Wowie, wow, wow! Thanks for all your extremely kind comments on the Woodland Shawl. Here she is, blocked and ready to party.
A close-up of the edging:
The artistic silhouette in the window shot:
I had a couple of questions on how I designed her. I had the basic idea in my head, so I charted it out before beginning.
I chart on graph paper in pencil and keep a pencil with me as I knit. Then I can easily make adjustments (and notations) to the charts as I go along.
And she was knitted from less than 1 skein of Helen’s Laces. I’d say well under 1100 yards total.
I expect this pattern will be published eventually. Perhaps in my second book (cough, cough).
So . . . my current shawl-in-progress.
This is being knit from the lovely hand dyed laceweight alpaca that L-B got at Holly Spring Homespun. This yarn is extremely fine — similar in weight to the Cherry Tree Hill Suri Alpaca that I used for Inky Dinky. However, I like this better. It has a silky feel to it, and so far, I’m not noticing a tendency to split, like I did with the Suri Alpaca.
The colorway of this lovely yarn made me think of spring, so I’m doing a flower motif shawl. It’s another triangular shawl, my favorite shawl shape. This one is garter lace (Woodland is stockinette) and I’m working along on the flower motifs.
As it happens, I do have an idea for a winter-themed shawl design, so perhaps a series of seasonal designs is in order. I’ll have to rename the Woodland Shawl the Autumn Woodland Shawl, I guess.
I had not really thought ahead to a summer shawl, but I do have the beginnings of some ideas floating around in my fevered brain.
That reminds me . . . I am renaming the Summer of Lace Yahoo Group in early September. It will become “Lace for all Seasons.”
Those Dratted Ends!
I just finished my first “lace” project (v. simple) and was wondering if you had any tips/techniques for weaving in ends. Mine had LOTS of garter stitch so I was able to hide my ends well, but I’m concerned that it may be difficult on a lacier pattern.
I talked about how I usually join yarn for lace work a while back. Hmmmmm . . . lemmee find it . . .
Aha! The June 2 blog entry.
Which reminds me — one of the things I like about using yarn that comes in a single skein of 1200+ yards . . .
. . . no ends to weave in, except for the beginning and end!
Shawls for Beginners
Lately I’ve been getting a lot of email asking me to recommend an easy lace pattern for new lace knitters.
I alwasy recommend something with an all-over pattern, like the Flower B asket Shawl or the Leaf Lace Shawl, both available from Fiber Trends.
Both of these projects can be knitted in a variety of yarn weights, and for a beginner, it might be a good idea to starft with something heavier than laceweight. It’s easier to get comfortable knitting lace when you using a yarn tha’s a bit more substantial than a cobwebby laceweight. Also, for a first attempt, a smooth yarn is easier to manage than something fuzzy.
Fuzzy has it’s place, says Lucy.
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