Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Hi, I'm new to this knitalong


Hi everyone. I discovered this blog a few days ago and think its a brilliant KAL. I asked my inlaws for Victorian lace Today OR 'Gathering of Lace' for Christmas. And they got me both. YEAH!!!! VTL is much better though I think than the other book. I first started one scarf (can't remember the name now) but wasn't that happy with it so I frogged it and started 'Alpine Scarf' instead. I didn't notice that it said 'Experienced lace' before I started and actually apart from the border it's not difficult at all. The border is knitted in one piece with the centre panel, it's not one you knit on afterwards. But it does have lace knitting on every row. Only two rest rows in the 16 row border repeat. And to start with you have to do the border repeat several times and then once you start the main panel it's only on each side. The centre repeat is very easy. The lace every row got me into trouble a few times. If you miss a yo, it's difficult to spot it and unpicking is a nightmare too. but it's growing quickly.


This picture was taken a few days ago and Ive got much further since. I reckon I'm about half way or just over. Not sure if mine will end up being the same size as the one in the book. I'm using Posh Yarn's Sophia 2ply lace yarn ( that's 100% cashmere) and it's gorgeous to knit with. I've got 3 skeins and thought I'd use up all of it (they're only 55g each and it's about 1200 yrds in total I think).


Good luck to everyone else. All your pics are brilliant. I keep looking at the book to decide my next project and think it'll be the 'Torchon & 'something' shawl'. Tehre is also a yellow, diamon one I really like. I've been trying to match projects to the lace yarn I already have in my stash.


8 comments:

Just A Knit Wit said...

Your shawl is beautiful! And I've found that if you see something you want to make you'll make it, regardless of whether or not someone else might think it's too difficult for you.

gilraen said...

Anni that's lovely, It's nice to see you again too :)

Lori said...

It looks beautiful.

Stitchcounter said...

Cashmere, how nice--I hope you get to keep it for yourself. :-)

Anni said...

Thank you everyone. And hi Gilraen. It's amazing how often you bump into online friends on different blogs and forums. lol. I agree 'just a knit with'. If you want something you can normally find a way to do it. And what's difficult to one may not be to another. I'm quite daunted by a lot of the projects in this book but only way to know if I can do it or not is to have a go.

And yes, Stitchcounter, it's all mine. LOL.

Anni said...

Thank you everyone. And hi Gilraen. It's amazing how often you bump into online friends on different blogs and forums. lol. I agree 'just a knit with'. If you want something you can normally find a way to do it. And what's difficult to one may not be to another. I'm quite daunted by a lot of the projects in this book but only way to know if I can do it or not is to have a go.

And yes, Stitchcounter, it's all mine. LOL.

Karen said...

Beautiful shawl - I'm so glad to hear that you were successful in spite of your lack of experience - that's inspiring, and I just may try this shawl after all. I was rather intimidated by the "Experienced" label, but seeing that you did it - good for you!

Marsha said...

The first couple of lace projects I did, it never occured to me to look for a level of experience. I just found a pattern that I liked and wanted to try. I went back later and found the 'experienced' on one and was quite proud of myself to have done the project. The key thing to remember when looking at any pattern, before you think 'I can't do that' is to just do the pattern one row at a time - don't worry about what may be 5 line ahead, just do the row that you are working on. It's amazing the number of times I've thought 'oh yeah, NOW I get it!' when I get to one of those rows I was sure would stump me. BTW - nice job, looks great!