kaberett: Overlaid Mars & Venus symbols, with Swiss Army knife tools at other positions around the central circle. (Default)
[personal profile] kaberett
Hi folk!

I'm currently working on a couple of instances of Celestarium, and I'm getting to thinking about edgings. In particular, I'm sure someone must at some point have charted up a lace pattern for the classic sunbeams-spreading-out-from-setting-sun image-concept (you know, this sort of thing), but I've had a pretty thorough rummage through Ravelry and the closest I'm coming up with is this beaded pattern and a shawl that isn't quite right but could, in a pinch, be adapted.

I don't suppooooose any of you have any ideas? I'm reasonably comfortable adapting existing patterns but I'm a little low on brain at the moment so I'd rather not have to chart it up myself!

Thanks lots :-)
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[personal profile] northern
Hi hi! *waves*

I'm pretty new to charts, but am trying to knit a lace scarf. I'm wondering, does anyone know what it means when a symbol on a knitting chart occupies two spaces, vertically? Trying to ask the designer, but no reply yet. It looks like this (sorry for photo of a monitor effect).

ETA: After starting row 11, I think I understand. It looks like all the special stitches like m in combination with anything else have drifted down to a lesser or greater degree. That does mean I made a few mistakes on row 10, but I have the correct amount of stitches, and I think I can compensate. Thank you for your help!

ETA again: Yep, got a reply from the designer and it was just an alignment problem. Phew!
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[personal profile] tree_and_leaf
Hi, I'm new(ish) to the community, and also fairly new to knitting. I've just got into knitting lace, which I love, but I'm having problems with the blocking. I've been improvising using a yoga mat, but I tried to block Traveling Woman (a lace shawl) recently, and the pointy edges didn't come out right at all - the mat's not solid enough, so it kept warping out of shape. The shawl looks OK, but it could look so much better.

Does anyone have any suggestions on better methods/ equipment, preferably from UK suppliers? I'm on a tight budget, but I'm willing to spend a bit, given that I really enjoy knitting and my cheapskate solution wasn't much of a solution *g*

I'd be very grateful for any hints, tips, or suggestions.

gail shawl

Feb. 15th, 2012 11:00 am
vampirefan: Futurama's Bender knitting a beer bottle cozy (knitting)
[personal profile] vampirefan
i started this shawl in march of 2011 and it got worked on occasionally while i finished various other projects but i'm finally done! and OMG I ONLY HAD ABOUT 12 - 15 INCHES OF YARN LEFT OVER! although i had done my best to measure/estimate how much yarn i would be using toward the end of the project, i was so worried that i had calculated wrong so i was freaking out as i finished binding off, watching that tiny ball of yarn get tinier and tinier, but it worked out perfectly! \o/

i love the subtle variegated colors and it works out perfectly for this lacy design. you can see my project notes and more pictures here: ravel.me/vampirefan/gan (or you can click on the picture to visit flickr and see the pictures in full size). i plan on getting more pictures of it off of the blocking wires.

on to the pictures! )
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[personal profile] fire_my_spirit
I heard recently about blocking acrylic yarns with an iron, and found instructions for it here (you'll have to scroll down a ways) that sound rather promising. I was just wondering if anyone had tried anything like this, and had tips or horror stories?

I ask because I am allergic to animal fibers and don't really have the budget for them anyway, so I am generally happy to stick with acrylics, and have thus never bothered to learn to knit lace. But I just found a really pretty shawl pattern that I'd love to make if only I knew it would come out looking like it's supposed to -- but if not, well, I don't want to get my hopes up.

Thanks much in advance!
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[personal profile] inchainz
It's been a long time since I saw a pattern & cast on the next day, but I fell in love with the Dragon Wing Shawl in Knitty's First Fall collection.   Thanks to whomever posted that First Fall was out!  :)  The day after I saw it happened to be payday so I took off after work & bought the yarn & cast on as soon as I got home. And today it's all finished & blocked & everything! I don't have any pix of it blocked & off the mats because my camera battery chose the exact wrong time to beg to be recharged, but tomorrow I'll have my slave resident photographer snap one or two.

For now, here's the saga of my Dragon Wing Shawl. It took seventeen days & muchmuch fussing & tinking, but now it's done. One sixty degree day would be nice, so I could wear it, but I'll settle for afternoons next week when I'm back to work in the arctic chill.

Pix #1 & #3 are the best representation of the color -- this one was super hard to capture, regardless of where I shot it.  Usually natural light is best, but not always.  Apparently.

Click for pix )
More info here on my Ravelry project page.  Feel free to friend me.  

inchainz: (yarn porn)
[personal profile] inchainz
This is my first finished lace project so I have to show it off! It's the Dandy Neckerchief (ravelry), made with Dream In Color Classy's In Vino Veritas colorway.  It was a lot of fun, especially after I got the hang of reading/following the chart.

Pix . . . )
More details are on Ravelry - feel free to friend me.  Thanks for looking!  :)

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[personal profile] sarah
I have this marvelous beach blanket. Sure, it's good for the usual blanket-y type things: keeping you warm, drying you off, giving you a place to sit seaside without getting sand up in your pink bits. But that's not what makes this beach blanket so wonderful.

What's special about this blanket is its ability to transform my full-sized daybed into a gigantic grid for blocking lace:

lace shawl pinned out on a bright plaid blanket

Just had to share with people who'd understand my need for a huge blocking grid. My coworkers just gave me blank looks when I tried to explain why this was so very useful.
jamethiel: A pink lotus flower (LotusFlower)
[personal profile] jamethiel
I have a question. I'm getting seriously into lace knitting: I'm currently knitting the haruha scarf (v easy) and I'm thinking about trying a slightly more challenging lacy shawl.

I was clicking around on links today when I found this, which is a fabulous review of cast on techniques for lace. While I have observed for myself that your standard cast off/on is sometimes too tight for the airy-ness of lace and can lead to some... strange shapes in the finished piece, my question is this.

Invisible cast-ons leave live stitches once the temporary false cast-on edge has been unravelled. What do you then do with the live stitches?? Do they get individually sewn back into the pattern? Or do you need to have some kind of edge for every knitted lace piece you make? I'm a little confused.


Jan. 20th, 2010 10:10 pm
laughingrat: Spock, knitting, totally tuning you out. (KNIT IT SON)
[personal profile] laughingrat
Wendy Johnson released her Argus shawlette pattern today (Ravelry link) and I'm really liking the look of it. It would knit up pretty quick as lace projects go, I think, and probably be both a decent first lace project for people and a relaxing project for more experienced laceknitters. Anyone here want to do some kind of informal knitalong? Maybe not have a separate community just for it, but just something here?

Also, until the end of the month, she's donating 50% of the profits from the pattern sales to relief efforts for Haiti, so that's cool.



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