Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Lace issues.

I was the proud knitter of 3WIP (I am joining the big league now!) for a little minute, but I am down to one again, just can’t keep it going…





I finished my basketcase. I love them. Fit is perfect, the Koigu is soft and after a bath, they fit and feel even better. Koigu on Addi US1. They were knit together on two circs. I highly recommend it! I did not change the pattern, just knit it to fit my foot. Next I might try 2 socks on 2 circs, but 2 different designs. I saw someone suggest it, to keep your brain happy, but still enjoy sock knitting. At the end, you get two pairs!!
The lace shawl- well, that’s another story. I du’ know. At the end of the 8 rows pattern repeat, I should have 70 stitches if that is what we started with, no????
Also, if for every decrease, one makes a YO, there should not be stitch number variations anyway. Right?
Maybe I am just such a lace beginner, I just mess it up? Maybe it has to do with the number of stitches before and after the pattern? Whatever it is, I FROGED. I normally prefer not to frog, but to rather try and improvise an interesting solution, (no, I am not a perfectionist, you guessed it) but here, it was just all wrong. I will take a close look at the math in the pattern, and try again, cause now- its about the challenge baby!!!
I have seen blogs here and there raving about lace. Statements like “its flying of the needles” etc are everywhere. I also read many blogs about patterns with mistakes, so I don’t know what’s the deal here. I’ll keep you posted. If any of you want to try it, here is a link to the chart. It’s a PDF file. The pattern calls to CO 70 stitches, knit one row, and start the pattern. Please send help…

The good news is- I have been very careful not to lose any SLEEP over it! Yes indeed my friends, I am trying hard to keep some balance. I feel better with more sleep, as many of you had predicted. Thanks for the cheering!

Here is my project for our May challenge for Project Knitway:
The yarn I received and my creation- chocolate kiss…

Here is a link to a cool site called That’s Hot. Some of you may know it already, and to a very curious crochet project.

And finally, I got caught in the horrible torrential down pour in NYC last Friday night, and got soaked to my bones (no kidding!) but it was all made better when I found 2 packages in the mail, waiting for me when I got home. I’ll let you judge for yourselves…

10 comments:

Annelie said...

Glad to hear your getting more balance in life. When I'm to stressful I often can't sleep as much as I need. Like today... but it will get better soon, I'm sure.
Any ideas of what to do with all that gorgeous yarn yet? It's soooo beautiful!
Thanks for linking to the crochet performance. I'm amazed and suddenly I can understand better why people sometimes get astonished about where I'm getting my ideas from.

JulieLoves2Knit said...

Thanks for your comments on my blog - good thoughts are appreciated.
Guess what - we are knitting the same pattern for our Trekking project - it is just right - a little rib for interest but basic enough to show off the yarn!!
Good taste we have!!!
I also had a similar problem with Lace - I gave up for awhile - will have to try again one day
Knit on!

Rain said...

What a great package to find on your doorstep.

Basketcase look fab.

Hope the lace works out ok, it can be frustrating but worth the effort.

Annie said...

Hooray! Love the socks! Yummy little hugs for the feet. Sorry to hear that the lace is not cooperating. I don't knit too much lace, but one thing I can tell you - use life lines. I can't wait to finish my footlet so I can start Trekking! I HAVE to finish first, those are the needles I need... See you on Saturday...

Annie said...

Oh yah, love the yarn you received, what great colors! Lucky you.

Steph said...

ahhh no, I just wrote the longest comment and Blogger ate it! I'll try again:
I checked out the pdf and it seems to me that yes, you should end up witht he same amount of stitches after the 8th row.
A lot of lace patterns have different stitch counts after some rows, hopefully when that's the case they let you know. And k2tog,yo gives you the same amount of stitches when you have an even stitch count. Don't let all those lace-superheroes bring you down, lace can be pretty tricky! I just found a mistake in my Buttercup lace pattern, it had been messing with my brain because I couldn't figure out what was going on at first. Maybe take a little break so you can look at it with a fresh mind next time you pick it up?
At least you got pretty socks!

Monica said...

LOL I am the big league WIP-er, but I'd rather be the big league Finisher.

Your socks look great! And the new yarn looks yummy.

Dave said...

The basketcase socks are beautiful - I LOVE that colour!

Don't let lace kick you. Get back on that horse. Or bike. Or bus. Whatever :-)

Whatcha gonna make with that gorgeous new yarn?

Hilde C said...

The basketcase looks really good. I loved the video clip about the crochet performance. Maybe something to try in wintertime, as an outdoor crochet project ;-)

Sarah said...

Your Basketcase socks are gorgeous. I came over to see your Trek...central park knitting sounds like so much fun!