Lacey groovy, that is.
I’ve made some progress on the second half of the Newton Lace Shawl. Witness:
I’m hoping the second half will take me less time than the first to complete. I think I’ve got an easier week this week with more evening free time, so I have high hopes.
As I mentioned previously (or at least I think I did) this shawl is knitted in two sections which must be grafted together in the center.
Ew. Grafting. Something of which I am not particularly fond. But what must be done, must be done.
There’s an article in a past issue of Knitty on grafting that has excellent clear instructions and photos here.
Another site with very clear pictures for grafting garter stitch is here.
I was sifting through my lace patterns last night and came across my copy of the Spider Queen. I’ve always thought this was a very pretty piece of lace, and am thinking about incorporating it into the line-up for the Summer of Lace.
I note that it is constructed by knitting the center square, then knitting each side panel out from the center separately. Hmmm, I wonder if it would be possible to knit it circularly, knitting all the side panels in the round at the same time? Probably, but it would take forever to complete a round! Also because it’s based on garter stitch, one would have to purl every other round. As far as I’m concerned, that is just wrong.
Summer of Lace Button Contest
I’ve gotten some really cute buttons in my contest (see yesterday’s entry for particulars). There’s still plenty of time to submit a button, so keep ‘em coming!
A question in the comments — are we gonna have a Summer of Lace Knit-along? Sure, why not? I’ll post all the button choices on Thursday. You can vote for your favorite and if you like, download your favorite to display on your blog.
Lucy is more concerned about keeping neat and tidy in the summer heat.
Me? I’m celebrating the Summer of Lace by listening to Jimi Hendrix on the iPod.