Friday, November 9, 2007

(almost) finished!

I know it's been a while since anyone has commented here, so I was wondering how progress is going!

I am almost finished...I have finished the knitting part, and just need to sew in my ends and then block. Any pointers/helpful suggestions for blocking? I'm told it's really easy, but I've never blocked anything in my life, and I'm nervous that something irreversibly bad will happen when I put my soft cashmere shawl into a sinkful of water.

And now that I have batteries in my camera that actually work (it's been a multi-month saga--don't ask), I may even have pictures to share soon!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Barely Started

I cast on for Catalina the other day with Knit Picks Shadow laceweight yarn in Vineyard. It is a very rich purply yarn. I have not worked with lacewt. much, and I feel lace-challenged. I thought I could handle a non-triangular shawl. 10 rows so far.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

A plan

I really want to complete this shawl and I have come up with a plan. In total the shawl is 614 rows long. I would like to have it done by the end of October.

My plan is to knit 12 rows/day for 50 days & 14 on the 51st day. This will give me ample time to block & make the fringe. My start time is after I finish the second sock in the pair I am making for my father.

My start (again) date will be Monday, August 27th.

Do you have a plan?

Friday, August 17, 2007

My beginning

I have started my shawl just this week. I've never made anything with laceweight yarn before, so I'm hoping that this will work out nicely. I'll try and get a picture up when I have enough done to show something--right now I've got 5 rows. :)

I did have a question--on July 3 Tricia noted that she talked to Gabrielle about the about a 3-stitch garter border on both sides. Does that mean that on the chart at the edge, instead of it being a 3-stitch stockinette stitch it ought to be a 3-stitch garter border instead? So the number of stitches should still be 106 stitches? Just wanted to make sure. I looked at the pictures, it I couldn't tell.

I'm hanging out with friends and knitting tonight, so I'm hoping to make some good progress.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Starting out

Some of our group are absolute beginners to lace knitting. Some of us have yet to start.
For those who have not yet begun; don't fret too much, I know you can do it!

As I have mentioned before, this is my first lace project. So I have made a bunch of mistakes and have had to start over a few times. But I haven't given up. Each time I start over I do better and get further. Eventually I will learn enough to finish this project. You can do this too.

For the beginners among us, Eunny has posted a wonderful series called majoring in lace.
The series includes:
  1. introduction - Shawl construction

  2. part ii - Yarn Choices; Needle Choices; Gauge: Chart Reading 101

  3. part iii - The Structure of Lace; Role of the YO; Role of the Decrease; Movements in Lace Knitting

  4. part iv - Provisional and Invisible Cast Ons; Hard Cast Ons; Circular Beginnings

My two-cents:

  • I put my chart in a plastic sheet protector and then clip it to a clip board

  • I put a piece of painter's tape to cover the line above the one I am working on. This helps me keep my place, and I don't get distracted by what lies ahead.

  • During my purl rows, I often look at the previous row to make sure I have picked up correctly (especially with those double yarn overs).

  • I work in a quiet space without a lot of distractions. Otherwise I make a lot of mistakes.

  • I use tiny closed jump rings as markers.

  • And I count and count and count each row to make certain I have the right amount of stitches between each marker.

  • If I want to stop knitting, I stop at the end of a row.

  • I keep trying. Especially after making mistakes.

Here is a link to another newbie's lace knitting tips.

You can always google your question.

Note: There are no "purl two together through back loop on wrong side" in this pattern.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Lovely result

I finished my Catalina Shawl already a few weeks before. Ruth asked me to post a photo also here in the KAL blog. Her invitation to this blog arrived during my holidays so that I nearly forgot about it...
I liked the pattern so much that it took less than two weeks to finish it. Just the fringes made me some problems but without them this fabulous shawl isn´t complete...

