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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question about Halcyon Tussah Silk on: August 01, 2007 11:07:57 PM
I've been wanting to order some yarn for making an elaborate wedding veil, but I'm having a hard time narrowing it down. I want a very thin silk, preferably cobweb weight yarn. It also has to be pure white, for fear of having it look yellow next to my pure white dress. The only thing that I've found close to that is Halcyon Yarn's 2/70 Tussah Silk. The one caveat: the website states that this product averages at about 17,000 yards per pound. Is that even remotely right? And if so, would it be like knitting with thread (which will eventually drive me absolutely insane)? I'm used to knitting lace with KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud. Does anyone know how these two compare?

Here's the site: http://www.halcyonyarn.com/Yarn_pages/yarn141.html

If any of you knitting goddesses know of a yarn that I could use for this project, please help!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Print O'the Wave Stole on: July 31, 2007 12:46:35 PM
This was also posted in the knitalong:

Pattern: Eunny Jang's Print O'the Wave Stole
Yarn: KnitPicks' Alpaca Cloud in Smoke, 1 1/2 skeins
Needles: Knit Picks Options, size 4
Time: 2 months off and on
Mods: I cut the pattern repeats widthwise down to 3, the lengthwise repeats to 28, and didn't graft the center. Even so, the shawl measured 5 feet in length, and a little over 20 inches wide after blocking- perfect for my petite mum! In fact, this shawl is actually a few inches taller than she is   Cheesy

And heres another, less nature-ful picture for dexterity:

And I almost forgot the close-up!

Last words...
This was amazing to knit! The pattern is very clear-cut, and completely easy to understand. Eunny is a talented knitter with an eye for balance and elegance- and is obviously very generous to offer this pattern for free on her web site. I would urge all knitters to take the leap into lace knitting, and this is a perfect first or second lace project. Coupled with Eunny's lace knitting tutorial, you couldn't go wrong  Wink

By using Eunny's pattern, I learned that size 4 needles are ideal for laceweight yarn, that shawls needn't be knit in one piece with the border included, and how to perfectly pick up sts and graft with yarn the thickness of double plied thread.

I'm planning on making 3 more for my bridal party. They all need to be completed by august of next year, so keep your eye out for more FO postings!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I want to knit a veil (otherwise known as "i need a floral lace pattern") on: June 13, 2007 09:09:23 PM
This goes out to all you knitting gurus in craftsterland:

     I am getting married in over a year (08.23.08), which gives me lots of time to think about handmade wedding things. While I'm sure this could easily be posted in the wedding discussion forum, I need the help of experienced lace knitters in my recent quest. I am desperately searching for a lace pattern that will go with my dress, which is a series of small flowers (they look a bit like hibiscus) and little leaves. I want to knit a long, cathedral length veil, but am having a hard time really figuring out how I should go about it. The biggest dilemma is the type of lace that I want to use. Is there even a way to create balanced lace in the shape of flowers? I'm an intermediate lace knitter, but haven't come to the point of designing lace.

Ladies, I need help!

I was thinking that the veil could be knit a bit like a shawl (i could probably even use it as one later on!), and start with a few stitches at the middle top, then use steady increases to create a straight line up top and a curved line at the bottom. Does that make sense? What would be the best way to do this?

Thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to read this and respond. I'm really stumped!!
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Interweave Knits Bonsai Tunic on: March 23, 2007 09:56:25 PM
I've searched, and realized that no one has started a KAL for the Spring '07 Bonsai Tunic! I think it's absolutely gorgeous, and I'll be starting as soon as I receive my yarn. I'm substituting elann's sonata yarn for the berroco bonsai, even though gauge will be a bit smaller. I keep looking at the picture thinking that sonata will be gorgeous in this pattern- and best yet, because there is more yardage, I'll only need 6 balls, which = about $11.00 USD!! How cheap is that?!

So, anyone in?

Here's a small pic: 
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Flower Basket Shawl on: January 25, 2007 05:37:59 PM
This finished object was a Christmas present to my Nonna, who was here on vacation from her home in Italy. She loved it so much that when she opened the box, she started crying!  Undecided While I don't like making my Grandma cry, I did enjoy the fact that she liked the gift...

Pattern: Flower Basket Shawl
Yarn: KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud in color "moss"
Needles: KnitPicks size 2 circs (which are awesome, by the way! Unfortunately, my Nonna took those with her when she left, so I'll have to get some more)

Pics: While blocking on an extra thick blanket on my messy floor:

And one in use shot:

Sorry the pics aren't the greatest- my camera batteries died, and the shawl is all the way across the ocean now.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My keyhole entrelac scarf in SWS on: January 25, 2007 03:39:26 PM
This scarf was so inspiring to knit! I used the Danica pattern found on Knitty, but based the scarf ends on the fringed Lady Eleanor. The keyhole was an addition that I thought of going into the second half of the scarf- a desperate (but functional!) attempt to be able to wear a scarf this thick in North Florida weather. I didn't want doubled fabric over my neck, so wrapping or looping the scarf was out of the question.

As for the specs, I used 3 balls of Patons SWS in the colorway "natural geranium" on size 8 needles. I started and finished this scarf in three days- and it's the easiest possible knit for the amount of satisfaction and the WOW factor that I've gotten!

So what do you gals think?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / HELP! Flower Basket Shawl pattern SOS... on: December 19, 2006 08:28:11 PM
I'm so furious with myself right now!! After starting the edging lace for the flower basket shawl (which, for some reason is on a tiny leaflet apart from the actual pattern) and reaching row 4 of the last 12, I somehow misplaced the pattern.

This is a Christmas gift that needs to be finished tomorrow to allow time for blocking before delivery (I could kick myself!!!! Angry).

So my question is- would any of you wonderful gals be willing to write down the pattern for rows 5-12 (well, 5,7,9,11 and 12, as the WS rows are only purl)? I'm incredibly desperate and don't have time to order and wait for another pattern to arrive. Thanks in advance for any help you guys can offer (I'd even accept a swift kick in the @$$ for my foolish absentmindedness)!
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