Seraphim Knit Along

Will hold your hand virtually while working on the Seraphim Shawl by designer Miriam L. Felton

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Where She's At

Here's my Seraphim Shawl in progress. She's the cinnamon-colored one. The others are the Kimono Shawl, Mon Petit Chou, and a pink scarf for the Think Pink Challenge.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Minor Math Mistake

I wanted to make my Seraphim a bit smaller, since I'm afraid I may run out of yarn. So I did the math (I thought correctly) and calculated I needed to start Chart #1 when I had 103 stitches on each side (not counting the edge stitches and the center stitch). Wrong! I started Chart #1 this morning and discovered I had only 6 stitches remaining when I approached the center, rather than 12.

So I re-did my math and realized I need to begin Chart #1 when I have 109 stitches on each side, not 103. I'll need to tink back and keep doing the stockinette portion for a few more rows. Not a tragedy, just a minor seback!

I'm very close to finishing Cheryl Oberle's Kimono Shawl, and since it's a birthday gift, I'm focused on that. I'm looking forward to going full steam ahead on Seraphim very soon.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

It's quiet in here

Thought I'd post a small update. Besides my second Seraphim, I'm working on Sivia Harding's Diamond Fantasy shawl and my second moebius bag. I find that if I work on any one project too long, my right wrist gets really sore. I'm limiting myself to no more than 4 or 5 rows at a time, then I switch to one of the others. I'm trying to remember to work on the moebius between lace, so I'm alternating between small needles and fine yarn and big needles and bulky yarn. It really seems to help.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Sarafina, Seraphim, Fini

Hello all,
I've been lurking silently and meant to post, but I started Seraphim on June 16th and finished it on July 5th. Not too much time for posts or anything else. Anyhow, here's the finished pic:

Project specs: Yarn: Plain & Fancy Sheep & Wool in a variegated color, forget the name and can't find the ball band anymore, sportweight, 400 yds ea (2 hanks)
Needle size: US 7 (4.5 mm) Addi Turbos 40"

Modifications: None! I followed the pattern to a "T" and loved it. Margene had the right idea buying 3 skeins of this yarn for Seraphim. Although you could have gotten away with 2 skeins, just need to cut back on a few rows of the increases to take out a repeat. Although I was a bit bummed that I didn't get to finish the entire chart, I can always make another one at a later date, with more yarn. The shawl is simply gorgeous, at least, imo and I adore it. I've been using it almost everyday at work since I finished it early last week. And with the rainy weather we had last weekend, it was the perfect wet weather accessory as I draped it over my shoulders when I ran out in the drizzling rain and covered my head when it was raining harder. All in all, I learned a lot about lace knitting in my first charted lace project and enjoyed the heck out of knitting it. Brava Mim! Great pattern.

More info on my blog about this project.

Thanks and I enjoyed my time here, even though I lurked. I got lots of great tips.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

One is not enough

While waiting for some Zephyr to arrive for the Mystery Stole 2 KAL, I've started a second Seraphim in a lovely turquoise, pink & white hand-dyed merino. This really was the ideal shawl to start learning lace. The chart was so very easy to follow. Of course, not content to do just one thing at a time, I've also started a new moebius bag in a super-soft denim blue merino. (I'm starting to see a pattern here. Merino, merino, silk & merino? Hmm.)

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


Well, Seraphim is done. I wimped out and skipped the last 4 rows. I have enough yarn left that I might have been able to do 2 more rows, but that’s it. Now, I just have to block it. Unblocked, it measures 76” point-to-point and 34” deep. If it relaxes like the swatch did, it should add a couple of inches in each direction. I’ll have to stop and pick up some Woolite when I leave the office tomorrow. I won’t have time to block it, but maybe Thursday.

Nail Biting Time

Down to the nail biting time. I have 7 rows plus the bind off and precious little yarn left. I started with 8 ounces (840 yards) and eliminated one 12-row repeat when it looked like it would be too big for my stumpy frame. I can see daylight through the sides of remnants of the ball. And no swatch to fall back on. It was small to start with, but it accidentally went into the wash with some other yarn swatches I was testing. It felted beautifully.

Cross fingers, toes and whatever else you have available that I make it. I may have to work fewer edge rows.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Cherry Seraphim

Cherry Seraphim
Originally uploaded by Inky Knits.
I love this pattern so much, and the yarn I used for the "cat-hair friendly" version, that I picked up 5 more skeins of the Frog Tree brushed suri to make another Seraphim.

Aside from socks, I usually never knit the same thing twice, let alone from the same exact yarn :) I love this pattern, and I think it will be beautiful in this cherry red yarn.

How's everyone coming along on theirs?