Posts Tagged ‘Basic Lace Shawl’

Show 195: New Yarns, Plus Kathy & Kirsten Finish the KAL

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
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KAL with Kirsten: Blocking the Shawl

Let it soak for a long time (at least 15 minutes) in lukewarm water with Eucalan.

Squeeze out the excess water in a towel, but you want the piece to still be a little wet.

Pin to a blocking board, carpeting or bed, or use blocking wires to get the straight edges very straight. Fabric with a 1″ gingham check is also very useful for large pieces to use as a backdrop so you’re sure your edges are straight and your piece is symmetrical. For large pieces with lace edging points all around, you can construct a frame out of scrap wood or 1×2’s and whip stitch the points loosely to the frame with a stout cotton thread like 5/2 Valley Cotton.

Let dry for several hours, unpin, and enjoy your shawl.

5/2 Valley Cotton is also very useful for use as lifelines in your projects.

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Show 194: Interview with Sally Melville and our KAL Continues

Saturday, October 9th, 2010
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If you’re in the area, make sure you check out Paradise City Arts Festival this weekend!

Yarns

KAL with Kirsten

This week, we discuss the edging. The lace edging is knit sideways onto the body of the shawl. This is a fairly easy edging. At the end of you shawl, you case on a few stitches, and as you meet with the body of the shawl, you knit a stitch or two from the shawl to attach it. Kirsten suggests Barbara Abbey’s Knitting Lace. She also suggests that you find an edging without too many rows. You could also add a crocheted edging to this shawl.

Guest: Sally Melville, author of the new Warm Knits, Cool Gifts, which she wrote with her daughter Caddy Melville Leadbetter. The projects in this book are truly stunning. This is a must-add to your library! Sally shares a little with how they came up with the concept for the book. Check out Sally’s website for images from the book and to see if she’ll be near you.

Note: There will be no podcast next week.

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Show 193: Interview with Stitchy McYarnpants & Caro Sheridan and Our KAL Continues

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
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Yarns

KAL with Kirsten

Materials

  • laceweight/fingering weight/sock weight yarn – if you want to do something with more complicated lace, it would be better to go with a more semi-solid yarn. Kirsten used Kangaroo Dyer Semi-Solid Sock Yarn
  • US 6 circular needles recommended, but it can be done on straights if you prefer
  • Valley Yarns Basics B-6

Kirsten uses a regular cast on for this, but you could do a provisional cast-on if you like.

Follow the directions in the pattern and increase 4 stitches every right side row. If you want to add lace, make sure you keep the increases and decreases even in the middle and at the edges.

For next week: Consider where you would like to end your shawl, what kind of edging you’d like to do, if you do not want to use what is in the pattern.

Guest: Stitchy McYarnpants and Caro Sheridan, authors of the new book Knitting It Old School. The book re-envisions vintage looks and patterns from the 1940s-1970s in both knitting and crochet. Stitchy and Caro discuss how the book came to be and share a bit of what they went through creating it.

One of our amazing customers, Cheryl Burke has a hat in this book too! A few projects in the book are even knit in our own Valley Yarns.

Stitchy and Caro will be at the store with us Saturday, October 9th 11:00am-2:00pm to sign books and show off the fantastic garments that are in the book.

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Show 192: We begin our next KAL – Basic Lace Shawl

Saturday, September 25th, 2010
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For our store customers – we got a new shipment of Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarns, so make sure you come on in and check out the beautiful display!

We’ll have Blue Moon Fiber Art joining us at Stitches East in Hartford, CT October 28-31, 2010!

Yarns

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Sunday, Oct. 3rd 1:00pm-4:00pm: Knit or Crochet for the Cure. We’ll be doing hats this year. The bead store will also be participating this year!

Saturday, Oct. 9th 11:00pm-2:00pm: Stitchy McYarnpants and Caro Sheridan, authors of Knitting It Old School will be in the store for a book signing

Thursday, Oct. 14th 6:00pm-8:00pm: Vampire Knits book signing with three designers!

Saturday, Oct. 16th: Our Trip to Rhinebeck! In the store, we’ll have a lace demo from the New England Lace Group too!

Saturday & Sunday Oct. 22 & 23: We’ll have Barry Klein of Trendsetter Yarns in the store with a full trunk show of yarns and garments, plus his book. Be sure to check out his class that he’ll be teaching too!

Wednesday Oct. 27th 4:00pm-7:00pm: Della Quimby of Della Q will have a trunk show in the store!

Our Knit-a-long returns!

We welcome Kirsten Hipsky, our Valley Yarns designer for our new KAL – Knit a basic lace shawl!

Kirsten chats about the process she goes through when designing lace, and offers a basic lace triangle shawl. You can add whatever you want in place of the stockinette stitch part, or just go ahead with plain stockinette and create a beautiful shawl. You want to be careful to make sure that your increases and decreases match so you’re creating a triangle.

Recommended Book:

Knitting Lace Triangles by Evelyn Clark – This book includes great basics on creating a triangle shawl and has wonderful stitch patterns that lend themselves to creating triangles.

KAL Tools and Yarn:

Kirsten recommends to keep a bit of symmetry in your lace design. Have both halves equal, or symmetry within the triangle. Kirsten limited herself to k2tog, ssk, yo, and double decreases. She also recommends keeping yo’s and decreases right next to each other to keep easier track.

Getting Started:

Download the pattern ($1.99) and choose your yarn. Start in on the shawl, or just experiment with one triangle. Consider playing with your stitches. Try mapping your design out on graph paper, even if you’re not sure about it! You could end up with something you love and you can always erase.

Our next KAL will be the Austin Hoodie by Connie Chang Chinchio that Kathy blogged about, so start thinking about your yarn!

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