It’s time to cast your vote for your favorite “Summer of Lace” button!
The 14 finalist buttons are viewable here in a pop-up window. Which one do you like the best?
(P.S. Is your pop-up blocker over-zealous? Here are the buttons in a full-size browser window.
Aren’t they wonderful? I haven’t decided which one I’m going to use yet.
Regardless of which buttons wins, you are welcome to download and use any button that strikes your fancy on your own blog.
(Don’t know how to download a button to use? Click here for a great explanation!)
The button that has the most votes by Sunday June 12 at noon EST, will win its creator a yarn prize.
Deborah Newton Shawl
I am coming down the home stretch on the knitting of this sucker! I am into the last repeat of the patterns, so the end is in sight.
My goal is to graft it together tomorrow evening, and block on Sunday afternoon. As soon as I have it grafted, I’ll get started on the Tina shawl. I can’t let L-B get too far ahead of me . . .
What Qualifies as Lace?
“Knitted lace is constructed from a single thread manipulated to form a looped openwork fabric – a development from functional knitting, which was probably practised as early as the 12th century.”
I found this definition of knitted lace at powerhousemuseum.com.
Do you think you’d like to knit lace but are intimidated by the thought of tiny, wicked-sharp needles and yarn the diameter of sewing thread? Fear not the lace! Lace can be knitted on any size needles with pretty much any yarn. Some of my favorite lace shawls are the ones I knitted with fingering or sportweight yarn on US size 6 or larger needles. Sometimes I will take a pattern for a shawl that calls for laceweight yarn and size 3 needles and use fingering weight yarn and size 5 needles, because I want a larger shawl. Check out the lace I’ve knitted — there’s a link to some of my lace projects from my knitting gallery page. The majority of the shawls there are knitted using US size 6 needles.
Try a small project to start, a lace scarf for example. A lot of people are currently knitting and loving Susan’s beautiful Branching Out Scarf from Knitty. That would be a great way to get your feet wet! You can make it this summer and have a head start on your holiday gifts. Or, if you’re like me, you’ll just keep it for yourself. Heh heh.