Sunday, December 30, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I finally and happily finished my bee shawl which I named Beatrice. I am so thrilled with the finished knit.
The shawl was an amazing learning experience and I am certainly looking forward to my next Knitspot shawl!
ETA: I have had several request for what yarn I used. Thank you!
I actually used my own hand dyed Sweet Lace in the Rose Hill Colourway that is currently a custom dye request colourway.
I sort of work on this project in spurts. This time it was my plane knitting to and from my parent's house for Thanksgiving. I got the first 3 bees done. The photo shows 10, so I guess I must be getting close to the end.
I'm finding this section to be easier than the others, mainly because there is very little to do on wrong side rows, and even the right side rows are more logical than the bee section, at least to me. Besides, this pattern is my favorite of the 3 sections.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
I joined this KAL a while back when it first formed, but have only got around to casting on my Bee Fields a few weeks ago. Then I posted to my blog, but forgot to post to the KAL blog.
So my Bee Fields about now about half way through the swarm section and I am just getting around to posting here. I love the pattern, the yarn (Claudia's Hand Painted Silk Lace), the whole project. We've only had a couple bumps, pretty much due to my total inability to set up the swarm section in a moving car. Once I got over that issue, it's been full speed ahead.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Im excited to get started!
Thanks for letting me join, Annmarie!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I am using the stash yarn shown, and it seems that I need to knit on size 3 (US) needles. After swatching with different sizes, I looked closely at your pictures and decided that this yarn on size 3s would be best--and it is close to the suggested gauge, but not exact.
I'll be done with the set-up rows tonight and then on to the first section. My winglettes seem a bit small, but I'm expecting they'll be more obvious when blocked.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
With the first half successfully completed, I anticipate no problems with the second half. Now I need to get busy and finish spinning that second package of Black Rainbow Glitter from Aurelia.
Here's a little close-up of a modification I am doing. I'm adding beads to the side and end edges. They are the "oil slick" colour, I think referred to as "dark aurora borealis", and they match the glitter in the handspun perfectly.
Also, instead of the "bind off loosely in knit" I'm using a great bind-off I learned when doing the Swallowtail Shawl. It makes for a very stretchy yet tidy edge.
K2, *transfer the 2 stitches on the right needle back to the left needle and then K2tog through the back loop. K1 and repeat from* around.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I'm hoping I'll have the time to completely finish this half of the stole before I have to put it down again. I'm allowing myself a few days working on it and then it's back to projects with looming deadlines again.
Monday, October 15, 2007
All bunched up like this, those bees are looking more like spiders!
Friday, October 12, 2007
Do I repeat: p8, (p2tog) 9 times? Or do I just repeat the (p2tog) 9 times?
I know you all will have the answer. I'm excited, because this means I'm almost done with the first half of the stole!
I've put it aside for a few days while I work on my other stole, which is the "Secret of the Stole". They are both quite different. The "Secret of the Stole" is quite a bit easier than the Honey Bee stole.
I'm a glutton for punishment I working on 2 lace stoles at once and me who has never even done lace!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I am having trouble reconciling the written instructions with the charted ones. Just on row one alone it looks like:
Written Row 1(1st 6 instructions-row1-WS)=k1, p3, k2
Chart Row 1(1st 6 instructions-row1-WS)=No Stitch 2, k1, p3
Can anyone help me and let me know what I am doing (or how I am reading this) wrong? I am not an experienced lace knitter, but I did finish the MS3 using the chart only. I guess I got a little cocky.
I can see by all the lovely shawls out there that it is definitely something going on with me and not with the pattern.
Any help at all would be very, very gratefully accepted!
Thank you so much!
Connie in Palo Alto
Monday, October 8, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
I finally made it to the Bee & Honeycomb section! I've really been looking forward to this part of the stole. That was until I was taking pictures. I won't post the ugliness here. I couldn't do that to the others. Right now, I'm just going to assume that no one will ever notice. Now if I can just keep my mouth shut...
Just a little while longer & then I can move onto Part 2!
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
This was probably the most challenging lace project I have ever undertaken, but because of Anne's clear instructions and excellent charts (after I blew them up enough to be able to read them) it wasn't as difficult as it appeared at first.
Here are a few tips for anyone just starting the Bee Fields Shawl:
- Be generous with stitch markers, whether you use pretty ones or the cheapo plastic variety or slices of drinking straws
- Use the needles with the sharpest tips you can find, especially for the Bees in Field section. I used Addi Lace Needles and can't imagine having done it without them.
- Follow Anne's instructions even when they don't seem to make any sense at all. She knows what she's doing.
- Lifelines are probably a good idea (though I didn't use them because there was no plain K or plain P row to weave the lifeline through)
(There is a little more info on my blog.)
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Just before the first marker there should be a vertical ladder of eyelets, commonly called "faggoting".
Yarn overs should slant from right to left. Here is a link to a video showing correct formation of YOs. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the little video camera icon. Pink is for Continental knitters, blue for English style knitters.
In this photo the first stitch is the one remaining on the right hand needle after completing the "cast off 2 sts". The second stitch is a YO. The third is the completed double decrease. Fourth is another YO. 2 knit stitches and then a k2tog.
