This past weekend I was at the yearly Yarn Today Knitting retreat held in Logan, Utah. It was my first time there. I had the opportunity to teach a Chart Reading and Lace Knitting class. I was told my class went very well, but I hardly remember it. Got to love adrenaline. I was quite tired after the retreat, but had great fun. Here’s some pictures of what I got from it, and what projects I completed from it. Of course I didn’t take as many pictures as I should have! And didn’t get any permission to post peoples pictures to the blog, so they will just be object pictures.
Category Archives: Lace Knitting
A few years ago, I didn’t know how much I would enjoy knitting lace. It’s not so much I had a fear of charts, but I was in open rebellion against them. But then Mim of Mimknits.com started designing some beautiful, chart only patterns. If I wanted to knit those I would have to learn charts. (It didn’t help that I often saw the real life shawls in person, when she lived still in my small Mountain Valley) She was and continues to be an inspiration. I love her patterns
So, I sat down and learned to read, understand and knit charts. Lace caught hold of my heart and I haven’t turned back. This month, I have the chance to teach others, what Mim shared with me. The open window of great opportunity. Learning to read, understand and knit charts.
This is the stole pattern that I will be teaching in the class, but I wanted to offer it for those who will not be able to attend. Enjoy
Pieceful Creations Lace Stole
- Craft: Knitting
- Type: Shawl/Wrap/Stole
- Published: September 2008
- Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece 215 yards [4 skeins of Driftwood]
- Yardage 800 – 850 yards
- Size shown 24 inch by 77 inch
- Needles: Size 4 (or size appropriate for your yarn)
The Pieceful Creations Lace Stole is a journey in sample lace knitting. Different lace patterns are spaced between a filler pattern to provide an enjoyable and distinctive knitted shawl.
Many of these patterns can be used to create their own separate knitted pieces, but when combined together create a beautiful visual display of different lace stitches, framed in a charming floral border.
Fully Charted – 17 page pattern – English – Highly adaptable
PDF instant download.
This pattern is available for $5.50. (paypal)
I took a leave of Absence from the blog. Not sure I really meant to, just August was a busy month, physically, emotionally, mentally. Intense and Amazing Highs, Breath taking devastating lows. Hurting because you love so much, loving because you hurt so much. Knowing you’re doing what you were purposed to do… not knowing a thing. Things like that.
I have been busy knitting. I’m teaching a class in Sept on Chart Reading (insert giggle here from Mim I’m sure) with the emphasis on Lace Knitting. So, that meant coming up with my own pattern.
I’m going to be teaching both a shawl version and scarf version. I figure many people might lack the confidence in their ability to do a stole, and need the smaller scarf version to build up to, even if it’s only about 24, to 48 more stitches is all.
I’m throwing around the idea of calling it Pieceful Creations. The name Pieceful Creations stems from my quilting business once upon a time (I sold pieces of fabric… ) but this shawl has lots of different ‘pieces’ of lace patterns in it, and it’s mine. It will be a time before i have the pdf pattern ready. I have to write up a mini book on how to read charts, make charts, be a chart, eat a chart, knit a chart (well maybe not all of those) but It will have to be done by the middle of Sept one way or another!
The shawl measures 24×77 blocked to within an inch of it’s life. I used Cotton Fleece (light ww weight not their thinner) and 4 skeins. So probably around 800 yards. No pictures of the scarf, but I used sock weight yarn for it. I didn’t want people to think their first lace projects had to be with cobweb weight and that ‘lace’ isn’t so much the yarn used but the yarn overs (at least in my point of view… I could be wrong… what do I know… why am I even teaching this class… doom doom doom)
(I found a picture of half the scarf, so you get one after all!)
NOTICE! Over the past few months, in 2009, this blog post as been hit by people visiting from Ilovephotography. Because I am not able to view the where the links are coming from, I’m a bit confused. If you are linking over from a website to this one, could you share with me why? Is it because of the fetal development picture? If it continues with out explanation (just leave a comment) I will be removing this post to protect the other images on here.
Been a busy Month. Last week we had the Edgar Family Reunion of 2008 of which we were in charge.
I think it went quite well! I have pictures, but not many (blah I hate that)
Here was the view from our front steps of the School House Inn we stayed at.
The girls learned how to do “old fashion laundry”
I’ve been knitting but also playing more too….. So not sure if I’m ahead or behind!
We have Old Blue Jeans, Painted Desert, Early American, Candy Store, and Earth Ombre.
Look they make a great Baby bag!
Also been knitting Lace. Here’s a Lump of it (a 2/3rdish Pi Shawl based on Goddess Knits current Kal)
Next stop, Cache County Fair. Busy Times.
I sorted the writing pens we got yesterday. 12 different colors. Stop by the Booth and grab one when you are at the fair!
We’ll also have the Baby Models there.
Here is one, it’s a model of a 9 week old fetus (11 week normal pregnancy)
We’ll have the 12 week ones available for you to take home!
I have been knitting. One was a large project for Knit Picks. I’ll be sending it off next week.
I have a new Nephew. He is a month old now. I had 9 months of knitting time shrunk down into about 3 weeks. He’s adorable and I love being an Aunt to a nephew.
He’s the 9th grandchild so I decided to make a blanket to symbolize that. It’s a small blanket, but I’ve found sometimes I tend to grab the small ones, especially now that my own M is older and just needs a bit of ‘blankie comfort’ The pattern was a made up, modified, basic basketweave. 9 squares, of 9 patches.
I also made him some socks:
I tried making him a cabled hat, but I ran out of time around 3am the night before our trip. So, maybe next time.
And speaking of babies, here is my almost 1 year old (next month)
And lastly, I finished my little scarf/head thing tonight. Knitted from around 175 yards of Knit Picks Pallet. It was an experiement to try and use up some single skeins I have.
It’s not quite as big as I would like, but could work for a head scarf. Right now I’m calling it Thistle Drop but I might end up doing something else with it.
I knitted this spring sweater for M last month. It’s made from sockyarn that I won from Val. 2 skeins, though just barely as I made the sleeves shorter than they should have been.
I followed the pattern mostly, with a bit of a modification. I knitted the sleeves in the round and changed one of the lace row designs. Here’s M modeling it. She turned 10 months a few days ago.
Healing wise, I have good days and bad days. Mostly good days, except when the Oldest brings home a stomach bug and I catch it. Then I have 3 really horrible days followed by 2 blah days so far. But life will get back to normal eventually =)
Sayuri Sweater from Shine Worsted new color Mallard
Basket Weave Baby blanket (small and large basket weaves in a 9-patch type pattern) Yarn: ?? I don’t remember, it was at the yarn store, it was low price and soft and blue…..