Sunday, July 29, 2007

Slave to Edging (Border for Sampler Stole Done)







Three blog posts in a row. Why you ask?
I'm going to be knitting edging for awhile. Edging for Boundary Waters, Edging for Sampler Stole and if I'm not careful, I will end up finishing Legends of the Shetland Seas just as I finish the edging for these two and then I will have to do that as well. Finishing off work is obviously one of those things that is the hardest for me to do. Still, I will not start anything new until the edges are done so it gives me incentive. I have several projects I want/need to start so enjoy these posts because it will be awhile before you will hear from me as I slave away on the edgings. Hence three blog posts in a row. I didn't want to leave you without giving you something to tide you over :-) Much Later!

20 comments:

Laritza said...

Absolutely beautiful! I managed to shift the center of the Hyrna H shawl and had to rip 30+ rows! grumble....oh well!

fleegle said...

Totally gorgeous! That yarn turned out better than I thought it would.

Me too edging edging edging.

Donna said...

It's looking gorgeous! This stole has been on my to-do list for a while, but you've made me move it up. If I ever finish the shawl I'm working on, anyway.

Kat said...

Wow!! I'd almost decided on the Legends of the Shetland Seas shawl for my Bloom yarn (same as your color-changing yarn, just different brand and colorway) but I *do* like the sampler stole.

You're not helping!
(grin)

Jane said...

Dear laritiza,

Ouch! I hate when I do that, which is more often than I would like to confess. I imagine everyone out there knows I struggle with my lace. Though I don't want you to have to struggle too, it's nice to know I'm not the only one. You deserve your favorte treat of choice for having to tink back! I will cross my fingers that you will have no more greif!

Jane said...

Dear fleegle,

I wish I could say I knew it would be nice but I actually never know. Peacock Feathers Shawl stares at me from her little nest and I frown because she's the one where varigated yarn sucked major. As for your beautiful choice in edging, I think it's perfect even though I'm sure you will be sick of it by the time you are done. I say, have Harry help you. It was his idea after all. He needs to get the lead out and use those 8 legs for more than walking!

Jane said...

Deara Donna,

I know what you mean. It had been on my list for ages and I finally had the interest and time to do it. Now to see how it looks once it's done. It is looking pretty nice so far. I too can't start anything else until I finish something. We sure make a lot of work for ourselves!

Jane said...

Dear Kat,

I'm doing Legends too because once I saw how well the Sampler Stole was doing in varigated yarn I thought I'd finally found something to do with the varigated handspun I had made. It looks good too but after these two stoles I want a change of pace. Heere Be Dragone will be all black so I guess that is something to look forward to!

Iris G said...

Wow, I'm totally speechless...and you must have a lot of work ahead ;-). I can imagine how (even more) stunning they would be when the edges are done!

LittleBerry said...

it looks stunning and the variegated yarn enhances the pattern in my opinion.....

Despite all the edgings to knit, I'm sure it won't be long before you're finished with them.... I look forward to your next post

Beth S. said...

So beautiful! I love the extremely gentle color changes, and the long length of each color section. Now THAT is the way to knit lace with variegated yarn! ;-)

Opal said...

*waves goodbye to jane as she gets sucked into the blackhole of edging*

keep at it! i know you'll soon achieve escape velocity!

Jane said...

Dear iris g,

I was a little worried that it might not block very nicely as this yarn is very bouncy, but when I was at the fiber fair in Dixon, the women from Yarn Place where there and I saw something in this yarn that was blocked. It looked really great and that lace was knit on size US 7 needles. I feel better now and can't wait to see it all done too! Thanks for posting a comment. Always nice to hear from people who are kind enough to check in! Good Knitting!

Jane said...

Dear littleberry,

Thank you for the support! You know I have a terrible weakness for varigated yarn and I'm always looking to find a way to use it that doesn't look bad. Even my sister is happy with the way it is coming out as she is used to my many knitting disasters. I will try to get something done so I can post again soon. Good knitting to you too! I've seen some of your finished work and it's beautiful.

Jane said...

Dear Beth,

Dumb Luck! When this started to come out so nicely I decided that I would knit another stole with my handspun to see if it would also be pretty. As you pointed out, larger blocks of color would be better but I had already spun it you see. Still, it also looks pretty good. I spoke to the women at Yarn Place and it sounds like Lacis in Berkeley will also be carrying their yarn now. I hope others get a chance to use it because it's nice to knit with. I'm trying to be more careful when I buy varigated yarn now but the wild woman in me still tries to reach for loud colors. Thank you for your kind post!

Jane said...

Dear Opal,

LOL you know about my science fiction addiction too? Oh my God! It really feels like the black hole too. First I have to pick up all those tiny edge stitches on the sides. I think I will go and try to work on the Boundary Waters Edge first. Get a little progress going. I have downloaded old NPR episodes of "Car Talik" as I have run out of knitting podcasts to listen to while I knit.Jane waves good by as her knitting and she are sucked futher down into the black hole only to re-surface in an alternate universe where the edging knits itself! Care to join me there fleegle and Harry? You too Opal. Bring your unfinished objects with you and we will all get done at the same time :-)

Carolyn said...

Jane, that shawl is gorgeous. I've been lurking on your blog for a while, watching the lovely lace go by. I'm working on learning to spin laceweight, too.

I had a lace catastrophe on Sunday, and wanted to mention that Graceful may not block well under tension. I was getting my Alpine Lace stole ready for the State Fair, blocking it nice and neat ... and about 16 threads parted ways, just like roving. I experimented with some leftovers, and found that drying under tension and then rewetting the yarn to block again is not a good combo. Unless you have any better ideas as to what happened?

Jane said...

Dear Carolyn

How horrible for you! Well crap! This is the first thing I've knit with the Graceful and now I wonder if it will fall apart. It is thin yarn but not as thin or fragile as what I'm using for my Wedding Ring Shawl. I have no idea what went wrong with your yarn but I will not be using my shawl frame on mine after hearing about what happned to you. That is a terrible shame. I think you should let them know what happned at the store. Since this stole I'm making is for them, I only have to sucessfully block it once. After that, it's going to be up to the shop. Is it too much to hope that it was a defective ball of yarn? I will be very careful after your timely warning and I am so very sorry your shawl had yarn failure :-(

missalicefaye said...

I'm onto edging now, too.... But I insist that you check back regularly with pics of your edgings in progress! It makes me happy to see "Lacefreak" in bold on my Bloglines list. :)

No pressure, though! :)

Oh, and I looove the sampler stole! It looks even more interesting in your photos than it does in the book...

Jane said...

Dear missalicefaye,

Are you sure? I thought people might get bored looking at the same edging. I worked on Boundary Waters last night because it's closer to being done and it's big needles. I'm going to pick up the edge stitches for the Sampler on the weekend when I've had lots of caffine! The Wedding Ring Shawl has taught me that the next gossamer weight shawl will be one where I am not so fearful that the yarn will shread if I try to tink. I think the fear of having to tink back on this stuff is really slowing me down. I re-check evey 20 stitches to be sure I have no errors before I go on. Not a pleasure. I did not get all the spiders right on this shawl ( I had never done any before this shawl) but I will not try to fix them. It's a true learning experience so they will stay put! I will not post again on WRS until I at least finish the first border chart. I will find something for you to look at though. I promise!