Saturday, May 24, 2008

Retro Redux Shrug

Here's yet another Retro Redux Shrug! I finished it already in March, but I found this blog only a week ago. I used Schoeller & Stahl's Portofino yarn - I think it's German. Probably some other yarn would have worked better and the shrug would have been more beautiful, but oh well...

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

Well I liked my wool Retro Redux Shrug so much that I've made another one in cotton. I used almost 2 skeins of K1C2 Ty-Dy (color: 216 Petals)...size 42...using the same needles it called for in the pattern. This is not a good pic, but the shrug turned out nicely.

Happy Knitting!!!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Tailored Scallops

Here's a blurry pick of the back of "Tailored Scallops." I got the entire back finished in one day:

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

Floral Lace Anklets

Floral Lace Anklets
Originally uploaded by sfknitster
I just finished these pair of anklets using the magic loop method. They were both knitted in two skeins of the Idena Bambino Ull, in a light purple colorway. Although the pattern wasn't charted, it was fairly easy to memorize. I had fun knitting these beauties.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Last night (far, far too late), I finished casting off my Lily-of-the-Valley Shawl. Yay! Better pics once I block it, but it's done, it's done, it's done!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Peek A Boo Cloche Hat

I have wanted to knit this hat since I got the book, so I finally cast on and got going.
It took me about two weeks to do, as I found it really confusing figuring out how to turn the hat over and knit the lace layer.

I eventually got there though, and here is the finished product!

Yarn used: 1 red and 1 yellow skein of Reynolds Soft Sea Wool.

Check out my blog for more!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Happy to Be Here Knitting Lace!

I have just joined this KAL and have cast on for my first project from Lace Style (although I doubt it will be my last).
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

cover sweater

Hi everyone,

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

Shetland Shaw Truned Vest

I have started Shetland Shawl Turned Vest. I am using Knit Picks Shine in sand. I have such trouble knitting items that I can actually wear. I usually get gauge, I just pick the wrong dimensions or something. Maybe this one will work for me. Terry G

Sunday, September 23, 2007

And yet, another Redo Redux Shrug

Well, I had to go and make another one. This time for me. I used Malabrigo 157 - Amoroso, 216 yds. I love this yarn. I used the same needle sizes and was able to knit the size 38 using less than 2 skeins. This is one of the softest wool yarns I have worked with to date. I'm waiting for my LYS to get the lace version in and of course, I will have to try it out. Anyway, Happy Knitting.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

My Little Silk Shrug

My "Little Silk Shrug":
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Louisa Harding Grace (50% Wool/50% Silk): 6 & 8
I added the fuschia trim for more... coverage, I suppose, for lack or a better word.

One More Retro

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

Yet another Retro Redux Shrug!

Here is my first FO from Lace Style, a Retro Redux Shrug.

Now I know it's not the best example of it ever done, but it's my first shrug ever and I'm very proud of it. Just a couple of niggles: I should have made the next size up as it's a bit short at the back and underarms. Also, my cast on is a bit tight around my arm. That would probably be solved by making the next size up too, but overall I'm happy. It was a very easy and enjoyable knit! I used 3 balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran for it and I made it in the middle size.
Head on over to my blog for some more pictures!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Hi all

Hi all.
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

Little Silk Shrug

Sorry for the delay, but it has taken some time for me to get pictures for this post. The shrug was completed in no time. As I mentioned before, the pattern is very simple, yet the results are stylish. I liked this so much that I purchased more of the same yarn, but this time in a vibrant red. I'll be sure to share pictures once I start the project. It's great to see the results of some of the other projects, especially the essential tank. It's on my list of projects yet to come, but then again, I think I'd like to make one of everything in the book.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Another Retro Redux Shrug

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

Lilly of the Valley Shawl

Okay, I've gotten through one set of 28 rows, so the pattern is finally visible - yay!
Lilly of the Valley Shawl from Lace Style

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

Essential Tank Top

I finished the essential tank top and love it! There's another picture and some more details on my blog.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Retro Redux Shrug Part One

Here are the pictures for my Retro Redux Shrug. More info on my blog!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Not retro redux shrug

This is my first time posting and the first item I've knitted from Lace Style. I am afraid I made a mistake while reading the pattern and put 2 knits after each yo, ssk. I didn't realize until I had bound off! I couldn't figure out why my shrug pattern was so different than that shown in the book. Oh well, I think it still looks nice. I used Knit Picks Shine worsted in blush. I really like all the patterns in this book. Living in Florida makes it hard to wear any thing knitted. These lace patterns are just great for the balmy weather we have here. I plan my next project from the book
to be the Shetland Shawl Turned Vest. I have Shine Sport in sand for that. Maybe this time I'll get the pattern right! Terry G

Monday, August 6, 2007

Marker use

I am new to knitting lace. I made the Retro shrug and as simple as the pattern is I still made several mistakes sooooo before embarking on something harder ( I absolutely adore the Essential Tank) I would love some advice on where to put the markers that will help keep me on target. I noticed that the person who posted the beginning of her Lily of the Valley shawl found markers very helpful. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Another Retro Redux!

Me too!

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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...

Lily of the Valley Shawl Finally Clicks

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,, 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


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'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.