Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Here she is! It came out a bit small following the pattern as-is (3 repeats), I will definitely have to make it bigger next time. But now I know, and this will help me when I make my second one. And yes, there will be a second one!!! :-) More details/pics on my blog.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sun Ray Shawl done in Ecofil burnt orange.
The Garden Path Shawl, done in Ecofil purple.
Luna Moth Shawl, done in a baby weight 95% virgin wool and 5% Lurex. I should have done a few more repeats of the pattern but I couldn't tell how big it would be when blocked or if blocking would even work...?
It turned out a lit better than expected:-) I did 2 rows of the yo k1 yo to get longer points.
Moonlight Sonata Shawl , done... of course in Ecofil ,2 blue tweed. Just started this last night. It's a bit of a struggle but I'm getting the hang of the pattern.
It seems that I like EcoFil cotton and I do but... It's the only yarn in the stash that would work for these beautiful shawl patterns. So..... (I still have more too... green and pink and light green tweedy colour arghhhhh!)
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Just a short update; I was hoping they'd be here in time for my camping trip this weekend, so's I could bust out alot of hours on it!
Alas, no such luck (okay, so I procrastinated ordering too long!)
I've just gotta figure out what I'm going to take with me to knit, now that I'm medium to large project-less. Going to get caught up on reading recent posts and commenting on them tomorrow!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Well after about an hour of trying to figure out how to do a provisional cast on, I succeeded (I think ) in getting my Luna on the needles. I am using KnitPicks ShineSport in Coral, its very light and soft and a pleasure to work with. No splitting, as of yet. This is my second attempt at a shawl. The first time I took the easy way out and avoided any of this top-down, provisional cast on nonsense. ANyway, so far so good. I made it through the first repeat. Enjoy the pics! I shall return when there is more to report
The first picture is more indicative of the true color than the second for those who are interested.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Yarn is Austermann Peru held doubled throughout, color 17, merino & alpaca (feels amazing...have I said enough how much I love this yarn?). Needles are Knitpicks' Options size 10. Blocked dimensions are 75" wide by 43" long at center back.
Thanks, Lisa for hosting the KAL! And huge kudos to all the first time shawl and lace knitters who jumped in for this great KAL. I hope everyone gained the confidence to continue.
Please, everyone, don't tell Jayne about this because I just promised her I'd let her finish her shawl before I picked up my Luna again. LOL. See how totally unreliable I am?
My blog: http://vamantaknits.blogspot.com/
Sunday, May 20, 2007
I've finished my first Luna Moth! I say first because I've got plans for two more - one for my son's teacher who is moving to New York soon, and one for myself. This is a photo of my daughter Rachel modeling it before it was wrapped as a gift.
I really enjoyed making this, and though I never did manage to memorize the pattern it went surprisingly fast - cast on May 1st, final cast off on May 15th. I gave it to my best-friend (since second grade) for her birthday today - it is a big birthday (one of those ends-with-a-zero ones) so I wanted it to be really special. She is also a professional chef (with a national reputation no less!) and does attend some pretty swanky affairs and she said that it'd be a perfect accessory so I'm really tickled that she liked it.
I made it in black Rowan Kidsilk Night and added a line of small Swarovski crystal beads on the final half-repeat starting at each point and going in. Try as I might I couldn't get the crystals to show in the picture... the kidsilk has a bit of silvery sparkle to it and the crystals set it off nicely. I initially knit it as instructed but when I cast off I realized it was a bit small, so I pulled out the cast-off (a painful process thanks to the mohair) and added two more repeats.
Now I just need to find the right color for the teacher - she asked for blues or greens & I'd love to find something like the teal color in Elann's Highland Wool but in a yarn like the Super Kydd. Any ideas?
Has this ever happened to anyone else? Hopefully I'll cast on tomorrow and have a little something to show you.
Friday, May 18, 2007
This is the Sunray Shawl under construction, made from gold Elann Luna, on size 9 addis, It is such a deligthful pattern, the first one I made back in December was shipped out so fast I had forgotten what a delight it is.
This is LunaMoth Shawl done in Estelle Dazzle in 2 colors, one is Passion and the other is Fireweed, it is being done on size 7 addi's the larger needles just weren't working for this project at all. It is hard to see with this yarn and after 4 repeats its in a bit of a time out. I am enjoying SUnray more while I think long and hard on this one.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Here is my Sun Ray Shawl. I loved knitting it. It was my first shawl and a very good one to learn on. I used elann.com Peruvian Highland Wool in Bisque. Not my favorite color, but it looks very good, especially over black. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of that...
Forgot to put this in earlier... there are more pictures of of blocking on my blog.
I think my yarn is too small , I might get some heavier yarn. Thanks in advance :)
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
SK's lovely design! Thanks for the fun.
Made with 8 repeats instead of 10. Used 4 balls of Elann's Baby Silk on #4 needles.
It would have been nice to have blocking wires so the little loops along the top edge would be round. I knit the picot bind off a bit too tight so couldn't get it to make nice little holes.
I had no idea that I had picked a challenging pattern when I decided to make Moonlight Sonata, I just thought it was pretty. It didn't take long for me to get used to concentrating on all the rows though. I will definitely make sure my next lace project has a purl row every other row.
