Carried away by a KAL

Explaining her trials with lace and why she decided to go for it.

Hi all. I have finally made it back into the blogosphere. I have many projects finished and ready to show. There are, of course, a number that will be making a visit to the frog pond!

I would like to explain the title of this post. It has been the fact of my life that I really love lace and all the thoughts it evokes. Romance and beauty just being two of the things that come quickly to mind. Truth be told, I have a very romantic mind set and love all those old novels… Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice etc.

The oddest thing about this lace thing, is the fact that I am not a girlie girl type of woman. I normally abhor frills and frippery. Lace collars or sleeves would do nothing for me. A lace shawl however, fills me with lust. Lust for lace yarn, lace needles and lots of shawl and stole patterns. I could spend a fortune on lace that I could elegantly wrap about my shoulders for my walks through the misty moors (OK, down my dusty country road), with one main problem. I can’t stand to knit lace! It slips through my fingers and off my needles too easily. I tried a few times to knit shawls. Starting with only a few stitches then working my way up to the finished triangle shape seemed like it would be fairly easy. HA! I would knit maybe two inches, make a mistake and then be unable to rip back because the yarn overs and different stitches made it impossible! … So I thought.

I recently joined a KAL (Knit-A-Long for those who wonder), something I have rarely done. The last being Socktoberfest and that ended in disaster. I never did finish those socks. I prefer not to join something unless I’m pretty sure I can finish or uphold my obligations. So when I heard about the Mystery Stole 3 KAL I wasn’t really very thrilled. It is true that Melanie of Pinklemontwist, who runs the KAL, does create very beautiful stoles, but it is lace knitting. I can just imagine me pulling out my hair!

However, I may be wrong… When I joined (just to see what was going on), I found a very large, warm community of knitters from around the world. There are currently over 2400 members of MS3 and growing (the group closes July 6th to new members). What a plethora of information! I found out how to put in life lines, so I can rip back if I need to, learned which needles have a little bit of drag, so the lace does not slip off, and a lot more information. The main thing is, I will be working on this stole a section at a time. Clues to the stole will be given out every Friday until done. Somehow that makes me feel better, that perhaps I didn’t bite off too much for me to chew. Even with beads…

You may drool at my lace yarn.

Ebony Zephyr and beads

Yes, it is Zephyr by JaggerSpun in Ebony. Not a very thin lace weight but it will be enough of a challenge for me.

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And the beads… Did I mention the Mystery stole has itty bitty beads knit in? These are metallic coloured glass beads. Not too glossy but should give a nice flash and a bit of colour.

Now some pictures of FO’s.

my socks

Finally some Socks knit just for me!! Lornas Laces in Iris Garden colorway.

Katie's Poncho

A poncho for my niece. Crocheted in Bernat Crafters Cotton

washcloth

These two facecloths are going to be a hostess gift. Knit in Bernat’s Cotton Tots, Very nice and soft. Just need a basket and pretty soap. The white one is the snow drop pattern and the blue one is baby fern pattern

crocheted baby booties and washclth

The crocheted baby booties and knit face cloth (see previous post). Finally done up as a gift for the newborn. He received it late but before he was a month old.

Things destined for the frog pond…

Entrelac

The entrelac scarf in Patons SWS. I do like the way the SWS feels. I just don’t love the way the colours are coming out on this. Not the end of entrelac for me, however, I will try again with Noro Silk Garden. Of interest to some, it looks like the SWS will be difficult to rip out!

Clap to be frogged

This is my first attempt at the Clapotis. I’m not sure if I will frog it or not. The yarn is kind of fluffy and I think would be a bother around the neck and the length seems small. Of course once it is blocked it could grow. I am almost done so maybe I will finish and see.

So now my summer is set with a big scary lace project. Yes, I did get sucked into the excited group at MS3. Thing is, I think I’m going to like it!

Bye and have a creatively lacey week.

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6 thoughts on “Carried away by a KAL

  1. Cathy-Cate

    What an impressive array of FO’s! (I’m sure it helps taking some time off blogging, but still!) And I kinda like the SWS entrelac, but I suppose not the look you were going for.

    I hear the Clapotis grows incredibly when you drop all the stitches. Can’t say personally, as that’s still on my list of things to do, but I have some rayon yarn in my stash that might work well.

    I’m in MS3 with ya, and have never done a KAL like this. I’ve knit little lace things but have yet to make a big project, as I’m worried I’ll get bogged down and put it aside, especially since much of my knitting time is on the fly and I can’t do a big lace thing that way. But I’m very excited about the Mystery Stole, and think the community and the mystery will keep me focussed on it!

    Love the Zephyr & beads!

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  2. Chery Mcleod

    Hi, I am in the MS3 too, and nervous about my ability but will try. where did you get your yarn and beads? I haven’t seen Zephyr here. Also, what patterns are your dishcloths, they are gorgeous Thanks, Chery

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  3. Kathleen C.

    I’m using a different yarn, but have the exact same color combination of black yarn and metallic sheen beads. They do look lovely together!
    You have some wonderful projects… even those bound for the frog pond are interesting.

    See you around MS3!

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  4. Kim U

    I stopped by from your flickr picture of the washclothes – very cool! Great way to try out stitch patterns, too. I’m also doing MS3 – finally bought my yarn last night and swatched right away. Scared about the beads though :)

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  5. Sally

    I’m drooling over your choice of yarn & beads for the MS3 KAL. Thanks for giving your permission to do so!

    Reply

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