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Nice words and Master Knitter Lace work

Posted by mtmom on June 30, 2008

Gracious fellow sock-designer, ruth “the Yarnarian”, wrote some very nice things about me and my Godmother’s Sock pattern today.  Won’t you go and check out her blog:  And this woman knows sock designs!  Need corroboration?  Here’s Celtic Memory Jo’s blog post where she praises Ruth’s “utterly glorious Leafy Green Socks” (scroll down toward bottom, after small-town-Ireland St. Patrick’s Day parade photos).   The Ravelry pattern for those socks is here:

In my last post, I predicted Master Knitter lace photos, and here they are.

Tilted Block or Tilting Trellis.  Master Knitter Level 2 Swatch 11 (lace 1)

Arrowhead Lace. Master Knitter Level 2 Swatch 12 (lace 2)

Openwork Diamonds.     Master Knitter Level 2 Swatch 13 (lace 3)


Anyone reading this who has more expertise than I in knitting lace — I’d appreciate some constructive feedback.  The judges will be looking for even tension, consistent hole-size, smooth decreases, and proper blocking.  Blocking the first one was especially challenging, due to the wavy nature of the biasing stitch-pattern.  I used a smaller needle on the third one, since it had so much stockinette and I wanted it to be very even.  But perhaps that was just my lace-insecurity!  I should probably re-block the 3rd swatch’s bind off row — it looks like it pulls in just a bit. . . .

More progress on the Fair Isle sampler “Autumn Colors” band.  Three quarters of the way through the first of three motifs.  Fair Isle sampler, \

Pretty bright, eh?!  Especially compared with the Feitelson band just beneath.  I’m considering knitting another band in this sampler with the same motifs (love the 3-rhythm!) but different colors — perhaps a Noro sock yarn for one color. . . .   Also comtemplating Meg Swansen’s “Russian Prime” pullover, which has a comparable 1-3-5 rhythm that might feel similarly “right”  [Image of sweater about 1/3 down this page of SHP videos].  This scarf is becoming quite a bag-ful:  (Hi, Chloe!)Bag full of Fair Isle

Our Honey Locust tree is done leafing out and looks grand!  Love the multi greens!Honey Locust tree

Prediction for next post:  Cable swatches and Sock-tops.


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Caps of Old, #’s 2 and 3.

Posted by mtmom on December 22, 2007

Another cap or two from the archives, to add to my Notebook.  These, from sometime in 2006.

Originally inspired by Janet Russell’s “Lace Double Cap” in the 1987 book, Homespun Handknit:  Caps Socks Mitens & Gloves (Linda Ligon, ed.), I chose another lace pattern and left off the turn-up brim to produce this cap from 2 balls of Baby Alpaca Brush, back in Feb. and March of 2006 [when we had a LYS — sob!].  Lady Double Cap, 2006

I began at the top of the purple layer and increased down, unto an I-cord bind-off in cream.  Then I picked up stitches in the cord and knit another cap with a lace-pattern from there, decreasing for the second top.  layers spread out

I tried to decrease within the pattern.  top view

I was pleased.

After that, I designed a further variation, less ornate than the first and using Halcyon Yarn’s “Botanica” in two shades of orange.  This one I began at the lacy top with a 6-pointed star/flower with the points continuing down the sides in eyelet-bounded ribs.  top of orange hat

I worked a picot round of YO-k2tog, and then changed to the darker color.  light side out, side view

I made the darker cap all in plain stockinette and decreased for the top in a 6-pointed spiral to match the shaping of the lighter layer.  top of darker layer

I usually wear it with the dark layer showing on top and the lighter brim folded up.  author wearing orange cap  (photo by 4-yr-old dd!)

This is one of 2 of my own caps that I wear frequently.  The other is an EZ “Watchcap” in WoolEase Thick&Quick.  Then, there’s also the EZ Sheepsdown “Maltese Fisherman’s Cap” that’s really my husband’s. . . .   But any more writing about those hats will have to wait.  I’m tryng to keep my Notebook update to a manageable pace — one at a time.

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