This was quick and different to spin and to knit. I had not really spun any Border Leicester and had limited experience with Mohair when I made this yarn 4 ounces of that mix with a little added alpaca to lighten the color up a bit in sections (the neck/star chart section in particular). I had not really knit Estonian lace unless you count the border for the Swallowtail Shawlette and the techniques for making the stitches as well as how the lace progression developed were all really different than what I had knit before. It is interesting to say that Hyrna also had some interesting stitch construction that I had not run into before but reminded me of this style of lace knitting. Would I do it again? You bet but I would choose a much more elastic yarn to knit this in so that the blocking was not so difficult. Now to go look at my fiber stash for the next project :-) I have a lot of regular lace knitting to do right now so I might be awhile before I post again. I have to knit baby stuff for my now pregnant niece! Later!
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
There were some very lovely shawls featured in Spin Off's Spring handspun shawl gallery - and I'm honored to be among them!
I've been knitting on some lace, but these are from commercially spun yarns - this issue (along with all the gorgeous projects here) is starting up my urge to spin for another lace project!
Congrats again to Jane - I believe your Legends of the Sea was the teaser in the table of contents!
Posted by Stephanie at 8:38 AM
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
So I'm up to the second chart in the Laminaria pattern at Knitty called the "Blossom" chart. In the last picture, you can see the flower like structure. This shawl is in Estonian Lace which I have not had much experience with. There are large areas of increase to make the "blossoms" you see in this close-up shot. The shawl is a triangle so you'd have to turn the pictures upside-down to see what they will look like hanging down your back. I'm making the smaller version of the shawl since I only have the 4 ounces of yarn and I'm using pretty big needles (US 6). The first picture is of the "star" chart in the pattern. You really can't see anything but I hope when I go to block it, there will be a more obvious pattern. I'm not really crazy about knitting Estonian lace so far. It's a little boring actually though the designer did a great job on this shawl with really good instructions. The only thing I'd change would be to do SSSK on the left hand side of the center to mirror image the right hand side in the star chart section. I'm on the border now and will get back to you all when I'm done.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Well, not only did I not like how the Polworth felt to knit, I did not like how it looked with it's muddy colors. Then it tried to commit suicide by dropping stitches and my brain froze trying to knit the pattern. The Polworth has been put out of its misery and I am now using a heavy lace weight yarn I spun from merino/silk from Chasing Rainbows in the Lagoon colorway. I got the roving at Stiches West this year and spun it over two days on the Schacht. It's not refined in the least since I was trying to prove I could still spin something other than really thin singles. Anyone out there who wants to try to knit Hyrna may want to check out the really excellent and helpful notes from Jackie Her notes really make knitting this shawl much more enjoyable! I'm using US 4 needles in the center and have changed to US 5 for the remainder of the shawl. I will post when done!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Way back when, I introduced myself to the group and talked about knitting a shawl from handspun. At this time, I don't even remember what shawl was in the plans. In any event, I've finally knit a shawl from handspun.
It's the perfect pie shawl and contains a myriad of wools. A secret pal had gifted me with some handspun way before I began spinning. This shawl is comprised of 5 wedges. I used the handspun from my secret pal for the 1st and the 5th wedge. The wool is a mystery to me. For wedges 2-3, I used a mix of alpaca, merino and mohair. Different fibers, suppliers, and hues. I made it work.
Right now my shawl is without an edging, and although it looks fine to me, I long to spin up something contrasting to really complete my handspun shawl. I'm extremely proud of this, and have immediate plans to finish working on my other handspun project on the needles.
Thanks for looking.
Posted by Necia at 5:22 PM