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Diva Makes Her Debut

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Sometimes its all about the sweater. In this case, it most definitely is. This sweater should have been called "Diva" from the beginning, but her true name didn't come to me until it was almost time to show her off.

You aren't going to model me in the dark and unblocked and without a button are you?

Well, I just can't believe you're finally finished! After all this time...

Oh, please! I've been over six months in the making. Do you really think that a few more days will really make a difference?

But I've put so much work into you...

All the more reason not to show me to the world until I am all that I can be! Shouldn't I have a grand and dramatic entrance? Much better to arrive late, but arrive in style!

How could I argue with that?

So this weekend saw a trip to Tender Buttons to find the perfect button (which isn't actually used as a button, just as a decoration to cover the plastic snap that I purchased at JoAnn's). After I got the snaps in place this morning, it was too hot to take a picture in anything containg mohair, but it was cool enough this evening for my Diva to make her debut.

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Diva, Glowing for the Photographer

Diva, in the spirit of making a grand entrance, thought you might also want to see her from a few other directions and in a few other moods. Pay no attention, she would remind you, to the model.

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So Tell Me, Dahling
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Diva Shows Off Her Lacy Side

It should now be clear that Diva is no waif of a sweater, She is a big, voluminous girl who likes her space, and isn't afraid to drape over the divan. The Diva's pattern has 4 sizes 34", 42", 50" and 58". I chose the 42" size because I didn't want her to be clingy. Here's a shot that demonstrates that she is anything but clingy.

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Diva Prepares to Take A Bow

One of my favorite elements of the sweater is the very feminine and delicate neckline, set off with a sparkly button. In honor of the neckline (and my recent acquisition of PhotoShop Elements 2.0 -- is there anything more wonderful than having a boy who looks for good deals on software that makes my blogging experience better?), Diva bids you adieu with the final shot:

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A Swarovski Studded Neckline

But I don't think I could start my wrap up without sharing a closeup of the button -- I just love Swarovski crystal. And this little bit of bling bling seemed like the perfect accompanyment to my Diva.

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Can You Tell I Like Playing with My Photo Editing Software? It's on Sale at Fry's

Diva would not want me to spend too long focusing on the technical details of things, so I with no further delay, this is what I learned...

  • I both love and hate working with Kidsilk Haze. It is divine and soft and elegant and an utter pain in the you-know-what to have to rip. Definitely the sort of yarn that you want to take your time with. If I started getting tired, I put it down. That kept my stitches looser and my mistake level low.
  • KSH is very bare skin friendly, and that surprised me, since mohair and I don't always get along very well.
  • Don't let the lacy quality fool you, Diva is a very warm jacket (both silk and mohair are excellent insulators). She will be great in the fall and certainly do well over a turtle neck in the winter.
  • If you work with this pattern, read carefully. There are a number of confusing elements that are not confusing if you read ahead, but will be frustrating if you don't.
  • Figure out how to do picot edging on a test swatch with a yarn that is a little less attracted to itself. The edging really makes the jacket, but it has the potential to look awful if you don't do it right. And I think the instructions, as written in the pattern, for making the picot edging are not very good.
  • They may take me forever, but I love lace projects. I love blocking them out and watching them come alive.
  • I want to make Birch, or maybe the poncho from the new Rowan mag

Filigree Finished

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Is This Picture a Cheat, or What?

Yes, she's finished, but like most divas she doesn't want to come out of her dressing room until she's properly dressed and pressed. The sweater definitely needs the edging smoothed into place and the pattern detail blocked out. She also needs a button if I don't want to use one of my pearl earrings as a clasp. I think this sweater merits a trip to Tender Buttons for something special.

I've never blocked a mohair sweater before, so a new adventure awaits. I'm very open to success/horror stories with blocking mohair in general or Kidsilk Haze in specific. Hopefully this weekend my photographer and I will get the chance to give her a proper photo shoot!

Why does finishing have to be a big pain in the arse? I'm pondering a weirdo Rowan finishing instruction this very moment.

This comment from Claudia pretty much sums up my sentiments with regards to this project. Whenever I get to the point where I have finished knitting the body of the sweater, I always get this happy rush of accomplishment. It seems like the project should be all downhill from there. And then the pattern author throws a monkey wrench into the situation by making me think hard. I think it is dreadfully unfair of the designer to make me actually use my neurons on what I think should be the easy part.

Ah well. As my mother and father have always told me, life is not always fair. However, persistance does have its rewards.

