patience and attention I can't always muster at the end of a busy day.

The only solution, of course, was to face facts and cast on something new. For years, I've searched for the perfect project for these lovely skeins of solid lace weight yarn (Lorna's Laces, Helen's Lace, 50% silk/50% wool). 


A lovely lacy shawl is the obvious answer, but lace isn't really my thing. I've swatched and frogged multiple stitch and needle combinations, and even paired various colors with the variegated Blue Heron (Rayon Metallic), but nothing really struck my fancy.

In the end, I decided to keep things as simple as possible, opting for a long, skinny scarf featuring the fluted rib, one of my favorite reversible slipped stitches.


The plan is to work a five-stage ombre or gradient using three solid colors (magenta, fuchsia and pink) with the yarn carried double to make it easy to fade from one solid shade into the next. These regular color changes should keep things interesting, and the end result should be a light, classic scarf perfect for cool spring and fall weather.

Meanwhile, this simple knit offers the perfect pick-up-lay-down project to balance the attention and care finishing Herlacyn Breeze demands. Sometimes, monogamy isn't all it's cracked up to be.


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Jun 3, 2018

Patience is a Virtue

Herlacyn Breeze continues to move forward, but it's hit that challenging stage. The bulk of the knitting is completed, the strips have been seamed, the borders are done, and the edging is nearing completion.



The project, in other words, is tantalizingly close to becoming a full-fledged FO, but it's not quite there ... yet. 

There are still ends to weave, followed by a good blocking to relax stitches, square up corners, and coax the border to lay flat. None of these things come as a surprise, of course, but they do require discipline and care. 

Keep that in mind if you happen to pass me on the street or in the grocery store. You'll know right away it's me, because I'll be the woman muttering "patience is a virtue, patience is a virtue" under her breath.


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May 27, 2018

WIP | It's a Breeze

While I won't claim every inch has been a breeze, overall this project continues to live up to its name. Herlacyn Breeze is progressing at a steady and  dare I say it?  satisfying pace.

When last we spoke, I had just begun the third and final strip.



As soon as that strip was completed, I began tackling the assembly process. Seaming isn't difficult, but I like to work carefully and slowly so my bind-off is even, and the diamonds and triangles are aligned from one strip to the next.



Seaming went smoothly, and pieces are starting to fall into place. Here's how things look right now, hot off the needles and unblocked.


While this comparatively rapid progress has been rewarding, there's still work to be done. The design calls for borders on all four edges, a task I hope to begin tackling tonight. Then there will, of course, be ends to weave and the whole thing will need to be properly blocked, but with a bit of luck and a fair wind, the FO may soon be ready to share.

Meanwhile, if you're in the US, please take time to remember and thank those who've served, then enjoy a relaxed and happy Memorial Day weekend!


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