Friday, March 30, 2007

My Sisters Lace Project (Stitches West Lace Infection)











My sister knits socks as a rule. It's not that she can't knit anything else. It's just fun to knit socks. I imagine the allure of a short but satisfying project in many unique and colorful yarns that provides immediate gratification must appeal to lots of people. Not everyone is as masochistic as those who knit interminable lace projects. However, there is always the odd infection of lace that happens. This one was not due to my knitting of lace but due to our recent trip to Stitches West where my sister picked a pattern for a lace shrug. The pattern is from Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farms. The Illuminated Oriels Shrug. Designed by Zuzanna Woods and purchased at Stitches West from Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farms. If you link out to the site however, you won't find that pattern. They do have nice yarns and colorways but we did not buy yarn there for this shrug. Instead, this is knit by my sister out of yarn I spun last year. Fiber was "Tiger Eye" from Three Bags Full purchased at Carolina Homespun. Spun on my single treadle Schacht wheel at 19-20 WPI in a color I usually don't gravitate to. I think I was bored with my usual colors and broke out with this. There are nice yellow slubs in the yarn that you really can't see in these pictures. This section is the back of the shrug. Stitches are picked up along both sides and knit outwards so that the design is at a 90 degree angle to the back for the sleeves. It's turning out nicely so far. I'll keep you posted on the progress.

10 comments:

fleegle said...

Your sister is as talented as you are! Wonder what color her WRS will be?...

alice said...

very pretty! I love the yarn, too.

Anonymous said...

Fleegle:

The sister here.

No, there will be WRS from me. Unlike Jane, I am more of a "meat and potatoes" knitter; not a "hit myself in the head with a hammer because it feels so good when I stop" type knitter.

Thank you just the same for your kind words.

Anonymous said...

Correction: There will be NO WRS from me. Can you tell I'm not used to posting?

Jane said...

Dear fleegle,

As you can see, my sister is not really inclined towards knitting bigger lace projects even though she's the one who got me started down the slippery slope of knitting to begin with! It looks quite pretty in this yarn so far and the girl obviously can knit lace even if she seldom does :-)

Jane said...

Dear alice,

I think it's a pretty pattern as well. I spun that yarn just for practice and to do something different. I'm glad we could find something to use it on. I just had to post it because it has been years since she bothered to knit any lace.

Rosa said...

That is so pretty! I love the color. It looks like a great pattern.

Anonymous said...

I have no isea if you need any more, but just in case, my local yarn shop has 2 balls of what looks like it might be the old style lacis shetland cobweb that you are using for your WRS. They are prewound, shrink-wrapped balls, with labels that look like your photo. Very, very fine. Makes JS cobweb look like string. The shop is the Needlepoint Joint in Ogden, UT.


http://www.needlepointjoint.com/index.html

Liz

Jane said...

Dear Rosa,

Thanks for your kind words. This picture doesn't really show it, but there are yellow slubs of fiber in this yarn, hence the name of the fiber "Tiger Eye". The uneven nature of this yarn and the slubs don't seem to detract fromt he pretty pattern. Thanks for stopping in!

Jane said...

Dear Liz,

Thank you so much for the information on the additional balls of yarn. In fact, I have enough additional balls of that yarn to make another shawl. I plan to use it to make the Princess Shawl if I am lucky enough to be able to get my hands on a copy of that pattern when they go to re-issue it in the Fall. That shop where you saw the balls of yarn must have some really old stock down there! When I went to Lacis in Berkeley where I originally got my balls of yarn, they couldn't even remember when they used to stock the balls vs the skeins they now carry. Those appear to be from India. All the old staff are gone so they just looked at me funny when I asked for them. The greedy part of my personality kinda wants to buy those two balls, but it would mean having to knit yet another cobweb weight shawl and I just don't think I could stand to do 3 of them in the same yarn. Besides. I have lots of other yarn I want to try. Once again, thank youo very much for the information. Maybe someone else who checks in on this blog might like to have a go at it? I'd love to see someone else use it.