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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.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
I finally got around to sewing up Tailored Scallops and am pleased with it. I used Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Chunky as I need the jacket to be slightly larger than it was written for. The gauge change affected the row count but frequent use of the tape measure kept me on track.
Monday, July 2, 2007
I was lucky enough to be a knitster for this episode and got sneak peeks at a couple of patterns from the book. The first project in the show was "The Point about Cuffs." I did an alternative version of these with bamboo during the filming of the show.
The second project was actually the lace pattern from the edges of the "long long lacy gloves" in the book. They demonstrated this as a trim that you could add to the bottom of an existing skirt. For the show, I knit one up in mohair laceweight.
I just joined the KAL earlier this week and decided my next project from the book would be the Retro Redux Shrug. I've just started but am finding it a very quick knit.
I'm not sure when the Knitty Gritty episode will re-air but I think it would be fun for people on this KAL to see. Tricia brought a number of the finished items from the book on set and you can see them in the episode. The schedule is posted here if you want to investigate later. I have a few other pictures of the episode on my blog.
Look forward to seeing everyone's projects here in the future!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
So I jimmied the pattern, but I love how it turned out. Can't wait to go to High Tea and wear my new hat!!!
Friday, June 15, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
I began the Hepburn cardigan last week but then had to leave town for a week long work engagement. Because of the charts and the level of attentiveness required to not mess this baby up, I tried about three rows on the airplane and quickly put it away and pulled out the socks. But now I am home and am eager to start it up again. The Louet Gems is a beaut and I'm loving the extreme pinkness of the 'Pink Panther' Colorway. I'll keep you posted!
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Hi, everyone, I am first time here, and want to share that I just started my Essential Tank top. I love this lacy pattern very much.
The yarn that I chose for this pattern is "Misti Alpaca Lace", using 2 strands of 2 different colors. (0524, Baby pink and CD43 Coral Melange) Personally , I think this is a good match, looks like strawberry milkshake, right?
Sunday, June 3, 2007
I just wanted to post a quick note to say hello and introduce myself. My name is Kristina and I live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, USA. I just graduated with a PhD in Nursing 3 weeks ago and received a copy of Lace Style as a graduation gift. Oh joy! I've been knitting lace for 1 1/2 years now and am totally addicted, so this is a wonderful gift.
I'm still contemplating which project to knit first, but am drawn to the lace anklets, the Hepburn cardigan, and the lily of the valley stole. It'll probably be a couple of weeks before I cast-on as I'm knitting a lace Pi shawl at present (plus a bunch of other things, of course :-) but I'm getting inspired by everyone's posts and pictures so that helps. Thanks for welcoming me to this group. I have a blog where I try to keep track of what I'm knitting, so feel free to take a peek if you are interested. Otherwise, I'll let you know when I decide which project to start first.
aka Kristina in Knoxville, TN, USA
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
The ends are yet to be woven in. You can see a (crappy) photo of me wearing the hat on my blog.
I knitted the had from one strand of Tvinni wool and one strand of Tvinni Alpaca - leftovers from a skirt I made - on needles size 3mm and 4mm. This makes the hat thicker and larger, but I needed a larger gauge since my head is a little large - 57-58 cm - and I like that the hat is thick and warm. I also made the inside colour extend all the way to the bottom of the brim, because I wanted to be able to see the red colour inside.
Compared to other hats, it might be a slow knit since you have to knit the inside first, and then the outer layer, however, the hat turns out very nice!
Monday, May 14, 2007
I have the page open. I look at the pattern. I think about it.
But will I knit it??????????
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Thursday, May 3, 2007
I'm in love with the cover pattern Tailored Scallops, and I'd really love to make it in a non-wool yarn since I live in a warm climate. I was thinking of a sub like linen or silk- (a blend?) but something with drape and that can be blocked to show the feather and fan gorgeousness.
I haven't seen anything bulky enough- and the thought of double stranding makes my eyes cross...
Thanks for any thoughts!
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
my husband says i am crazy, buying all those books and having a big shelf filled with yarn....oh well. whenever i find time to knit i enjoy doing it. my kids (almost 3 and 5 years old) usually sit next to me on the couch with a huge hook and some yarn and try to make some knots too. very cute.
i ve had lace style for a couple weeks now and i started working on the jacket from the front cover tailored scallops. i absolutely love the pattern, the yarn i m using is lana grossa royal tweed in a green shade i love.
i dont have that much time to knit with my two punks and i dont like making swatches, so i usually start a project with the smallest piece there is...i already got one sleeve done and i m on the last couple rows of the left front. beautiful!!! i cant wait to get this jacket done so i can wear it. there are so many other projects waiting in that shelf of mine, it might take me a while to get this one done.
i have to go now, thanks for letting me join this blog and keep knitting! i enjoy looking at your projects a lot, they are beautiful!
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Here's my first finished item from Lace Style - the Little Silk Shrug - except that I didn't use silk !
I knitted this with less than 100gms of Rowan Damask. It took me a weekend to complete, the recipient loves it and there's another one on the needles
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I actually started the Lily of the Valley shawl, alas, after about 2 inches, and an equal number of weeks, I must start over. The amount I have learned about lace knitting in general has been worth it though. I started my lovely project with some truly stunning yarn...the kind that you can sit and pet for hours while dreaming of its perfection wrapped around your shoulders and the covetous glances from others. Then reality came crashing down around my shoulders instead of a glorious shawl....the perfect yarn and the perfect pattern did not go together...'how could this be??'
I have learned that most lace patterns call for 'lace weight' yarn but there are varying weights of lace weight. I think the yarn I was using is closer to a cobweb type lace weight, hence too light for a lily of the valley pattern. I think my next attempt will be Misti Alpaca lace. Oh, what was the beautiful and superb yarn I first used? Artyarn Mohair/Silk in an incredible variegated icycle green.
The needles are calling so I must go. Can't wait to hear from you all.