Thursday, November 30, 2006
She was done in just over a weeks time :) and most of the knitting was probably concentrated in to one day and a couple of evenings.
I have been trying to figure out different ways to wear triangular shawls, and I have some suggestions listed on my site - I went on that quest because I love knitting lace, but never wear it - mostly because I have no idea how to LOL
More info on the Swallowtail can be found via my Blog - if you're not interested in reading about how to wear lace, just scroll to the bottom and follow the link to my finished objects blog.
i use jaggerspun zephyr laceweight in ebony, with lots left over from the 2-oz ball. i bought 2 in case of a shortage because i had planned to increase to 19 repeats, but now it just means that i can make one for myself ^^
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Hello! I'm Margaux from Hoboken, NJ! I've just casted on for the Swallowtail. How did I not do this sooner, who knows... I'm slighty obsessed with Ms. Clark and her creations. This one is flying, so I can see how one could whip this out in 7 days. But I was curious, how many pattern repeats did everyone do for the Budding Lace... I'm coming up to my 14th repeat and feel like I want to put a few more in there but don't want to over power it?
I'm using Regia Silk for my shawl. Anyone else use this yarn?
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Tuesday, November 28, 2006
a silly question perhaps, but you all should be in the know - just what are the various ways a triangular shawl can be worn? The only ways I can think of are:
- to drape it over both shoulders,
- wear it kinda like the model, though this does require that the shawl be scarf-sized or it gets to be a bit overwhelming
- wear it sarong-like around the hips (though I can't imagine wearing the swallowtail that way!)
Hoping for good light to get the finished swallowtail photo tomorrow!
Monday, November 27, 2006
I joined the KAL last week, and I am already finished with my Swallowtail.
I started it on Nov. 19th, and finished on the 26th. That's right 7 day's from start to finish.
Before I wrote this entry..I noticed Katie's post. My shawl is an exact replica of the one in IK as well. I did it on accident. I did not realize it until I was about 4 repeats in...
Just for fun, here it is before blocking..the transformation is amazing to see!
So here you go. I love it. It is my first ever finished lace project, and I am now an addict.
I want to do another one, but there are so many lace patterns out there calling to me!
When I teach people to knit, they're always terribly disappointed when they go into a yarn store and find that yarn is on the expensive side: "I thought it would be cheaper to make things than to buy them". I sympathize, and try to point out that if they were to buy a well made item of clothing, from nice materials that it may well cost more (this Anthropologie cardigan is a case in point). I also try to point out that knitting is about more than this. I mean, if I desperately need something, I go out and buy it, I'm not going to sit down and knit it. For me knitting is about process. Still, occasionally, I come across a bargain, and when I do I find it hard not to get excited. When I saw Misti Alpaca Lace (the suggested yarn for the Swallowtail shawl featured in the Fall 2006 issue of Interweave Knits) in Windsor Button for a mere $7 a skein (you can find it online for similar prices), I knew I was onto something. I mean, how often is it that you buy a beautiful lace alpaca shawl for just $7?
I'm actually making a complete copy of the Swallowtail Shawl in the magazine. Not only is the yarn the same, but it's the same color, too (although the color in real life is very different from the color as printed in the magazine). I'm having a lot of fun knitting this. The first few repeats of the lace pattern were a little trying, but this is always the case for me. Now that I've got the pattern in my head and understand how it works the shawl is just zooming along.
I think I'll give this to my Dad's mother. It's been a while since I knit her something, and I think she uses the other shawls I've made for her. The Sea Mist color will look wonderful on her, too.
Cross-posted on What Katie Did.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
In fact, I might even consider doing it again, though this time I would be prepared for the nupps and how to "cheat."
There are more details about the finished shawl on my blog.
This Knitalong was a great help, not only in dealing with the nupps but also in selecting the yarn. Thanks to all of you!
Friday, November 24, 2006
Would some kind soul please post or email me (singularstitches AT hotmail DOT com how to do this. I didn't think there was any post that covered this, but if there is, can someone point me to it.
Thanks a bunch!! :o)
Hi! I'm so glad there is a Knitalong for the Swallowtail Shawl. I can't wait to start. I'll be using Baby Cashmere from elann, an alpaca, merino, and cashmere blend fingering weight yarn, in the Peacock color. I hope to cast on within a week or two.
