Frog face on a glad
Thursday August 07th 2008, 11:41 am
Filed under: "Wrapped in Comfort"

Okay, that didn\'t work

Technical stuff today.

Joansie asked how long it takes to make one of my shawls.  Depends on how often you do what I did last night.

But if you’re talking about one of the designs already tried, tested, proofed, printed, and out there?  Between, I’d say, about 12 and 25 hours, depending on length and stitch count; the faster-version Julia, 241 stitches,  with a short length, like I did with one skein of Casbah from Mary’s ball, totally feels like instant gratification.  (Use a bigger yarn and needles or a bigger pattern and a wider neckline by casting on at row 2 for a larger person.)  The larger Water Turtles pattern, which reaches 481 stitches, would take the longest of my patterns out there so far.  That would be a good one for doing with Jaggerspun Zephyr laceweight and size 6 needles (at my loose gauge) but again, if you use that fine a yarn, for big person or small, I’d start at row 2.

That\'s more like it

Purlescence got a new shipment of Camelspin in from Handmaiden.  Mine!  And away we go.

I love the way the frog-faced gladiolus is waving its hands as it talks.

gladiolous impersonating a frog face

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Ohhhh, that’s beautiful yarn!
Your glad is a riot!;)

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 08.07.08 @ 3:59 pm

Thank you for the information, Alison. When doing lace knitting, do you advise a “life line”?
The yarn is beautiful.
I love glads. My father-in-law used to bring me some when he visited.

Comment by Joansie 08.07.08 @ 5:31 pm

Lifelines in general are a wonderful idea. They make it so easy to go back without losing any stitches. If you’re an experienced laceknitter who knows how to fix your mistakes you can easily skip them, and then grumble really hard at yourself just every now and then for not having one (ask me how I know). On this project, though, I really needed to just completely rip and redo: part of the process of designing is going through the that-didn’t-work part.

Comment by AlisonH 08.07.08 @ 5:38 pm

I adore that color! And I’m extremely entertained by the question above about lifelines. I guess we know what *I’d* answer, eh? 😉 I can’t wait to see what you’re doing with that gorgeous yarn…

Comment by Jocelyn 08.07.08 @ 6:09 pm

Hi Alison, don’t know if you received the post in your address section or not, but I was wondering if you were going to be at Stitches East this November? Would love to meet you! 🙂

Comment by Lisa 08.07.08 @ 7:06 pm

I skip lifelines, and yes, there’s a grumble once in a while. Might reconsider for the Blue Jay I’ll cast on tonight or tomorrow.

You have the prettiest flowers!

Comment by Channon 08.08.08 @ 5:53 am

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