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03 March 2011

The "L" Word

Dare I say it?

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LACE!

I'm ready. I have started (and restarted) (innumerable times) a few lace pieces but have never completed one. I'm aiming to change that. My beautiful Transverse sits, more than two-thirds finished, pulled off the needles after a mistake. Heartbreaking. (I can't believe it's been nearly two years since I started... and restarted that project!) I've tried to recover a couple of times but, boy, one sure needs to be in the right state of mind to do that; so far, it's always been one of those two-steps-back enterprises. It doesn't seem like it should be so hard, but I guess lifeline (under "Fixing Mistakes") is an accurate term. I have resolved to try one more time and, if unsuccessful, have also resigned to frogging and starting again... let's hope it doesn't come to that.

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This is Katara by Corrina Ferguson for PicnicKnits, available both individually or as one of the eight patterns that make up the collection in Sideways Shawlettes. Katara is a possible travel project, depending on how it goes. The lace is only at the edge of an otherwise garter stitch shawl. I prefer knitting with straight needles, so sideways works for me! There is some intriguing short-row shaping to keep it interesting... and also to add some shaping! I'm about to commence the first short-row section.

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This is Ella Rae Lace Merino. The color is a non-descript #128 and totally the reason it's mine... absolutely gorgeous! And I love how it's knitting up so far in this project. I'm having fun... have had to rip back a few rows a couple of times, but I feel like I'm getting it.

Question of the day: Are my first-stitch yarn-overs too loopy?

Comments

nope, not too loopy as long as you don't plan to climb barbed-wire fences while wearing it. :)

They're loopy but if you keep it up all the way through they make a fun design feature. It looks like a great travel project, but check if they airlines will let you fly with straight needles.
I will be happy to help you with Traverse. If you send it to me I'll figure out where you are and have it fixed before you return from your trip. One of your LinkWithin features is smashed potatoes! I might need to make them for dinner tonight. yum!

You should take Margene up on that offer---that is a true friend!

I think your yarn overs are gorgeous, and I love that yarn! Of course, you know the rule - if you don't like it, rip it or resign yourself to being bugged. But it looks great to me!

I love sideways shawls, too. You can use nearly every bit of a luscious yarn by weighing your skein along the way and reversing when you've used half. This one is looking great!

That yarn is absolutely gorgeous! I didn't know Ella Rae had such beautiful stuff. Good luck on the lace -- I'm sure you can do it :-)

I don't feel they are too loopy. It's beautiful.

I love the yarn you're using. Try doing a little spot blocking on the edging before you decide if you like it or not. Blocked out, that might be perfect.

I love the loopy edging! I think the loops are perfect!

I will say that if it were me, because I *do* think that the loops are perfect as they are, when I blocked, I would pin in the knitted stitches themselves, not in the loopy loops. I like the look of rounded edge loops better than the pointy triangles that result when you pin the loops out. My personal preference; there is no one right way to do it!

L is for Lovely!

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