Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
I want to warn those using Jaeggerspun zephyr in fuchsia that it bleeds:
Friday, September 21, 2007
It's going okay. I'm on repeat #12 or so of the budding lace detail. I went out and got some Lace Addis today and that really sped things up. I'm using Hand Maiden Sea Silk.
I wrote two previous posts about it on my blog, so if you really want to see them here they all
are. The only interesting part is that I did four repeats in Cherry Tree Alpaca silk before I ripped them out and switched to Sea Silk.
I can't wait for this to be done!
Monday, September 17, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Patons Jet, Wool Alpaca Mix 10 Balls
6mm Knitpicks Options x 2
I started with a circular provisional cast on, and added extra stitches to double the pattern (make it square), and also to make each of the four "ribs" double instead of single knit stitches (just to make it easier to knit in the round.
It took me about 6 weeks, but I moved house in the middle of it, and just got around to blocking yesterday. iPod included for scale. The edging is just moss stitch (seed stitch). Knitted for my new neicephew, due in December '07.
Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl
Yarn: Artfibers Golden Chai, 100 % golden tussah silk
Amount Used: Over 500 yards
Needles: KnitPicks Options circular 47-inch size 8
Pre-Block Dimensions: Length 27 1/2 ", Width 56"
Post-Block Dimensions: Length 34", Width 70"
Love this yarn! I really can't tell accurately how much I used, as I ran out with 5 rows left to go! I had to order more. I have more details on my blog: http://mymerinomantra.typepad.com
Saturday, August 11, 2007
As you can see, at this point I still had a lot of yarn left. I had a teeny little bit left over -- about the size of a silver dollar-- when I cast off the final stitch. If anyone is considering making this shawl with Sea Silk, one skein is exactly enough yarn for this project.
Here's a closeup of the rosebud lace:
I have read that the Sea Silk looses up quite a bit during blocking, so I am curious to see what happens. I'll post pictures. Personally, I don't think a person can ever go wrong with silk, so hopefully Grandma will have silky shoulders for Christmas this year-- finally!
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Here are my before and during blocking pix
The top corners look a little weird...I know its not completely even, I tried my best, I don't have a T-square like Eunny Jang's example...but it will be flowy right.. so I think it will be okay
I have more pictures on my blog of the blocking progress and measurement before and after
I assume I will leave it like this until tomorrow so its fully set??
Saturday, August 04, 2007
I've been working on the Thistle Lace pattern from Barbara Walker's Teasury, volume 2. My goal is a triangular shawl with a symmetrical, small repeat, then a border, then a peaked edging. The Thistle leaf pattern is a 28-row repeat with purling on all even rows. Here's where I'm stuck:
- does the border edge have to keep increasing in number of stitches, or can I increase to the number that I need for the repeat (11) and then do plain knit or repeat the same row on either edge until I get to the end of the 28 rows needed for the pattern repeat?
- any ideas on how the border should mirror the pattern? can I just do a small part, or do I need to build up to the entire pattern as I get enough stitches on either side of the repeat?
My blog is at http://pegotty/blogspot.com if you'd rather leave a suggestion there. Any help would be welcomed! Thanks all.
Friday, August 03, 2007
Im using Lacey Lamb 100% extrafine lambswool, everything else is in a foreign language
I have more info on my blog, but here is where I began some months ago
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
And here's a close up just to show the detail.
I'm knitting it using Colinette's Jitterbug, I love this yarn! I'm also glad I'm doing my first lace project in fingering weight yarn. Yesterday I casted on for a feather and fin scarf with lace weight and I'm really glad I didn't start with it!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
less than one ball Zephyr Wool-Silk in Real Red
size 4 Inox Express 24" circular plus a tapestry needle to aid in nupping (see my earlier post for info on this)
I am really proud of how this turned out; It's my first lace project and I love everything about it. Visit my blog for a few more details. :-) Thanks, all!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Thanks to everyone on this knitalong whose advice and beautiful finished swallowtails are inspiring me!