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All Picoted Up, Is There Somewhere to Go?

I can finally see the structure of this little jacket beginning to take shape. I love how edging and seaming does that. The picots need to be blocked into a more flattened position relative to the garment, but even without blocking, it is gratifying to see that I learned something from my original mistake and made the right decision when I picked up three out of every 4 stitches around the neck and front opening.

Since I pretty much spent the entire evening tonight picking up stitches and making picots, I figure a second, close up picture is justified.

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Just Can't Get Enough Picots

With any luck I'll get the sleeves attached tomorrow and then the real party can begin!

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Perfecting Picots

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It's been a two steps forward, one step back weekend for me and the Filigree Lace Jacket. I thought after I picked up a bazillion stitches, I'd be on my way to picot-ed perfection, but bad pattern writing or bad picot instruction interpretation have put up a few roadblocks for me.

But to get started, here's what I did accomplish:

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Picot Edging on the Filigree Lace Jacket

The edging on this jacket is done by picking up stithches along the entire opening (i.e across the bottom of the front, up one side, around the neck, down the otherside, across the bottom of the second front and around the back). What you see above is the picot edging on the back and the bottom of the first front piece. I would have gone farther, except for an instruction which I know is not quite right... it asked me to pick up every 4th stitch on the neck edge.

Of course, you all know even before I tell you that this means that the edging is going to cause a puckering in the fabric. I, on the other hand, had to figure it out the hard way, by making the mistake with the very unyielding Kidsilk Haze. I think they actually meant that I should pick up three out of every four stitches on the neck edge (or skip every 4th stitch), which will be the next thing I try. The only positive aspect to this mistake was that because I picked up stitches along the entire edge, I could just rip that region out without worrying about dropped stitches or damaged yarn. Even so, I found the ripping experience frustrating enough that I had to set the jacket aside in my knitting room for a while and do some therapeutic knitting on another project.

Before the Filigree Lace Jacket and I reached this unpleasant impasse, however, I did learn something else: I was making my picots wrong on the sleeves. You can see the difference below:

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Happy Picots on the Left, Sad Picots on the Right

The picots on the right are like the ones on the sleeves. There's nothing dreadfully bad about them, but I thought they looked a little flat. The picots on the left are much closer to what I think picots are supposed to be. Interestingly enough, there's only one small difference in picot construction between the two... slipping the last bound off stitch after you finish a picot interval back to the left-hand needle. (I know, this doesn't make much sense without pictures to accompany... the picot will be the subject of my next TechKnit pictoral... I would have done it already, but Kid Silk Haze is not the ideal demonstration yarn.)

Because I am so taken with the new and improved version of the picot, I just had to post an extreme closeup:

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Picot Profile

I won't be ripping out the picots on the sleeve edges -- I'm going to call it a "design element" and let it go before this sweater gives me a pre-mature case of high blood pressure. If I wasn't working in KSH, I might make a different decision, but I am, so I'm not.

In non-knitting news, John and I saw a falcon perched on the railing of the back deck of the apartment building next door to us. We had to do a double take, because you just don't see birds that big very often around here. Very cool, although I think we'll keep the cats off the balcony for a while. Who says there's no wildlife in the city?!

Picot Progress

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As the Beatles were fond of singing...

I get by with a little help from my friends...

And that's definitely the truth today. Thank you very much to everyone who posted suggestions yesterday. I tried most of them and ended up discovering what I had been doing wrong -- and coming up with something that was not entirely unlike the instructions for the project.

What was I doing wrong? Well needle size was a factor on my test swatches. I knit the swatch on 5 mm needles and tried to do the edging on 4 mm. When I dropped down to 3.75 mm the distortion disappeared a bit more. I suspect that 3.5 mm would have mostly eliminated it.

But actually I was missing something far more critical, that was made more clear to me by looking at the discussion of the picot cast off in Nancie Weisman's book The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques -- a slim but very useful volume that I had forgotten to look in.

The critical part of these picots is casting on extra stitches and binding them off. Well, for some bizarre reason, I cast the stitches on, and then bound them off without knitting into the stitches (i.e. just by slipping the cast on stitches over each other). If I had done a real cast off, I would have been a lot more successful. I also think there is an error in the picot edge instructions and ended up modifying them to what worked, rather than how they read:

CO 2 stitches, **Cast On 3 stitches on the left needle. Cast off 4 stitches, K2Tog, slip first stitch over K2Tog stitch, repeat from ** until all stitches are exhausted.

