A Knitting Post From Home and Some New Office Stuff

Flames and Lace Stole Knitting Pattern

Home Time, Books, and New Office Stuff

I am home for this weekend and have some knitting to show you. I also have a few new things in my home office.

I drove home from Pittsburgh on Sunday . The trip was long but uneventful. The one bonus of a long drive is more audio book time. During my trips from Nashville to Kalamazoo to Pittsburgh and back to Nashville, I had many hours of listening time. I listened to Later by Stephen King, Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner, and began The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadesh.

This was my second time reading Later. I had forgotten how good it is. If you like the movie The Sixth Sense, you might like this book. Secrets of a Charmed Life is very good for fans of historical fiction set in two time periods. The main characters are two sisters separated by World War II and how that affected their lives. I am not even halfway through The Weight of Ink yet. It’s a bit historical too, but in a different way from the other one I read. It doesn’t feel as personal but it is very interesting. The main plot revolves around some manuscripts from the mid 17th century and the people that wrote them in the past versus the ones discovering them in the present. Technically it is the year 2000, so the past to us, but in modern times.

While we are on the topic of home, I want to show you that I added a few things to my home office recently. I added a few desk lamps, a filing cabinet and best of all, a comfortable desk chair. I am writing this post from here and it’s awesome! I really do feel more productive. Now, I just need to use that productive feeling to get my new knitting pattern written for that shawl I finished.

Knitting Updates

Speaking of that shawl, let’s take a look at the blocking shots and a few after blocking pictures.

I love how the pattern opens with the blocking. This stitch pattern is not hard to work because as you can see it’s pretty solid for a lace pattern. That is the reason I chose to use US 3 needles for the fingering weight Classic Merino Bamboo yarn that I used. Normally I used US 5 needles to knit lace with either of my fingering weight bases. I am happy with the body in this shawl that the tighter gauge creates.

I ended up using almost all of the 3 skeins. The shawl weighs 295g. I measured it after removing the pins. The length is about 84″ and the width about 23.5-24″. The width was more than I had planned but it’s actually a nice size for wrapping up in. I think the width is a result of how I blocked it. The edging wanted to be stretched more and therefore, I went with it rather than making the fabric stretch more lengthwise. You may also notice that I chose to accentuate the shaping of the selvedge that occurs due to the lace. Now, I just need to get the pattern written and published. I would like that to be done in time for my next show in Wisconsin next weekend.

I have one other knitting project to share before I end this post. You may recall that I started Saltarello in my Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn.

I am finding the stitch pattern easy to follow, even in the dark yarn. I do need good light to work on it but that can be true no matter the color when working lace patterns. I have gotten through the first two charts at this point. I hope it will show the design well in the booth in the dark color. Blocking will help I think. I am using US 5 needles on this shawl to help the stitch pattern open up more. See you next time.

13 thoughts on “A Knitting Post From Home and Some New Office Stuff

  1. Beautiful shawl. I’ll have to add Later to my reading list.

    1. Yes, I think you will enjoy it!

  2. That shawl is stunning. I wish I had the patience for lace! Will have to check out Later too.

    1. Thanks for the compliments about my shawl. I am a huge Stephen King fan. I started with Salem’s Lot when I was about 13. Later is a great read and it’s a quick one too if you are not in the mood for a epic novel. I love those too though 😍.

  3. Your finished shawl is beyond gorgeous and makes me want to knit lace again. Love your new cast on too. It’s always nice to add new things to our workspace and yours looks very comfy, and cozy.

    1. Thank you 😊. Lace knitting is my favorite. I need a fun sweater knit every so often too, but lace is my go to knitting.

      1. You’re welcome and that is so awesome. I use to knit a lot of lace shawls but stopped. Thank you for inspiring me to start again.

  4. At one time I’d read everything by Stephen King, and I’m revisiting some now so will add Later to the list – it’s one I’ve never read!

    1. I’ve read them all at least once and most more than once or twice. Just got the latest, Holly, but haven’t started it yet.

  5. I stopped reading Stephen King when I finished It and was totally disgusted by the ending. The shawl is gorgeous!

    1. I bet I know the scene you mean from IT.

      1. The end. Has pedophile written all over it

    2. Oh, and thank you for the compliment on the shawl!

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