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)
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 ... :)
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.)
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)
Oh but I thought they were joking about snow before Halloween. Must knit mittens!
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 :)
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.
OK, gonna try for the tattoo again tomorrow night. Hopefully, I'll like the design and the guy won't be on jury duty again. Secondly, I figure I've really got to get my ass in gear to get 3-4 more purses and 2-3 more pairs of clogs done before Christmas. Started a new purse last night. Doing it all in Plymouth Outback, kinda a green/beige mix, I think its called an Elizabeth Bag, I like it cuz you put the handle on holders and its all knitted up, you dont' have to do Icord or poke it thru afterwards etc.. Anyway, it seems to be going pretty fast. Got the bottom knitted, picked up all my sides, and got 3-4 rows in the round done last night. Have 55 rows or so to do in the round. I will take a picture will all my creations and post it in the near future. Later dudes.
Does anyone have a favorite sock pattern with the following considerations: heavier than sock weight yarn and lightly shaped...not full square heel treatment. I'm looking for a totally brainless and stretchy sock that I can knit on where-ever and whenever I have a free moment. (or when walking).
ok. working up a simple cabled scarf....42 stitches across with an 8 row simple pattern repeat....shouldn't need to use lifelines.....WRONG! i had to throw the WIP down and take off for a code and when i get back (the patient didn't make it) somehow i drop a stitch and unconsciously yarn over or something to replace the stitch. i complete 2 more 8 row sets when i notice a ladder falling thru the purls b/n the cable and a rib. *sigh* i learned the hard way that you can't fish for and pull a dropped stitch through cables very well. only had to rip out 20 rows. must always use a lifeline.