29 July, 2007

Lipstick red lace



This was so much fun!

Pattern: Scarf with No. 20 border, Victorian Lace Today
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Lace, in color Lipstick, 2 skeins
Needles: 3 mm Addi turbo

Width: 29 cm
Length: 142 cm
Pattern repeats: 22

I did twenty-two repeats of the lace pattern, which is exactly the same as the much larger stole in the book. I thought I would have to knit more than that because my yarn is thinner than what they used in the book, but that's just how it worked out. Check out the picture at the end. If I had made a narrower scarf I could have easily gotten by with just one skein of this yarn. Good to know!

I tried modeling on the pretty one:

Is this my color?

She ran away into her safe corner, but I followed. Just as well, the wood makes a nicer background. See how her right ear leans in? It does that when she in insecure. Poor thing, the tortures she has to suffer through.

Outside was better. As a bonus we got a better representation of the color as well.


This is taking forever...

I am not sure it was worth modeling it on her. I spent half an hour trying to pose her, which was impossible. Every time I tried to move so I could get her from the side, she followed and wanted to face me. And then I spent half an hour afterwards picking out white dog hairs with tweezers. They worked themselves in really well!

I love the way the second border is knitted on. And look how far I got with the first skein of yarn! Ten cm short of the end! So about 97 percent of this scarf from one skein...


I really learned a lot from this project. The knitted on border was definitely cool, and I found that a crochet bind off works better for lace. For me at least. The book recommends suspended bind off, but it worked out tight for me. I tried a few different ones, but none of the others worked. Lace is addictive, I think it's the most fun knitting there is. I had to force myself to put it down.

One amazing thing about the book, is that the author, Jane Sowerby, knitted every single shawl herself. There are forty items, most of them quite large!

Thank you, Jacqueline and Stephanie, for the fun knit-along!

33 comments:

  1. Ooh very lovely. I love the color.

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  2. Beautiful! Your model is stunning!

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  3. It's lovely in this lipstick red. I was reading the book last night and there are so many interesting little nuggets here and there. I didn't know that Jane Sowerby knitted every single shawl herself, that's truly an amazing feat.

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  4. She's so beautiful - it's hard to look at the lace rather than the pretty dog!

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  5. Your scarf is divine! I tried to knit that in a yarn with the shade name lipstick too! Unfortunately I just couldn't get on with the pattern!

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  6. Skjerfet ditt ble nydelig. Herlig farge, men det som var helt topp, er bredden. De fleste skjerf er for smale synes jeg! Nydelig arbeid!

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  7. So gorgeous. I showed Guinness and he wants to know if P will go on a date... (PS I owe you an email, I'm sorry I've been so slack!)

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  8. Hege,
    Beautiful. Your model is quite fetching too.

    I am not a lace person but just saw the Bee Shawl and am thinking about it.

    Gorgeous work on this.

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  9. oooh! Hege, that's beautiful! Pippi too :) she did good. he he - Mathias has a particular expression for insecure-feelings too. It's amazing how much they telegraph with their faces!

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  10. Gorgeous! I don't know which is prettier, the shawl or the model! : )

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  11. This is so lovely! What a great color and cute model :)

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  12. I think it's her colour! Beautiful scarf... I have not even looked at that book, I was concerned it would make me dizzy, and then make me not finish any of my current projects (and that's hard enough as it is).

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  13. oh hege, it's beautiful! the colour is perfect for it. so is the model, of course ;-)

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  14. Oh, it's beautiful. Don't greyhounds just seem perfect for modeling lace? :)

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  15. Beautiful work and what a color. Maybe I should try red one day.

    The poor model - I hope you gave her lots of goodies :)

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  16. definitely worth the tweezing.

    Pippi is so Garbo. I vant to be ... alone.

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  17. Beautiful scarf, love your model, she is very cute! What a well-behaved one at that!

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  18. Gorgeous work! It looks great on your model too.

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  19. Your scarf is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for all the details (especially amount of yarn needed). Great job and great model. I love the color.

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  20. Red scarf is always so pretty and so eye-catching!

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  21. What a beauiful scarf and the model's such a cutie pie.

    Take care

    Abbey

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  22. Stunning scarf and sweet, sweet model. Absolutely beautiful - both of them.

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  23. Oh, I think that is lovely! What a great color. And it looks so good on your dog. Did you know that red was her color before this??

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  24. Woof woof. Those big beautiful eyes are unstoppable. LOVE the sweater. Great job

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  25. I love the model and the scarf! Isn't it fun to pose our dogs? The things they have to put up with, LOL!

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  26. That has turned out really beautiful. Interesting to read about your yardage etc as I have this book and will soon be tempted no doubt.
    Thanks for your kind comments about my Flower Basket shawl and Falling in Love scarf. K x

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  27. Oh, it is lovely! Really gorgoeus in red.

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  28. Hege, the lace is Gorgeous and that colour? WOW! and it looks quite fetching on Beauty Pippi.
    I love knitting lace also, it actually came as one of the most delightful surprises of my life.
    My Poetry in Stitches arrived the other day, took just a few minutes to look through and my heart was aching to start something! In due time.
    Thank you again for the little reminder in your past post, I'm so thrilled to have this book as part of my library.
    xox

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  29. Hege - What a gorgeous shawl/scarf! And the model? Words cannot describe the cuteness factor here!

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  30. Beautiful, and I love the colour!

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  31. it's beautiful! I love the colour.

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  32. Absolutt riktig farge!! Det nye hvite skjerfet blir nydelig ogsaa. Damper du det naar det er ferdig, eller, strekker du det i vaat (damp) tilstand?

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