For anyone who is interested in my bead placement; I use a crochet hook to place a bead on the third stitch of row 2 of the edging, and then I purl the stitch. This centers the bead in the diamond that forms along the edging. If you are using the graph, mark a "B" for bead placement in the row directly below the double decrease. Of course I have a corresponding bead on the other end of the row too.
Monday, October 1, 2007
It's easier than I thought it would be! which is a good thing!
Hopefully I can explain this right. The problem I have I when I have to knit a stitch that was a yarn over on the previous row, it doesn't turn out right I can tell by looking at the picture and looking at my work.
I also seem to lose a stitch somewhere at either beginning, I count and check and recheck but the stitch disappears! A
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Hi! I just joined this KAL a few days ago, and I'm so excited, I didn't know if it would be too late or not. I have been watching everyone else's bees in progress, they're gorgeous! I just started on mine a few days ago, and haven't gotten very far yet. I dyed this yarn myself from some I had in my stash. It's extremely fine, so I'm using size 3 needles. Maybe I'll end up adding a repeat or so at the end to make it bigger, but we'll see. I also ordered a knitpicks options needles to work this on, but I started on straights for now. There's a little more information about the yarn I'm using on my blog.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I'm just starting the Honeybee Stole in my own handspun, laceweight "halfbred". I purchased the 'top' from Aurelia, in the "Black Rainbow Glitter" colourway.
I had a little trouble getting started, but once, twice, third time is the charm. I'm up to row 28 now.
The red at the top (from this perspective) is just my provisional cast on. The green blips at the bottom are snippets of plastic straw I use for stitch markers. I'm adding beads to the edges of the stole, but they aren't visible in this photo.
Thanks Kaylen, for the use of your flannel "burp cloth". It makes a great lap cloth so that I can see the black stitches a little better. It works great when I'm spinning black too.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
If anyone could let me know how they did this, I would appreciate the help, thanks Gail
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Hello everyone, I finally received my Honeybee Stole kit! First thing I have to do in turn that hank in a ball, that should be fun!?
I can't wait to get started with this project. I really enjoy looking at the different colors that people have chosen.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
I'm an experienced knitter, and have knit a number of lace shawls, but reading the pages and pages of Bee Fields was daunting. It will just have to "season" some more before I tackle all that.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Little did I know what was waiting for me in the Bee in Fields section! When I first read the description of the Bee Panel section I was totally bewildered. The only way to do it was just to plunge right in and assume that Anne knew what she was doing. I have now completed the first repeat if this section, and they do in fact look like bees. (Maybe it's not so obvious in the photo, but stretched out it looks much better.)
In general I am finding this pattern difficult but exhilarating to knit. Maybe that is how real gymnasts feel.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
As you can tell she is a bit squished on the needles, but as this is my first shawl I have no intention of taking it off the needles to get a good picture...just in case.
Hopefully I can finish her this month and give you all a nice FO photo!
I added gold beads to the bees in the bee swarm section to suggest honey.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Wish y'all a Happy Labor Day. Well Friday came I my hubby game the the card to get both patterns. Well I cast on for the Bee fields with the lace weight merino I have from Yarntreehouse. Well that got frogged after row 3 of the swatching. It is thinner tha nthe zephyr, so I am using 2 strands but I think I just might have to order another heavier yarn maybe. I do have a question I have not learned how to do the back loop cast on is it hard?
I need to zip I have veggies marinating and lamb I am getting ready to prepare for tomorrow. So I guess I will knit on the Forest Canopy for a bit and then get moving on the tote I am making for an exchange. I just love to knit. I also strted today a one-skein wonder pattern from Stephanie Japel. I am making the shrug for my friend Lina who lives in the Netherlands. Have a great long weekend and an good week all.
Cheryl ~ TX
I am loving this shawl! I'm doing the triangular Bee Fields and I'm using the laceweight wool from handpaintedyarn.com with size 5US/3.75mm needles. The yarn is soft to the touch and gives just the right amount of stitch definition. The needles provide just enough drag and the tips are wonderful for working all the various decreases.
I finished the Bee Hive portion of the shawl last night and I'm really looking forward to doing The Swarm today. I really should be working on some other projects I have going, but I just can't seem to put this one down. :-)
the Akamai Knitter
Saturday, September 1, 2007
I'd like to encourage everyone to check the errata page every now and then, especially just before you move on to a new section.
Judging by how much my teaching job has already impacted on my knitting time, I may not be able to check in on things as often as I've been doing. I'll be relying on you guys to post if you see an update on the corrections that I haven't gotten to yet. :)
I just got my invitation to join this morning and couldn't wait to post. My name is Robert and I have finished 3 repeats of the beehive section of the shawl. What an interesting pattern!! There are four of us here in Portland Oregon who are knitting the shawl. We are all using my lace weight handspun, handpainted yarns, each in different colorways (pink, grey, green and I can't remember the fourth). I am going to try to post a pic later, but just got a new camera and I'm still figuring it out.
Friday, August 31, 2007
I hope to have progress pictures of the swarm section for you on Tuesday. I made sure to insert a life line after I finished up and moved on. I am NOT going back for anything!
