Sunday, September 30, 2007

Multiple Shawl Posting

I put a post about two shawls I knitted last year, plus a better photo of the yarn colour for the latest shawl I finished, in my blog. You may need to scroll down, as the critter cuteness invaded, too.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

South Seas Stole

I just finished this stole of my own design yesterday. I'm very happy with it. There are quite a few more pictures on my blog. It has a total of 5 motifs in it, including the border, and lots of beads. I used a provisional cast on, and grafted the last 13 stitches of the border together to finish it. No binding off (I'm terrible at "loose" bind offs)!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Hemp Forest

I just finished knitting the Forest Canopy shawl (pure joy!), using hemp laceweight to knit with (pure joy--ALMOST). I'm really pleased with it and I'm looking forward to showing it off at a conference next week.

More photos and discussion (including one of my son modeling it with his pet dodecahedron) on my blog.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Shawl Suggestions Needed

I'm a new member to this KAL, and need some shawl suggestions. The mother of a close friend was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. I live too far away to bring a casserole to show my support, so I've asked if I could knit her something. My friend, her son, says that he thinks she would like a shawl, and that her favorite color is red. This is where I need your help.

Do you have any favorite small-medium shawl patterns or (red) shawl yarn? I've knit a few simple lace patterns on scarves before, and am up for the challenge of something a little tricky. That being said, I'd like to have a project that I can finish in a timely manner. The last caveat is that I'm in graduate school, so time is a little short, as is my cash flow for really expensive yarn.

Thanks for all of your suggestions, and I look forward to sharing my project progress once I begin!


Icelandic Lace Shawl

This is my latest knitting achievement. It's the Icelandic Lace Shawl. I set up a Yahoo Knit Along for the particular pattern and actually the knit along is still going on. I used Jaggerspun Heather fingering weight yarn in 8 different shades of browns and grays with U.S. size 6 needles. The pattern was originally published in Three Corner Shawls, then again in the July 1996 Piecework magazine.

Interweave Press heard about the knit along so they published the pattern again in the free Knitting Daily newsletter. I would not describe this pattern as difficult and with the different stitches and colors, it was a fun project. We have about 400 participants in the knit along. I was in a hurry because I left some unfinished projects to knit this one. It took me just under 2 weeks to knit.
Gay Fakkema


Monday, September 24, 2007

Kiri shawl finished

I`m totally hooked on the feeling of going to bed with a new shawl pinned down on the blocking bed. This one took me eight days to knit, though I didn`t work on it every evening.

The shawl turned out a lot bigger that I was aiming for, I ended up after blocking on 180 cm, and that`s 10 repeats on the pattern. I made the shawl from a natural white Faroe islands yarn, Navia. I guess I`ve used about 70 grams.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Flechtmuster Tuch/Braided Shawl

Here is the finished braided shawl I knitted with a german KAL. The pattern was available in the Anna magazine 9/2007 and was thanks to the KAL hard to get, especially here in the states. It's so good to have connections :). Kick off for the KAL was the 15th of this month, but since the pattern was here, the yarn was looking at me and waiting for me to cast on I cheated and started on the oh so boring garter stitch part two days early. So it took me pretty much about 7 days to finish the whole shawl. Wow, now that I think about it, not bad at all. And it's so totally wearable for those cooler fall evenings. This might just be one of my favorite shawls to wear.

For more pictures of the different stages of the shawl you can visit my blog.

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Victorian Lace Today's Melon Shawl

Anyone who has done Victorian Lace Today's Mellon Shawl understands the sense of satisfaction I'm feeling now.

I just finished the center panel of the shawl!! YAY! And here are some pictures

Yarn: 15.5 Balls of Plymouth Royal Bamboo yarn
Needles: Size 8 Addis, 24 inches
Modifications: The pattern calls only for six repeats (6 "melons"). That would have made for a really nice scarf so I increased the number of repeats to thirteen
I will add the border as soon as I get it back from the women at Martin McCrea. They are going to dye the shawl in parts: First, the two sides with the lighter dyelot will get dyed then they'll do the center. And if I did the border, that would have complicated things so they'll dye the rest of the yarn.

There are more details in my blog. I'm so excited that it's done

Friday, September 21, 2007

Stole progress

I have finised the center panel of Anne's garden stole and started on the end borders last night.

