Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Hi all! Just joined this blog; haven't done this before. I am currently working on the Floral Lace Anklets. My son is bringing home his girlfriend for the first time in a couple of weeks, and I am making them for her.

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!

Jan O

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Little Silk Shrug

It took me some time to select a project from "Lace Style." Everything is beautiful! After enjoying the book for a while, I finally selected the "Little Silk Shrug." Instead of the yarn called for in the pattern, I chose to work with Maldive, Queensland Collection, a cotton/acrylic/viscose blend. I really like the results so far. The fiber flows nicely over my needles and the openwork of the pattern makes for a nice supple feel. This is such a simple pattern to follow, only four repeat rows for the pattern, and two of those are purl! The size of the project and simple pattern make this a very portable project. I'm anxious to finish this so I can move on to the next pattern.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Retro Redux Shrug

I finished my first Retro Redux Shrug from Lace Style the other day. I'm waiting for someone to be around to take a photo of the finished product. In the meantime, last night I casted on another one in black! It's a quick knit. Easy lace and the end product is cute!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Is this the right yarn?

Hi all. I've just recently joined this KAL and have not yet started a project. I'm going to make the cover sweater but I'm wondering about my yarn choice. I have a yummy hand dyed mohair boucle that I bought in Toronto a year ago. I'm wondering if the lace pattern will be seen. Have any of you knitted lace with this type of yarn? What were your results? Thanks for you input.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Essential tank top

Hi. I'm new to this knit-along. I started working on the essential tank top about a week and a half ago. I am using elann.com's peruvian baby lace merino in the merlot color. Here's what I have so far on the front of the tank top.

I have more pictures of the back and a swatch on my blog.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Hello, and what do you think of the cool gold needles?

I'm new to the KAL (hello!) but have knitted lace before, and I love the book. I am dying to do the Garbo hat, even if I do look silly in hats. The FOs on here look fabulous!
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...)


Hi from kali

Hi, As a new empty nester, I am trying out new stuff as a means of growing into this "old" part of my life... I have never blogged before and would like to know what the protocols are.

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

Retro redux done

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

Lily of the Valley Shawl

Hi Everyone!

I am knitting the Lily of the Valley Shawl for my niece and I LOVE IT!!! The shawl is being knitted with "Zephyr" merino and silk yarn in Ice Blue (300 yds/skein) with Addi Turbo's new circular lace needles in size 6. I am a few rows from completing my 6th repeat of the center rectangle section (with 4 more repeats to go!) then I can begin the edging. I have been knitting this on and off since April '07. The center rectangle pattern is easily memorized and not difficult to knit. My dilemma is finding the time to knit consistently. Hopefully, this will be resolved soon and my knitting time will pick up quite a bit.

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

Tailored Scallops

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

Lace Style on Knitty Gritty

Today was the showing of the Knitty Gritty episode, Rockin Regal Cuffs, that featured patterns from Lace Style. The segment was with Tricia Waddell (below with Vicki Howell, the show's host) and she demonstrated a couple of the lace patterns from the book.

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!