It worked so well on my test swatches that I actually got daring enough to try it out on my sleeves:

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Happy Picot Sleeve Edging

And a close-up that really proves the point:

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Picot Up Close and Personal

Those sleeve edges are the easy part... The next involves picking up and adding the picot edge to the back and front edges and neckline -- it's going to be a challenge just to find a needle that I can get all the stitches onto, because you literally pick up all the edge stitches in one go. But now that I've made it past the mental hurdle, the physical knitting part should go much more smoothly!

Piecing Things Together

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Sleeves and Edging, Please

I got some momentum going on Saturday with regards to my Filigree Lace Jacket and completed the last piece. It always seems like once I start to have the finish line in sight, it's almost impossible for me to stop short of my goal. Of course, I couldn't resist attaching the right front to the back and seeing how the three main pieces looked together.

Pretty nifty, I think.

Lacy Interlude

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Don't You Think I've Waited Long Enough for a Front Right Panel?

I am not a morning person, generally speaking. Under most circumstances, if it is before 9 AM, I would usually prefer to be asleep. This is not to say that my world works this way, just that it's my favorite modus operandi. But sometimes my body plays tricks on me and gets me up at 8:30 on a Saturday morning. Normally I would be deeply annoyed with myself (especially since my yarn terrorists decided to "help" me unwind a ball of Lorna's Laces sock yarn), but this Saturday, with the sun shining and a nice breeze blowing through my window, all seemed right with the world.

Not only did I not mind being awake, but I even felt like cleaning off my desk (partially inspired by the fact that the yarn terrorists would not have been able to mount their attack if my desk space wasn't covered with tempting targets). It was during this cleanup that I unearthed the lace diagram for my Filigree Lace Jacket and remembered that the second sleeve cap was just two repeats from completion.

So putting aside my original intention to work on Blueberry Mousse, I finished the sleeve cap for the lace jacket. And realizing that I needed to take drastic measures to ensure that I get this lovely project completed someday (it's sad how long it's been on my "In Progress" list) I actually even took the radical step of casting on for the front right panel and doing the first lace interval.

In yet another attempt to motivate myself to get this project finished, I also took the picture you see above. It looks so close to the finish line all laid out like that! Almost makes me forget about the very significant amount of finishing work that will be required after all the pieces are in place.

Dieting

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Recently I have come to one conclusion with regards to both my eating habits and my yarn: it's time to get a little more lean and mean.

It's been almost 2 years since I reached my target weight, and in general I've been good. I've gained a little, but not really enough for me to feel like I need to diet to regain ground. What bothers me more is that I've lost some of the self control that I developed while I was in the losing weight process. So my little bit of dieting is more about regaining perspective on good portion size and avoiding boredom snacking. And it's about not waiting until I'm truly unhappy with what I see in the mirror (like I did the last time) before taking action to make things better. So for a little while I am definitely going to be a point counting girl.

As I survey my stash, I think I need to bring a little self-control back into that arena. Now, don't get me wrong. I love my fiber stash. It makes me happy to think about all the possibilities and neat patterns that I am going to try. But when I build up too much, it feels like a challenge to get anything finished. So many different projects call out for my attention. What's begging to be used?

  • A beautiful bag of Jo Sharp DK weight wool for a vest for my dad.
  • A bag of purple Muench Bergamo to take on Salt Peanuts
  • Some fabulous Phil'Eponge for a summer/fall sweater from Famille
  • ArtFibers Mousse waiting to become a summer top
  • Phil Ruban in Cassis for a summer tank top
  • Phil'Onde in Jeans and Ciel for a ribbed sweater for John
  • Two bags of All Seasons Cotton to be a Rogue cardigan
  • 8 skeins of Elsabeth Lavold's Silky Wool for a fall cardigan
  • Butterfly Super 10 for Polka Purl Dots
  • Two felted bag projects' worth of Manos Del Uruguay
  • Suri Alpaca Lace weight yarn for a fall cardigan sweater
  • Enough sock yarn to cover the feet of almost everyone in my family twice
  • A whole bundle of Cascade 220 to try out some new bag ideas
  • Gorgeous lightweight mohair for a lacy fall scarf/stole
  • 2 bags of Jamieson Shetland aran weight for who knows what
  • 2 absolutely wonderful Giotto needlepoint cushion kits
  • Cotton Ease for the ChickKnits Eyelet Cardi

And that's just what I can remember off the top of my head without venturing to look into my fiber room. And that doesn't include the 4 projects I am already working on.

