Reader Meribeth commented:
I thought singles, even in lace weight would cause a bias, unless the pattern compensated.
I think this pattern compensates well for any inclination to bias, because I see no biasing at all. This is a fairly dense lace pattern. The outer border of diamonds has patterning on both the right and wrong sides.
The inner pattern of the the rose leaves has the lace patterning on the right side only.
There are a whole heckuva lot of yarnovers and k2tog (or p2tog) and ssks, etc. in this puppy.
And let me reiterate how much I love this yarn. Suzann commented “I especially love the rose leaves. They look like carved ivory against the patterned background. I have an over active imagination, but the whole thing reminds me of the sort of tracery you see in mosque stonework.” Suzann, I know exactly what you mean, and I love the look of it too. I think this is going to block out beautifully.
I’ve been looked at the shrug in A Gathering of Lace. Are you familiar with that book? Any thoughts on the patterns?
I own the book, but have never knit anything from it. Truthfully — none of the patterns have called out to me.
But I am extraordinarily picky about lace. I have strong likes and dislikes when it comes to lace patterns. (No, really?) I recently bought Lace Style and found that to be a huge disappointment. Nothing in there that I want to knit. But I know many people are very pleased with it.
I’ve been reading reviews of the new Addi lace needles on blogs the past week or so. So although I’m happy with my Knitpicks Options needles for lace, I decided to try the Addis out, and ordered some from Angelika’s Yarn Store. (I ordered these needles last Friday and they arrived on Monday. From Oregon to Virginia — can’t say much better than that.) I put the Alpine shawl (sorry, I can’t call it a scarf) on the size 4 Addi needle to try it out.
Love the Addi lace needles! The resin-coated brass surface has a tiny bit more grab than the Knitpicks needle, and the cable is beautifully flexible and and join is superb. I think the tips on these needles are just about the same pointyness as the Knitpicks. Here they are — Addi on the top:
And the join. Again, Addi on the top:
So that’s my take on Addi lace needles. I love them.
Poodle Skirt Socks
The first one is done:
I purchased some Scarlett Fleece also (different color) What size needles would you use for that yarn? It is kinda fluffy.
It is kind of fluffy, but it knits up beautifully at 8 sts/inch (which I achieve with a size 0 needle). The foot of my sock is knit with a 0, and the leg with a 2.
“You can kiss my tummy. You can stroke my tummy. You can brush my tummy. But please don’t mess with my paws.”
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