Lace... the final frontier...

Wow... I can't really believe I actually used that title. Anyway...

I haven't been knitting for that many years, but I have found that, through persistence, boredom, and just plain ol' obsession, I have greatly improved my skills as a knitter! Although I haven't been "able to cable" yet, I've tried my hand at lots of fun stuff! Designing, color work, super big knits, new stitch patterns, double knitting, socks!... I've done pretty much everything... except lace.

I would LOVE to do lace, but have a few concerns --

1) I am a selfish knitter. I like making stuff for me! In the beginning (after God created the heavens and the earth), I knitted for hours on end to make scarves for people that thought they came from a magic knit fairy. He he... Anywho, how can I incorporate lace-knitting into my personal life? I don't especially need a shawl or a stole for myself!

2) I don't really fancy the "fancy". While I will marvel at leaves and flowers and the likes, I have a much more contemporary taste. I LOVE looking at all the lace that you guys knit -- it just astounds me! BUT, is there a place for "modern" lace? I once saw a shawl that looked like a mountain scene... it was incredible! Little lace trees, little lace babbling brook, little lace forest fires... you know, typical stuff. But is there a pattern out there (for instance) like a lace Manhattan Skyline? That would be fantastic!

I have a ball of Malabrigo lace in lettuce just begging to be used! I originally bought it to make luxury socks for myself with, but couldn't find a lace pattern, and I doubt the durability.

All you guys make me so jealous with your lace making, and I want to have fun, too! Suggestions?

if you want to knit

if you want to knit something lace, why don't you make yourself a very sexy lace tank-top. maybe a form-fitting hex mesh.
i have a feeling that quite a few studs in here would be more than happy to get you on your way to having a mesh tank.

as far as something modern,
do you have something specific in mind?
galaxies? post-apocyliptic skylines? something abstract?
i bet we could come up with something fun for you.....

scubasinger's picture

I, too, wonder sometimes

I, too, wonder sometimes about what to do with the lace stuff I knit. But I came to the conclusion that I knit lace because I enjoy knitting lace...the creative process, watching something grow from that tiny thread and toothpick needles, the challenge, etc. What I do with it is somewhat of a secondary question. Even if I pack a piece away only to haul it out later and look at it, that's okay. I enjoyed making it.

So some things I give away, others I keep, others get used for different stuff...but I keep knitting lace 'cause it's fun!!

Vic

TomH's picture

I totally agree. I knit lace

I totally agree. I knit lace because I like to knit lace.

I have my eyes set on tackling a Niebling lace pattern or two. His work is so totally different from any lace I've seen. So I have to try it.

By the way, here is the shawl pattern I'm knitting currently:
Summer Into Fall Shawl

I'm on Round 94 of 180 rounds. So I have quite a ways to go.

ronhuber's picture

I have made a few lace

I have made a few lace projects. One is hanging on my wall. Another is draped over an old Spanish chest. Another is a doily and other samples are used as coasters. My favourite is a valance and I have made many and given away many lace bookmarks.

Wow... looks like I'm not

Wow... looks like I'm not the only one!

Yeah, I'm definitely gonna have to start a lace project soon! Those nasty people at KP... sending out those catalogs that look so pretty... so yummy....

bitches.

Anyway, I might try designing something! I kind of have a flair for making something work, and if I just knew some lace stitches and how they acted, I might be able to construct something! I mean, it's basically just YOs, right? I know it's much, much, much, much, much more complicated, but is there a place that kind of deconstructs the art of lace?

That would be awesome. And yes, an asymmetrical skyline scarf would be kick ass! Even window hangings... Ooooh..... now I've GOT to learn how to do it! Too many ideas.....

Kerry's picture

Lace for a man depends a lot

Lace for a man depends a lot on the colour chosen. I made a lace scarf for myself in olive/khaki/grape sort of colours basing the pattern on a shawl/scarf Midwest Moonlight Scarf. Don't know the name of the book, it came from my local library. By the time it is scrunched around my neck I'm the only one who knows it is lace.

rjcb3's picture

I envy lace knitters, shawl

I envy lace knitters, shawl knitters, all that thin stuff on the needles.

Perhaps one of these days, I'll actually complete some lace project and figure out designing a sweater or something with it.

Best of luck!

)O(
Robert

crmartin's picture

Here is a link to a "man

Here is a link to a "man lace" scarf made from Malabrigo lace yarn.
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/duien/manly-lace-scarf

The pattern:
http://ideath.livejournal.com/129398.html

I am thinking about making this for myself using some sock yarn I have.

Randy

Aaronknits's picture

I agree about making

I agree about making something for the home. I would love to make a lacy throw to keep on the couch but with the crazy dogs I have, it would get ruined in no time! I suppose a mediation shawl would be nice. It would never be in use when the dogs are around, nor would it ever be in their reach.

