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Friday, February 22, 2008

Lace Obsessions and the dangers of Knitting friends

Last week I cast on for the Lily of the Valley Shawl by Nancy Bush from Interweave Press' Lace Style.

I had seen a friend's lovely version the day before and it just wormed its way into my brain. I already had the appropriate yarn in my stash (Jaggerspun's Zephyr) and the book on my shelf. There was nothing standing in the way of my starting it (other than 2 deadline projects that is!).

I am using size 3 needles because I intend for this to serve more as a scarf than a stole and I thought a less lacey version would be more practical for everyday use. I didn't quite think through the implications of going down so many needle sizes though (the pattern calls for a size 6 needle). I've already gone through the ten repeats called for in the instructions, but will have to keep trucking for another couple of repeats to make sure the scarf is long enough.

Here is a more detailed shot of the stitch. It's the lily of the valley stitch with nupps! Unfortunately, I can't see the nupps very well (some finagling is required to purl together 5 stitches at a time!), but I hope they'll be more visible once the scarf is blocked. Although I usually shy away from bobbles and nupps, I find them strangely fascinating in this limited context. I do hope they'll be visible.

Okay, now I need to get back to work.


Blogger An Abundance of Lisa said...

wow! look at all that progress! gorgeous!

12:38 PM  
Blogger Gudrun Johnston said...

Mmmmm that Jaggerspun Zephyr is going to be delicious around your neck...I have some in my stash too...your tempting me!...don't enjoy p5tog much though!

12:56 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

I can't believe how much you've done! On size 3 needles no less.

7:29 PM  
Blogger gleek said...

it's hard not to have lace on the needles at all times :) this one is a keeper i think!

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

You cast that on last week?! I haven't accomplished as much on my lace stole since SEPTEMBER! I'm going to go weep into my tea now.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Angelika said...

Nice one. I have that book too, but I've heard about the nup troubles...

4:41 PM  
Blogger melanie said...

I just finished the swallowtail shawl... it has the lily of the valley pattern. The only way i got through the nupps (nubbs) was to use the addi lace needles... it worked, but i think next time i'll add a bead instead of a nubb...

beautiful though!

9:17 AM  
Blogger Bea said...

I love the Lily of the Valley shawl, I kind of avoided it because of all the nupps, but yours looks SO beautiful!

6:47 AM  
Blogger Romi said...

Ooooooh. Very pretty!

5:54 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

that looks great - p5, yep, that *would* take a bit of work!

6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's an easier way to do that P5tog.

Slip 2 or 3 st to right needle purlwise.
Then P3tog or P2tog depending on if you slipped 2 or 3.
Then pass slipped stitches over 1 at a time. It's the same net effect.

BTW I love your Henley Perfected. I'm swatching right now so that I can make it.


3:31 PM  

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