Saturday, June 30, 2007

my Swallowtail is finished...

Washed and blocked this morning and ready for her photo shoot late this afternoon, my Swallowtail. I'm not 100% pleased with the 3-stitch bobble substitution for the nupps. Next time around, I'll try some of the other variations I've been reading about. The color in the photos is a lot more eye-popping than the actual color of the yarn (Jade Sapphire's Cashmere and Silk laceweight in Blueblood Red) which is a warmer, pinky red. Working with this yarn was a luxurious treat. When I picked up one of my favorite merino wool sock yarns this morning, it took almost an hour not to feel as if I were knitting with baling wire after working with the cashmere and silk. :)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

She's Flown the Nest

It was fun. I'd do it again. Here's a pic:
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

Addicted to LACE

I just started knitting lace over the summer and I must say I LOVE it! I can't wait to get started on this shawl, tho I have to find my missing interweave that HAS this pattern in it...*sigh*

But you will be seeing this off my needles VERY soon!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

nope to nupps

I'm in the home stretch, working the Peaked Edging now. I spent several evenings trying all kinds of permutations to achieve the 'nupps'. With the purl 5 together nigh on impossible for me to execute with my Inox greys, I started trying out different things. I finally settled on a 3-stitch bobble which, while not entirely to my satisfaction, is better than throwing down the knitting in complete frustration. ;)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

New member and yardage

Hello! This will be my first major lace project (I've done a couple of small scarves and handkerchiefs) and I'm very excited! I ordered a back copy of the magazine, so I can't wait for it to come in to get started! I was wondering if someone could leave a comment with the yardage required for this project? I would like to go ahead and purchase the yarn so I'm ready when the magazine comes in! Thank you!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

My 2nd Swallowtail Shawl

Knitting is addictive as it is, but knitting triangle shawls are even more so. I have more or less stopped knitting anything else!!

Here's my 2nd Swallowtail again, using the handpainted 100% wool lace yarn from Handpainted Yarn.

Even hubby was impressed!

Sunday, June 10, 2007


Everyone who has finished a shawl is a true artist!! They are all beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!
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

My Swallowtail So Far

Thanks Lois for inviting me. Here's a picture:
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

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Getting started

I am loving my Swallow Tail Shawl. This is really the first substantial lace pattern I have attempted. While I am having some stupid moments *i don't understand why this row won't work out... OH i am trying to knit the wrong row...* I keep gently ripping to get back, I feel like I am accomplishing something wonderful. The yarn is Blue Sky Alpaca, which I bought years ago, before the Swallow Tail pattern graced the pages of Interweave Knits. I have intended to knit this yarn in this pattern for quite some time. I am also knitting on US 10.5's because the yarn is fairly thick, and I want a big shawl :) I also read a comment on some one else's post that stated that after the 14 repeat of the Budding Lace, 5 repeat sequences will make the Lily of the Valley charts work out correctly. Has anyone tried this and had it work successfully or unsuccessfully?
More details about this shawl's life posted on my blog.