Saturday, September 24, 2005

Diamonds are a knitter's best friend

I know that I was whining last week about not being inspired to knit. We're all allowed one whine session, right? I think it was mainly being frustrated with Kiri and feeling like I just wasn't cut out to knit lace. But Jenifer commented that she had some trouble with Kiri and Alpaca Cloud, so that made me feel better. So I went in search of a lace pattern that I could use some sock yarn for, and I found the Diamond Fantasy Scarf (or Shawl!) pattern. I remember reading somewhere that it was a pretty easy lace pattern, and a week later, here it is:


Pattern - Sivia Harding's Diamond Fantasy Scarf - Size - 50 inches long, 22 inches deep?
Yarn - 1 ball of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in Gypsy Rose

I bought and downloaded the pattern from The Knitting Zone - isn't instant gratification great? This is such a fun pattern! I don't know anything about lace patterns, but it seemed like this one had a lot of interesting details, like doing an attached i-cord for the bind off at the top and the garter stitch edging as you went along. I highly recommend this pattern. I think I'd do it again in a solid laceweight. I had the yarn in my stash, and it's a little too variegated for lace knitting, but I love the colors.

Yes, my beloved purples and pinks appear, but so does blue!

My favorite part of the project was blocking it. Would it turn out ok? Or would it curl right back upon itself when I unpinned it? The only other time I've felt like that is during felting projects. As everyone says, you can't judge lace until you block it!

The only problem with knitting shawls is that I never wear them. I have no idea how! We took a ton of photos but this was one the only one that looked halfway decent.

Kind of silly, but it gives it some scale. Yay! I love lace!

11 comments:

goodkarma said...

Cool! You've got your knitting mojo back! Those Gypsy Rose colors are so pretty. I like the shawl tied around your hips more than I would like it worn on the shoulders. I know that knitters everywhere are going gaga over lace and shawls, but I can't see myself wearing a shawl. Maybe I'm not cold enough yet? :)

jacqueline said...

i like it worn like that! it looks really excellent.

like you - i have a lot of trouble wearing shawls. some girls just seem to look perfect in them whereas i feel uncoordinated and completely frumpy.

that said - i do enjoy knitting them.

adele said...

I feel the same about shawls or at least I think I do! ;) I'm not sure I'd wear one but I always said if I made one and didn't like it around the shoulders I'd make it a waist tie type thing.

Therefore, I love how you're weaing it as I'd do the same.

eastern white said...

wow, smashin! i love the way you wear it, too! i'm not a shawl person either but i do love having one and to wear during special occasions. which, that shawl is yet to be made. heh!!

winnie said...

it looks divine! i still have to finish knitting mine.. but too many distractions! hee hee. yea tying it around the hips is a good way to wear it. .i do it all the time!

Monica said...

It looks great wrapped around your hips. Thanks for the link to get this pattern electronically. I haven't ordered the pattern because of the move so I'm glad I can get it now instead of waiting in the mail!

Tess said...

Your shawl looks great. I'm working on Kiri right now and using koigu which is turning out nicely. I was wondering if the Diamond Fantasy Shawl has chart instructions or not.

yumi said...

i like the pattern it's nice.

Purly Whites said...

I've always wanted to knit this shawl! It is gorgeous and I like the way you are wearing it.

Jenifer said...

Nice!! The whole alpaca cloud thing as lace was definitely discouraging for me ... my Koigu Charlotte's Web went much easier, and despite it being a so-so written pattern, it was a nice knit. I highly recommend Fiddlesticks patterns. And that whole shawl around the waist thing is just so interweave-knits, isn't it? (You model, you.) Now I'm off to buy that pattern, too ...

Jenifer said...

PS -- kudos to you on knitting while student teaching! I remember I was SO exhausted during student teaching it was all I could do to come home, eat a cookie for dinner, and go straight to bed! Have fun -- my son just started kindergarten this year and he's having so much fun learning his letters with "letterland." :)