Sunday, April 29, 2007

The Cap Shawl Finished.

This is my first post since January, but a shawl that I am very proud of.
Pattern: The Cap Shawl from Victorian Lace Today
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Lace
Needles: Knit Picks Options size 4
Size: Blocked out to 5 feet across. This is smaller than the one in the book, but I used thinner yarn and smaller needles.
More photos and Specs on my blog.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Swallowtail Complete!

My first lace shawl! I used fingering weight wool and did 10 extra repeats of the main chart to make a larger shawl than the pattern calls for.

Thank you to all who posted about solutions to the difficulties of knitting the nupps! I held an extra needle to make the YOs.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

First Lace Shawl!!

This is the forest canopy shawl in Knitpicks Merino laceweight Oregon Coast

It was really easy to knit, I had soooo much fun doing it - especially after failing so miserably at the lace project I had attempted first.

I had a few issues blocking out the points, but I managed to get them reasonably even.

YAYYYYYY! I'm so happy to have finally (successfully) finished a piece of lace - now I am addicted and I am ready to cast on my next one!
More pics & details on my blog.

Diamond Fantasy Shawl

I love this shawl! I finished it yesterday morning, blocked it all afternoon, and wore it to my 40th birthday party (aka my knitting group) last night.

More pics at The Purloined Letter

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Kiri, Flower Basket Shawl

I pulled Kiri off of the needle, so I could get an idea just how big the shawl was getting. I'm twenty rows past the pattern's called for point to start edge rows. I'll have to think about how many more row repeats I want to add before starting the edging. I've still got a fair amount of yarn left on the ball pictured, as well as another unwound 850 yards.

In the meantime, I went ahead and started the Flower Basket shawl:

This is some of the Mango yarn I ordered tons of from Handpainted Yarns. Four of the five hanks were all the same, but this poor little hank had way more of the lighter tones than the others.

I have a lot of lace on the needles. That's a good thing, because-- eventually, stuff does get finished!

A question for all of you-- Who here has tried the Addi Lace needles? I really like the Knit Picks ones, but after reading all the rave reviews on the Addis, I'm wondering if it would be worthwhile to spend the money for them. I knit most of my lace on either size 5 or 7 needles, so it's not like I'd need a big variety of sizes. What I would require is more than one needle in the same size.




Hey all! I just joined. I'm on a lace kick lately so I figured this would be a good place to be. I am working on one shawl now and had two more planned...then I got on this blog and found about ten more I'd like to make lol. This is the one that I'm doing now. It's slow going because I have so many projects going but it's coming along. The pattern is the Diamond Knit Shawl from Lion Brand's site. Theirs was big and ugly but I saw someone else make it in smaller gauge, so I decided to do it too.Sorry it's a little blurry, but that's the best I could get right now. It's much prettier in person. Oh and it's got silver thread in it so that's what the white spots are.

Progress on Charlotte #1

Here's the progress on my 1st Charlotte's Web Shawl. I'm halfway through color #4. This shawl is really fun to knit! I already have my next 5 Koigu colors picked out and I can't wait to hit the Koigu shop at the Sheep & Wool Festival. I'll post more pictures as she progresses.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Flower Basket Shawl

Hello. I just finished this Flower Basket Shawl. Yarn is KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud- Peppermint. Needle: 4 32in Addi Turbo


Swallowtail Shawl

I have finished the Swallowtail Shawl, it's been blocked, all that is left to do is to weave in the ends.

Please visit my blog for details.


Friday, April 20, 2007

Lacy Lattice Stole complete (sort of)

Here's my, complete for the moment, Lacy Lattice Stole

Read the whole story about it being mostly complete, plus more project details, here.

Wedding Veil Shawl

I'm not actually sure if I'm really going to wear this as a veil, but that was the idea when I first started designing it.

Yarn: Knit Picks 100% Merino bare lace weight
Needles: US size 5 inox circulars
Time: a little over a month of straight knitting
Pattern: my own, you can download the untested PDF at my blog.

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for a ton more pictures and more details you can go here


It's blocked!

My blocking wires arrived and were quickly put to use. The completed Feather & Fan stole measures 27" x 86" and I love love love it. More pics on my blog. :)
Now to decide what shawl to make next. Probably something from Victorian Lace Today. :)

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Kiri, on the needles again!

After all the talk around here about Kiri, I've decided to start another one, in my sunny yellow yarn from Handpainted Yarn.

