Tangled Thoughts

Full Fathom Five

Full Fathom Five

Full fathom five thy father lies;Of his bones are coral made;Those are pearls that were his eyes:Nothing of him that doth fade,But doth suffer a sea-changeInto something rich and strange.Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:                        

January CAL

January CAL

I am not a natural crocheter. Two needles I understand, I can edit a pattern on the fly, can see where the designer is going and it all just flows. Give me a single hook though and things get interesting. By which I mean historically 

Socktober!

Socktober!

My favourite month. It’s Socktober. That time of year where you are playing catch up between cold feet and socks on needles. Maybe it’s just me?

I have several sock projects on the go. I have stripy She Sells Seashells which I have just finished the second sock on. Then the lovely cabled pink Calenardhon, a sock fit for any Rider of Rohan and finally Partridge a sock that will guarantee that you learn how to Eye of Partridge like a superstar. All of these are upcoming patterns. The sock pattern that’s going to get published this month though is Full Fathom Five. Finally! I’m really excited to share this pattern with you. It’s so lovely you aren’t going to want to put shoes on!

But what if I’m sick of socks I hear you ask? This is not something I’m familiar with. I adore making socks, but I’m here to help. Extend the meaning of Socktober just a little and hand-socks (gloves) are within grasp. I’m going to the Calendardhon pattern as elbow length gloves because I’m convinced they will look amazing. So have a look at various sites, check out my Sweetheart socks which are a free download. Or broaden Socktober out to gloves, or even cowls, which some people swear are neck socks!

Whatever you decide to do, Socktober will reward you.

Cathedral Grove is here

Cathedral Grove is here

This pattern is one of my favourites. I was inspired by the magnificent Cathedral Grove Provincial Park on Vancouver Island, but as the pattern came together it became more than an homage to Douglas Firs and had become a gothic splendour. This is a great 

Calenardhon

Calenardhon

27 August update This sock is coming together beautifully. I’ve turned the heel, which is one of my favourite things to do. I get a real sense of satisfaction from starting on the foot. It makes me feel like the sock is nearly finished, even 

Macaroon Blossom Afghan

Macaroon Blossom Afghan

For my second foray into crochet afghans I’m making the Macaroon Blossom Afghan by Astrii Elizabeth. Follow along and we’ll find out if my finished project comes close to the ideal!

Ravelry: Macaroon Blossom Afghan pattern by Astri Elisabeth
Macaroon Blossom Afghan By Astrii Elizabeth

14 July 2021

The journey starts! My first parcel of yarn arrived today. The yarn is a cotton/nylon blend from Scheepjes called stonewashed and all the colours are named after various mineral rocks. I am using the actual yarn recommended. I think this is the first time in 15 years that this is happened. Hopefully it means that I can really compare my crochet skills with the mastery shown in the samples photos.

There are so many colours in this afghan. I struggled to find a supplier who could sell me all the yarn at reasonable shipping prices. In the end I got my yarn from Lovecrafts and Artisanthropy. The parcel from Artisanthropy arrived this morning. Parcel from Lovecrafts will get here when it gets here. I am dependent on the whims of the USPS.

Right now I am admiring my afghan in it’s unrealized potential state. Somehow it’s going to go from the yarn above to that amazing afghan!

A tidy stash

I have had yarn all over my living room for days. It has been stashed and squirrelled away in all corners. But I finally created sections to manage the chaos. In the cubby beside me I have the current WIPs, my books, my note book, 

Odds and Sods after a long weekend

Cat Update I’ve got a cat meowing at me forcibly to complain about his neutering and the being kept inside and the terrible cone around his head. We’ve got 7 more days and he’s going to really have lost it by the end of the 

Rheinlust by Melanie Berg – Pattern Review

Ravelry: Rheinlust pattern by Melanie Berg
Rheinlust Shawl by Melanie Berg from the pattern pictures on Ravelry

This is a lovely elegant shawl that I have wanted to make for some time. I bought beautiful European Starling yarn from SongBirdFibres. You can see this gorgeous colourway below and I wanted to make a special shawl with it. However that special pattern is now being done in a different colour way and I was concerned that too much busy lace and so much colour would look very confused.

European Starling colourway from SongBird Fibres

Rheinlust is a shawl that has a lace pattern that tapers off and becomes plain garter stitch. I love patterns like this. They are so elegant and have any easy component to knit as well as a more interesting lace component.

Final review

The pattern is great. There are both written and charted instructions and both are clear and so far entirely accurate. Although a great deal of the lace work is k and then purl with a number of twisted stitches using a ptbl (purl through back of loop) or ktbl (knit through back of loop), I have not found this difficult on my hands. I should note I’m someone who loves the look of moss stitch but not the act of knitting it because of hand pain. So this is really great! A major benefit of this pattern design is that the stocking stitch effect is mirrored on both the right and wrong sides of the knitting. I can also see how adaptable the pattern would be by just redoing the lace in stocking stitch with the appropriate decreases and increases using yarn overs and knit or purl two stitches together.

Issues

My only niggle was that I misread the final row in each of the first two written charts. All increases are kfb (knit in front and then in back through the same stitch) but the final increase is kfbf (knit in front, then in back, then in front again through the same stitch) and I missed it. This is me going to fast and not taking proper care, but it was very confusing and initially annoying. I would have liked the pattern to be aware that it was a potential problem point and put a helpful note in stating that the last increase in each pattern repeat was subtly different.

How long will it take?

It took me about 75 hours to knit. I changed yarn every 5 – 10 rows using a fisherman’s knot or magic knot so only had the cast on and bind off end to sew in. Because half the shawl is in garter stitch blocking was relatively straightforward and only took an hour to pin out. Drying time was 24 hours. You will need to block this shawl to really experience the beauty of the wave pattern. My unblocked shawl (below) was lovely, but the blocked shawl (shown at start of Final Review is ethereal and drapes in all the best ways.

Although the pictures on the pattern show a solid yarn, I really enjoyed the flow of the variegated yarn I used.

Would I make it again?

Yes! I think this is a great shawl that I would wear frequently and can be either dressy or casual. I would also consider making it as a rectangular shawl with some pattern adjustment and would do it in either a solid, semi-solid or variegated yarn. I think a self striping yarn would be terrible, but if anyone has done it in a self-striping and loved it, I’d be fascinated to see the results!

Lovecrafts Pattern of the month

Lovecrafts Pattern of the month

Remember my Fireweed socks? The ones that were ‘coming soon’ for what felt like forever? I got in my head about that pattern. Somewhere around the heel I got lost in crippling imposter syndrome. I fussed and procrastinated and then eventually released the pattern all