Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
Yarn: Kidsilk Haze-- Color "Liqueur"
--The Purloined Letter
I'm out on the border, I'm walkin' the line
I'm about halfway through right now, and it's going much slower than I anticipated.
I really wanted to have this shawl off the needles by the end of the month. But now I'm not sure if I'm going to make it or not.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
FO Forest Path Stole
Hi people. I haven't updated my Forest Path Stole for a while, but here I am. It's done! I'm very happy with the result. It's big large, but that's OK. It's a shawl anyway. The details are on my blog.
pattern: interweave knits Summer 2003
Needle: Denise US 8, Bryspun US 8 dpns
Yarn: KnitPicks Shadow- Oregon Coast
I'm in love with lace, but my blocking process (for shawls especially) is not as good as I want it to be, but I'm not too worried. It will get better in time. My next lace projects are the Starburst Sweater from KnitPicks, and Rose Basket Shawl from Fiber Trends
Labels: Forest Path Stole
another lace wip
Feather and Fan scarf
This is the same pattern I'm using for my grey alpaca scarf/stole. I plan for my current one to be about 23 inches across, once blocked to size.
My close friends all want one of these, in this same stitch. I'm thinking I will be spending the rest of 2007, knitting these for my friends.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Arctic Diamonds Stole
Labels: Arctic Diamonds Stole
Thursday, February 22, 2007
De-lurking, right now!
The pattern for the socks is the one Sivia Harding used in her Gothic Leaf Lace stole. I love that lace pattern, and it makes for a great pair of socks. The yarn is Knit Picks' Essential, in a very boring taupe color. The lace pattern takes a dull yarn, and makes it happy! As soon as my darling mother saw them, in progress, she tried them on. I finished them up to her size, and now she thinks they're too pretty to wear!
I love to make rectangular lace scarves, using a feather-n-fan stitch. I made one for my aunt as a Christmas present, and everyone is still raving over it. Monday, I started on one for myself:
I'm using size 5 needles, and Knit Pick's Alpaca Cloud in Smoke. Here's a closeup of the feather-n-fan:
Every time I stop by this blog, I see so many beautiful lace patterns, I've got a big wish list of stuff I want to knit!
Happy lace knitting!
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
They are kicking my butt.
So far I have gotten half way through a row, not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES only to discover I messed up a stitch count somewhere at the very beginning and need to tink all the way back.
Did I mention each pattern row takes roughly half an hour to complete now?
My biggest problem is they are not all neat and geometric like the rest of the patterns, so I'm having a more difficult time reading my knitting than I was before, so I don't notice the mistakes sooner.
Luckily after the first few hellacious rows I'm getting better at reading the knitting and predicting how their little sheepy shapes are formed. Here you can see the leg-less sheep in all their evil splendor.
(the shawl is getting quite large and it is becoming more and more difficult to photograph it well.)
Monday, February 19, 2007
I'm Back - Lock up your needles!
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Branching Out Lace Scarf
I've finished this Branching Out for a while .It caught my eyes, when the first time I saw it in Knitty.So gorgeous, elegant,and lovely.It soon became my top priority over others on needles.Friendly and clear insturctions made it an easy project to knit.Since in Taiwan, the weather is alway hot and humid, wool is a bit too warm here so cotton yarn is my best choice.
For lace patterns,I prefered to use fingering weight yarn with larger needles (4mm circle needle for this pattern), which could show YOs more obviously.I only used up one skein of this light pink cotton yarn and spent two weeks finishing it.But the hard blocking job was going to start,I knelt down on the floor,carefully stretching and agressively pinned the scarf.After kneeing down for 30 mins on floor,I felt like it's hardly to stand up!
This Branching Out was going to give to my duaghter's teacher as a birthday gift,since she was so nice and kind to my daughter.She was so surprised to receive this gift and loved it!
Friday, February 16, 2007
Another lace shawl on the needles.
Second Repeat is done
This repeat took a bit longer as I actually dropped some stitches in the border and had to frog back about 5 rows to get everything fixed and back on track.
One nice thing about this pattern is for all its complicated looks it is quite simple. I would actually recommend it to novice lace knitters!
Oh GRIN can you tell I cleaned the lens on my camera ;-)
Labels: diamond fantasy
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Diamond Fanatasy Shawl
WOW This is knitting up much faster then I expected. ;-) But then I have been working on it alot. This yarn is so yummy and the pattern just keeps encouraging you to knit another row to see how the diamonds are forming.
I have finished my first repeat of chart B. Only 5 more repeats to go for the scarf size. Tonight at work during breaks I will double check my stitch count and then start chart B for the second time.
Labels: diamond fantasy
Friday, February 09, 2007
Lace shawl finially started
This is at the end of chart A. The picture does not do the actual color justice as it actually is pink.
This photo of the hank of yarn shows the color much more accuratly. I have just over 450 yards of this lovely soft yarn so will be able to make a nice sized shawlette from it for our local county fair. Grin at least I hope to have it done by August.
Labels: diamond fantasy
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Labels: Fan Half Circle Shawl
Monday, February 05, 2007
This past week I haven't gotten much knitting on the sheep shawl done, I'm been having familial problems and have been away.
But once I got home as was able to relax I got back to the sheep shawl.
Even with a week long break I'm making pretty good progress:
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Feather n Fan
I have decided to set aside the "must" do knitting for awhile and do some purely selfish knitting. I am working on my feather n fan half circle lace shawl from "Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls" by Martha Waterman.
I am using Gossamer from KnitPicks in Sweat Peas colorway, you can find a link to the yarn here if I posted it right, ( http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/yarn_display_closeup.asp?itemID=23664&brandName= Knit PicksYarns&lineName=&itemName=Sweet Peas ).
Latest lace shawl wip
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Lace socks - my design
and here is the pink cashmere: