05 January 2015

A Rolling Gnome, by guest blogger Kelly Lightbeam

Hello there!
Getting this ball rolling, a rolling river, rolling stones gather no moss, you get the idea.  I've gotten a healthy start on this little knitalong, and I'm really pleased!

The river pattern on the edge of Ashby is definitely out of  my comfort zone.  It's the cables!  They're not difficult, it's just that knitting them has a different rhythm, and I'm not quite there yet.  Purling, knitting and crossing the stitches over, sometimes purling one of the crossed stitches, and sometimes knitting them, sometimes crossing one stitch, and sometimes crossing two stitches, and all in a particular order, and moss stitch in the middle of it all...OH MY GOSH. 

I've been cabling without a cable needle, which seems to be the least fiddly option. While I've dropped a stitch or two, I find that it's the right choice for me at this time.





I've knit five repeats of the river pattern, but since I'm knitting with DK yarn, and using size 6 needles, my strip of knitted fabric is falling far short of the mark needed for more than a kerchief sized finished project.  I'm planning to knit 3-4 extra repeats on each side to get a decent sized shawl that I can curl up with to keep me cozy.  I'm pretty sure that I have enough yardage, with six skeins, but if i have to buy more yarn, it's not a big deal.

 
I overlaid the knitted edge of Ashby on top of my finished Sandness, which is knitted at the same gauge.  Since I wouldn't want a smaller shawl than Sandness, I think it's a good comparison for finding the right size for the current project.  I've been trying to knit one repeat of the river pattern every day, so I'll post again this weekend with an update!



Parting wisdom:  If a piece of knitting is laid out in a window, getting lots of attention, and there is a camera nearby, the knitting must be jumped onto, and preferably, laid upon.  This is very important.  Never mind that the human who lives in your house seems irritated or exasperated by your actions, since you are the cat, your intentions are the only ones that matter.  Your human will eventually come around, and invariably document this momentous occasion.



Happy knitting everyone!
Kelly Lightbeam


27 comments:

  1. love love love this post! read it twice already :) ~ I love a good pun (Andrea does as well) so watch out...there may be more gnome puns on the way ~ hehe!

    I'm so excited you've made so much progress already ~ I have a good feeling that you just might finish this one! it's gorgeous as is your Sandness....I've actually got mine draped over my shoulders right now (our shawls are fraternal twins!)

    as for the cat ~ I can almost hear him purring smugness :)

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  2. LOL, I'm planning to title each blog post of this KAL with a gnomey pun. Just wait, I've got some good ones up my sleeve! I'm also planning to include said gnome in at least one photo for each post.

    I'm feeling pretty smug myself, with all the progress I've made on this challenging project. I am definitely taking this one all the way, though I find that I need to take lots of breaks, and knit other mindless projects in-between breaks to decompress from those cables!!!

    I love that you're wearing your Sandness and looking at a photo of mine! It's seriously one of my faves, and I think there's another one somewhere in my future...

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  3. I think you kitty and mine must have talked since Miss Bette Davis does the exact same thing!

    Beautiful knitting!

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    1. we should have photos of Miss Bette Davis and those gorgeous eyes of hers, Tracey!

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    2. It's a cat thing! Good to know that it's universal!

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  4. beautiful knitting, such a lovely shade to be knitting with :)

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  5. Well written! Love your Gnome...where will he pop-up next?

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    1. Thanks! That guy likes to stay close to gnome.

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    2. close to gnome? I thought the little guys were gnomadic...
      heh
      heh heh

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  6. This is looking great, Kelly! Before you know it, you'll be on the gnome stretch. Your kitty is pretty. What's it's name?
    Andrea

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    1. LMAO ~ Awesome gnomey pun. My cat's name is Bear, and I've always thought him very handsome too ;)

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    2. way to come through, Andrea ~ keep 'em coming!!

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    3. are you sitting down, Andrea? this one might make you pee your pants...

      I think we should name him Gnomenclature

      hhahahahahahahahahhahahaha

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    4. Excellent choice. I was going to call him Ashby, after the project, but I knew someone would think of something clever!

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    5. But now I've got all these literary references coming to mind...Gnomeo, Gnomer, MisGnomer (his girlfriend), LOL, we need a contest. Keep watching this blog for more details.

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    6. You have no idea how this stuff tickles me. Good one, Melissa!

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    7. actually I TOTALLY know because I'm the same way...I've had this punnery tickling the back of my brain all day today...

      it's sooooo much fun!

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  7. Gnomore than a great knitting project, though.

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    1. I've been singing 'gnomebody know the trouble I've seen' all day :)

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    2. if we painted him yellow he could be Gnomer Simpson

      badumbum...I'll be here alllllll night :)

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    3. did you say gno more knitting projects???? blasphemy!

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    4. ...And I've been singing "If you've got gnome money and you've got gnome car..."

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  8. Kelly, I do believe you've created a phenomegnome...

    and that's all I got :)

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    1. AAAAHHHHH...Can't breathe, I'm laughing too hard.

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