Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Lovely Lace



Who better to model my mom's beautiful (and finished!!!) shawl than my closest friend, Jackie? Not only was she a very helpful model, but she is also the person who found the pattern for me in the first place. Three cheers for Jackie!!!



Now that I'm done with this lace stole, I feel MUCH more free and less stressed. It's not that the actual knitting with unenjoyable (it was a nice simple pattern), but it was the stress of moving from part to part of the pattern and feeling it would never get finished.

Running my hands over this lovely, lovely lace is worth it and, once I see my mom wearing it, I will be really HAPPY.



DETAILS:

Pattern: Large Rectangle with Center Diamonds from Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby
Needles: Size 7 for lace and size 6 for knitted on lace border
Yarn: Jade Sapphire Lacey Lamb in Black colorway (2 balls, knitted double standed)
Size before Blocking: 15" by 45"
Size after Blockinng: 22" by 78"
Time: The border took 11 hours of straight knitting and the lace panel was about 19 hours...a total of 30 hours.
Dates: May 16 to August 6, 2007
Tips: If you are using this specific yarn, make sure to pull the yarn from the OUTSIDE and not the inside of the ball. I spent many hours untangling very, very tiny laceweight knots when pulling from the center. AND the balls very easily fell apart when I had gone through half of it. Also, writing down the pattern on paper made things easier for me...line by line to go with the chart. It may not work for you, but it certainly helped me. In addition, I used paper and a pen to keep track of every single line I finished and wrote down comments along the way....it was invaluable when I had to get up for a second or rush after Ben and thought I would remember where I was.

Here, take one more look at the detail....



I'm so thrilled that I can now go onto other lace....woo-hoo!! Tell me what you think!

16 comments:

yarnophiliac said...

I think I need to knit one now! Knitting is always tough when it is under a deadline -- but you did it! YAY!

Lora said...

WOW Gina! It's beautiful!! Did Jackie try to steal it? Looks great with her dress!

Nichole said...

STUNNING.... gorgeous!!!! I can't wait to see pics of your Mom wearing it proudly!

Sonya said...

Gina, that looks just wonderful. You did a great job. Your mom will love it!

Julie said...

I'll tell you what I think; I think it's gorgeous and your mother is one lucky lady!

KSee said...

beautiful does not say enough. great pictures, looks like a fashion shoot.

Cayli said...

Your Mom is going to LOVE it! It is so beautiful.

Jackie said...

The shawl is even more beautiful in person and it's delightfully soft. You’re mom is very lucky and will look beautiful in it.
Yes, Lora, I did try to steal it.

You'd never guess there were two toddlers running around us in those photos. G, have you ever considered a career in photography?

Marion said...

Gina, that is beautiful!You did such a great job, your Mom will be thrilled.Marion

Michelle said...

Beautiful! Simply stunning! Your mom is going to love it!

Gigi said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Your mom will love it (if one of us doesn't make off with it first...protect it well!) =-D

Cyndi said...

Gorgeous! Great job! And yes, it is incredibly soft. It's yummy!

Melissa said...

wow Gina, that came out amazingly!! It must feel great to have it done and I can't wait to hear how mom likes it!

GamecockDoc said...

Wow, that is gorgeous. Your mom is going to love it!

Kimberly said...

Oh that's really gorgeous!!! My next shawl is going to be black.

Heide said...

Fabulous! Gorgeous! Meticulously executed! Gossamer goodness at its best. Now I want to knit lace.