New Lace Projects

I’ve been shopping for new lace projects. 

Edging for the Lerwick Lace Shawl

Edging for the Lerwick Lace Shawl

 A few weeks ago Sharon Miller released a new pattern, the Queen Ring Shawl.  It’s based on one of the antique shawls she has in her collection.  Since I really wanted it and was ordering from her anyway, I went ahead and purchased the booklet for the Lerwick Lace Shawl as well.  I ordered a ball of Shetland Supreme in Moorit to try out when I purchased the yarn for the Princess Shawl.  I wasn’t ready to try to knit true every-row’s-in-pattern lace then, but I seem to have grown more confident in my knitting since.  I’ve started Lerwick and am working my way up to the Queen.   So far, so good.  I’m being patient and taking my time, although the knitting is progressing more easily and quickly than I expected. Princess may take a few years, but she’ll eventually make it to the needles as well.  Maybe by the time I finish this one, the Wedding Ring Shawl will be ready for re-release (2010, after all).

 I’ve also been working on Icarus for a co-worker.  She saw my Seraphim shawl and wanted one herself.  She purchased the yarn and I’m knitting it because she’s a wonderful person to see every day.  She’s had a rough year with a breast cancer diagnosis and a medical scare with her daughter.  I’m happy to make something that I know she will love.   She’s taking a trip to Italy in May with her sisters and I want to have it completed before then.  Actually, I’m halfway through chart one and expect to have the whole thing finished by next week.  I’m devoting one hour a day to it and it’s moving along nicely.

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Finally, there’s the Triangular Lace Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia.  I’m making it out of some Knitpicks Bare Laceweight that I dyed in 2007.  I noticed that the pattern called for just about the amount of yarn that I had on hand, and I’ve been working on it steadily for the last month and a half.  It’s a really easy pattern with no nupps.  It might actually be the only one in the book to carry that distinction. It’s blocking now and I hope to have a modeling shot later this week.

Friday Check In

I’m all for trying to make this blog more interesting. I keep meaning to post but then get distracted by something else.  I hope to be more consistent in the coming weeks.  I’m aiming for at least one post weekly, but we’ll see.  I’ll definitely be posting after MD Sheep & Wool.  I couldn’t miss that, after all, since it’s about 45 min from home.  I’m also planning to devote one post to my current spinning fascination.

I love best the blogs where the writer just lets me know what’s going on in his/her world, so I’m going to try to do that more often.

 First up, I’ve managed to finish a few things since my last update. I got a pair of Hederas knit up as part of the Makin’ Cookies KAL on Ravelry.  The first time I tried making these socks didn’t work out.  Perhaps because I was trying to learn to knit lace while riding on public transportation 🙂   Anyway, this time I flew through the pattern and was ready and waiting for Sock Innovations to come to the nearest  bookstore.  I love the book, but why is it that Interweave Press can’t produce one new book without a ton of errata?  It was the same with Nancy Bush’s Knitted Lace of Estonia.  I swear, I’m going to start waiting until all of their titles go into a second printing before buying things from now on.  I thing there’s at least 8 sets of errors in this one, and about the same for Nancy’s book.

Hederas in Regia 4-Ply

Hederas in Regia 4-Ply

I also managed to finish a Norwegian Star Hat  out of my stash of hat-knitting yarn I got on sale at A Tangled Skein in February. I went in to buy some yarn for my mom’s requested birthday gift (another hat) and ended up with a small stash of Ella Rae Classic for my Christmas gifts this year. The hat and socks both went into storage to be given out in December. I hope to finish a few more things throughout the year to have ready by the time the holidays roll around.  I love these patterns and plan to make all of the hats on the TiennieKnits site.  She’s got a great blog, and she makes things in multiples, which is amazing to me.

Norwegian Star Earflap Hat

The next post will be all about lace…definitely.