June 23, 2011
Another sideways shawl, yes, but a very different construction (the experiment worked!)
Dee of Posh Yarn lamented a while back that she was bored with loooong, purled rest rows… wherefore Ifigenia has none. In fact, there are no really long rows at all for the shawl is knitted sideways in wedges that become shorter and shorter, and end with only 9 stitches. But neither is there any real rest along the way, just the relief of the rows getting shorter and shorter.
In July the pattern will be made available as a Posh Kit in the Posh Shop.
There will be a good number of kits, so it should not be the kind of frantic madhouse that ensues during the regular Sunday evening Shop updates. (The Posh Group on Ravelry usually shares some of their shopping tricks which can be quite involved (and just short of live sacrifices)).
I admit, Ifigenia was inspired, against all my instincts, by a rather clunky garter-stitch doily I’d seen. It too had the zigzag line that only really emerges after a few wedges have been knit. For Ifigenia I wanted something airy and delicate, so I worked in a mesh pattern below the zigzag and another lace motif toward the top, ending with a delicate, beaded picot border along the lower edge. All knit in one piece.
Truthfully, after the first wedge has been knit, things don’t really look all that promising, but gradually something delicate and decidedly shawl-like emerges. I promise.
June 6, 2011
Beading. It is … just a little trying for those of us with limited patience. But I do love the deep cobalt blue beads against what must be the perfect purple, a purple that shifts subtly from pale almost silvery lilac to something quite saturated and intense.
Back to beading. Without my pack of Oral-B’s SuperFloss and this technique (but using floss instead of wire) pedagogically and patiently explained and illustrated by the übertalented designer and knitter Rosemary (Romi) Hill, I would be at sea with my beads.
And I must sing the praises of my bead supplier, Pärltorget, a Swedish (online) shop with a rich selection and brilliant selection tools — you can narrow your choice down in all sorts of ways (size, quality, lining, colour, shape, finish). Very useful. Customer service is more than impressive and very friendly. And she is sending me a little, teeny crochet hook. I think beading will be more pleasant with a proper tool like that. And faster, which is good for impatient souls.
Time to do some serious knitting. It’s looking good!
I need to prove to sceptics that beaded shawls are nothing like those beaded (for special occasions) granny hair nets. Oh, but maybe it is a little hair-net-like, after all… Eek!