Blogsam and Jetsam

Flotsam is the part of the wreckage of a ship or its cargo found floating on the water. Jetsam is cargo or parts of a ship that are deliberately thrown overboard, as to lighten the ship in an emergency, and that subsequently either sinks or is washed ashore. This is my personal blog version of the above. Loot freely.

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I'm annoyed that the world is going crazier faster than it used to be. But it's interesting to watch.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Manta Shawl

Before my camera was all-the-way broken I captured a knitting project. Because it was a gift I couldn't share till the recipient had seen it; because this week has been so busy you get the post now.

It's a start-small-then-grow project as demonstrated by this practice swatch.




The real item was Lisa Shobhana Mason's "Manta Shawl" (but I shamelessly used stash yarn rather than ordering new.)


It gets a little tricky while building up from the point, what with yarn-overs and decreases that slant both ways:



Once past row 12, however, it becomes smooth sailing for the rest of the way through the yarn:



As the shawl grew I switched over to my two plastic circulars and damn, it really did look like a manta ray:





See?



That last picture was at about the 5/8 point, or more specifically "all but the last ball of yarn." I'm not sure I'll ever use the infinitely-increasing style of design again--rows that keep getting bigger and bigger get me down after a while. In spite of that it was still a soothing knit-up with all the garter stitch punctuated by that center rib.

Successfully managing those few (four every other row) yarn-overs with their associated decreases was the breakthrough act which led to the current Madeira Lace scarf project...that learning experience was the gift within the gift.

2 Comments:

Blogger Mel said...

Yep, reminds me of the mantas we saw over in Alicia & Norma's neck of the woods last summer - at the snooty resort where we were waved over to the lax dresscode restaurant and they were shocked and horrified that we were staying at a mere B&B instead of a resort.

My verification word, no lie, is "duran". All of a sudden I feel like I should be wearing lip gloss.

April 29, 2007 4:09 AM  
Blogger SamD said...

Tourism is a strange industry...but it's possible I stayed at the snooty resort's rather sterile sister facility.

Hey I _liked_ Duran Duran when they were popular...lipgloss and all! (Had a friend who never caught that clue bus and was a serious Duranie for a few years, too.)

April 29, 2007 9:24 AM  

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