I continue to knit in a garden.
Well, more specifically, I am knitting on a garden. My Shetland Garden.
I know — it doesn’t look like much right now, does it? Oh, but just wait til it’s blocked!
I’m happily making progress on the border chart, so I predict a finished shawl before next week. Then it will be on to the Inky Dinky Spider!
Of Laceweight Yarn and Buttonholes
Heather asked a good question in the comments:
Any recommendations for a type or brand of lace weight yarn? I’ve knit lace with sport weight to get the hang of it, but when I try to use lace weight it just “floats” too much on the needles and I can’t keep my place. I’m sure it gets better as the added weight of the items increases, but I can’t get there. What do you think?
Very fine laceweight can be a pain!
Starting out knitting lace with sportweight is an excellent idea. Some of my early lace projects were made from fingering weight wool. I particularly liked Brown Sheep Naturespun fingering. It is relatively inexpensive and is fine enough to give a nice lacy effect.
Another idea is Shetland jumperweight — which is fingering weight as well. Or you can try Shetland laceweight for your first foray into laceweight knitting. Shetland wool is slight hairy so there’s a bit of grab on the needles — less likely to fly all over the place.
Schoolhouse Press sells Jamieson & Smith shetland laceweight. And jumperweight and cobweb weight, for that matter. You can also buy all this direct from Jamieson & Smith, though they do not have online ordering through their website. Email ‘em, or better yet, call ‘em!
When I am not working on my lace shawl, I have been making a cardigan. Buttonholes….
what is your method? Not happy with mine….
I have plans for a jacket next, but the buttonhole thing is bothering me.
Buttonholes can be a pain, can’t they? I don’t knit a lot of cardis with buttonholes, so I don’t have a lot of experience with them. Generally I do the two-row buttonhole where you cast off on one row, and then cast on over the cast off on the next row.
Suggestion: take a look at Nancie Wiseman’s The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques. She’s got several different buttonholes explained and you might find one that you like.
Summer of Lace Update
Over in the Summer of Lace group we were discussing what to do when summer is over. We took a vote, and the majority ruled that we would rename the group “Lace for All Seasons” at the end of summer. So if you sorta kinda felt like you sorta kinda wanted to join but gee golly summer is like half over (or if you are in the Southern Hemisphere in middle of winter), fear not! The group is staying. We shall knit lace whenever the heck we want to.
I’ve got some lovely autumnal merino wool that I plan to use to knit a flower basket or leaf shawl when the weather here is a bit more autumnal.
Speaking of Books
Several of you have asked in comments and emails when my book is due to be published. Well, I talked to my agent today and he tells me it’s slated for either May or August of 2006, depending on which production cycle it gets into. So . . . a while yet. But I understand my editor is very happy with my manuscript, so I am happy too.
Lucy and the Manicure
It’s nice to know that I’m not the only person who has a cat obsessed with emery boards. As I said, all the cats that I’ve known have had the same obsession.
Last night after I retired for the night Lucy proceeded to fight the Battle of the Emery Board. The dastardly emery board tried to get away from her, but it was no match for her military prowess.
It did, however, cut into my night’s sleep, as I was attempting to sleep on the battlefield. Really, I ought to know better.
All hail Lucy the Conqueror!