I finished this up last night and blocked it this morning before going to work. I have become completely addicted to Renee's shawls. The Spring Mystery Shawl starts on March 6. I already have the yarn and need to pick out some beads.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I have also been working on this pullover. It was in my everyday knitting bag until I got to the sleeves, then it sat on my daybed for a while until I finally got back to it. I did a provisional cast on for the increase stitches for the sleeves so there will be no seam when I start the other half of the sleeve.
Lace isn't the only thing on my needles. I started this project at the end of January to have something simple in my everyday bag. I always like to have some simple knitting with me, especially at work when I have to review documents or take training. This is a simple top-down raglan pullover, my second one. The yarn is Jaeger Extra Fine Merino DK. The pattern was created using the Sweater Wizard software.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Yes. Another shawl project, and another mystery shawl. That makes three lace shawls on my needles right now. And 5 magnetic boards for my charts. Methinks I am a bit out of control here, but I just love lace knitting. This is the Evenstar Mystery Shawl by Susan Pandorf of A Few Stitches Short that is making such a splash on Ravelry. Susan is using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silk Thread II in Winter Solstice. I bought the yarn in Tanzanite (purple, of course) and then also bought it in Winter Solstice after Susan posted pictures of hers. But I also bought this Eos in Aubergine (50/50 Tussah Silk/Wool) from The Unique Sheep. I swatched with the Silk Thread II in the Winter Solstice and it is a beautiful yarn, but I wasn't sure I wanted to make this out of pure silk. The other advantage of the Eos is that the wonderful people at The Unique Sheep put up 6 oz hanks that are long enough to knit the entire shawl, so no joining, which I would have to do with the Silk Thread II.
I have mostly been knitting lace this past week. I am working on the 6th repeat of chart B on this shawl. There are 8 repeats of chart B and then chart C and I will be done. Placing the beads is a bit tedious, but the results are beautiful.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
I finished up clue 2 tonight. I am really liking how this shawl is turning out. But I couldn't have made it this far without the assistance of Frederica von Fish. To keep track of my place on the chart I use a magnetic board. I have a long magnetic strip that so far has been long enough for all the charts I have used in lace knitting and I place it above the line that I am currently knitting. This lets me see how the row that I am currently working fits in with the pattern that I've already completed. But this pattern is a bit complex, and I was having trouble keeping my place in the line. Enter Frederica von Fish.
I picked up a set of these cute little fish magnets last summer at Bead & Button and they have been schooling on our magnetic message board in the kitchen. Aha, says I, perhaps I can have Fred here point out my place on the line, like a bouncing ball in a sing along. So now she sits above the lace motif that I am working on the magnetic strip I use to mark my place in the chart. As I finish a motif I shift her to the next one. No more losing my place, and not having to worry about that frees my attention so I can concentrate on making sure the lace pattern is correct.
Other tips for lace knitting - write in the number of knit stitches for any stretch over 4, and highlight anything unusual. For triangular shawls it is the practice to repeat the chart around a center stitch. Sometimes the chart is not symmetric. Depending upon the asymmetry I may make a new chart for the repeat. In this case the asymmetry was minor so I simply highlighted the motif to remind myself to flip it.