Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Mystery Stole 2 - beginning

Mystery Stole 2 - beginning
Originally uploaded by Sophie_vf.
Yes, in my obsession for knitting lace I got caught up in the excitement of the Mystery Stole 2 knitalong. Designed by Melanie of Pink Lemon Twist, the pattern will be released as six "clues" over six weeks. Nobody knitting it knows what it will look like till the end of the six weeks - but Melanie designed the beautiful Leda's Dream as the original Mystery Stole, so I think faith is well placed.

I know, super geeky. But enormously diverting!

This is in Knitpicks Shadow laceweight merino, color Lost Lake, on size 3 Boye needlemaster circs

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Pret a porter!

IK Lotus Blossom - it's done!
Originally uploaded by Sophie_vf.
It's ready to wear!

I am so glad I added the extra stockinette. I really didn't need the fifth lace repeat, as I needed more bra coverage than overall length. So, as suggested by Jacqui, and considering her warning that the front tends to pull up, I knit an extra inch of stockinette plus 12 short rows for the bust shaping. This worked out perfectly!

Like others, I absolutely hated picking up the armhole edging since it's such a small round to work ont, but at least it was over with quickly. It didn't roll too badly, and a light pressing with steam helped it stay in place. I also steam blocked the lace a bit so it would be more open. Not that I really want to show extra skin, but it draped more nicely and didn't bunch.

I'm really happy with the result and enjoyed knitting it. Thanks to everyone at the Lotus Blossom Tank KAL for tips, inspiring pics, and encouragement!

pattern: Interweave Knits summer 06
yarn: SWTC Bamboo, cobalt
size 5 and 6 Boye circulars

knit between...oh crap, I really can't keep track anymore. Probably three weeks, on and off?