Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Next Up.....

First of all I want to say a great big thank you for all the lovely compliments on my Kiri. You all sure know how to make a knitter's day :)

I've gotten some feed back on how I did the beading on Kiri so in the next week or so, I'll do a picture tutorial showing how I crocheted the beads on. It's really easy and fun when you have the right tools and much easier than stringing 1000 beads and knitting them on plus it's easier on the yarn not having to slide all those beads around....so stay tuned for the next episode!!

Since it's still the Summer of Lace, I'm still lacing away. I finished this Caryl's Kerchief to get a jump start on holiday knitting for a special friend. I used one skein of Socks That Rock sock yarn by Blue Moon Fiber Arts in the Pebbles colorway. It's hard to see but I also beaded the edge with 5/0 orange-y, topaz triangular seed beads. This is a fun, quick knit with a lot of pizzazz and can be used as a scarf or shawlette. Note: these beads were strung on and knitted into the cast on as per the pattern but next time I think I'll try crocheting the beads on the edge and see how that works.


Isn't she glamorous?

And keeping right in step with all lace, all the time here a FKD (that's FluffyKnitterDeb shorthand, hehe) I'm also working on some lace socks. These are the Go With The Flow socks designed by Evelyn Clark from the Summer 2005 issue of Interweave Knits. A fun simple lace pattern with lots of ribby stretch for a perfect fit. I'm loving this pattern and I think it looks great in this Mexicali colorway.Ole!


Since finishing Kiri, my "big" project is The Shaped Triangle shawl from A Gathering of Lace (a fabulous book for anyone even thinking of knitting lace!) I am using laceweight LINEN for this shawl, yes LINEN! I'm a linen virgin *blush* but since linen is so cool in the heat of summer, I thought it would make a lovely summer wrap. You can see the spool of linen in the pic and the very thin "string" at the bottom of the shawl. It's rather like knitting with thin rope and slippery as the dickens!! When I swatched I thought it would need the grab of bamboo to tame the slickness of the linen but I found it too grabby. I then tried my Denise needles, again too grabby. Next up, addi turbos...yikes! addi's and linen do not play well together...WAY too slippery and the points are really too blunt for lace! So I ended up very happy with my Inox Teflon Circs. I thought they too might be too slick but they were just perfect. And the Inox Teflon has the **best** points for lace knitting. I just wish they came in lengths longer than 80 cm cause I would really love a 40 inch Inox Gray! I wonder why the Inox Express comes in 40 inch but not the Teflon?

I'm getting an odd, stiff, wrinkled sort of fabric but I'm told by those in the know (hi Kay!!) linen softens up and develops an incomparable drape when washed and dried. Perfect for a summer shawl, n'est ce pas? We shall see....

Now for the kitty portion of our broadcast, the P-Man is something of a velcro kitty. He follows me from room to room and I'm always in his line of sight. Recently, he's taken to jumping into the bathtub as I'm preparing to shower! Here's proof.....

Now if I could only get him to pay my Visa bill.....

Knit on and stay cool!!

12 comments:

Agnes said...

I just received "A Gathering of Lace" from Overstock. I love the book! I am planning to knit the beginner's shawl (forgotten the name ... it is the one in red) for my MIL instead of another Tie One On. I think she would like this better.
Oh ... Pumpkin is still a baby ... and of course he would like to stick to his mom! Does he like having shower? ;)

heather said...

I just got that book today! Whoa, that's spooky.

You are such a good shawl-doer. keep on makin' them. I love the colorway you chose for the kerchief. I have some of that yarn in the stash, but don't want to mess with it's hank of gorgeousness.
Also, wondering what yarn your using for your sock? Love the colors.
Does the P-man like showers? Our cat loves water, jumped in the tub with the kid a couple of times. Cats are cool.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work - wow you are certainly prolific this summer. Can't wait for the beading tutorial. Thanks in advance. Dorothy (Missouri Star)

La said...

Dang, and I thought I loved lace!

Moze does the same thing with me and the shower, except he waits until after I get out. Thinks he's the official inspector or something...

Alison said...

The kerchief is lovely. I love Gathering of Lace and enjoyed making my Shaped Triangle (mine's definitely more of a winter wrap though, made in a heavier laceweight wool/silk blend). It really is a nice pattern. I look forward to your progress.

snowballinhell said...

What? You haven't trained your kitty to pay your bills? My kitties are all financially adept, and Wilbur manages my 401K, but I've got to stop Marvin from using my credit cards. That must be how all that yarn winds up on there, right?

Ada said...

Love the kerchief. And can't wait untill you finish the shaped triangle shawl!!
I just love your knitting skills.

Anonymous said...

Deb-- beautiful knitting, as always...I like the socks...and I believe I've seen that linen pic before ;-)...I can't wait for your super-uber cool beaded tutorial...I'm actually very interested to get to see how it's done, even though you've explained it to me many many times..hmm...you've gotta b-day coming up..I need to think about what I'm gonna get cha...hrmm...
Anyways..that's all for now...happy knitting...

~Grasshoppa

Jenn said...

Where is the pattern for Caryl's Kerchief? It's just beautiful and I would love to make a small shawl like that!

marianne skutskär said...

i like the wonderfull cat you have, i have tre persens me selv

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