My detail was a bit washed out from the flash. I will try to take a better picture in the daylight. Not promising.
Here's my Luna progress so far. It's coming along. :-) I'm surprised I managed to get this far with all the other stuff that's going on in my life right now, mostly house hunting, you can read about it on my blog. Looking forward to finishing the shawl...
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Here is my question since I don't have picture to post, but started on Moonlight Sonata.
(total sts 101,125, 149, 173, 197, 221, 245, 269, 293, 317) <<<< what does this mean?
When I did R1 it worked out I do have 101, but now what are the subsequent numbers?
I notice that they are different as I move along. R3 is different than R5 and so on.
Am I repeating this whole stack of rows again? (R1-R12) x3? or x10?
I'm so sorry if this is a stupid question I just didn't know where to turn to.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I am always amazed at the difference blocking/dressing lace makes. Off the needles the shawl was about 36 inches wide. It dressed to 48 inches. I love lace!
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Here she is--blocked and ready for storage. The Lisa W. inspired shot is on the left. This photo took several attempts--had to get proper coverage of the region to which the shawl points. My six year old is getting quite adept with the camera. I'm going to have to start paying her. Thanks again, Lisa, for hosting this KAL and thanks to Michelle Ciccariello and Elann for a terrific pattern!
The knitting is done. I only did 8 repeats because I wanted more of a shawlette than a full blown shawl. Tomorrow I will get to see the true beauty of this pattern when I block it.
Check out The Walker Treasury for a swatch of the original lace pattern as shown by Barbara Walker. It is called Sunspot in her book. SK did a brilliant job of translating it to a triangular shawl.
I am using Moda-Dea, thick and thin yarn. I really love the yarn, the imperfections, the texture and little bit of gold. The colorway is called Tootsie, all of my favorite colors. Was this the best yarn to use for this shawl? I don't think that the pattern shows as well as it could. But now that have some pointy needles and am used to the double strands it is knitting up quickly. Lots more to do, but not bad considering I have ripped it out 15 times! Ha.
Friday, May 11, 2007
I am having a problem tho. I can't get the Luna Pattern to download. It keeps sending me the 'can't go to this page' error.
Also, could someone suggest a pattern for beginner/intermediate?
I got my ' swallowtail pattern' yesterday and tried the cast on. LOL !! I was Stumped !
I have faith in myself tho. Not a quitter !
Thanks for inviting me to the group. I can't wait to get started on a shawl.......Star
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wow, you guys are speed demons! I've made a little more progress on my shawl, and hope to finish this before the next Ice Age, or at least try not to be the last one here to finish. ;-) I love working on this shawl, it is so well written which makes it so much easier to follow. More on my blog.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Decided the plane today was too crowded for work, but it is never too crowded to knit!
Thus I stole a little knitting time and got started. I'm doing the Luna shawl in cream Lara, yummmm. No pictures yet, but I'll try to find a camera or use a scanner after hours.
SK - the pattern is amazing.
Can't believe so many shawls are so far along. it is really fun to see all the pictures. Thanks for setting this up.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Some might mistake this for 35 rows of the Luna Shawl in Idena EVITA (cotton/viscose/linen blend). Others would recognize this bad ball for what it is...frogged! This shawl has officially been eliminated. More like disqualified for misbehaving. It's thin and thick properties combined with a stringiness to make me realize that it needs a tighter knit pattern, as in less hole-y! Well, less than "holy" is how it's been behavin'! I should have stuck to using it for a SunRay...but that will be another day, another KAL!
I'm now down to two shawls! But I really don't see there being a 2nd elimination round. The second shawl is just as hard to put down as the mohair Luna. Probably because it's totally different from the Luna. It's heavy where the Luna is light; it's chock full of knit stitches compared to the lacy Luna...not a lacy hole to be found (not intentionally, anyway!). And the heavy duty Highland Chunky is like huge...huge stitches, huge needles, huge-in-your-face progress! I feel like a hearty maritime sea captain down at the tavern every time I pick her up (Ever been to sea, Billie?)!!
So, here it is...the start of my Highland Wool Wrap. It looks like the cables are getting weird, but they're not (I HOPE!). It's just the photo was done with the scanner and it was kinda like doing a mammogram to my poor wrap...things got flattened that weren't ever intended to be squished !
The gentle little mohair Luna has seen a few rows but nothing like what some of you speed demon Luna knitters have been producing. But with this baaaaad Evita back in her box, the Luna and the Wrap should see a bit more lovin'!
Hmmm....Now might be a good time to ask: Is there a time limit on this KAL...
My friend is a knitter, and she loves orange. I am knitting her a suprise comfort shawl in a bright orange and buttercup yellow mix.
You've probably already recognized the pattern as Sunray. I am really enjoying the knit. It is smooth and easy and rhythmic. I can have the TV on or not. I could see making this shawl more than once.
I am knitting it up in some of my hand-dyed yarn. This one is the soft washable mercerized wool that I have in several colorways over at my etsy shop. I really like knitting with this yarn. It's a worsted weight and very soft. It slipped so smoothly along on my 6mm ebony Lantern Moon straight needles until I got to the third repeat and decided to move it over to circulars.
I'm trying to knit this shawl before doing any other knitting. I'd like to be able to give it away within about two weeks.