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
There's more pics on my blog - Something To Laugh About
Specs: Morehouse Merino Lace - 2 skeins in coral
Needles: Addi Turbo Lace Size 5 and for the last row and bind off I used Crystal Palace bamboo circulars Size 8
Some thoughts: I wasn't fond of the transition to the Lily of the Valley border. I ended up liking nups after the first 1 or two rows of them. Watching it grow and bloom when I blocked it was great!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Here's my 2nd Swallowtail again, using the handpainted 100% wool lace yarn from Handpainted Yarn.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
I am trying to do the nupps on the first chart. I always come out with the wrong count. I've been doing the cheater method.
Could someone just tell me the sequence of the abbreviated 'real'ones? I don't understand the symbol.
Even with a broken arm I can knit for awhile, but I'm on the verge of packing all mt stuff away upstairs. Can someone help me? thanks so much.... Star
Thursday, June 07, 2007
This is my first shawl. I'm a fairly new lace knitter, and I love it. I'm almost to the next section, and I can't wait to experience nupps! (I hear groans)
Yarn: Morehouse Merino Laceweight, in coral
Needles: Addi Lace Size 4
More shots at www.donnac368.blogspot.com
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
More details about this shawl's life posted on my blog.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
I love this pattern so much! And using Sea Silk didn't suck either. I took a few pictures of the finished shawl at the Missouri Botanical Garden and posted them on my blog. Now I want to do another one, but I can't decide what yarn to use. I'm so glad there is this KAL so I can see so many possibilities!
I wanted to share the technique I'm using for the nupps just in case it helps anyone else in my situation.
After all the swearing and the poking and the feeling desperate, I discovered a method for nupping that is less painful and more efficient, for me at least. Each time I come to the p5tog, I carefully slip the five stitches onto a metal tapestry needle and hold it to the front, sort of like using a cable needle. I then purl the stitches together from the tapestry needle rather than the left knitting needle. The smaller diameter of the tapestry needle gives me the wiggle room I need to clear all five stitches, wrap the working yarn, and purl it through. It's still really fiddly, but the nupps look great. There are a couple I could have done better, but even my perfectionism balks at ripping back to my lifeline unless I really have to.
I also managed to finish my shawl some time ago. About a month or so. And yes, it did not take too long to knit even though I've been so busy lately that I did not knit as much as I would have liked and it has taken me even longer to find some time to blog about it and upload some pictures.
I used under one skein of lace wool from handpaintedyarn.com on 3.5mm needles and may make another one in the same dusty pink colour.
so we have gone from this....
and finally (the above photo reflects the true colous)...
There are more photos and details on my blog. But I would definitely do more of these in the future....
Saturday, May 26, 2007
I used it for the theater last night (Jon Fosses Eg er vinden), and it felt just like a shawl to have to the theather.
I did the knitting off too thight, that explains why the tails really not are tails. But it still works, doesn't it?
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
I cast on yesterday afternoon and got a couple of repeats done of the main pattern. I love the colours in this yarn I dyed myself but don't think it works for lace, so I think when the shawl is finished I will over-dye it to unify the colours or I feel it will detract from the pattern......
The yarn is from Yarn Treehouse on ebay and is 100% wool, quite fine, so I have doubled the yarn before dying to give the correct weight for the pattern.... I am using KP Options 3.5mm
Friday, May 04, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Just joined this talented group. I have finished the 14 repeats of the first chart and trying to get into the tormenting nupp's.
I had to rip rows 5, 6 & 7 because, obviouly, I made a mistake and nupp's did not line up properly. Ugh!
I am using the Shadow yarn (100% merino wool) in Grape Jelly from KnitPicks.
Will try to take a photo and post soon.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
excuse the indoor shot; it's pouring rain here.
i used knitpicks alpaca cloud and knitpicks options circs. they were both lovely to work with. even though it took awhile, i loved this pattern and i'll probably make another. more details and a blocking shot on my blog.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
It is my first ever 'proper' lace project and I love it. Even though it took me some time to knit (I am a slow knitter) I found the pattern very easy and didn't make too many mistakes - well none that are visible after blocking anyway!
Yarn Used: Jaggerspun Zephyr in teal
Needle size: 3.5mm
Size (after blocking): 41" wide, 16" long
Thanks for all your tips! The sl 3, p2tog, psso was definitely a lot easier than p5tog.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
The yarn is a worsted weight, and a mixture of wool, silk and angora. A bit rough to the hand, but beautiful. Do you think that it would work? And if not, does anyone have a suggestion for a shawl pattern for a worsted-weight yarn?