Posts Tagged ‘lace’

A fog rolling in

April 3, 2011

This may be my proudest FO moment yet, as this is possibly the most complicated thing I’ve ever knitted (yep, a quick squiz at my Ravelry project page confirms this is so). I’d like to take this opportunity to point out that I’ve only been knitting for five years, and have been doing a PhD for most of that time. Go me! (Don’t ask me about colourwork or steeks, though.)

This is my first Swallowtail, knitted in a yarn that might be the most beautiful in the world. Ever. Softness, colour, smoothness, sheen, stitch definition: it ticks all the boxes. I found it at k1 yarns in Edinburgh when I was there last year, and the label identifies it as Belle Epoque Hand Dyed Yarns silk sock in Haar. It’s 50% silk and 50% superwash merino but is lovelier than any wool-silk blend I’ve seen before. The friendly assistant explained to me that ‘haar’ is a sort of fog they get in Edinburgh, that rolls along the cobbled streets. I think the name is perfect.

I managed to knit this entirely without mistakes which is probably another first for me. Turns out the ‘no knitting when tired/drunk/upset’ rule actually works! This was also my first encounter with nupps, which frankly I don’t see the reason for. Purling 5 together was never going to happen for me even with a pure wool yarn, so I used the cheat of older and wiser Ravelers, i.e. slip 2 knitwise, purl 3 together, pass slipped stitches over. And even that was a harrowing experience. From now on, this girl is saying NUP! to nupps.

I guess they are kinda pretty though. But only kinda.

My misty swallowtail is raveled here. And unfortunately, you can’t buy Belle Epoque yarns online, so get yourself over to Edinburgh. And bring me back another skein too.


Silver leaves

March 7, 2010

This is something I’ve been meaning to show you for a while, since I’m rather proud of it.

My beautiful silver leaf shrug, and my first project made without a pattern.

As far as self-designed knits go this was a pretty basic one. I’m going to share a secret with you, something only the shrug-knitter knows: shrugs are dead easy. They’re pretty, and look like they took some skilled construction, but the fact of the matter is that to make one, all you have to do is knit a big rectangle, and sew a couple of small seams. Simple, no?

I discovered this when I decided that a sweet knitted shrug was just what I needed to get me through summer. These directions gave me some basic info about shrug dimensions, and I used the lace chart from this scarf pattern (pdf). Add two balls of the delectable Sublime cashmere merino silk dk, a few long car trips, and voilĂ —silver leaf shrug.

The long sides of the rectangle are the cast on and cast off edges. I’ve blocked these into a scalloped shape, which I think is pretty and opens up the lace better. You can see these form the top and bottom edges of the shrug, and the short sides of the rectangle form the arm holes.

I really love this leaf lace pattern and it works really well in this yarn. And the best thing about the ultra-simple construction of this shrug is that it’s so easy to store—who can’t fold a rectangle neatly? I am a bit worried that the scalloped edges are a little loose, though. If they stretch with use I guess I’ll try to tighten them a little—can anyone tell me what’s the best/easiest way to do this?

Anyway, for the now the shrug fits beautifully and looks lovely too. And it’s boosted my confidence to try more sans-pattern knits!

Purple lace socks

October 14, 2009

Here they are…ta dah! Finally, the secret project that took so much of my time. I can now reveal to you that I was working on a pair of socks for my downstream pal, Kate, in Secret Pal 14.


They’re the finest-gauge project I’ve ever knit, and the first time I’ve done lace on socks. But I think they turned out pretty well, and I was very sorry to take them off, block them, and send them away. But I think Kate will like them. It turns out we share a love of purple!


The pattern is Crosshatch Lace from Charlene Schurch’s More Sensational Knitted Socks. It’s Raveled here.

It’s lucky that Summer is coming up—although I enjoyed making these socks, they took it out of me and I don’t think I’ll be knitting any more socks for a while. At least a few weeks…