More pic at my blog

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Dodile´s North Roe

Hi. I have recently started a North Roe Shawl I bought from Dodile about a year ago. I am through with chart one and have just posted a picture in my blog, although it does not differ much from any other picture of an unfinished (unblocked) shawl.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Loving Lace

I appear to be on a lace kick. Not only have I finally cast on for Wing o the Moth, I've recently finished this lace project. A pleasure to knit, and relatively quick to finish. More details, as always, over at my Finished Goods blog :)

I also am in the process of attempting to select yarn and beads for Secret of the Stole - if you want to check those choices out and help me make my decision, the yarns are posted on my blog. (direct link to the post here)


Sunday, September 16, 2007

Making progress!

Circular Shawl in Progress
At 576 stitches a round, my circular shawl is a slow-going project. I can't wait to see it off the needles and all blocked out, but that's a long way off! The yarn is indigo Zephyr and the design is my own.

Faroe Islands Kiri

Yesterday a friend and I took a trip to a smaller city about an hour away from where we lived to check out the yarn stores there, and to my great joy I found laceweight yarns! It was only in unbleached white, about 700 meters pr 100 grams and a mix of wool from the Faroe Islands, Shetlands and Australia. I`m in løøøv. It is called Navia, by the way.
I started a Kiri shawl with it. I guess i`ll dye it later. I am probably going to give this one away to a friend who is having a baby soon and I want to squeeze her for her favorite color to make it just perfect.
I am making the shawl on 4,5mm needles but I think I should have gone down a half size. That`ll be a lesson for the next shawl.
I usually knit in the evenings and sometimes I make stupid mistakes. I have a new sudokupen from Penol that is great for just making a line over the rows I allready made. The pen has a white tip at the other side, like a regular marker, that neutralizes the ink. I love it! I haven`t dared using it in my books yet, but the copys doesn`t seem to suffer any damages. I don`t need to sharpen my pencil and worry about who stole my erasers and the best of it; no rubber residue around the sofa!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Swallowtail Shawl

This is a close shot of my finished Swallowtail Shawl, knitted in Piece of Beauty's laceweight silk. Color is Citrus Blush, a mixture of pinks and gold. It works very well with this pattern, the colors add interest but aren't too busy.

Picture of whole shawl on my blog

Edit: Link fixed, now it works.

Friday, September 07, 2007

I'm back!

Hi all,

I am back from my vacation and as always work has been crazy. My aunt loved the shawl and she cried when we visited her in Washington. I am now working on two shawls at the present time. First one is from the Heirloom Series from Sharon Miller called the Grey Shawl (HAP), I haven't take any pictures as it is just a small triangle right now. I am using KnitPicks bare lace yarn which is a very pretty cream color, 100% wool for the center which will be a diamond. The borders are the all Shale design with varying degrees of grays.

The other shawl that I am working is the Peddler's Wool shawl from Folk Shawls (Cheryl Oberle), in which I am using a hand-dyed alpaca lace yarn from a gal from Oregon who I had met on line. It is so soft. The main part (top) is a color she calls Autumn, which is yellows, oranges, greens, and brown; very pretty. For the lacer part, I am going to use same kind of yarn, but in a copper color. Since both shawls are in the beginning stage and just garter stitch, I will wait a little while before I take any pictures.

Until next time,

Linda E.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Swan Lake Stole a.k.a. MS3

I finished my mystery stole early last week, and finally got it blocked over the long weekend.

I wish you could see the beads better.

I knit it in a fine merino lace weight yarn in pearl gray. I love it. Sooo soft. Lots more photos and info are on my blog.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Melon progress

Not sure whether you are only supposed to blog about finished lace project :-) Would love to see what you all are working on right now. Myself I am busy with The Melon Shawl from Victorian Lace Today but I am getting pretty bored with the pattern!

More at my blog


Monday, September 03, 2007

Erich Engeln shawl

I just finished making Model A from Erich Engeln's Spitzenstricken 58, in Colinette Parisienne lace weight mohair (colourway Castagna). It has been gifted to my husband's Grandma (the model). She wears a lot of pink, and looks wonderful in the shawl. More babbling on my blog.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Vine Lace

Not bad for my first lace adventure huh

Starting a new Project

So I just castred on a new project from Vintage Lace today. So far so good. I have the first repeat done...its a pretty easy pattern, I hope the kniton border is this still seems a bit odd just reading it. If anyone has made anything from here yet please let me know how it went for you lol

pics soon!