It is indeed all lace all the time chez WendyKnits. I now have 4 out of 5 of the Twin Leaf motifs done. Alert the media.
Yeah, progress is slowing, because I actually went to work today. Two days off last week and one day off this week really helped with the lace progress.
Still, I hope to have a completed Wing-o’-the-Moth ready to take flight by the beginning of next week.
Marjorie asked a good question in the comments:
Do you have any advice for substituting yarns? I have a lot of stash yarn that is about 345 yds for 50g, making it heavier than the yarn you’re using or that many shawl patterns specify. Do you just do fewer repeats if you are using a “fingering” weight? If you don’t really know how big the shawl will be until you block it, how can you decide when to stop when using a different yarn weight? I was going to try some scarf-sized patterns to give as gifts to see how this yarn works, but is there a better way?
If you are doing a shawl with an all-over lace pattern like the Flower Basket or Leaf Lace shawls, you can just do fewer repeats.
But for the Wing-o’-the-Moth, that doesn’t work. It is comprised of different lace “sections” and you need to have the proper number of stitches as you complete each section to start the next section, as each section builds on the previous section and they all have pattern repeats of varing lengths. You’s have to get out the ol’ calculator to ensure that the number of stitches in the first section is properly divisible by the number of stitches in a repeat of the pattern in the second section, et cetera.
Did that make sense?
As for not knowing how big a shawl will be until you block it, you can always knit a swatch of the lace pattern you plan to use and block that to get a ballpark idea of how big your yarn will block out. You have a little fudge room there — you can block agressively or gently, depending on how large you want your shawl.
Okay, So It’s Not All Lace All the Time
Because I finally finished this sock.
You know those three days off from work that made for such great progress on the lace? Not so good for the commuter knitting project. No commute-y, no sock-y.
Olympic Sleeping Tryouts
Reader Debra writes:
My two Ragdolls who are preparing for the next Olympics Synchronized Sleeping competition. They were thrilled to see that Lucy is also working on her form. Here are some photos of the routines they’re practicing. See you in 2008!
Lucy is very impressed. So much so that she is now concerned about her own Olympic training routine. She thought about training for the “Sleeping on Lace” event:
I pointed out to her that I had a problem with this so she generously switched to training for the “Sleeping on the Back of the Couch” event.
She is a good kitty.