I already know it's unrealistic to expect to get all that done this summer -- realistically, I've probably got two years worth of projects in the wings. But, although I did consider it, I've decided that I'm not willing to part with any of it either. And I know that I won't be able to deny myself yarn for a long period of time without creating the need to binge. So what's a girl to do?

Well, a while back Carolyn proposed a good solution: knit three projects out of stash, then purchase yarn for a specific project and knit that project immediately. Repeat as often as necessary to keep things in balance.

I've decided that it's okay for the first round if those three projects come out of my current projects list. After all, once ThreadBear moves to Lansing, so close to my growing up place of Ann Arbor, I'm going to have to make at least one trip to welcome them back to one of my favorite states in the Union.

With that in mind, I've decided to get back to work on a project that I'd set down for a while because it takes so much concentration: the Kidsilk Haze Filigree Lace Jacket. I'm still going to take this one on at a relaxed pace. There's only so much complicated lace pattern work I can handle in any given evening.

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5 Pattern Repeats Down, 2 to Go

This is the second sleeve on the project. There's only two pattern repeats left before the cap shaping. After that, there's only the remaining front piece, the seaming and a whole lot of stitch picking up to put on the picot edging.

Heh. I guess it's clear what project likely won't be amongst my first three finishers under my new yarn diet plan. But it feels good to get it underway again.

A Little More Lace

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A back, a front and a sleeve!

I achieved another milestone on my lacy jacket: the left front is now finished and attached to the back via a three-needle bind off. I couldn't help but lay the completed pieces together to see what kind of impression they made. It's definitely beginning to look like a pretty lace jacket, even though that's hard to tell when it's sitting on a background of similar color.

In case anyone is wondering, the white edges on the pieces are from the crochet cast-on. I chose a white cotton yarn (fingering weight) so that it would be easy to deal with later on when I have to remove it and put on the picot edging that is the finishing trim.

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Lacy 3-Needle Bindoff

Every time I do a three needle bind off, I wonder why I don't do it more often. It makes for such a nice clean seam. I like how the wave in the center seems to travel from the back to the front and almost distracts me from noticing the shoulder seem at all.

I will probably cast on the second sleeve next. It's a bigger piece of knitting than the right front and I think that will make the downhill momentum stronger. I think the real challenge in this garment is not going to be the lace (although it certainly requires a lot of attention) but the finishing work. Because the fabric is so gauzy, it's going to be important to seem very carefully, otherwise the seams will be too visible. One big question in my mind is whether I should try to seem the jacket with the Kidsilk Haze or whether I should try to find some silk embroidery thread that matches. The Kidsilk likes to stick to itself, which doesn't bode well for seaming, but it would also be the most difficult to detect.

In any event, I still have plenty of time to think about it. There are 11.5 intervals on the right front and 8 on the sleeve -- 20 more days to go at my tortoise pace of one interval/night.

My Other Spring Lady

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The First Filigree Sleeve

Even though I am getting all geared up to get to work on Audrey, I'm still working on my lace jacket in Kid Silk Haze. After the back, this sleeve hardly seemed like anything at all. I'm now plugging along on the left front of the jacket.

I'm still not sure when I'll finish this one. I like working on it in chunks. Usually I come home from work and do a pattern interval and then set it down again. At that rate, it could easily be the beginning of May before I am modeling this sweater.

I'm really enjoying the lace work now. I've gotten much better at knitting a little more loosely, and that makes all the decreases go a little more smoothly. The sweater has definitely gotten me back in touch with my inner bamboo. My Crystal Palace needles also work better when I can keep everything a little looser.

Needless to say, between Audrey and this jacket, I've come to appreciate the importance of picking the right needle to provide the right knitting surface for the job.

Lace Jacket Progress

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Progress on the First Sleeve for the Filigree Lace Jacket

All this week I've been plugging away at the first sleeve of my Filigree Lace Jacket in Kidsilk Haze. I've completed 6 of the 7 repeats that need to be done before I can start binding off for the sleeve cap. I'm definitely able to make more progress on this project in a shorter period of time than I was before. Now I can do a full pattern interval before I feel the need to set it down. I think installing something similar to an Ott light has helped my progress as I can see things more clearly and the light is brighter and more natural.

