Kinzel's Rose of England

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Did I ever mention I am severely afflicted with startitis? though I do usually, eventually finish most projects. [except for that birth-gift quilt I started for the nephew that turned 29 last month...]

anyway - this is from the 2nd book of Modern Lace Knitting; since I am using my usual laceweight on way bigger then normal needles (In this case US #6) I'll get away with doing the smallest variation and still have it come out a good sized shawl.

the baby picture of little ROE are out at my picture page.

There 5 sections to this pattern - the picture was taken 3 rows into the second section.

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MMario's picture

attached a photo as it

attached a photo as it starts to come off the needles

MMario - Can anybody tell me what year it is?

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Started the cast off last

Started the cast off last night - a little less then a quarter done, but coming along nicely. Maybe I'll even get it blocked this weekend.

MMario - Can anybody tell me what year it is?

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And down to less then 2400

And down to less then 2400 stitches! one knit row and cast off.

MMario - Can anybody tell me what year it is?

TomH's picture

So there are 1,200 stitches

So there are 1,200 stitches in a row? Amazing!

How long of a needle are you using? Are you doing a knit bind off? Or crocheting the edge off? Can't wait to see it blocked.

MMario's picture

I figured out how to do a

I figured out how to do a "knit" bindoff that is essentially a crocheted bindoff; but I did switch over to the crochet hook because this yarn is fine enough that doing the knit 6 together and knit 5 togethers were a real PITA.

and I actually miscounted - the final row was 1440 stitches (40 repeats of a 36 stitch pattern)

Ready to start the cast off

hope the link works.

MMario - Can anybody tell me what year it is?

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less then 5 rows to go to

less then 5 rows to go to complete this. I'd like to say this week, but more likely sometime in May.

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I sometimes play a character who does.

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Need to get a new picture of

Need to get a new picture of this; I don't know where I got the "five sections" bit from - I think there are eight in the 'tea cloth' that I'm sizing up to a shawl. I'm only two rows from section 'F' - which is a short section, then section 'G' is a long one...

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I sometimes play a character who does.

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I managed to get into

I managed to get into section 'F' last night - only one row into it - but at least I finished up with 'E' and started the new section.

MMario

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And I have managed to get

And I have managed to get into section 'G' on this shawl; It's in a rose-raspberry Doucier et Soie (lace weight mohair and silk) - on US Size 6 needles -

I've worked the first set of k1, make four, repeat ad infinatum around - and into a band of six rows of plain knitting.

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I sometimes play a character who does.

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Onto row 120 of 153 rows

Onto row 120 of 153 rows (counting the edgeing) - two snow days helped *grin*

the rows are 800 stitches around at this point so it takes a while.

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I sometimes play a character who does.

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On row 134, I have

On row 134, I have approximately 22,800 stitches left to knit.

Sometimes Maths can be *so* depressing.

On the other hand, that means I've knit about 12,600 stitches since Feb; and I haven't worked on ROE that much.

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I sometimes play a character who does.

Kerry's picture

Those are beautiful pictures

Those are beautiful pictures over at your link, and truly inspirational.

MMario's picture

jayzus, Kyle. You're gonna

jayzus, Kyle. You're gonna make my head swell!

It is truly one stitch at a time, and that's all. Believe me, what I do is *NOT* complicated - though it may *look* complex. I couldn't handle anything that required thinking - I knit so I can shut the brain down!

Probably the most complex thing I've ever knit was a dragon stole in a filet technique. two out of three rows were either knit every stitch, purl every stitch, or work every stitch as it appears. brainless. the other third of the rows involved nothing more complex then a yo or k2tog; the hardest part was counting.

If I am remembering correctly - I've been knitting lace for a little over 4 years. Before that I didn't know how to purl. it took me over 40 years to learn to purl, BTW; so I am serious when I say that if *I* can knit lace, anyone can.

Besides - you should see the stuff some people do with the 100/2 threads and 0x5 needles. Makes my stuff look like mudpies next to a Rodin sculpture

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I play a character who does.

kylewilliam's picture

well I have to say I'm

well I have to say I'm impressed - I know how to purl - you're right though - knitting (knit only) is an easy safe thing to be stuck in - I did it for about 1-1/2 years - then I started to purl and now I am attempting patterns - it's hard for me to remember any sequence and repeat it constantly - (p1, p2tog, p2, p2tog) for some reason - for me it takes LOTS of concentration but I'm willing to keep at it!

I'd love to know what book you would recommend to start exploring the lacework that you do - at the very least it'd be a good thing to have on my bookshelf to taunt me! :) I just bought a sock book, a hat book and something random that talks about what to do with small bits of yarn -

:)

Kyle

Kyle

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I would say first go out to

I would say first go out to Eunny Jang's blog and steal read, mark and inwardly digest her lace tutorial. it's a four parter. well worth copying down to a local drive.

I own four lace books - A Gathering of lace and another one whose title I can't remember. it's either lace from the attic or the lace knitting of Mary schiffman (see how big an impression it made on me?) I really should check it and find out which it is.

the other two are Marianne Kinzels First and Second Book of Modern lace knitting. Great patterns, but not a tutorial.

I've not yet (personally) run across a lace knitting book that I would reccomend as a tutorial; Eunny's stuff is one of the best I've seen.

Heirloom knitting is filled with gorgeous patterns - I'm not sure how much is in there instructionally - and until I find a copy at substantially less then the $50 bucks I'm seeing it sold for I probably wont.

Hopefully Lars will pop in here with some reccomendations. He does teach lace knitting.
MMario

Bill's picture

WOW ! Eunny Jang's blog is a

WOW !
Eunny Jang's blog is a treasure!!!
thanks for posting about that!

Bill

MMario's picture

whoops! That's what I get

whoops! That's what I get for trying to post while answering the phone at work!

me bad.

MMario

kylewilliam's picture

WOW - how long have you been

WOW - how long have you been knitting? The lacework you do is incredible! it reminds me of how far a journey is ahead of me - and those images you put on that link give me inspiration! thank you for sharing! - wish I was closer - it'd be great to apprentice from someone who is so knowledgeable!

:)

Kyle