Monday, December 7, 2009
Saturday, May 24, 2008
This was a very nice knitting project which I enjoyed thoroughly! I just might knit another one with more suitable yarn.
I'm planning on knitting another Lace Style design after I finish the project I'm working on now. Lilies of the valley are just about to bloom here. They are my favourite flowers. I even had them in my wedding bouquet. So of course I will knit Lily of the Valley Shawl - I can hardly wait!! And this time yarn I've chosen should be OK.
Who am I? My blogname is Päivikki and I live in Finland and have been knitting most of my life. Here's my blog address:
I'm sorry it's only in Finnish, but some of it will be in English once the SecretPal12 will start.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
I'm using Feza's "Fanatic", in Proscribed Colors (thank heavens I found chocolate-and-turqouise yarn!). It's a bit thicker than called for, so I'm using larger needles and adjusting (following the XS instructions for my XL frame, with modifications to make the pieces fit), and it's flying. I got the entire back finished in one day. I was worried, since it's for my sister's wedding, which is sooner than I'd like, but I'm not worried about the time.
I'm worried because I have exactly enough yarn, and if you ever read the Yarn Harlot's blog, you've heard about what a disaster will befall anyone who doesn't get that extra ball of yarn when they have a chance. (I'll be calling my LNS today to see if they've got another bag hidden somewhere!)
Monday, March 17, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
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Thursday, December 6, 2007
I had four skeins of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in Fuschia, they had been destined for a scarf but I decided I'd done enough scarves for awhile, so...I went on Ravelry and saw that several people had used this yarn for the Retro Redux Shrug. I immediately cast on, and I love the pattern and the way the shaping is done through different needle sizes--it's a great way to try out my knew KnitPicks Options needle set!
The Shrug is a bit on hold now, as I try to complete a few holiday projects and a warm scarf for my husband as the chill sets in!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
I'm new to this knitalong! I purchased the book after seeing the beautiful lace jacket on the cover and am wondering if anyone is working on it? Any thoughts or tips before starting? I am thrilled to see all the Retro Redux, one of my other favorites.
Monday, October 1, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Here's my Retro Redux Shrug - mine took a little more yarn than the pattern specified (still, only 3 skeins of Rowan Calmer #461) and I added 3/4-1 inch of edging on size 9 needles to add a bit of curve to the fit and lengthen the back. Like another knitter posted, mine also fit a little snug around the arms - which could be due to seaming - but I wouldn't want go up a size and it fits fine now. This is a great pattern and a great little shrug to have while travelling; it's small enough to fit in handbag and will keep your shoulders warm on those unexpected cool nights!
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
I'm new to this KAL and new to KALs and blogging in general. I'm making the Katharine Hepburn Cardigan in Knitpicks Shine Sport, color is Violet. I'm about one inch from finishing the back piece and already about two inches into the front left half. I thought it would be fun to share my progress and see what other people are doing with the designs from this book. I am loving this sweater, so much so that I might make another one in wool later as a colder weather sweater. I'll post pics as soon as I get them off my camera, and figure out how to post them.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Hi All...this is my first post on this KAL. I hope to have more pics once I can get my blog together. Here's my Retro Redux Shrug. It is a surprise gift for my Aunt, whose in her 70's. She was looking through Lace Style and saw the shrug. She had mentioned how much she liked it and would like to have one...hint, hint. Since she lives outside of Washington, D.C. and doesn't get to come home (TN) often, I thought this would be a very nice gift for her. I had fun knitting this and it took about a week to make. I hope to make a few more with different yarns. I saw the yarn at JoAnn's and decided to try it out. I thought it was a nice soft yarn, holds it shape well and easy on my hands. I haven't been able to find any info on this yarn from anyone else who has used it before. If you have used this before, what were your thoughts on this yarn. Anyway, happy knitting.
Yarn: Moda Dea Washable Wool
Color: 4418 - Real Teal
Now I just have 13 more of these to do before I can start the edging (and get rid of my lovely brown acrylic worsted contrasting yarn... SO does not go with my lovely lavender wool-silk!). More pics on one of the other blogs I have. (Granted, there's not a lot to see just yet, but I'm very excited about it!)
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Mine's Knit Picks Andean Silk in Cream. Loved the pattern... I knit it smaller than me because I'm trying to lose weight (20 lbs. down, 40 more to go!). It's the perfect pattern for this because it stretches so I can wear it now if I want, and it doesn't have to stretch across the dreaded boob-age territory...
Three months ago, I purchased the Handmaiden Sea Silk in ivory. I mastered the provisional cast on, done for the first time; I easily knit the first border edging rows. Then, screech. You see, my lace knitting experience is limited to socks; I have never before attempted a shawl. I knit; I frogged. Repeat as nauseum. Many pairs of socks tempted me away as I occasionally glanced askance at the very little I had completed on the shawl, which is a gift for my mother, otherwise known as "The Meem." She picked it out herself. It was a substitution for the Hug-Me-Tight from Knit Two Together which, I am ashamed to say, was supposed to be a gift for, gulp, last Christmas. It defeated me. The gauge looked screwy; the pattern seemed cursed.
As I switched to the lovely Lily of the Valley shawl, I thought the curse was broken, then convinced myself it dwelled within me and my incompetence. Just this past weekend, however, as the Tour de France was ending and with it Harry Potter, the curse lifted and it all made sense to me. Use plenty of stitch markers; get yourself a pattern keeper from KnitPicks. Happily, I am making progress! My inner glee cannot be contained!
After posting a photo of the shawl to my own blog, pretendingtofarm.com, I got numerous compliments and much interest in joining the quest for lovely lilies. Finally, I am a knitter of lace. The only caveat? Alcohol and lace do not mix. When imbibing, just say no to lace!
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I've really gone round the bend on this one, though, as I love to recycle! I went to a Goodwill store and looked through the sweaters for a summery silk. I found one that was new (still had the tags on it!), and brought it home for $1.50. That evening, I took the sweater apart, piece by piece, and carefully rewound the golden silk fiber around a cardboard tube. I wound it at each end so that I could use two strands at once. I am about a third of the way through the first sock and it looks pretty good. I'm sure with blocking, it will really look great. I moved up to a #2 needle as the cuff was too small and tight on #1s.
I will be sure to post a picture of the final results! It's great fun to see and read about all your projects!
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I have more pictures of the back and a swatch on my blog.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
I'm curious to know what people think of the Addi Turbo lace needles, as I am considering getting some, and if I do they will probably be duplicates of Addi Turbo circulars I already own. I have heard such good things about them, though, that I want to check them out. Especially remembering how difficult it was to p5tog when I made the Swallowtail Shawl.
Also, I am interested to hear from people who have knit with AWAT Fino, because it looks lush but is a wee bit on the spendy side, and I already have plenty of laceweight yarn. (But it's oh so tempting...)
I don't have the Lace Style book yet, but I love Pam Allen' & Ann Budd's previous works. What do you gals suggest for a great lace jump in point? I hve knit for a while, and LOVE lace knitting.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
My retro redux shrug is finished and was a very enjoyable knit. Easy, quick, and a very wearable sweater. I knit this with Malabrigo merino wool in the 38" size. It's the perfect combination of warm and cool for air conditioned buildings this summer. I've posted a few other pictures and details on my blog.
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Here is a hint for purling nupp stitches on WS rows:
Be sure to separate the YO that immediately follows the nupp stitch BEFORE you insert your lace needle into the nupp stitch. I have found that the YO tends to move and can get intertwined with the nupp stitch.