In my last post, Cyndy left a comment asking what needles I was using with my lace project. Crystal Palace bamboos. They have a nice sharp tip and it's pretty easy to navigate the 4 different types of 2 stitch decreases that are found in this lace pattern. I'm not normally a Crystal Palace fan because I'm a tight knitter and usually my yarn gets caught on their joins. But for this kind of knitting, they're perfect. The bamboo grips the yarn and keeps the stitches from sliding away -- I think if I was using my Addis I'd be tearing my hair out by now.

Just goes to show that it's always important to use the right tool for the right job -- one of those very important rules that I learned from my Dad.

And don't forget -- tonight is the KIP at Letizia's Natural Bakery on Division (see my side bar for the location details). I can't wait to see everyone there!

P.S. -- For everyone who noticed that my Bergamo didn't match the color I was calling it -- you're correct, it's Hyacinth and not Phlox. Sorry about that!

Straight Laced

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I hit my groove with the Filigree Lace Jacket this weekend. On Saturday, enjoying the sunshine pouring in from the window in front of my desk, the lace suddenly became not so bad. Probably this is because I slept well and I was working in natural light. I was just so close to the bind off for the armholes and something just kept driving me forward on this project.

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The Back of the Filigree Lace Jacket in Natural Light

This is the back of the jacket on Sunday afternoon. Natural light does a lot better by this sweater than the light by my desk at night. I did finish the back Sunday evening the proof is here. The color of the Kidsilk Haze is much to close to that of my blocking board, so almost all of the interesting detail is lost -- but you can check out the popup if you want proof that I finished it.

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Lace Unit

This is one unit of the lace pattern, up close and personal. The fuzziness of the Kidsilk obscures a lot of the detail (and it was cold and windy outside as I was snapping the pic, so it was hard to get the fabric stretched out). Still, I think you can see what I think of as a "snake skin lattice" on either edge.

I'm still trying to figure out if my gauge is correct. It's very close but it felt a little loose as I was setting the back up to block. I was expecting to have to block the lace out to it's limits (like I did with Charlotte), but that wasn't necessary here. I toyed with it that way, but it didn't look very nice (you lose the ribbing like quality that the lattice areas create), so I'm figuring that it is meant to be a little looser.

This is not going to be a small jacket. I figured that the 34" size (the smallest) would not be very flattering looking since there would be no ease at all for me. The next size up is a 42". From the picture that comes with the pattern (see here, it looks as if there is a lot of ease and drape. The project calls for 7 skeins of Douceur et Soie (an almost exact match for Kidsilk). The back took just a little bit more than one skein, so I'm not running into any yarn shortage fears so far (I have a whole bag of KSH, but I also want to make a Birch, which needs 3 skeins).

So it was a good weekend! Now I have to decide what piece to start next. I am thinking maybe a sleeve so that I don't have two to do in succession -- I don't think I could knit both sleeves together and stay sane. Not sure when the next piece will cast on. This project seems to go better when I have a lot of time and brain power to devote to it and I don't think I am going to have a lot of either this week. Good thing I have the last sleeve for Dad's Lo Tech waiting for me!

Lace Up

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Continued Progress on the Back of the Lace Jacket

This is the one project that I am working on that doesn't travel. I'm getting better with the lace pattern, but I still can't concentrate on it for more than 6 rows (1/2 pattern interval). I've now completed 4.5 intervals. I get to bind off for the armholes at 5.5 intervals. So I am getting close to a little milestone.

It's difficult to take pictures of this project. The light colored lace doesn't lend itself very well to photos on my desk. Hence the dark blue photo album. It still doesn't look like much, but it's getting there. It's amazing to me how light this garment is going to be. It is definitely a featherweight. The knitting is getting a little easier though, as it has gained enough weight to hold the fabric down as I knit.

We had a lovely KIP tonight -- although not at our regularly scheduled location. Letizia's was renovating, so we ended up in a lovely little tea house across the street. The very kind owner of the place kept it open a little later than normal so that we could knit together. There were several special treats tonight. First, we got to meet Kerrie, visiting from London on business. It is so neat to meet someone from the far away blogging world in person! I also got to meet Lynette and Monica for the first time (you both definitely have to come sit with us more often!). It's pretty neat to meet wonderful local people, too! And the scones and tea weren't bad either.

But right now, what I am most psyched about is that it is Friday and I have no plans for the weekend. It will be filled with knitting and getting caught up on some missing sleep.

