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27. August 2012 22:35
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Lily of the Valley. sneak peek for C!

27. August 2012 22:35 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I've been puttering away on the knitting. starting some new things, and completing a few, but I've been a little lazy about photographing everything!  Well a friend finally called me out on it and asked if I was ever going to give her a peek of that shawl I was working on. since she had heard about it and wondered what it was like.

 

This one is full of Nupps!  It's a Nupp fest really - as are all of the traditional Estonian Lily of the Valley patterns.  It's basically a chain of YOs to make the stem of the flower, and the nupps are the flowers.

 

Lilies yarn

 

So. I did a pseudo block so I can show the progress so far Smile

 

The baby alpaca yarn is soft and light, and though the color is difficult to photograph, I'm quite pleased with the results so far.

 

Lilies 2

 

You can't really tell from these pics, but I'm about halfway there.  I plan on using up the two skeins of this that were in my stash, and I've knit up the majority of the first skein.  I'm relying on my kitchen scale and a little luck to eyeball how far I can go with the center panel and still have enough left to do a nice sized border.  I still have to decide on what kind of border too Smile

 

So C:  What do you think?  lol

3. August 2012 09:11
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Lilac Leaves. first crack at a traditionally constructed Haapsalu Shawl

3. August 2012 09:11 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I've been admiring these things for soooo long now, it's a little hard to believe its the first time I've managed to actually do one!  I've done some samplers, and several Estonian-style lace shawls. but this time I used the schematics from "The Haapsalu Shawl" book and decided to try the traditional way with a simple border and center motif.

 

lilac leaves with border

 

The basic idea is this:  Knit a rectangle with a garter stitch border.  Knit a border separately and seam it onto the rectangle in a manner that it stretches and melds in with the center.  After blocking, you can't tell it's sewn on at all.  In fact, I like the way it looks like the corners have been rounded a bit.

 

I decided to go with a very simple pairing for the first try. some lilac leaves for the central panel, and a basic garter lace edge.  I love the simplicity of this style of lace leaf.  It's a repeating pattern of 16 rows.   The reverse rows are all purl, the yarnovers stack in a perfectly tidy "spine" for the leaves, and the decreases form a simple point to the leaves.  I didn't have to think too hard, but still managed to create something quite elegant.

 

lilac leaves sewn on border

 

For a first time really sewing on a border, I think it turned out pretty well.  One mistake I made though. cutting the thread between the two long border sections.  All that meant was that I had 4 more stupid ends to weave in.  Also - I think I would be a little better at weaving in the ends next time.  The silk in the thread made things a little more slippery than I am used to, and meant a little more weaving and fiddling than plain wool would have been.

 

I was interested to learn that the edging is knit in garter lace (all wrong side rows are "knitted" instead of "purled") so that the points don't roll after blocking and unpinning.  The central panels of often very complicated lace are almost all stockinette lace (purling the wrong side rows) but the edgings are planned in a really smart way.  Somebody was thinking when they decided on that one. it's true - after blocking, even after folding and refolding, and toting it around for a week or two, no rolling.

 

More about the yarn. in case you were wondering:  It's KnitPicks Gloss lace in "Bare".  I really like the simplicity of this yarn.  70% Merino wool with 30% silk.  Nice and light (50g is about 440 yards) and the silk adds just that hint of shine.  I used about 75 g in total. basically using up the leftovers from some other project I had been puttering with.  I think next time I'd like to go for the full sized shawl though.  This one was around 18 inches wide by 50 inches long. the real deal Haapsalu should be more like 30 inches wide by 75 inches long.  I was running out of yarn, so maybe it's best I just stuck with the conservative approach.  I suppose not all things (quilts, shawls, blankets, etc) must be ginormously huge.  Try telling my brain that though.  "Go big or go home" is it's motto some days.

 

lilac leaves thru a ring

 

Seeing as how this shawl is using a little larger yarn than called for (a true Haapsalu uses finer 100% wool thread) and the dimensions aren't quite large enough. maybe it's not surprising that the shawl will slip through my wedding ring?  And No, I don't have super large hands or anything.  I'll be interested to see if the next one will go through it. I'm working on a Lily of the Valley one next, and it has lots of Nupps (Estonian bobble stitches of a fashion) which may add some bulk to the design.  Only time will tell  : )

13. March 2012 13:00
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Erato ? completed!

13. March 2012 13:00 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Even with the hectic new mommy schedule... I managed to finish my Erato Shawl :)

Erato Blocking

The blocking this time was actually a snap.  I was worried about color bleeding, but there wasn?t a drop of red dye in my rinse water, so I didn?t worry too much about the bed.  I just threaded the wires through the points and eyelets and pulled the shawl out into a phoenix wing shape and left it alone.  Sometimes it?s easy to get carried away with trying to block perfectly.  I just don?t have a lot of time for that right now, so no-nonsense was the way to go :)

Erato center lace hearts 

I really liked the center lace panel in this shawl... the YO?s on back side rows took a little getting used to, but after messing up the first one enough times, I marked my chart in red ink and was able to keep an eye out for them next time.  I find the lace motif looks like the human heart... complete with Aorta and Vena Cava branches.  I don?t know if this was on purpose, but a valentines day shawl with Actual Human Hearts on it?  pretty snazzy

Erato wing blocking

I also really liked the ruffle section... as you can see, it?s kind of like finger braids with eyelets, and little webbed portions between them.  I think they really look like wings, maybe webbed dragon wings?  I also love the glow and shine in this yarn.  Delicious texture, even on plain stockinette.

Romy Mar 8 2012 with Erato Shawl

As I was taking the shawl off the bed from being blocked... I walked by Romy, who was just waking up from a snooze.  So, as I usually do, I passed her the shawl and said ?Hey, Hold this for Mommy will ya?? and turned around to grab something else.  When I turned back she was playing with the shawl and smiling her little heart out.  This kid just cracks me up :)

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