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