Slow and Steady

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Just so you don't think that I've plunged into an acrylic pool, never to return from the joys of knitting big pants in the round, I figure it's time to show off my newest project: the K1C2 Filigree Lace Jacket done in Rowan Kidsilk Haze.

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4 Inches!

I've been taking this project very slowly. There are 6 repeats before the armhole bindoffs. I've done two. So far, I can only do about 1/2 a repeat a day before I get to the point where I can't concentrate any more. This pattern requires a lot of paying attention. When I did my Charlotte's Web Shawl, the right side row was where all the action was, while the wrong side row was simply purling back across. On this pattern, there is pattern to pay attention to in both the right side and wrong side rows.

To keep track, all my pattern intervals across are separated by jump rings. I'm also using lifelines as insurance against a disaster.

This project is going to be a lot of work and a lot of hours, but I already love the look of the lace.

Once I'm finished with the pants, it's going to be time to pick up another, slightly more straightforward project than lace knitting. Since the pants have only another night or two before completion, I think the arrival of my Rowan Calmer in Night Sky is perfectly timed.

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I'm Feeling More Peaceful Already...

Yep, this is another sale item from Colourway. It's destined to be Audrey from the new Rowan magazine. Audrey is one of the "simple" designs in this season's book. I love both the lace at the neckline and the slimming ribbed body. I'm looking forward to swatching the Calmer. From a blend perspective it seems like "All Seasons Junior" but it has a more traditional yarn twist than does ASC.

Now I'm off to play with my new toy. A geek girl can't be all about knitting all the time!

New Lace Project

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Knit One Crochet Too Filigree Lace Jacket

About 6 months ago, I noticed this Knit One, Crochet Too pattern at Knit Picks. I thought it was a lovely pattern, but wasn't feeling very confident with my lace knitting skills and while the Douceur et Soie looked lovely, it was a mohair blend and I had a great fear of yarns that couldn't be ripped out easily. After all, I started Charlotte 3 times before I got past the first color. This yarn was expensive and mohair so I passed. Hoping that I could find something else for it that would be the right weight and a little more user friendly. Or at least cheaper. Well, eventually Knit Picks decided to clearance the pattern, so I picked it up for a song when I was making a bigger purchase. But I still hadn't found the yarn.

Enter the yarn sale at Colourway. Initially, I didn't think I wanted anything. And then I realized that Kidsilk Haze is almost a dead ringer for Douceur et Soie. Same composition, same weight, same yardage. But I still had mohair issues (not made better by what I consider the "Plymouth Fusion Bullseye Disaster"... which is still so disturbing to me that I haven't discussed it here). Certainly it would be itchy. And then Mary brough her wonderful Kidsilk Haze project to the KIP. And I didn't encounter any itch factor.

So... casting aside what little restraint I have (and I have very little, so it isn't too hard), I ordered my Kidsilk Haze and got the nice little bundle a while back. I was working on Banff so I promised myself I wasn't even going to open the bag. Oh yeah. You know where this is going. You know that I clipped open that bag, "just to show John how soft Kidsilk Haze is" last Friday and that I suddenly developed a need to knit lace. Right then, right there, Banff be damned. I admit it, I'm a project polygamist. And after so much stockinette, I just needed a little time off.

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Filigree Lace Swatch in Kidsilk Haze "Chill"

I never before appreciated the comments about "knitting with cobwebs". Now I do. I can't believe how fine and soft this stuff is. I am glad, however, that I paid attention to all the people who suggested that knitting Kidsilk Haze on bamboo needles was a good way to go. I love my Addis, but I think they would have just been too slick and fuzzy little stitches would have been falling off needles all over the place. Which would not have resulted in either a happy knitter or a pretty swatch. I was wishing that size 8's could have had needles sharp points. But that may be too much to ask from a 5.0 mm needle

It's been time for me to take on something more challenging. Almost all my recent projects have been simple stockinette and complicated yarn. Now I'm back to simple yarn (simple from color perspective) and it seems appropriate to knit it into a more complicated pattern. Given that this jacket is light and airy, I am hoping that it will still be something nice for spring -- and that I'll be able to get it finished. That swatch took me the better part of an evening, so this jacket could be slow going

Fortunately for Banff, I finished the body seaming tonight, so almost nothing will keep me from getting that collar on it tomorrow night. But you can see what's going to be hitting my needles over the weekend. I've gotta start this project with an invisible cast on. Any suggestions as to what a good yarn would be to do that with?

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