The first of no doubt many more WIP photos of the Tina Shawl.
It doesn’t look like much in progress. A sad crumpled little sack. But I am happily knitting away.
I like knitting lace in the round. I like that it forms a nice little bag on the needle — you can drop the ball of yarn inside and carry it around far more easily.
I also like that there is patterning on every round. It’s far more interesting than patterns that have a plain round in-between each lace round.
The Addi Natura needle is working out nicely. The laceweight yarn catches occasionally on the join, but not too badly. I’m using a 24-inch needle and am pretty sure I won’t feel the need to switch to a 32-incher. When you complete the body of the shawl, you have 736 stitches on the needle (an alarming thought, eh?), but the yarn is so fine I don’t see any problem with it all fitting. I think. I’ll get back to you on that.
About the red rubber stitch markers: I purchased them from Patternworks a while back. And here they are.
About the provisional cast-on that was discussed in the comments the other day — please bear in mind that it is a cast-on I have not tried, nor am familiar with, so I am at this point unable to answer questions about it or post photos of how it is done. Susanna mentioned that it is documented in the Reader’s Digest version of Montse Stanley’s book on page 75 and is called a “bind-off cast-on” and it is also in Sally Melville’s The Knit Stitch on pages 74-75, and also in Nancie Wiseman’s book of finishing techniques. Also, Veronique reported that it is clearly illustrated in Cheryl Oberle’s Folk Shawls. Thanks to both of you for supplying so many resources for this technique!
Rest assured that when I do attempt this technique I will report back here. Anything knit-related is blog-fodder as far as I’m concerned. And some stuff non-knit-related as well.
Which reminds me. Wow, thanks for all the positive haircut comments! (If you have no interest in hair and hair products, kindly skip the following.)
(And note to Stephanie: Garland at Celadon Spa cuts my hair.) I even managed this morning to blow-dry it into some semblance of what it looked like yesterday. I’ve had it cut like this in the past, and I really ought to remember that I am always happier with my hair one length, not layered. Please remind me of that the next time I look like I’m thinking about a layered cut, okay?
In answer to comments questions, while my hair is quite curly naturally, it is easily blow-dried straight. The photo yesterday was the salon blow-dry, but that was done with no styling products. If I dry my hair with a diffuser — lots of curls. Without a diffuser — smooth.
Lucy is very much a lap cat (in answer to a question in the comments). Sometimes she is content to sleep in one’s lap. Sometimes she requires that the person on whose lap she is sitting be petting her. Sometimes she requires that said petting be accomplished with both hands, not just one. And sometimes she requires that everyone in the same room as her be petting her. With both hands.
She is probably amused at how easily she bends us to her will.