I finished Annis
the other day and blocked it. Today I took it over to Unwind
where it will live as a store sample. I think it's beautiful! Check it out live and in person!
The yarn is so soft, you just want to keep petting it. It will make a great wrap to keep your shoulders warm on a cool summer evening.
Yarn: Colinette Parisienne
Weight: Lace 2 ply
70% Kid mohair, 30% polyamide (nylon)
Color: Variegated Blue-green
Needles: US 7 - 4.5 mm, 32" circular
Pattern: Annis from Knitty, Spring+Summer 2010
One note: I found an error on line 13 of the chart. It should have a yarn over on either side of the double decrease (S2KP). Just in case you run into the same trouble... Oh, I see they have already corrected the pattern. Never mind!
Here's a really good article on Gauge and Yarn Substitution
from the folks at Interweave Knits.
Ishbel In Progress
I thought I should post this. I've been working on it off and on in between Annis
since 5/20 and just posted it on Ravelry. It is really a simple pattern. That's why it is frustrating that I keep twisting the end YO's. I don't quite know how I do it. I've been watching closely, and then a couple of rows later I'll see it. Uggh! I tried laddering down to the twist, but ended up having to frog to that point. The last time I was able to ladder down the last 3 stitches and untwist the whole deal. I've got another one in there and I've been ignoring it in favor of working the first lace pattern.
The yarn is Lorna's Laces Color Commentary in Ysolda Red. 2 skeins.
Needles are smaller than called for in the pattern simply because I liked the weight of the stockinette. I adjusted my stitch count to add 32 stitches so that my measurements will be as described in the pattern.
Wish me luck!
I finally broke down and bought the PBS series Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Workshop. She had me at the first lesson, Winding Wool. I learned something incredibly useful, how to make a center pull ball without a ball winder. This is very valuable to me since I only have a ball winder and not a swift. Winding has always been a pain. I don't have a lampshade large enough to hold a skein, and a couple of chairs seems to allow the yarn to get tangled anyway. Apparently I should have gotten a swift first. EZ has one that she is winding from.
Her sense of humor had me in stitches. Pun intended! She truly was the opinionated knitter, but it's allowed. Her experience was so vast. I wish she was still on this earth.
You can hear someone, I think it is her daughter, Meg Swansen, talking in the background, prompting and helping EZ with the flow of the show. The production is not polished, but completely adequate. Of course we are used to flashy graphics and seamless editing these days, but these videos are refreshing in that they are all about the knitting.
I first saw some of the videos a couple of years ago when I was visiting Rosewood Yarns in Boerne, TX. I thought then that I must get the video, but they always seemed expensive. Now that I finally have a copy, I think they are a treasure. No matter your level of experience, I'm sure you will learn something valuable.
I have just started Annis
2010 Spring edition. I am loving this pattern. It is very easy to memorize the repeats. Everything is symmetrical. I'm using a slightly smaller needle than called for because my gauge was a little large. I'm not sure it is correct yet, it just happened to be the smallest needle I had with me. I don't think it matters so much being a wrap/scarf.
I was a little afraid of the nupps at first. I've not done them before and I always shy away from bobbles because I don't particularly like the way they look. But I'm loving the nupps! I think they look fantastic in this yarn which is Colinette Parisienne
. I was afraid that the color variation in the yarn might hide the lace pattern, but after a little blocking I am really happy with the results and I think the nupps are going to look great!
See more photos on my Ravelry page: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Cherylsknits/annis
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