Socrates' Suicide Shroud

First up is the popular Hemlock Ring Blanket adapted by Jared Flood. I LOVED this project from the moment I cast on to the removal of the last blocking pin. I used Wool of the Andes Bulky by Knit Picks in the color, "Masala". I casted on with size US7 DPN's using TechKnitter's circular cast on. I thought Emily Ocker's cast on was a bit too bulky with this wool weight. I increased needle sizes every couple of rows until I reached a US10 which I used for the remainder of the project. The finished blanket blocked out to 52.5" in diameter and I blocked it pretty firmly. The yarn has a nice drape and is surprisingly soft for being Peruvian Highland wool. The color bled quite a lot, so I rinsed it twice with a quarter cup of white vinegar and a couple of tablespoons of kosher salt dissolved into the final rinse to set the color--which is an awesome, rich, russet orange. You can read more details on my Ravelry projects page (username: Millard) and I include a couple of tips on working the bind off. If you aren't on Ravelry, please feel free to pm me with any questions. I hope everyone had a great weekend!

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ronhuber's picture

Beautiful work and the colour is spectacular.

Thepook's picture

That's gorgeous, Mill!

steve kadel's picture

stunning work

wherever you go, there you are

we put birds on things

TomH's picture

Totally beautiful!

TheKnittingMill's picture

Thanks Tom! I thought of you when I was blocking this. I'm about 3/4 of my way through Mario's QAL and I'm a little anxious about blocking it after spending a solid hour blocking the hemlock! I'm definitely going to hit you up for some advice before embarking on the endeavor, as I know you've already made 3 of the QAL shawls and they all came out so beautifully!

Kenny's picture

Man dude, you're just a knitting machine. We don't hear from you for a couple of days, I just take one day off and fly out to california and come back to my hotel and check my sites and bam, 2 projects perfectly executed. Awesome job. sometimes I think you're too modest. You're an awesome knitter.

goatboy's picture

Whoa Millard!

Dude that is amazing! Excellent workmanship, and extraordinary color! Wake up world! I like openwork done with larger yarns...the beefiness of the stitches tones down the frilly. I would definitely wrap up in that one!



Kerry's picture

Looks great Millard.... perhaps yours will spur me on to finish the one that has been languishing since last year.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Another great project, Mill. I love all variants of Feather and Fan and I like this version very much. You are realy tempting me to cast aside other projects for one of these. Oh well, maybe it is time to start another "To Do" list... -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

TheKnittingMill's picture

Many thanks to all of you guys for all of your wonderful compliments! You know, every once in a while the planets aline and you knit the right pattern at the right time with the right yarn and it's a thoroughly enjoyable knitting experience. That was this project for me!