Sunday, January 28, 2007
Can A Baby Blanket Count?
Saturday, January 27, 2007
I'm up to the lacy part now. I've been a little concerned that the stockinette wouldn't block out so that it makes a beautiful solid panel, but I did block a swatch, which seems to even out the stitches. I also started this with Addis and then switched to my treat for 2006--Colonial Rosewood needles (US 5s). I never knit with them before, and they are fantastic. It is too bad they're so expensive or I'd order them in more sizes.
This is not a difficult shawl, but when I saw the pattern, I thought it was perfect for this stash yarn. I have not found all this stockinette boring because I know that the lace border is coming. Also, I want to convert the knit together stitches so I can continue to knit this using the combined method, my method of choice. This is only the fourth shawl I've made, and I used continental for the others. I find that combined works better for me.
I have a question for all you experienced shawl knitters. What sort of handbag do you wear when you have ths shawls on? I tend to like shoulder bags for the most part, but they are very unattractive with a shawl draped over them. And doesn't a bag that sits on your forearm make an equally unattractive bulge there?
Friday, January 26, 2007
Rona Lace Shawl is done
My very own Rona Lace Shawl. This took me about a month to finish it, but now it's done. It was a generous christmas gift from Keri, thank you very much. The pattern is from Knit Picks and it was knitted with 3 skeins (about 1 oz was left over) Knit Picks Shadow in Vineyard on american size 5 (3,75mm) interchangable cables from Knit Picks in 24 and 32" size and a size D crochet hook. Don't ask me how many stitches there are all together, but I know there were over 1,000 stitches on the cable by the time I was at the end.
Here are some close up pics:
I hope the finished shawl is an inspiration for all those that wanted to knit it, but have been to scared or who left this project slip into the UFO box. It's absolutely doable and the crochet edging is a little different for me, but not really a problem at all, just a little time consuming.
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Monday, January 22, 2007
As I gather my things together for my local knit night I realize that it's time for another sheep shawl update!
I have made it to the village; you can just see the rooftops peeking over the horizon.
I had a few rough spots in the orchard, mostly me forgetting to pay attention until I'm half a row away and have to tink back and fix my mistakes.
I'm about 44% finished with the shawl, and I just weighed my skein of Zephyr and I'm only one oz in. This means I should have plenty of yarn left over!
Looking at it right now it looks a bit loose and sloppy to me, but when I stretch it out the patterns look much better; so while I'm not completely happy with it right now I think it will even out and look much nicer once I'm finished and can block it.
cashmere skaska warm shawl
Have a great week!
note - sorry, I did not give much information about this shawl, so here are all the detail that I omitted. This shawl was from a russian lace knitting class that I took from Galina Skaska. I am sure the pattern is in one of her books, but I do not know which one. It is knit out of two strands of lace weight cashmere on a size two needle. The pattern called for a size three needle on a single strand, but I wanted a warm functional piece. The best part of knitting this shawl/scarf is that the border was knit onto the piece as you went, so when you were done with the shawl, there were 8 stitches to graft and an end to weave. Her method for turning the corners with borders using short rows, just like socks, is so great, I am now re-writing another shawl pattern so that I can knit it in one piece as well. She also taught us how to block a shawl using nylon cord through all the points to make it easier, which was a huge help with all the points on this shawl. I hope that helps. I am very excited to be taking another lace class from Galina at the Lace Symposium in Denver in April you can check it out here - it looks like a great group of classes and teachers!
Friday, January 19, 2007
I just joined this knit along... and am loving it. I'm 24 and live outside of DC and hope to bring shawls back into style! hahahaha
I'm currently working on the Garden Lace Shawl from Elann in deep hunter green.
check out my blog at http://knittingcrochetingquilter.typepad.com/
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Karabella - Leaf Lace Shawl almost done!
Monday, January 15, 2007
Rona Lace Update
I didn't want to bore you with pictures of an unfinished project, but to follow my progress you can check out my blog. Right now I'm on row 121 of 153 and my shawl doesn't look so impressive at all. I have people asking me, if I'm knitting a bag! No, it's a round shawl and won't they all be surprised when it emerges in all it's beauty. Hopefully that won't take that much longer and I can post a picture of the finished shawl. Bare with me and keep checking in with me. I'm knitting as fast as I can.
Peacock Feathers is Finished! (almost)
Wool Peddler's Shawl
I finally have some progress to show. I have not started on my Russian Faux Stole, as I decided to start with a simpler project and tackle that one later down the road. I did, however, finish the Wool Peddler's Shawl from Folk Shawls. I'm going to have to build up the stamina to work on a project with several hundred stitches on the needles, I can see. Even with the about 350 that this project had, I was getting bored with the repetitive pattern of the knitting. I'm excited about the finished product, though, and can't wait to cast on my next one.
(cross-posted on my blog)
Saturday, January 13, 2007
On the WIP front, I'm finally making some serious progress on my "modified" candleflame shawl. I'm really liking how it's turning out (I have about 1/3 of it done now) and will post pics for you to see once I get more film.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
The sheep shawl
It's the Sheep shawl from Fiber Trends
This isn't my first lace shawl, but it is my first 'professional' lace shawl, all my others have been designed by me.
I'm having a lot of fun with it so far, and it's going very quickly.
I'm in love with the yarn, Jaggerspun Zephyr, it's some of the most delicious lace weight I've ever worked with!
I'm ready for more lace...
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Shawls for 2007
I plan to use it for Miriam Felton's Seraphim Shawl, which you can see at: mimknits.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=182.
Since I'm new to blogging, and my blog is on Typepad, I don't yet know how to create links in Blogger.
I've done my sample swatch, but it isn't blocked yet. One reason I picked this shawl, aside from liking its appearance, is that I'm a combined knitter. Until now, I've switched to continental style for lace so the stitches would be positioned the "right way" for instructions to Ktog. But this shawl has a lot of stockinette, which I plan to do in combined style, and I may rewrite the lace directions so I can do the increases and decreases in combined style as well.
Monday, January 08, 2007
my first lace scarf of the year....
Have a great week!
ps- here is the link for the pattern - I didn't see any need to have a nasty seam down the middle so I knit it all in one piece. And I just found out from the manufacture that my yarn skein was 460 yards - so the scarf took about 430 yards in a light sport weight with a size 5 needle and I added one lace repeat to each row - if you make it please post, I would love to see some others!
Friday, January 05, 2007
So happy to join in on the fun!
Thursday, January 04, 2007
And I'm going to keep it for ME, at least till someone whines...lol
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Lace shawl is coming along
Monday, January 01, 2007
Rona Lace Picture
I guess Santa was good to me this year after all. I guess he found my gift in his sled when he was cleaning it out and I found a new digicam under my tree yesterday, after I got home from work. Now I can take a picture of my Rona Lace Shawl and show off my progress. Well, I didn't have much time to play with my new toy yet and the shawl is getting to that point where it's hard to take a good picture, because all it looks like is a wadded up mess. The picture actually states my progress at about row 35 last night. By now I prgresses to row 46 and I love it so far. There is no getting bored with it so far and even though I realize that the rounds will take longer as it gets bigger, I see myself finishing this shawl in a short time. Hooray for interesting patterns. Thanks for checking in and following my knitting.