Ubiquitous Sissy

No, that isn’t the project name, but I’m sure Sissy would like to think she’s ubiquitous… and she’s almost always a cooperative model.  Granted, she was sight-hunting (no, I’m not at all sure she realizes she’s a SCENT hound) at the time, but nevertheless, she stood still for the photo shoot.

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Project:  Solidarity Knitting  Why yes, I guess that is a crazy name, but I cast on for this project because several of us on Facebook rather pressured Kathy into knitting a “Kate Shawl” for the bride to be in her house.  So, it seemed only fair that at least a couple of us cast on… as a show of solidarity. 

photoPattern:  Well, since Kathy’s daughter made her request precious close to her bridal shower, Kathy got to choose the pattern.  We went with Ubiquitous Kate.   (Get it?  Kate shawl knock-offs have been everywhere this summer.)  It was fine for a free pattern, which is to say I had to email gMarie for clarification.  If you’re on Ravelry, gMarie’s notes are spot-on, and I copied them into my own comments there as well.

To be clear, I used Chart A, which is to say I did the pattern on the knit side and then purled on my resting rows.  I also did the full ruffle, not to be confused with the extreme ruffle.  That just means I did the ruffle all the way around, as written.

Yarn:  Knitpicks Gloss in Guava.  I wanted pink… not necessarily PANK, not coral, not… guava.  Still, I like the color, and the yarn was okay.  It was a bit splitty at times and the silk in it definitely wasn’t the silky-smooth kind of silk, but considering what it cost me, I have no complaints.  I also had almost no yarn left after six skeins.

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Needles:  I did the body on my Addi Clicks, #4 tips with the longest cable in the standard pack.  I then used two Knitpicks Options #4s to pick up each side’s stitches for the ruffles.  I don’t understand why my KPO wood tips had one side that just wouldn’t stay tightened.  I like the KPO interchangeables just fine, but sometimes you get what you pay for; they do seem to have a quality control problem (and in full disclosure, Knitpicks is AWESOME about sending replacements, even out of warranty… which to me implies they know they have a problem but it’s cheaper to send parts than to FIX it).

Verdict:  It wasn’t as painful as I feared it would be.  It’s been a long, long time since I’ve done a 1300 yd. project, and I’m not sure I’ve ever done one that size in fingering yarn.  I never once considered poking my eyes out instead of finishing the ruffle, so I never had to regret doing the full ruffle, but no, I don’t think I’ll knit this precise one again.

18 comments on “Ubiquitous Sissy

  1. gMarie says:

    I think it turned out lovely. I like the color, but it’s hard to tell in photos over computer monitors what that color really is. I do love how the patterning pops in the lighter color. g

  2. Sue says:

    It comes across my monitor as different colors. Is it more pink or a dusty rose?

    I love the ruffle. I’ve always had a thing for ruffles even though I don’t see myself as a ruffle type.

  3. Susan says:

    It is beauti-mas!!! Sissy is such a good model!!!

  4. km says:

    I love it! I think it’s totally a wearable knit too. I think some knits are fun to knit, but then get pushed to the back of the closet. This would look good even draped over the back of a chair!

  5. Nancy says:

    Thanks for the knitting notes. I saved your notes and the pattern for a future project. Your shawl and model are beautiful.

  6. AlisonHyde says:

    I love that first picture! And what a gift of love!

  7. Mary says:

    Wow. 1300 yards of fingering. You have been one busy woman. Looks beautiful. Good job.

  8. StarSpry says:

    It looks lovely! I haven’t tried anything that big in fingering yarn. Great photos of Sissy 🙂

  9. Nichole says:

    Beauteous!!! LOVE!

  10. wow…that’s a lot of knitting! And me? I poke my eye out just thinking of knitting that ruffle!

  11. Mr. Puffy says:

    It’s gorgeous!!!! I *bought* a Kate shawl pattern but like this one I think a little more 🙂 Hum. Might have a use for all that fingerling yarn after all!

  12. Kathy says:

    Really nice and I love the color! You are going to wear this while grocery shopping, aren’t you?

  13. Marjie says:

    I like that color; it should be really pretty on you. How nice of Sissy to help you with modeling duties. She’s such a hard working girl!

  14. so beautiful I have always meant to make one but something else always distracts me away!

  15. Amy Darsie says:

    Beautiful! The yarn really holds the stitch detail.

  16. Anita says:

    It turned out lovely! And Sissy looks beautiful wearing it. 🙂

  17. Walden121 says:

    Love the ruffles! Sissy looks very regal.

  18. Kathy says:

    The model gives due justice on this beauty ;).

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