Kiri is such an easy knit. One you memorize the row repeats, you don't even need to check the instructions on each active row. You knit. You knit some more. You take the knitting with you everywhere, and the next thing you know-- you're doing the edging rows!
I'm doing my Kiri larger than the 880 yards of yarn Polly used in her original pattern. I plan to use at least 1200, maybe even going so far as using 1760 yards.
In other lace news, I still have the Spiral Cap Shawl from Victorian Lace Today OTN. After finishing the Feather and Fan shawl, I'm not interested in another round shawl right now. They are fun to knit, and a chore to block.
I also have more yarn on the way from Knit Picks. I've had the Adamas Shawl pattern from them for over a year, and I have yet to knit it. It's created the same way as the Kiri shawl--you cast on five stitches, then start the increase process, set aside the stitches for the center rib and the edges, and you knit diamonds.
What's my favorite thing about the triangular shawl? You can make it as big or as small as you want, without a lot of fanfare!


First Shawl - Kiri

My first shawl! Kiri made with Rowan KSH. It took about a month after one false start. I'm currently working on the Arctic Diamonds Stole from W'06 IK, and I've got the materials for at least 6 more shawls. I think I'm addicted. Follow my progress at Random Acts of Knitting
The ram, by the way, was not amused. "Shawls are for ewes!"


New Member / Pattern Design

Hi, please allow me to introduce myself and all that, just joined, totally thrilled to be here. I hadn't quite planned to jump in with questions right away, but I was thinking that someone might know what I'm looking for right off the cuff... I'm working on a shawl that I'd like to have a somewhat circular, ring-like, fairly small overall pattern stitch (obviously true circles won't actually happen, but I'm hoping I can approach them). I've been playing around with swatches and I figure I'll eventually match what I'm looking for, but I'd not miss skipping a few swatches along the way. Anyone know of something already charted that might match what I'm looking for?

It's a total pleasure to join the group -- I've browsed through a few of the past posts, and the talent and sheer beauty of your shawls is mind-boggling!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Question re sizing

Okay - I'm making the forest canopy shawl in knitpicks lace weight merino (oregon coast) as my first lace weight project. I had some...issues with my other experience working with lace weight yarn, so I wanted something I could easily keep track of the pattern.

I like this pattern, it was easy to memorize and it's quite pretty. My question is this: the pattern is written for heavier yarn, so I don't know how many pattern repeats to do, approximately how long/wide should the unblocked version be before I figure it'll be a normal shawl size when I block it?

I'm sorry if the answer is obvious & this is a stupid question - but I've never done this before and I don't want to end up with something made for a child or something big enough to use as a blanket!!

Here is what I had done last week, I've gotten quite a bit further at this point, but it just looks like a whole lot of nothing b/c I can't spread it out on the needles I'm using.

Thank you!

Monday, April 16, 2007

I just finished this Kiri Shawl.This is my first time kintting triangular shawl.Seeing it enlarged gradually on my hands is so mysterious.For more details and pic , please see my blog

Presenting 'Carmen'

My new shawl hot off the needles this morning. It's been blocking in the gorgeous Cornish sunhsine all day. 'Carmen' is my own design and is knitted in Posh Yarn Sophia 4ply (100% cashmere). It's easy to knit and is worked from the back of the neck down. You start with just a few stitches and watching it grow is just amazing. I lvoe shawls worked in this way.

The shawl used 800 yds and is quite big (read huge) measuring 70in wide and 33 in high after blocking. Its photographed on a short UK size 10 model so looks particularly big. Unfortunately I'm nowhere near that tiny and I wanted a shawl I could drape around my large frame. I've seen so many lovely triangular shawls but they're more like scarves on me. Pattern is for sale on my blog and website if anyone's interested.


Forest Path Stole

I just finished this beautiful stole:
I love it! The finished stole measures 28" x 64" ... a bit smaller than the measurements specified in the pattern ... but that's fine with me. I have more photos and project details on my blog here.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Finished Flower Basket Shawl.

I finished my first ever shawl. It is the Flower Basket Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark.

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I used my own handspun. It took a couple of months of knitting a bit everyday. I am not a speed demon knitter. Please check out the full notes on my blog.

Saturday, April 14, 2007


Its a long story but now have two extremely large cones of lace weight yarn - I think maybe they were for machine knitting. The colors are beautiful, but they are 100% acrylic. I have never knit with acrylic yarn before. Will this knit a lace shawl the same as wool, alpaca or cashmere? It is certainly very soft... and the price was right as I was able to trade a bunch of bulky yarn I will never use for this... If anyone has any suggestions or comments for knitting with this yarn, I would appreciate it!

