I started on the Highland Triangle lace shawl yesterday. Seeing that the yarn I am using is not the same weight that the pattern calls for, I knew that I needed to try out different needle sizes. I went with a US size 5 last night and just didn’t like it. It looked too messy, so today I got out my ancient set of Susan Bates Circulons and tried the pattern with a size 3 needle.
It is working fine now. Of course, it will need to be blocked.
Speaking of blocking, I have yet to block and finish my Fan Stitch Half-Circle Shawl from Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls, by Martha Waterman. What has been keeping me from moving forward is that I can’t pin it out on my bed because I have one of those Sleep Number Beds. I finally figured out that I could pin it out on the futon in the guest room. Now I just need to get some blocking wires and do it. Maybe tomorrow? I have a 20% off deal that needs to be cashed in at Three Kittens. I just hope they have those blocking wires.
Now, the reason for the title of this post. I just can’t seem to get decent colors from this camera. Everything turns out looking blue. The Fan Stitch shawl is a deep eggplant color, but the pic looks blueberry blue and neon-like. Ick. So I made the pic black and white so you could see the details better. Remember, this is before some serious stretching/blocking and finishing.
It needs to be stretched before I can finish any additional borders. I think it will look very nice once it is finished, it is just a bit poochy right now, and very stiff. The yarn I am using is (I am guessing) heavily sized because it is on a cone.
I couldn’t get a decent color shot of my Highland Triangle beginning, nor a pic of my Clap 2.
Color. Who would know that the camera, even without using a flash, would distort color so much. Maybe it is just me. I am having a hard time liking this blog background too. Too lacquer looking and too dark. I will probably be switching it next week. Don’t get me wrong, it is not that it is red – my living room is a very bright red. I just think these colors make the blog hard to read and they just don’t suit me blog-wise.
My pet pictures seem to work just fine though – go figure.
Here are some fun photos of my dogboy Spencer. He thinks he is cool because he gets to play in his own pool whenever he wishes:
and this action shot: