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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Seraphim Wedding Shawl on: November 02, 2007 12:26:26 PM
This was my first big lace project and first time using blocking wires.  I'm ecstatically happy with how it turned out.  I've been saving this cashmere for a long time for something very special, so when my boyfriend and I decided to get married for our 10 year anniversary, I knew just which yarn to create with.  It is easy to work with and pretty much the softest thing I've ever touched.

I ended up using less than 2 skeins because I took out one pattern repeat thinking that I might run out of yarn.  I would hardily recommend this pattern for a first-time lace knitter.  I love this shawl so much that I just want to stare at it all the time!  It really made my wedding day even more special.

Thanks to Miriam for pattern help and fellow knitters for blocking advice!  Smiley

Pattern:  Seraphim by Miriam Felton found here: http://www.mimknits.com/
Yarn:  Lobster Pot Laceweight Cashmere
Needles:  US 6

More details to come on my blog!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lace Chart Question on: August 09, 2007 12:40:33 PM
I've just started Miriam Felton's Seraphim Shawl for my first big lace project.  I'm about to start on the first chart and I'm a little confused.  I've searched everywhere but can't seem to find a sufficient answer.

I understand about repeat boxes on charts, but part of these charts also just has a vertical line with is supposed to be repeated.  I'm confused as to whether I just repeat the stitches that are on either side of the line and I don't know how many times to do the repeats.

I've looked at other lace charts in my books and reference guides, but they all show repeat boxes, not vertical lines.  Maybe I'm just thinking too hard about this, but I've completely driven my mind into confused circles.   Huh  Can anyone help me understand this clearly?

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 800 yards laceweight cashmere? on: July 24, 2007 06:24:22 AM
So I've had this yarn, Lobster Post laceweight cashmere, for about a year and a half and have been saving it for something really special.  I take it out every once in a while to pet it and admire its beauty.  Smiley  I think I'm finally ready.

I've made a very small list of some shawls that might work, but I'm wondering what you gals would do.  I'm looking for something (probably a shawl, but I'm open to other ideas) that will be interesting & beautiful while remaining somewhat simple, but not dull.  I've done some lace, but not much and I don't want to use this for something ridiculously intricate.  This yarn was a gift and from what I've seen it doesn't look like 800 yards will go terribly far.  Plus, my bf & I will probably be getting married in the Fall and I would like something delicate and gorgeous that I could wear then and throughout my life & cherish.  Any wonderful ideas?  I'd be so happy to hear them!

P.S.- I always wind yarn by hand and I'm a tad nervous about winding laceweight.  Any suggestions to make it go smoothly?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Intarsia Project- Swiss Pride Hat on: July 17, 2007 06:37:07 AM
I finally took the plunge into advanced colorwork and knitted an intarsia hat.  I wanted to make a hat to wear while watching Roger Federer win his way to another Wimbledon title (and hopefully the U.S. Open). 

I designed the hat myself based on the Swiss flag and I didn't really have any problems.  I was nervous about attempting intarsia, but it was much simpler than I thought, of course the straight edges probably helped.

I'm very happy with the way it turned out.  There's more info. on my blog if you're interested.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Pair of Socks- Baby Cables! on: February 26, 2007 01:30:30 PM
I'm sooo excited to have completed a pair of socks!  They fit, they feel wonderful and the pattern was pretty breezy.  I'm hooked on socks now, which is a good thing since I started buying sock yarn way before I tried knitting them.  They're pretty short because I was afraid of running out of yarn and of course I didn't.  Any ideas on how to lengthen them from the cast-on row? 

The yarn is All Things Heather sportweight.  More info & pics on my blog.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Candle Flame Shawl & Another Lady Eleanor on: October 23, 2006 11:50:42 PM
So I've finally completed this Candle Flame Shawl that has been looming over my head for a year!

I used around 5 skeins of Manos del Uruguay.  I know it could be a bit bigger, but I couldn't really take it anymore.  Cheesy  It's a free pattern, but the link is broken now.  I know there's a PDF file around somewhere.

And there's my lovely Lady E, which I think I just about enjoyed more than any other project.

I used 9 1/2 skeins of Noro Kureyon.  I think I'm going to love wearing this as much as I did knitting it!

There's tons more photos and more details on my blog.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Diamond Brocade Baby Blanket on: August 14, 2006 02:47:07 PM
So I finally got to give my brand-new nephew his blanket this weekend.

I couldn't find any patterns that I wanted to use, so I chose a stitch pattern from a book & added a 3" seed stitch border and viola!  The yarn is Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Green Apple and boy, is it comfy!

Winky liked to pretend the blanket was actually a mountain range that he hiked.

A close up of the diamonds

More details & photos on my blog.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Waterlily- IK Spring '06 on: August 01, 2006 07:31:38 AM
I've been wanting to knit this forever and finally got around to it.
It's my first garment besides hats & scarves and I'm pretty happy with it.  It was a very quick knit.

More details on my blog: www.theresalwaysmusicintheair.blogspot.com
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Princess Snowball Cat Bed IMG Heavy on: March 16, 2006 07:31:15 AM
I must say, I'm loving this finished product.  It certainly adds some pizazz to my otherwise drab living room.  It was very tedious to knit the miles of garter stitch for the border, but I'm glad I stuck with it and didn't stop early.

I also cast on extra stitches for the wall, I'm not sure how many, but I wanted it to be wider so it would stand up more.  To give more stability I stuffed the wall with polyfill as well.

My cats were pretty interested in it the first night, but it takes them a little while to get used to things.  I'm hoping with time they will learn to love it, especially my kitten Amelie, since I knit the bed mainly for her and she has yet to even lay in it!

For the base I used Lion Brand Worsted Wool-Ease & Yarn Bee Dream Girl, which is a very soft, fluffy yarn.  For the wall I used Wool-Ease & Yarn Bee Party Girl, which is more like LB Fun Fur.  The Yarn Bee yarns are Hobby Lobby's own line of yarn and I found them to be much more cost effective than the Fun Fur called for in the project, plus there a lot of different textures to choose from.

Here a few pics of the bed & a couple of my cats who were kind enough to model it:

Here's a close up so you can see the soft base & the sparkly wall:

Thanks for looking!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Christmas presents & other FOs (IMG Hvy) on: January 19, 2006 02:04:04 PM
So here are a few dishcloths a knit for presents.  I think all the patterns came from here, except the lighthouse: http://www.jimsyldesign.com/~dishbout/kpatterns/knitting.html  They really have lovely easy patterns.

This is an Irish Hiking Scarf for my bf in Noro Kureyon.  The cables show up much better in person.

Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers from SnBN.  This pattern also shows up better in person.  I love the fun bright colors.  The left one is a little longer & the thumb is kinda wonky.  Anyone have tips for how to rip a few rows out from the top?

And finally a ribbed hat basically following the Hothead pattern from SnB with the leftover yarn from the armwarmers.  A little short, but I think it will be ok.

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