Friday, April 13, 2007

It's a Blue Shawl update!

Hi Everyone - I finally got a pic of where I am now on my candleflame shawl (aka the infamous Blue Shawl to my blog regulars!) so I thought I'd share - sorry it's a terrible cell-phone pic, but here it is

It was my last day at my insanely boring job today, so I let the shawl "hang out" for a bit. As you can see I still have a long way to go before it's done, but it's coming along fairly nicely now!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

New member needs pattern help

So glad to join all of you!

Right away I need help! Last night UPS brought me my 2 little balls of Misti Alpaca (437 yds ea, seafoam color) and when I finally settled down to knit -- the pattern I had been planning to use had disappeared. Please help me find something in a hurry. I have a few lace bks and lots of downloaded patterns but nothing jumps up and wants me to use it. My object is 1) to learn to feel more comfortable about using charts 2) not get bogged down in a large project right now 3) end up with a beautiful something that will cover my shoulders. Any suggestions? I have done quite a few feather and fan patterns so I want to try to do something else.

Thank you, lace knitters, your lovely work inspires and intimidates me.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Feather & Fan stole

Finally finished it! After one aborted attempt (in which I cast on 180 stitches instead of 108 -DOH!), I finished the stole yesterday.
Now I await arrival of blocking wires to really get it to "bloom."
Specs and more details on my blog.

Finished Feather and Fan shawl

I finished this shawl in time for it to be an Easter gift for my mom. She absolutely loves it. I knit it on size 5 needles, using Fino yarn from Alpaca with a Twist. The original pattern from A Gathering of Lace calls for a heavierweight yarn, yet I like the etheral look of it in laceweight yarn.

This was knit between March 1-April 7th. Until the last week or so, I've knit on it on and off. It's not a difficult knit. I used stitch markers to make most of the feather and fan knitting mindless. After row 120 or so, the rows seem to take forever to get around.

Finished blocking- 70" circumference.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Just Joined

Hello All:

I just joined because I am smitten with Lace knitting. I started a first time lace project. I spun 4 oz. of Blue Faced Leicester fiber into a laceweight yarn so it could become a Flower Basket Shawl. I am presently doing an endless amount of repeats of the Lower Body.

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I am trying to use up as much of the yarn as I can, then start the edging. I have no idea how big it will be, but I am enjoying the process. I think I found a new obsession. My goal is to create more laceweight handspun for use on lace knitting projects. I've finished a corriedale/silk cap handspun that may become a Shetland Triangle or Swallowtail. I have gained a lot of inspiration from all you members and I can't wait to see more of your work. Happy knitting.

ETA: You can see the start of my project from the start of my spinning to the present picture on my blog.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

A note from the hostess:

Hi Everyone!

Your shawls are all so beautiful. I love the variety of patterns and colors.

I just wanted to put up this note about blog invitations. I try to send them out as soon as I can, but you might not know what to look for. The sender of the invitation will be: Danielle and the subject line will read: You have been invited to contribute to Danielle's blog. Since it's being sent out by blogger, you might want to check your junk mail folder for this email. If you think you might have accidently deleted the email, please let me know by emailing LaceShawl(at)gmail(dot)com and I'll send you a new one.

Thank you!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Civil War Shawl

Just wanted to show a pic of my current WIP. I joined the Civil War Shawl KAL over at yahoo and am enjoying this project. So far I've gotten through one whole ball of yarn (of the about 10 it will take). This will be my long-term summer lace project. The border seems like it will take the longest, but I'm enjoying myself along the way.

FO: Leaf Lace Shawl

I finished Leaf Lace shawl Saturday morning.

This is the pattern and the edging.

I am quite pleased with the results. I was a bit worried that the pattern might get lost with the colours.

I only knitted 12 repeats and it stretched to 165 cm (65") x 87 cm (34.25

Here's a photo of the shawl after the pins were taken off.

Leaf Lace Shawl

Hi All! Thanks for inviting me to join your KAL! I'm really inspired by all the photos that I have seen. Here is a picture of my Leaf Lace in progress. I'm using Knitpicks Shadow. The color is called Lost Lake. I have about 2 repeats of chart 2 left to go. I'm doing 16 reps. I'm also working on a lace scarf for the ISE4.