For further information please have a look to my blog

I´m curious to see your efforts :-)

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Ruth's Update

Here it is, my progress on the Catalina Shawl. The picture shows my work up to row 60 - 16 shy of a full first repeat. Before getting this far I had to frog a few times. And now that I look at it I see that I knit for part of a row where I should have purled (it looks like a crease to the right of the middle at about row 41 or so). For some reason the "crease" seems much longer in the picture than IRL. Upon finding the error I have become stalled. I really don't want to frog again! Now I think I have learned my lesson and will use lifelines every 10 rows or so.

One thing that is working really well are my markers - sterling silver closed jump rings (purchased at my local craft store).

The yarn is Fiddlesticks Knitting JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk in Garnet. With rolling my wraps per inch (WPI) tool, I have 26 WPI.

I would love to hear how the rest of you are doing!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

starting catalina

Hello everybody. I'm looking forward to this KAL and thought I'd share my experience so far with the pattern. I'm using a silk/seacell blend dyed by in the Rose Pearl colourway - I will post photos soon - and it's looking lovely. However, I had a few issues with the pattern at first. For a start, judging from the photos the first and last three stitches are garter stitch, but this is not reflected in the chart. Secondly, the key shows \ as meaning p2togtbl on the wrong side, but there are none of these symbols that I could find on a wrong side row. I emailed Gabriella and she got back to me really quickly to say

"You are correct on both counts - there is indeed a three-stitch garter border on both sides - I apologize that that was left off the chart. And the "\" is indeed only used for ssk, and there are no p2tog-tbl - there were originally some p2tog-tbl when I first mapped out the chart, but I forgot to delete that indication when I changed the pattern. Apologies for any confusion! I hope you enjoy knitting the shawl."

I'm very grateful to her for this clarification and am now on row 19! I hope this information is helpful to others knitting this beautiful shawl pattern.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Starting out

I have just started my Catalina - on row 28 of the first repeat. I will be posting more as soon as I have pictures. This is my first knit lace project and I have learned a lot just getting to this point! I think I had to rip back at least 5 times before I got it right! (Not too much fun, I'll tell you!) I changed the yarn I am using to Fiddlesticks Garnet Lace - a 50% silk, 50% merino wool blend. I thought this shawl needed a vibrant solid colour.

I can hardly wait to read your posts!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Welcome Note

Welcome, welcome Ann, Susan and Penny!
I am so glad you have joined.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Waiting for yarn

Hello there. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of you join this KAL. I think we'll have a lot of fun.

I am waiting for yarn from Sundara Yarn listed in her Currently Available section. Mine is called Cinnamon over Bronze silk lace (just scroll down). I think she has one skein left of this colour.


Here's what g.bella says:

Okay, in reading the comments I see you all would like more specs on this, so here you go! The yarn I used for this is about 600 m/100 g to a skein, 100% silk laceweight (you can find it here), and I didn't use all of it (about 15 g. leftover) - it's a great project to show off more expensive laceweight yarns that you might only purchase one or two skeins of. It's written for laceweight (any laceweight really), and could also be done in cobweb or fingering weight. I haven't tried it in cobweb or fingering weights, though, so make sure you have plenty of yardage just in case. In laceweight worked as written in the pattern, the finished dimensions are about 60" by 15" without fringe. It can easily be widened or lengthened (or vice versa) by adjusting the number of repeats.

Finally, I would say this pattern is totally doable for beginning lace knitters, as long as you can read a chart. Techniques used include: knit, purl, yarn over, double yarn over (explained in the pattern notes), slip slip knit, knit two together, purl two together, and knit two together through the back loop. There are no increases or decreases along the edges and the border is a very simple yarn over stitch pattern. Any of these techniques may be found, often with photos, in online tutorials if you aren't sure of how to do them.

**Important Revision: The second sentence of the last paragraph on the first page should begin as follows: "Repeat rows 1-76 of all sections in the chart..." instead of "Repeat rows 1-76 of Sections A through B..."

Needles: 2.75 mm (US size 2) at least 24” circular recommended.