Monday, February 5, 2007

Humble Beginnings

This is the beginning of the handsome triangle shawl pictured on page 32. I plan on using the ruffle edging in the back of the book. I am using kidsilk haze, color 604, which is actually a discontinued color. (Using up stash!) I started on bamboo straights, but I am switching to circulars. I sandpapered the ends of my needles to make them sharper and then used a double-coat of clear nail polish over the ends to smooth them. So far they have been working well for me!

5 comments:

Lori said...

Nice trick on the needles. Not sure if I'm brave enough to take sandpaper to my needles. It would probably end up like using bad a pencil sharpner and the needle would just get shorter and shorter and shorter. :)

Marsha said...

I've had to use the sandpaper on my needles.....actually, I used a nail file and it worked really well. I didn't have to use anything to refinish as I'm knitting cashmere and the oils from the yarn work nicely to help put that finish back on the wood. I didn't do a serious filing either, just enough to get that point I wanted.

Karen said...

Good idea on the sandpaper filing - I have a spare pair of wooden straights that I can practice on. Thanks for sharing the idea. Beautiful color for your scarf, too, by the way.

Anni said...

Nice colour. I may have to have a go with sand paper on my needles. Love my bamboos but the points are too rounded. Thanks for the tip. I may get my nail file out later and have a go.

Tania said...

I really want to make this shawl. Please let us know how much kidsilk you end up using!