Follow Mario's steps. And yes, #3 is optional but it's the step I like the most. The last piece I completed is on display at my LYS where I got the pattern and yarn and it's gettling LOADS of compliments. I just hope I can still get it back in December when it's time to send it off as a Christmas gift!

And finally, Geoff, you're not the only one. I don't care for musicals (okay, I would like to see Evil Dead: The Musical) and I can't sing a single showtune. Don't like Streisand, Garland, Madonna, etc. Jeans and a t-shirt suit me just fine and they don't necessarily need to be clean. My house is immaculate and fairly well decorated but that's absolutely NONE of my doing. Yet somehow I'm still a card carrier.

Buck Strong's picture

Thank God that there are at

Thank God that there are at least two of us!

"A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn." Blackadder

Buck Strong's picture

I like the look of the lace

I like the look of the lace that's made here too. It's incredible work. I'm even more intrigued since I got the latest KnitPicks catalogue with a focus on lace. I don't know what I would do with the product though. Heck, I'm a homo who can't decorate or one who knows the difference between shades of taupe and mushroom. Oh, and I don't like musicals either......Hmmmm......maybe I should turn in my Gay Card.

"A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn." Blackadder

MMario's picture

1) knit the piece 2) take a

1) knit the piece
2) take a picture*
3) give it away#
4) repeat from step one.

MMario

*Step 2 is optional.

#Step 3 sometimes becomes "defend the item against theft by hordes of ravening people until you can get it to the intended designate"

scenter's picture

#3 is so true. I finished

#3 is so true. I finished the frosted ferns doily about a month ago, (I supersized it using Hempathy on US 6 needles so it came out 42" diameter) and I brought it to a LYS (not Knitch) for a show and tell. I had offers to buy it on the spot, and requests to make another one for them.

One funny thing that came out of it was "The Lace Trap" - dig a pit in your yard, and line it with soft fabric, afghans, pillows etc, cover it with fake grass, and suspend a lace shawl over it. Collect girlfriends after they are lured into the trap.

scottly's picture

"#Step 3 sometimes becomes

"#Step 3 sometimes becomes "defend the item against theft by hordes of ravening people until you can get it to the intended designate"

Boy is that ever true. I'm currently working on a scarf in handpainted wool - purples and marines. It's just in garter drop stitch (I think that's what it's called) not really lace but lacey and women are panting for it. I'm thinking I could make a fortune just making that scarf. Unfortunately, I hate to repeat myself.

Scott

scottly's picture

Wow, you just voiced what I

Wow, you just voiced what I have been thinking about for days. The lace guys are contagious much more so then the sweater/garment guys, at least to me. But like you, I like the more geometric patterns with lots of repeats and a pattern thats not 4000 rows long. And I really am not in to any kind of scallop thingy. But I love some of the stuff I see you guys do and I'm slowly getting in to it. Maybe a shawl with a lace element or a really simple scarf. As for what to do with stuff - never a problem. Generally I make stuff for others and I just found out I have two cousins suffering cancer. Maybe a nice lace scarf will not only cover up their bare heads but also make them feel a little luxurious and pretty in a bad situation.

Scott

Donski's picture

I know what you mean about

I know what you mean about lace. I am knitting the Spanish Lace shawl just for the experience. Obviously I wont be wearing it, well not in public LOL.. and I dont really have any old ladies in my life (sadly) to give it to. It will probably end up in the cats basket, she seems to have taken a liking to it already.

There are some amazing designs in lace knitting for tablecoths and window hangings I have seen whilst researching Herbert Niebling etc.. Maybe stuff around the home. They just look like such a challenge to actually knit. Worth giving it a go.

fuzzyjay's picture

Think if you have any skinny

Think if you have any skinny lady friends. They don't have to be old. My friend Liz loves the shawl I made for her... I was a little worried about it being too "old", but then I thought "she is so skinny I bet she gets cold in the winter"... and she does use it and thinks it's elegant!

This was a worsted weight shawl from Evelyn Clark's Lace Triangles book. These shawls are perfect for my knitting style. I hate to do swatches, so I just cast on a few stitches and knit until I'm tired of the thing.

MMario's picture

I can't knit shawls fast

I can't knit shawls fast enough! Between the nieces, friends, friends daughters, co-workers, in-laws, auctions and charities I have to be really really really selfish to keep a finished shawl in my possession for longer then a few days.

But - see if the local hosital wants one; or if a local lchurch has a prayer shawl imisitry; or nursing homes. Or see if your LYS will take it on commission....

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MMarioKKnits/

fuzzyjay's picture

I am knitting a scarf for

I am knitting a scarf for the boyfriend that is non-fancy, and geometric:

Greek Key Lace Scarf.

MMario's picture

I could be a display piece

I could be a display piece or a throw. Or use some fingering weight and make a lapghan. Scarves. Or some lace patterns work well for skull caps and hats.

Hmmmm - ny skyline shouldn't be that hard. I can see it done as an asymettrical scarf!

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MMarioKKnits/