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AndrewNiehus's picture

So I am stuck in my apartment, and it rained today washing away all the snow in Corvallis. I can not go home though, the hour drive makes a big difference in the weather. At my parents house there is at least nine inches of snow, and one of my brothers (the only person there at the moment) can not get out on the road to come get me. So I watched the first season of Battlestar Galactica yesterday and finished season 19 of the Simpsons and knitted this thing. I have wanted to learn lace for a while now, and my one attempt with alpaca did not work right. I messed up a couple times, I kept missing the final yarn over on my third needle, but overall I think I did okay. I improvised a blocking board and now I have to figure out what to do with from here. I already got it wet and pined it out, and then was able to stretch it by an inch, but what do I do now? Do I have to starch it or something? Iron it maybe?

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Thomasknits's picture

So can someone explain for

So can someone explain for me the difference between lace knitting and regular knitting? Is it just a whole lot of yarn-overs?
-Thomas

MMario's picture

In knitting lace, the

In knitting lace, the biggest difference is that (most of) the holes are deliberate.

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steve kadel's picture

pretty much combinations of

pretty much combinations of yarn overs and knit togethers or SKP, holes and gathers

Thomasknits's picture

Ok, that's what I figured.

Ok, that's what I figured. Sounds like fun.
-Thomas

MMario's picture

heh-heh-heh! Another one

heh-heh-heh! Another one seduced to the dark side of knitting!

AndrewNiehus's picture

This one is cotton, and it

This one is cotton, and it is pinned to within an inch of my ability to do so. Pics soon of my improvised blocking board and the finished product.

HuskerChub's picture

Great job on your first lace

Great job on your first lace attempt! See it's not as scary as we lace knitters like to make you think LOL. As drmel94 said, stretch it as far as you can, pin it out with LOTS of pins and let it dry. The finishing of a piece of lace is always the most satisfying part to me. To see a lump of nothing that looks like a used up wash rag and see it bloom into something so beautiful if just amazing to me. Now yours would not go through a huge transformation because of the use of alpaca and it having so many "dense" areas but you will see a difference. Welcome to the next stage of the knitting cult ;), lace knitting can be even more addicting than knitting itself.

drmel94's picture

If it's wool, or alpaca for

If it's wool, or alpaca for that matter, just stretch the hell out of it until it dries. If it's cotton or other non-protein fiber, it may not hold its shape quite as well, but it's really not necessary to starch it, IMO, unless you need it to be stiff.

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