Saturday, June 30, 2007

Mystery Stole 3 - chart A

Last night Lucy, my middle daughter, and I joined with several others at Creative Fibers in Connecticut. While there I was able to finish chart A. We'll see what this week brings, and if I am able to keep up.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Mystery Stole 3

I guess I am already to begin mystery stole 3. I have made my swatch -- two of them actually. If I can just decide which look I like. I used a size 2 and a size 0 with my yarn (2/25 Merino Lace).

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Rectangular net scarf or shawl

I am trying to get a few projects done before starting mystery stole 3 and I am making progress.

I have been able to use / try out my new wooden netting shuttles from Finniwig Studios. I love them.

They are great for thread that is thicker than size 10 and yet smaller than cord. I have used them with the ribbon yarn, sock yarn, and size 3 crochet thread.

After I finished the ribbon shawl I decided to try a scarf. I found a single ball of yarn. I have no idea what it is since the label has been removed (probably before it was given to me) but is was orange and a bit fuzzy and I thought it would make a great scarf.

One of my favorite sayings is: "I wonder what would happen if..." This time I wondered what would happen if I used a smaller mesh stick than I had for the Blizzard Buster scarf I had made a few years ago. Instead of an inch mesh stick I used a 1/2" mesh stick. I doubled the number of loops and got started.
It turned out to be a nice scarf. I used the same edging as the ribbon shawl.

Then I looked at it again ...

and realized that it was big enough to be a rectangular shawl. So I wore it on Sunday.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Triangular Shawls

Lately I have become interested in making shawls. During my last cross country trip to visit a new grandson and his big sister (and their parents), I started netting the one described in Beetons Book of Needlework by Mrs. Isabella Beeton. I tried to figure out what size mesh sticks she had used and chose 1/4" and 3/8" flat mesh sticks. I liked the way it looked, but it was smaller than I had thought it would be.

It did fit my one of my young granddaughters though.

I love the way the border falls, especially around the bottom corner.

Since I wanted one to fit me, I decided to try again, using larger mesh sticks. I decided to try using the 1/2" and 5/8" flat mesh sticks. I also decided to further experiment using Lyon Brand Incredible - "a ribbon yarn for knitting & crocheting". I had purchased two balls -- color: Autumn Leaves.

There were 110 yards of ribbon on each ball. My only regret was that I ran out of the ribbon and so had to finish one border row short.

A close up of the upper corner.

I really liked the way it turned out.

Now my middle daughter has gotten me hooked on the concept of a lace shawl - a mystery stole. She even took me shopping for the yarn. Talk about an enabler. Oh well, maybe I can take the extra lace weight yarn and net another shawl.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Knotsindeed goes blog

With the encouragement of my middle daughter I began my netting website back in the 1990s. Now with her encouragement I decided to enter the blog world.

Now to find something to write about. Except it is time to meet the school bus.