So, so close...

Two sleeves, check.
Front, check.
Back, check .

Time to sit
and seam while working 12 hour night shifts less than a week from
Christmas? Bwaaahahahahaha. So sorry, that slipped out.
But, until I can sit down in the quiet to do the dreaded seaming (Sorry, I hate sewing in all forms), I have started this little doozy.

It's a poncho style shawl that I was inspired to design from "illhikers" posting of a lion brand pattern. I love this particular knot, but it feels very Scandinavian to me. Not particularly Celtic. I'm thinking of calling the design the Valkyrie. Whatcha think, cheesy? I promise, it's going to be kind of classy, despite the term "poncho".


ronhuber's picture

I, too, like the knot. It is beautiful.

AKQGuy's picture

Thank you. Did you try the recipe yet?

ronhuber's picture

We don't have tinned pumpkin here but some family and friends are arriving tomorrow from Canada and they will bring some with them. I am looking forward to making it. I have all the other ingredients in the house. Thanks again for the recipe.

TinkerJones's picture

so call it a manteau. Not exactly accurate but less pedestrian. Or a camelteau...

AKQGuy's picture

I think we need to reclaim the word poncho. After years of abuse, the word has a rain gear/tacky hippy connotation. I think it's time to take back the word and show the world it can reflect a tasteful and beautifully crafted piece of clothing! Any takers on this challenge?

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice, Q. On both accounts. Having spent a few hours seaming and ripping back on the latest knitting, I sympathize about doing that in a quiet zone. Looking forward to the finished pieces. Happy Holidays, if I don't see you on Wednesday evening.

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

AKQGuy's picture

Thanks Joe, and I'm sorry for your seaming trouble. I will not be there tomorrow. I unfortunately am working and ill. My workmate returned form leave sick and Bob came home from D/C with the same crap and after 2 weeks of being in the company of sick people, my immune system gave in. I now have the cold from hell and do not wish to share it with all of you guys. Hope the holiday get together is fun.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Well, the party won't be the same without your fun self there, but I'm planning to enjoy myself. Still, I can look forward to the gathering Debbi was telling me about after New Year's. I feel bad that you have to work but the fact you're sick makes it worse. Here's hoping you bounce back fast.

The seaming finally came together and I finished off the shrug with crochet edging around the cuffs and body opening. Turned out pretty good. You'll probably see it at the New Year get together as that's when I plan to give it to Debbi.

Take care and Happy Holidays.

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

Tallguy's picture

I too tend to avoid seams if at all possible. So I see these are raglan sleeves -- why didn't you knit this in the round? It would be quite simple to do that way, AND there would be NO STEEKS, unless you wanted to do the V-neck as a steek. That way, at least, there would be NO SEAMS!! Well, that is just my opinion, and that is how I did my sweaters -- because I don't like doing seams.

AKQGuy's picture

Honestly, this is my 4th, if you count the kid sweater that I've ever done. The whole construction of one is still new to me, and each sweater i have done has been very different from the others as far as construction. So, I need a bit more practice with the concept of shoulder shaping before I'm comfortable taking a bottom up seamed sweater and converting it to a knit in the round piece. And, the practice is good for me, even if less than enjoyable. Now there are many other patterns I happily tear into and use as a general "guiding" concept as I decide to do it entirely differently and I hope at some point to be comfortable enough to know I can do this to sweaters and still come out with an item that not only looks good and was easily constructed, but also fits. That fitting thing will bite you in the bum everytime. No matter how much I may hate seaming, having to tear out a sweater because it fits a line backer better than the intended recipient puts me right over the edge.

potterdc's picture

Wow - love the knot! Very unique. And yes, I also hate sewing up - but I have to say that I feel like I need to learn how. I need to do it often enough so I remember HOW to do it, but I just keep knitting in the round. Sigh. Maybe a summer men's knitting camp sitting by a lake somewhere?

Think less, enjoy it more.

AKQGuy's picture

Sounds like a plan to me... Except I tend to socialize and I find seaming and socializing often don't blend well. But I'm all for a lake side mens knitting retreat.

bobinthebul's picture

The knot is very cool! I feel for you, I'm moving toward the end of the tunnel on my first sweater (Brownstone, Jarred Flood). I did it because it was my first and seemed simpler than one with patterns, but the endless stockinette was getting me down. Now I'm doing yoke decreases and suddenly the construction of the thing is starting to make some sense. But as you say, it's just one type of construction.

What's this about a pumpkin recipe? :) I grow lots of pumpkins and am always happy to find another way to use them!

AKQGuy's picture

It's a simple pumpkin bread recipe. It's in the end of my last entry here. As for Brownstone, good luck! I chose the Ansley due to its funky ribbing so I didn't want to jab my own eyes out with my needles.

Bill Carl's picture

Your Shawl is just beautiful. I love the detailed work on it.

AKQGuy's picture

Thank you. And it's truly not greatly detailed. That's the wonderful thing about cables. Gotta love'm for that alone.

That is a fantastic knot!!! As to celtic or scandihoovian, I think they both springeth from the same source---have seen a similar knot in a border pattern in an ancient manuscript---Book Of Kells vintage.

AKQGuy's picture

Yeah, those damn pillaging vikings. I've decided to throw in a second knot in a blue panel that connects the two ends. It's more of a traditional celtic design that I found while looking for a name. Making that chart was so fun... Knot. Next time I'll look for a pre-existing knit pattern than finding a knot in metal work that I decide to transfer to wool work.

Tom Hart's picture

Most bodacious knottery altogether. Not sure about the Scandinavian or Celtic. Looks more Middle Earth to me possibly Elvish...

AKQGuy's picture

Hmmm... Maybe I need to look for a elvish name for this then. But would that make me look like a complete Tolkien nerd? Nothing wrong with that except I'm not. I'd hate to be a poser.

Spicemanknit's picture

This is beautiful! This doesn't look like a beginners' project. Can't wait to see the finished project.

AKQGuy's picture

Thanks. I'm planning to post the pattern here when it's all done and written/charted up properly. Cables are easier than they look, promise. I'm sure we could get you through it.