Admitting Defeat

July 9th, 2006 | 3 Comments

Earlier today, at approximately the same time that France was lamenting Trezeguet’s shot into the crossbar, a friend of mine was celebrating her nuptials. That would be the friend for whom I was knitting the Print o’ the Wave stole as a wedding gift.

Photo of the Print o' the Wave stole, which still needs most of its edging


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Designing Women

July 2nd, 2006 | 2 Comments

This is what’s on my coffee table at the moment. Guess what I’m up to!

Lace books on my coffee table

That’s right, I’m going to try to design something. Something lacy, in fact. That involves charting my own lace pattern.

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Book Review: A Gathering of Lace

June 30th, 2006 | 2 Comments

Cover of A Gathering of Lace

Author: Meg Swansen
Publisher: XRX, Inc.
Rating: 4 Skeins
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I never fancied myself a shawl-wearer, but this book may have made a convert out of me. A Gathering of Lace includes a huge variety of gorgeous shawls. My favorites are the Feather & Fan Shawl (p. 56) and the Frost Flowers & Leaves Shawl (p. 59).

This book is a true gathering of lace; the projects are diverse, both in type and in construction. Projects range from stoles, shawls, and shrugs to socks, hats–the Picture Hat (p. 142) is truly amazing, gloves, and pillows. The construction of all the projects is highly varied, as are the required yarns. Needles sizes for projects range from 000 for the Magickal Earth Shawl (p. 74) to 10 for the large Faroese Shawl (p. 32), Spiral Shawl (p. 79), and Super-Spiral Shawl (p. 82).

I think it’s safe to say that you could knit all the projects in this book without ever feeling like you’re just doing a variation on a theme.

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