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October 13th, 2006

MMario's picture

'A Gathering of Lace' - one knitters opinion

AMAZON has this to say about the book:
Collected from knitting designers all over the world, the patterns in this guide will be a joy to create for any knitter. The lavish full-color illustrations and easy-to-follow instruction charts will make these traditional patterns an exciting addition to a lace knitter's repertoire. From beginner to advanced, the 34 projects contained include designs for sweaters, vests, shawls, scarves, gloves, and socks. With beautiful photographs of these unique patterns, this knitting book is perfect for those who love to knit lace and those who would love to learn.

I'd quibble with their phrasing; and have some issues with the layout and indexing of the book. I feel it is more a "coffee table" book then anything else - though it *does* have some nice patterns in it. For me, though, the most intrugueing stuff in the book cannot be made without puchasing other books and/or patterns or don't include the patterns. However there were a number of things in it that made me willing to shell out for the book.

A pretty good dscussion on traditional Orenburg technique of shawl construction; ditto on Shetland. A 'filet mesh' technique; the "formulae" for Pi shawls; plus a few motifs and edges I'm pefectly willing to use - even if I will never actually knit the project they are included in. however, much of the same info is now available on the web - (I purchased this some time ago)

The hat from hell

So, here are two pictures of the hat that I made for my soon to be nephew. It really was the hat from hell considering it is so small...

Really ... It was rough at times ... :)

October 12th

WMarksII's picture

Blocking

Ok Gang, let's hear about your favorite ways to block...all techniques...all types. Let's hear from the lace knitters and the sweater dudes.

Personally, (and yeah, I think I'm man enough to admit this in public) blocking has always been something I should do and should know how to do, but probably don't do as well or know as much as I should. Up till now, I've been one to haul out the steamer and steam the living crap out of something, stretching this way and that until I think it's right...only to find out about 40% (OK...70%) of the time I've got to redo it.

My OCD Mother (god love her) bought me a quilter's press pad, and I think I'm in love. More grid lines than you can shake what ever it is you have to shake at. And I've also recently invested in blocking wires and WOO HOO if that's not better than sliced bread.

And pairing the two together almost make for a steam powered, t-pinned, perfect edge love affair of something I really hate to do.

Come on...let's hear about what you do.

RainCityRick's picture

raincityrick = rturko

No worries! rturko has not disappeared. He hasn't hung up his needles (is that what one does when they give up the craft?)

We're in the process of moving to a new ISP and I've gotten carried away with registering domain names. Rain City (Seattle) Rick (my first name) is the latest.

Anyway, I'm still around knitting (and knitting in the round.)

Bill's picture

Baby sweater

just finished a sweater for my 18 month old grandson.
...it's knitted with two strands of a navy twist wool and cotton blend...machine washable... the yarn was a bit over $100. !!!!
I adapted a Debbie Bliss pattern so I could do it on circular needles... using steeks for the neckline and sleeves...
the hood is added by picking up the stitches all around...
it's a really beautiful shade of navy... a bright navy twisted with a deep navy...

MMario's picture

Shetland Tea Shawl

From 'Gathering of Lace' with a few changes (of course!)

I started the edge a couple days ago and should get a picture tonight. (Posting this should motivate me)

Eikon's picture

Snowing in Minnesotta

Oh but I thought they were joking about snow before Halloween. Must knit mittens!

~Jason

kylewilliam's picture

Baby Sweater Attempted!

Well, I decided that the "big" sweater I'm working on isn't moving fast enough - so I put it down for a few days and attempted a baby sweater pattern I got in palm springs - remember, I'm the one who doesn't know how to read patterns, right? well, I did it! I'm very proud of the fact that the sleeves are the same size, and although I still "interpreted" lots of the pattern, it actually looks pretty much like it should! I haven't put buttons on it yet, and on the button side of the jacket there's a hole where I didn't pick up a stitch in the right place or something when I made the collar... but all in all, not bad if I say so myself! I had to rip out a sleeve twice because the first time I picked up stitches wrong, but went online and watched a video on how to do it - which helped - and although I don't know how to really join pieces together, it all seems to have worked itself out. Anyway, I was very excited and wanted to share the excitement with my boys! I'm trying to get the photo on here but it's not working - I'll keep trying but if it doesn't work, check out my myspace page and I'll put it there :)

Kyle

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Yes, I'm Still Alive!

For all of you that have been asking, and you know who you are, yes, I am still a living, breathing human being.

I've been busy trying to buy the condo that I have been living in but the owners don't want to sell. Well, I wanna buy so I've been looking for suitible property all over the city. I figure that if I don't eat, sit in the dark and hitch-hike to work I can swing this.

But that means more of that damn packing and unpacking that I've been doing since July! Crap.

My best to you all and hope things are going well in your necks of the woods.

October 11th

ronhuber's picture

Fair Isle

Finished a fair isle vest. The pattern is a combination of Debbie Bliss and my own design. I find fair isle such a satisfying endeavour