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May Day, May Day: Lifelines and Socks

I had hoped to show progress on a shawl I’m knitting using Knit Circus Opulence Yarn in Turquoise Pool.  


But a dropped stitch meant I had to rip back an entire lace repeat.  Quite frustrating, but I did learn a new skill – putting in a lifeline.  I could have ripped back a lot more if it hadn’t been for that trick.  Moving forward, I’m going to use lifelines for remaining lace. 

Since my last post, I’ve also ventured outside the sock realm.  I signed up for a sweater class at my LYS.  I’ve selected Purl Soho’sSweater Sweatshirt for my project.  I must say after the first class, I was a little discouraged.  I assumed that sweater knitting would be the same as socks or shawls: as long as I got gauge, I would be good to go.  But no.  Because my gauge is different than the pattern, I will need to make the smallest size, and the cast on number as well as the decreases will also be adjusted.  The instructor says it takes two or three classes before you understand how to modify patterns for personal fit.  So I’m hoping…


But in the meantime, I did finish my May socks in the colorway Angela’s Cats, inspired by the TV show, The Office.  
Canon Hand Dye's Charles Self Striping
This wasn’t the most interesting knit.  Neutral vanilla stripes left me underwhelmed and struggling through Second Sock Syndrome.  But I also know these will get a lot of wear because they go with everything.  


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