Friday, May 12, 2006

As I've mentioned before, my Amazing Lace project is a gift -- I can say now that it is a gift for my mom - a Mother's Day/Birthday (and possibly Anniversary, depending on how long it takes me to knit it) gift. I've been in a sort of quandry about how to deal with the Amazing Lace, but my inability to post about my project or my progress. My mom reads this blog pretty regularly, and I didn't want to tell her not to read it. But at the same time, I though of how great it would be to watch the surprise on my mom's face when she pulls a delciate lace scarf out of a box, and I knew I couldn't tell her. So this is my solution... Hopefully, she'll "follow the rules" and not read.

So... For the Amazing Lace, I'll be knitting Eunny's "Print O' the Wave" stole. I'm feeling a little ambitious. I've not knit much lace (just a pair of socks here and there, what work I've done on Orangina, and a complete failure of an attempt at a faroese shawl for my mom for Christmas). This particular lace seems complicated... and the yarn I'm using? I went off my rocker. I'm a novice lace knitter, using Sundara Silk. It's like not knowing how to drive and being behind the wheel of a Jaguar. The yarn is so beautiful and, coupled with the fact that my mom is very sensitive to wool, I knew I needed to get it. The sun hasn't been shining, so I don't have a picture that does it justice. But I bought one skein of Somewhat solid silk in Wine with Violet (here is what it looks like on the website):


And here it is last night, in all of its crunchy goodness, after I spent two (count them - TWO) hours winding it into a ball. Have I mentioned how much I need a ball-winder? I did try something new this time, that helped considerably. The kitties are in love with these little foam balls from the grocery store -- you can buy six for a dollar. I started winding the yarn around one of these balls, so that I didn't have to deal with the awkward not-yet-a-ball stage of winding yarn. It helped so much that I think I will buy a bunch of these just for yarn and use it for the rest of the lace weight yarn I've never used because I can't stand the thought of trying to start a ball with it. I just threw on Vertigo last night and wound until the movie was done. Anyway, here she is (with my freedom sock in the background):


(my friend Jonathan points out that that little ball is 10 football fields long. Hmmmm... gives you something to think about, huh?)

There are no words for how gorgeous this yarn is. It's my first time knitting with 100% silk, and I can't get over the decadence of it. It feels so sturdy, and yet so smooth, in my hands. I've never knit with anything like it and I'm completely in love. It's also the scariest knitting experience I've had to date. I know knitting lace is something of a faith-filled endeavor. Because you knit and knit and knit and it looks like crap and then you block it and miracles occur. But... I started a test swatch this morning (and learned the invisible cast on!) to see if I like size 4 needles. So far, it looks like this:


Hmmm. I know it's a crappy pictures (again, no light), but you get the idea. Doesn't look like much. I'm going to test one or two pattern repeats and see how I feel, but I'm thinking that size 3 needles will work better. I like the knit portions to denser... It will give the whole think a little bit more substance, which I think it needs, since it's being made with a substantive yarn. We'll see... I'm just such a lace novice, I'm desperately afraid of making a mistake. I'm trying to have confidence in my "teammate" and plug ahead. I'm so excited about this project...

6 Comments:

Blogger Theresa said...

a brilliant solution.

btw, are you a twin?

10:47 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

I second the question! I've been wondering about the name Twinknits and since Theresa broke the ice, ARE YOU?

I think your blog solution is great. And the pattern you chose is wonderful! I've been thinking about it for a while now -- I look forward to seeing how you do :o)

11:23 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I like a denser knit area too. I'm so glad that you will be able to post about your lace -- I can't wait to see it develop! And you picked a beautiful pattern.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

GORGEOUS yarn. Good for you - knitting with yummy yarn will definitely help if the going gets tough (well, that's what I'm telling myself at least...).

7:16 PM  
Anonymous L. Cumming said...

I really love the blog, unfortunalyt I think we have a problem. There was no email to send this to you privatly, so I'm contacting you the only way possible - via comments on the blog.

Would you mind contacting me on the to discuss the name of your blog. I have owned a private knitwear design company on the west coast since 2002 with then name TwinKnits, I also have the the copyright to the name. As you can might be able to imagine from a business perspective, both blogs and name could cause confusion with branding on this end. Are you open to discussing?


L.Cumming
twinknits@gmail.com

8:55 AM  
Anonymous L. Cumming said...

I really love the blog, unfortunalyt I think we have a problem. There was no email to send this to you privatly, so I'm contacting you the only way possible - via comments on the blog.

Would you mind contacting me on the to discuss the name of your blog. I have owned a private knitwear design company on the west coast since 2002 with then name TwinKnits, I also have the the copyright to the name. As you can imagine from a business perspective, this could very much cause confusion with branding on this end. Are you open to discussing?


L.Cumming
twinknits@gmail.com

8:57 AM  

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