Sunday, February 26, 2006

A finished Kiri and two works in progress

Kiri, a birthday gift for my mother-in-law, was finished and blocked yesterday. The pattern is by Polly Outhwaite of All Tangled Up. I used nearly 3 skeins of Madil Kid Seta in color 486. It's somewhere between violet and light blue.






This wasn't a terribly challenging lace knit, although I made mistakes. I think I've finally learned that lace requires a true understanding of the pattern. Once I finally realized what each repeat should be doing on each row, it was much easier. Memorizing the pattern as much as possible helps, too. I didn't use lifelines or stitch markers for this pattern, although I think it could be helpful. I get lazy and don't want to make the effort. My next lace project, to be completed after Lady Eleanor, is this from Folk Shawls, in a random red fingering-weight wool I bought for $1/ball.

I've also worked on Lady Eleanor's Entrelac Shawl from Scarf Style. I'm using Southwest Trading Company's Karaoke, which has long color changes, similar to Noro. The color changes in this particular shade are subtle, going from a deep maroon to a true copper.



I've also been working on the Cabled Throw, from Debbie Bliss's Simple Living. I'm using Cestari yarn from Chester Farms.



I also convinced my husband to model Saranac. (His un-showered state necessitated a sweater-only photo.)



Thank you for all the kind comments on Klaralund! I am feeling better about it, but I think it will need a trip in the dryer to tighten up a bit. The garter stitch lends itself to expansion too easily.

5 comments:

Laura said...

wow you've certainly been busy! Kiri looks lovely. The color is beautiful and should go well with anything. I'm sure your MIL will adore it.

Karen said...

Kiri is wonderful! I'm sure your MIL will love it.

Lady Elenor looks great! I'm going to want to see that in person....

Saranac looks great as well, but we'd like to see more of the hubby! :)

Annie said...

That lace shawl is beautiful! I'm really starting to work up the nerve to try a bit o' lace...

Areli said...

Gorgeous shawl. You must have so much patience to finish it. Your husband's sweater looks great.

wendy said...

Ooooh that shawl is beautiful!