Hope your last long weekend is sweet as honey!
What a fabulous design! I do plan on knitting another one in Jaggerspun Zephyr. I loved knitting every stitch!
My finished measurement is 74” X 38”. I didn’t vigorously block it since my handspun had a few issues, i.e., some really thinner yarn in spots and didn’t want to take a chance it would pop. Overall, I am very happy with it and think my daughter will love it! Her birthday is in September. Hope to post a picture of her modeling it shortly thereafter.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Who out there is using a lifeline? Have you had to use it?
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
It's also very large! Measures 82" by 46". I put it on thinking it would look better on an Amazon (I'm 5'3") but, it actually looks pretty good. I'm ok with the size.
I used a fingering weight of 220yards per 50gm and used about 5 1/2 skeins. So? about 1200+ yards and knit on Addi Lace #6
Now, to decide what I want to knit next! Maybe, I'll jump right in and do the Stole.
Monday, August 27, 2007
page 16, Hem Border, rows 5 and 11 have a small omission (correction in bold)
R5: k6, yo, k2tog, SM, [yo, k2tog, drop 4yo, CO4, (PU4 bars k1), yo, (PU4 bars k1), CO4, ssk, p2, p3tog, p4, yo, p1, yo, p6, SM, *k2tog, drop 4yo, CO4, (PU4 bars k1), yo, (PU4 bars k1), CO4, ssk, p2, p3tog, p4, yo, p1, yo, p6* repeat from * to next marker, SM, k2tog, drop 4yo, CO4, (PU4 bars k1), yo, (PU4 bars k1), CO4, ssk, yo, SM], k1, SM, repeat between brackets, k2, yo, k2tog, k4
R11: BO2, k1, yo, sl1 k2tog psso, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, SM, [yo, k3, k2tog, drop 4yo, CO4, (PU4 bars k1), yo, (PU4 bars k1), CO4, ssk, k1, (yo, k2tog) 7 times, k1, *k2tog, drop 4yo, CO4, (PU4 bars k1), yo, (PU4 bars k1), CO4, ssk, k1, (yo, k2tog) 7 times, k1* repeat from * to next marker, SM, k2tog, drop 4yo, CO4, (PU4 bars k1), yo, (PU4 bars k1), CO4, ssk, k3, yo, SM], k1, SM, repeat between brackets, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, sl1 k2tog psso, yo, k1, CO2
Friday, August 24, 2007
This is my first try at lace knitting and I can't wait to get started!
I'm very happy to join this group!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
My teaching year will end on June 26th, making it nigh on impossible for me even to dream of attending. :(
I plan on knitting the Stole, not the Shawl, but who knows, things like this are always fluid.
Happy Knitting, Suzy
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
More info on the blog.
I am new here, and I have a couple of questions. I am a dyer, so I plan to dye yarn for the Honeybee Stole. I am debating, though, on using fingering weight or laceweight yarn.
I plan to use Knitpicks Bare for my base yarn. I prefer the look of fuller stitches, and this is once of my first (although not *the* first) lace projects I will be doing, although I have knit for some time.
What do you guys think? Since the called for yarn is close to a fingering weight, I am thinking of doing the smaller size stole in a fingering weight yarn, since this would be worn with a coat.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I'm Cheryl and I am a 100% service-connected disabled veteran, and so is my husband Michael we live in the Houston area of TX. Since I no longer work I need to keep busy with all this free time I now have. We share a beautiful home with Sir Angus Seton and Rita our two small dogs. After a 20+ yr. hiatus I picked up knitting again and I am having the greatest time making gifts for others and family. I have taken classes to learn how to do lace knitting (small scarf), cables and also socks I learned how to make them on my own!! I have many projects on many needles to keep me busy and when I get bored with one I can work on another. I am looking to learn how to spin and hope to start classes in the fall. Presently I have the following projects OTN: Spa Sox ~ D. Bliss Cashmerino; Mystery Stole 3 ~ Zephyr Lace yarn in Mahogany w/Czech Glass Beads in Red Rainbow color (pattern put on the shelf for now, 35 rows of MS# frogged and the Zephyr is now destined for the Honey Bee Stole), another Forest Canopy using 1-ply pure wool fingering yarn from Mirari Crafts an eBay store , from a new friend named Marie.
Cheryl (or my friends call me CW)
Monday, August 20, 2007
I also participated in MS3 but was so anxious to start Bee Fields. When the final clue was posted on Friday, I wound my skeins in to balls.
I am using handspun kid mohair/merino – I think the color is perfect for this pattern! Last November, my daughter requested a lime green shawl – her favorite color. The fiber was custom-dyed by Susan’s Spinning Bunny and I started spinning it immediately but hadn’t picked a pattern to knit. And then I saw...Bee Fields. The perfect pattern for the yarn!
Here is my progress to date....hope to get in lots of knitting today!
Annmarie, thank you for organizing this knitalong. I love seeing other shawls in progress and the completed ones! They are all stunning!
I will not be ordering the “Honeybee Stole” pattern UNTIL “Bee Fields” is blocking – the stress is just too much ; )