Progress Updates

For the first time in a while, I have multiple lace projects that I’m working on concurrently. Three, to be exact. Yet despite the variety of projects on the needles, all at varied stages of development, nothing really looks any different than the last time I took pictures.

Aeolian perhaps comes the closest, at least if you squint at the edge a bit:

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I’m almost to the final Agave chart, after which I will move on to the edging. There are so many stitches on the needle, that I may possibly be very relieved to get to the end of this–although other than the high probability of dropping stitches off the needles (something like a 150% likelihood–maybe I should consider finding a longer needle…) I’m enjoying the pattern. OK, so the really long purl-back rows may be a bit much, too.

The oldest lace, Swan Lake, with much shorter rows, should theoretically be going quicker, but I’m in a long section of a very short pattern repeat, so I get bored easily. Once I’m done with the current chart the interest will pick up again, and maybe it will return to the photographable state.

In contrast, I am quite certain that the newest lace, Rock Island, will look different soon. I’m almost finished with the edging, and once that’s done, I’ll be picking up for the center. Of course, with the large number of stitches on the needle at that point, it may look like a blob anyways. It’s my current favorite (I blame the yarn), so I’m using it as a reward for making a certain amount of progress on the other two. After all, I won’t have three new shawls/stoles/scarves for the fall if I don’t work on them!

Cross posted at Seasons of Lace.

Edging Along

As hoped for, the yarn in stash worked out perfectly for Rock Island. I did waffle a bit—I have a lot of lace weight to choose from!—but in the end both color (more solid than variegated) and quantity (one yarn would have been lovely, but its yardage so much greater than required that it really deserves a larger project) won out for the original selection.

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The pattern is worked from outside in, starting with the edging and then picking up stitches for the inner border. It will be incredibly easy to pick up those stitches—there are very obvious yarn over loops to work with. I didn’t even need to include a vertical ‘lifeline’ as I am on my (very stalled) Lerwick. The edging is also a relatively simple repeat—8 rows, with no more than 16 stitches per row. However, there are no “rest rows,” so I don’t suppose I could technically call this an easy pattern. Just about as easy as a pattern without rest rows and requiring picking up of stitches can get, though.

Despite the ease of the pattern, I’ve stalled out a little bit: first, I was worried it wasn’t open enough(!)—a quick pin-out eased my mind on that, and second, I’m trying to balance out my various lace projects this summer—a combination of trying to finish everything and avoiding boredom by repetition. Looking at this picture, though, it’s time to return to Rock Island!

Lace on all Fronts

I’m not sure how it happened, perhaps I just needed a project that wasn’t a complete redo, but I seem to keep knitting lace, lace, and more lace! I kept on with Swan Lake from my last post, finishing out the chart. At that point, I was a little bored with the repetition of the cat’s paw pattern, which also made up the next chart, so I decided to switch projects, to another long-suffering WIP. (They’re pretty much all that way around here at the moment.)

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Aeolian is actually one of the newest projects I have around. I started it during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, but then let it sit until this week. It took some time to find where I had left off (note to self: it helps to read the directions instead of just blinding jumping in to the charts–that’s how you find out that the first and last stitches aren’t actually on the chart), but I’ve been moving right along since. Or as ‘moving right along’ as rows that take +30 minutes each can be. The above picture is actually old, but this is definitely a ‘spaghetti mess’ of lace, so new pictures wouldn’t look much different. That, and I’m mid-row so getting any sort of non-clumped picture isn’t going to be happening soon!

As much as I’ve been enjoying Aeolian, long rows and all, I’m probably going to be starting a new project this weekend. I’ve not participated in Seasons of Lace recently, for the simple fact that I haven’t been knitting much lace, at least not with any speed, but this summer there’s a Rock Island KAL. And despite the fact that 100s of other knitters (according to Ravelry) are making this and despite my pitiful success rate with KALs, I love the edging so much (well, actually, the band between the center and the edging–is that called the border?), that I decided to join both Seasons of Lace and the KAL. I even have the perfect (I hope–swatching to commence shortly) yarn in the stash:

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Fibre-Isle Niji, aka Louet Mooi. (It appears to no longer be available under either name?)

So now, just one question remains: will any of these (Swan Lake, Aeolian, Rock Island) actually be finished come fall?