Wherein I attempt to answer a bunch o’ comments questions.
What kind of stitch markers do you prefer for your lacework? I can’t seem to find any that aren’t too big for smaller needles or don’t weigh a ton when I get a bunch of repeats going.
My favorites are the little red rubber rings you can get a bunch of places. Mine came from Patternworks, I think. I’ve also got black and white rubber rings. I generally mark the center paired decreases of the shawl with the black ones, and sometimes the outermost sections of the shawl with the white ones — that way the markers alert me when there’s something different going on from the “regular” lace pattern repeats.
I prefer the rubber ones to metal ones, because I find the metal ones are often tempted to fly off the needle at inopportune moments. The rubber ones are far more obedient (or lazy?) and stay put. I used the smallest size of the markers on my size 6 needles.
Betty J. asked, about the Moth:
Your edges look much more defined than on the Knitspot website. Is that because of the silk/mohair blend? The before blocking pics look hairy. But the post-blocking pics do not. Is it still hairy? Either way, gorgeous!
I don’t think in any of the photos of Moth shawls out in blogland, I’ve seen one that was blocked out the way I did mine. My edges are quite a bit more pronounced, aren’t they? Has anyone else made a moth and blocked it out like mine? Just curious.
The shawl is indeed still hairy. The mohair gives it a lovely fuzzy halo, but fortunately it does not shed. I wore it today over a black dress and there was no shedding whatsoever.
I keep going over to the website to order the pattern, but hesitate because I’m not sure how difficult it is. I’m pretty new at lace knitting. What is your opinion on the difficulty level? You make it look so easy!
I don’t think that the pattern is very difficult. It is a large undertaking, but there is no single technique used in it that an enthusiastic advanced beginner could not do. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. Go for it!
I’m glad that you wear your shawls, but how do you wear them so they look elegant? Are you just a draper, do you tie them, or do you use shawl pins? I’m asking because every time I put on a shawl my DH says I look like a hippy!
(Pssssst! Go see Mandella’s lovely Lotus Blossom shawl on her blog!)
I firmly believe that there’s nothing wrong with looking like a hippie! Me, I’m just a draper. I will sometimes use a shawl pin with a heavier shawl, but with a very delicate laceweight (like the Moth) I’m afraid I’ll damage it with a pin. I don’t know how “elegant” I look, but my co-workers are used to see me wearing lace shawls. And when it is chilly in the office (more often than not), they look at me enviously!
Teri S. asked:
Do you have another lace project waiting in the wings?
I have the pattern for the Diamond Fantasy Shawl from Sivia Harding and some Handmaiden Sea Silk earmarked for it — but I’m not sure when I’ll knit it. It may be next in the queue. Then again, it might not. 🙂
And what color of Jo Sharp DK Tweed is that you’re using for Keelan? Boheme perchance?
Yep, it’s Boheme!
Just an OT question, can steeking be done using any non-superwash wool or merino? I am thinking of attempting one!
If you can cut it and it will not unravel willy-nilly, you can steek it. You might want to experiment first. If your yarn has a tendency to unravel when cut, you’ll want to stitch it like a Norwegian steek.
Another consideration is the thickness of the yarn. A steek adds bulk to the armhole. So you generally only want to steek with fairly fine yarns.