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 ; )
Sunday, August 19, 2007
I am totally in love with the yarn (Wooly Wonka Tupelo Gold), which is extremely soft, and the color changes are much more subtle in the knit fabric than they were in the unwound skein.
My biggest problem so far is the "winglets" in the beehive section. They look really loose and sloppy, and I can't figure out how to tighten them up... unless I am just supposed to assume that they will fix themselves when the shawl is blocked. Here is a closeup:
I struggled getting started because of some confusion over counting the BO2 as the first Knit stitch, but once I got that in my head, it has been pretty smooth sailing.
If any of you have tips for potential pitfalls, I would love to read about them!
With many thanks to all with regard to the loosest bind off, I chose the K2tog, slip back to the left hand needle, K2tog, repeat, repeat, repeat...it took a lot less time than it did to unpick the umpteen gazillion stitches in the bad bindoff.
Sorry for the dark picture - it's a gloomy morning here in nyc.
I'll probably block it tomorrow - more interested in starting the stole, and doing the winglets the "other" way - and once I have enough of them done, I'll take comparison pix of the two to show the differences.
Friday, August 17, 2007
So, I'm spending the better part of the morning c a r e f u l l y unbinding... I'm now asking you all for your own best and LOOSEST cast off suggestions.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I knit the setup section at least 6 times, and yesterday I spent about 3 hours achieving my all time daily low of negative-9 rows in the beehive section. I even found a mistake in my lifeline row! At this rate, I will be the longest-lived KAL participant here.
Keep posting all your wonderful photos, and I will try to do the same when I get far enough to pull out the camera.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I'm making good progress on the beehive section of the Bee Fields Shawl, and I wish that I could work on it all of the time. I seriously want to cast on the Honeybee Stole immediately, and I may or may not have picked up some yarn during lunch to swatch with.
I'd like to make a solid Killer Bee black stole, and I'd like something about the same weight as the Wooly Wonka kit I'm using for the shawl. The yarn I am going to swatch with may be too heavy, and it might have more halo that I'd like. Does anyone have suggestions for me?
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Today I gave it to a dear friend if mine who has been very dear to me during my ongoing illness. She is a knitter but hasn't tackled lace yet so I'm hoping that this will inspire her. I loved knitting this shawl and love the finished garment.
Yarn: Jaggerspun Super Fine Merino in Marigold
97 grams used, about 1200 yards
Pattern size: tall
Size unblocked 32X72, Size blocked 36X80
Started (and restarted): 7/29/07
btw, on the subject of wires. i have been using mine, bought from Heirloom Knitting, for ages now, and love them. especially for a big project, such as the Wedding Ring Shawl, i find them so much easier, because they get all the points even without faffing. just thread them through, pin in a few places, and it's done.
two tips, however. make sure each time that they are absolutely spotless, if you don't want to have to wash your work and start over again :( . and if you need more than one on a side, which you usually will, overlap them by 2 or three points to stop getting bends where they join. i had to get two sets to do a big project.
happy knitting, all you busy bees. off to the Lake District for a few days R&R, so of course it is raining already, and we haven't even left London yet. still am not going to let it spoil my fun. and it's a five and a half hour drive, so lots of lovely knitting! ;)
Monday, August 13, 2007
Now just one more project to finish up...
The Yarn Standards weight table doesn't even give a standard for laceweight. The table stops at 'light' which is described as sock, fingering or baby weight.
The Wooly Wonka laceweight, at 1,200 yards and 6 ounces, weighs in at 200 yards per ounce. The Blue Moon Fiber Arts' Laci, the one I'm using for the Bee Fields, comes in an 8 oz. skein and has approximately 1,750 yards, or about 219 yards per ounce. Not a huge difference, but significant if you're running short and are approaching the end of your knitting!
Jaggerspun Zephyr Wool-Silk laceweight has 315 yards per ounce as does Superfine Merino. Suri Alpaca has a whopping 496 yards per ounce.
Correction to post: Anne's Wing 'o the Moth shawl was knitted using K1C2 Douceur et Soie which, like Rowan's Kidsilk Haze, has about 260 yards per ounce (227 meters/25 grams is the put-up for Kidsilk Haze). Thanks to eagle-eyed Mary for noticing my mistake!
It becomes pretty obvious that there's a lot of wiggle room when you call a yarn 'laceweight'. Now, I don't think anyone is going to want to knit a design like Bee Fields with a worsted weight wool, but it seems to me that if you have enough yardage (not weight) of a lighter weight yarn that you like, well then, knit on! :)
i've been reading a lot about knitpicks. does any one have experience of these? what are they like? does that switching points thing really work?
and finally, is anything acceptable on aircraft these days? in the 'olden days' ie, before everyone got understandably hairy about flying, i used to get away with bamboo, but when i flew in July Ryanair turned their nose up even at those. (altho i had heard the general ban had been lifted). please help me out here, because i am cobbling along with all sorts of bits and bobs, not wanting to part with my hard-earned in vain! happy knitting to all - hope your shawls/stoles are just buzzing along ;)
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Well, here I am. I'm excited to be here and thanks to Annmarie for hosting this fun.... I have begun already and I'm on the second repeat on the Beehive section. I'm using Jade Sapphire Mongolian 2-ply cashmere in "Burnished Gold" #48. I'm using size 6 Lantern Moon rosewood circulars. I'm loving it and really neglecting many other pressing projects for "the bee." Um, like my brother's wedding throw for September 2nd...... But I have a year to present that one, right? Plus, isn't it too hot here- (95 degrees) for afghan-type knitting? No air-conditioning here with UI prices. So many knitter justifications.....
