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Friday, December 31, 2010

Knitting Lace

Here is the whole thing

Detail of the Holly Berry edge.  I finally figured out edging.

Kind of a blurry picture of the leaf detail.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Knitting Lace

I am so excited!  I figured it out.  I figured out trim.  I was thinking about it all wrong.  I wasn't making the connection between knitting in the round (the body of the cowl) and knitting straight (the trim).  Once I made that leap, the rest is easy.

The last stitch on 3 of the rows of the Holly Berry trim use one stitch on the bottom of the cowl.  This is how you attach it to the bottom of the cowl.

I'm very proud of myself on this one.  I have been mulling this one over and over for a few days.  Pictures will follow once it is done.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Knitting Lace

I finished my cowl.  The leaf pattern came out really well, but the edging doesn't look anything like it should.  I've had this problem with edging before.  I still like it and will wear it.  I've always been a fan of cowls because you can wear them so many different ways.

So it appears my next project is grabbing some scrap yarn and a pair of needles and practicing edging until I get it right.  This is an important part of lace so I need to be proficient in it.

Edit to add:  I have pulled out the bad edging and am going to fiddle until I have it right.  Robin, I will post pictures as soon as I have the edging right.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Knitting Lace

This has been an adventure in frustration and internet research.  I have, quite literally, pulled this thing apart 5 times.  First the rounds weren't lining up properly, then the stitch count was off.  So, after vowing that I was not going to be defeated by this #$&* pattern, I went back to square one. 

Here was the first problem.  The pattern grid had these spaces labeled "no stitch".  What the blazes did that mean?  Well, after looking it up on the internet (thank you Gia for knittinghelp.com) I found out that it means just that, No Stitch.  You ignore it, you do nothing, don't even count it.  Problem one solved.

Second problem was that, well, I was reading the pattern grid like you read anything.  Top to bottom and left to right.  Nah uh.  You are supposed to read them from the bottom right hand corner for the first row and then from right to left for the second row and so on.  That explains why the pattern wasn't lining up.

Good, so now I know how to read the pattern and the counts are coming out right.  HA!  I told you it wouldn't defeat me.

This is what it looks like in the magazine
Here is what the first repeat looks like on my needle.  There are 7 repeats of 20 rounds and then a border that is added to the bottom.

Stay tuned to see what happens next.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Knitting lace

I just subscribed to the magazine Piecework.  What a wonderful magazine.  The first two issues had absolutely wonderful patterns.  The first issue was about crafts in literature, like Miss Marple knitting and the March girls knitting socks and Jane Eyre netting purses.  It had patterns for these types of crafts.  In this issue they have a wonderful writeup about knitting and crocheting lace and a great abbreviated history of silk thread.

I decided, as all my Christmas presents are done (YAY), I would try knitting the Holly Berry Cowl.  It is a very lacy piece done in lace or fingering weight yarn.  I've never knit anything like this before.  It's lacy and delicate and the pattern is done in diagram instead of being written out.  This will be an amazing learning experience.  I'm using a fingering weight soft baby blue yarn and size 8 16" circular needles.  The pattern states size 4 24" needles, but when I made the gauge swatch with size 4 it came out 1/2 of the required size.  I think I may be using a thinner yarn than they used (theirs was a wool lace weight).  This is why I always make a gauge swatch, although I don't save them, I pull them out.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Present Making

 As promised, here are the rest of the pictures of my Christmas Present list.  I'm only missing pictures of 2 hat and mitten sets.

These mittens are a delicious wool with a fabulous soft hand.
Suede yarn and a flower of acrylic stash yarn.
These are made with a soft fuzzy acrylic.

This picture came out too blue.  The picture below is the true color.

I love this edge on the scarf.  This is a wool/acrylic blend.  I made matching mittens.
This color didn't photograph well.  It is much more blue.  They are pop top mittens.

The BR 2 means something to the person I made them for. 

This is a large shawl with a basket weave pattern.  It's made with a bulky weight yarn.

Just a standard 2 x 2 rib scarf in a very bulky yarn.  I learned how to do a long tail and a reverse long tail cast on while doing this one.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Present Making

So, I'm on my last gift.  I'm making a pair of mittens for a very dear friend of mine in a yummy raspberry wool.  It has this incredible soft hand.  I love it.

Here are a few of the things I have made.  I will post more pictures as I get this stuff wrapped.  So far the count is 4 purses, 1 scarf, 1 scarf and mitten set, 1 shawl, 1 pair of convertible mittens, 5 pair mitten and hat sets, 1 pair two tone mittens and this last pair will be 15 total.  Yikes...I've been a very busy girl :).

Hat and mitten set and a Messenger bag made out of suede yarn

Purple and white bag of acrylic yarn and pink suede bag

Ruffled hat and mitten set made with worsted weight cotton yarn