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