Oh, does anyone know about the whole errata thing? I saw that if you emailed Knitspot, they would send you an errata. I'm wondering if this is incorporated into a new "corrected" version of the pattern or if it's just a list of mistakes that I need to "pop" into the pattern when need be. Anyone know about this?And now my photoshoot......
I do have a lot of stash yarn that I'd like to use for shawls (you can see some of them on my blog, primetimeknitter.typepad.com), and even though I loved the kit yarn and the recommended yarns, I decided to use some I had on hand:
A problem I have though is that this yarn has no yardage on its bands (it is so old that this wasn't a requirement when I bought it). But I can't find the yardage on the kit yarn either. If you're using the kit yarn, could you tell me about how many yards per ounce or 50g there are?
I'm finishing two sweater WIPs, and I won't actually cast on for Bee Fields until one of them is done--within two weeks, I hope.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I'm Carla in Md. Thanks, Annmarie for letting me join in the fun. I got my shawl kit from WW about 10 days ago but haven't started knitting it yet as I do want to finish my MS3 first. I am so in love with the yarn tough, I chose Buckwheat Honey and it is just as I hoped it would be. I wonder if MS3 will notice if I just wind one of the skeins. I'm not casting on mind you, I can be faitfull to one lace project. I'm just winding...
Friday, August 10, 2007
The Bee in Field section just looks skimpy so I'm going to knit the 18 rows of the tall pattern and hope that my using size 4 needles will help keep this from being too large once I gently block it.
Of course I'm enjoying this knitting so much that I'm glad to have delayed the end a bit.
I keep switching off between the Honeybee Stole and MS3 with the result that neither is growing fast. Here's where I am today -- this color is hard to photograph! I am using the Tupelo Honey from WoolyWonka and an Inox Express 4.5mm(size 7).
For the bee hive section, I added 2 more rows of bee hives ... and I just got into the swarm yesterday ... everything is living up perfectly :) hopefully there isn't too much tweaking in the next section and the number of stitches is just fine :) Here's a quick and dirty picture so far!
ADDED: The yarn I'm using is Tupelo Honey from WoolyWonky :) on 3.5mm needles :)
~*~ Spirit Blooms ~*~
Hi - I've done the winglets thusly:
- I'm doing the chart (not the written instructions) and the bound off sts stay on my needle and then I do the 8 sts for the edging ... on the way back I just kick that last st off. I don't count that winglet st as the first st. Sorry I can't take a better picture of them, but hopefully you'll get my drift...
Thursday, August 9, 2007
I'm glad to be a part of the knit along. I'm looking forward to seeing all of your shawls and stoles. So far, I have found the pattern very intuitive and easy to memorize.
OT a bit: Has anyone else had trouble winding Blue Sky Alpaca Silk? I hand wound the first ball which was very sloww going, then said to myself, don't be lazy get the swift and ball winder and this was an alsolute disaster! I have such a mess and I was very careful to put the skein on untwisted. That skein is still there. I have done some spinning and skeining myself in the past and know what to look for, but this was all catty-wampus in the skein. The next skein I used the swift and my nostepinne and still had to unwrap/untwist sections; it took an hour this am of good knitting time. I think I will take the remaining skeins back to the store and let them wind them at lunch tomorrow and move on. It is beautiful fiber though and is making a nice Kiri.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
So this is a great chance to get some of those little ones back in my life-LOL! But I can't decide whether to make the shawl or the stole...and still haven't found any yarn!
Good luck, all of you, it will be great to follow your(our) progress.
Marit in Norway
So here is my progress so farLook...waste yarn...that's a good sign! I have finished the set up section and am ready to go. Now only if I had a few more hours in the day!
so the answer to your question sort of depends on the materials and tension, too! drapey yarns with not much spring will "grow" as will a loosely knit piece.
springy yarns and a tight tension will produce a piece that keeps its original size.
hope that helps!
I did have to tink a couple of rows back but now I hope I'm full speed ahead, since I want desperately to finish it so I can start on the Stole!
Anne Hanson has been very supportive of this knitalong, giving permission to use photographs from her website and to link to all errata and any tutorials that she writes on her blog, giving us a shout-out on her blog, and designing a link to purchase the pattern (which I'm still figuring out how to put on the sidebar!).
The internet's a big place and not everyone who navigates it is familiar with all the protocols. I'm asking everyone to make sure to refer any requests for a copy of the pattern to Anne's website.
Thanks for listening, and now to go order the stole pattern. :)