The weekend temperatures in Northern California were in the triple digits. Today, Monday should be the last gasp of hot summer heat. I took advantage of the heat over the weekend to block a lace cowl “hot” off the needles. September Circle designed by Melissa LaBarre ” is a seamless loop scarf that combines a self-striping sock yarn and larger needles for a perfect fall accessory.”
The patterns suggests Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Crazy (100 g/459 yds 75% virgin wool, and 25% nylon), which I found tucked away with the rest of my sock yarn.
I’m a newbie to lace knitting, so I decided to use stitch markers after each 12 stitch repeat. This project is a perfect “in-between another” when you’re looking for instant gratification. For bind off, I (k2tog tbl, slip the st back to left needle) to end of round. I find this particular technique results in a looser BO, compared to (knit 2 stitches and with left needle, pass first stitch over and off needle).
Because of the characteristic of knitted lace, I needed to figure out how to block in the round. I browsed through a couple of books and looked online and came across an interesting technique using two knitting needles.
After following the steps of wet blocking, knitting needles are inserted and pinned at each end to the finished size measurement. Take a look at Lisagrace Alsbury’s blog http://thegoodlifeiniowa.blogspot.com/2012/01/crafty-christmas-herringbone-cowlhow-to.htm
I’m looking forward to an almost twenty degrees cooler Tuesday.