Since a lot of my knitting projects are long term, it’s nice have an instant-gratification project going at the same time to keep the knitting moving along. Bandera, a sweet little kerchief, is one of those projects. It reminds me of the patterns in a gansey (or guernsey) pullover, which is on my knitting to-do list.
My current fascination with haps has a lot to do with how the haps are constructed. Houlland is put together by first knitting the bottom border back and forth to make a long skinny rectangle.
Then the shawl is knit upward from stitches picked up along the top of the border.
The triangular shape is formed by decreases on each end of every right-side row. These decreases have the effect of pulling the long bottom border up to form two sides of the triangle.
The hap stretcher finally got stained and polyurethaned. This is the first time I used an aerosol (spray) finish, and it worked well with good ventilation and lighting. A couple of coats of a stain and poly combo was followed up by a few coats of a quick-drying spray polyurethane to beef up the finish.
A while back, I bought this brown-grey mohair fleece.
Knitting and spinning projects recently took a break for this.
This rear view photo was lazily taken from my chair on the beach. I would have taken other pictures, but was too busy just taking in and enjoying the sights and sounds of the ocean.
When building the hap stretcher, I deviated a bit from the construction instructions since the supplies available here were slightly different from those in the materials list.
- 4 lengths of select pine (1-2-6), i.e. 6’ long, 1-1/2” wide, and 3/4” deep
- 4 round wood knobs (1.5-inch)
- 72 dowel pins (1/4″ x 1-1/4”)
- 4 hex bolts (1/4″-28 x 1-1/4″), i.e. a 1-1/4” long bolt with a 1/4” diameter and a fine thread
- 4 hex nuts (1/4”)
There are now four haps projects in progress.
The first is unchanged. Ends still need woven in and blocking still needs to happen for the Hansel hap.
The hap stretcher is well on its way. All that is left is a light sanding of any glue that didn’t get wiped off when putting in the dowel pins and a coating of polyurethane. I made modifications to the original construction instructions based on the materials that were available and will post the mods here on the blog when I get a chance.
Sometime last year, I started knitting Gudrun Johnston’s Hansel. Here was the progress from a month or two ago. All that was left was one-quarter of the border.
It currently awaits only the final weaving in of the ends and a good blocking. But where to block what will be a 54.75-inch square?
Spinning has been occurring in the house of Fiddlehead on a regular basis, making me one happy fiber fanatic!
If you look under the banner of this site, you’ll see a link to a Fiber Events Map. This new feature allows you to search for fiber festivals or other fiber events close to you. These are the same events as are in the Fiber Events List.
The locations of events appear as sheep on the map.