I was hoping that my first post would be an FO of my finished shawl but I've been having some trouble with the bind off. It seems so simple that I feel silly--but I've done it twice and had to frog both times. I've done: k2, return those stitches to the left needle and k2tog through the back loop, k1, over all the stitches until I've bound off down to 1 stitch. But I'm left with a straight edge, instead of a pointed one. I know that I'm reading the pattern wrong, but I can't seem to get it right. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I don't want another trip to the frog pond on 300+ stitches.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Ok, I took your kind suggestions to use a 'heavier than lace weight' yarn for my first project and I cast on with beautiful Weavers Wool Quarters (Ruby River colorway). So, I'm knitting quite happily along and making excellent progress, if I do say so myself, when I go back and take another look at the pattern. . . more closely than I had before, I guess. You know what? This shawl is in st st, not garter stitch . . . oops! And I was following the chart so well, counting my stitches, placing my markers; what a goof! If it had just said somewhere - THIS SHAWL IS KNIT IN ST ST - I would have automatically purled the wrong side rows, excepting the edge stitches. Oh jeez.
It doesn't look bad, just different. But what to do? Continue as is until the next chart, then switch to st st? Maybe run a lifeline and try a repeat in st st and see how it looks, then decide if frogging is worth it? Any sage advice?
Monday, November 20, 2006
I'm so excited. I finally finished all my other knitting "responsibilities" (I think) and I cast on for the Swallowtail!
I'm knitting fingering weight yarn on US7s. I like how the open bits look, but am still deciding what I think of the stockinette portions...course, I'm uh 5 repeats in or so at this point, so I may have my mind made up for me...I really don't want to have to rip back all that lace!
I'm sort of dreading the Nupps, having never Nupped before...but it sounds like there are a couple of options for the Nupping - I'll have to see how things go, course it may be a while yet as I've still got to decide if I'm going to stop at 14 pattern repeats or push onwards for the 19...
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Yarn: Joseph Galler Prime Alpaca - ivory? natural?
Needles: Size 4 Inox 24" circulars
I had a few problems getting started with this pattern. I haven't knit much lace, and at the beginning I didn't know what it should look like. So, when I screwed something up, I would end up ripping back two or three rows... Once I got a rhythm though, it was smooth sailing, and a pretty quick knit.
I wasn't sure how this pattern would end up looking with a sport-weight yarn, but I love it. I like that it's not so big, and that the stitches are close... Altogether a successful project!
Monday, November 13, 2006
I saw a friend's swallowtail and then decided I *had* to knit one for myself...
unfortunately (of course) I don't think I have appropriate yarn for it in my stash (tho now that I think about it...I just might have a good yarn for this project though it may drive me nuts since it has no stretch or bounce to it (bamboo)) - I have been toying with handspinning yarn for this project even though i know it will still wind up a tiny bit thick and thin - oy, the dilemmas...
In the meantime, I can't start on the project because of holiday knitting *wail*
I look forward to seeing everyone elses swallowtails growing though!
Is anyone using straight needles? I see everyones pics with circs.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
The Swallowtail Shawl is my first ever lace shawl, and to be honest I'm surprised I've got this far without any major mistakes:
I'm using Jaggerspun Zephyr in Teal, which is a pleasure to work with. So far I'm on the 9th repeat of the Budding Lace 2 chart.
Wish me luck!
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
I nearly considered frogging the whole thing before finding this workaround. Each nupp was a major effort and incredibly stressful. And knitting is supposed to be fun!
Thanks to all of you who offered alternative solutions. But I'd still like to know how anyone can do it the right way.
I just started my first swallowtail using Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud in lilac using #4 needles. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to do this stitch:
Sk2p, sl 1 knitwise, k2tog, psso
I get that you are supposed to decrease 2 stitches but I'm not sure about the first action: Sk2p.
Thanks for your help!!
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Needles: Denise Interchangeable, US size 6
Finished size after blocking: 39" depth, 79" width
I have more pictures on my blog
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Yarn: JaggerSpun Zephyr in Ebony
Needles: 4 US Clover Bamboo Circular
Blocked to 49" width, 22" depth
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
I finished my Swallowtail and I love it! Too bad it isn't for me (it's a Christmas gift).
I have really enjoyed reading all of your comments; and the advice has been especially helpful. I can't wait to see more of your shawls! This was a fun knit, mine didn't come out perfectly; but, it came out pretty well for my first lace project. There is more verbage about my experience knitting this shawl on my blog.
I will probably knit this shawl again at some point, I had a lot of fun knitting it, including the nupps!