Sunday, August 07, 2005

Yup, I did it.

I started a new Leaf Lace shawl - knit from the bottom point up. This one is charted to knit with the leaves in "hanging" orientation, which I prefer. And, because I can't leave well enough alone, I made the leaf lace area a border, and adapted the center for a more simple triangle of lace (columns of lace - very structured, very me).

So, I'm in the perfect position to evaluate circular needles (Addi Turbo vs. Aero), as I have a leaf lace shawl in the same yarn on each kind of needle, same size and everything. My favorite? The Aeros. My evaluation included the joins (with the Addis I had to help the yarn over - not so with the Aeros), the points (the Aeros are pointier and grabbier), the cord (Addis have the more flexible cord - the only negative for the Aeros), and the needles themselves (I find the shiny Addis too bright and way too reflective while I work - Aeros are more subtle, much easier on the eyes). The other bonus is cost and availability - I can get Aeros easily here in Canada, for substantially cheaper than the Addis. I guess from now on I'm an Aero girl.

Well, with two leaf lace shawls on the needles, I'll see which gets finished first. I may yet frog the Fiber Trends shawl in favour of my own design, but I've gotten so far on it, I may end up with two shawls, instead. With 8 skeins of the Alpaca Cloud in Autumn, it shouldn't really be a problem.

11 comments:

Deborah said...

"frog the fiber trend shawl." Hmmm what does frog mean? Some Canadian jargon? Some knitting jargon? Whatever it is, I like it and I must know the proper meaning so I can start using it now now now to impress (and confuse) my friends.

Logan said...

To "frog" means to undo it, as in "rip-it, rip-it". Knitters have some weird and fun terms, like "tink" is undoing your knitting, stitch by stitch (tink is knit backwards). Oooh, and SEX is a stash enhancement expedition, and WHACO is wool housing and containment overflow.

Knitters. The fun never stops.

carla said...

I like your second attempt with the leaves hanging. As for knitter's terminology , Im still laughing

carla said...

I like your second attempt with the leaves hanging. As for knitter's terminology , Im still laughing

Pangaea said...

I have to go and froggin' tliuq some quilting I did yesterday. Then tomorrow I shall go for SEX--that works for fabric stashes, too. Your hanging down leaf chart is phenomenal, have printed it off and will start ASAP. This way the ends of the leaves won't scratch as much, but will gently enfold my shoulders.

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Logan said...

Oh Sh!t!. I didn't intend for the picture to be used as a pattern - it doesn't have all of the information on it. However, if you really want to, Pangaea, go ahead and figure it out from the diagram.

I may later turn this into a pdf pattern which I will offer for free on my site, but first I want to finish the shawl I'm knitting (take the pattern through to the end). Once the shawl is done, I will have more information, and probably post a free pattern.

Thanks for the vote of confidence, though!

Pangaea said...

My apologies--I got so excited at seeing the lace chart that I forgot myself, should have asked for permission first. Count me as a test-knitter, then. I have 6x50 g skeins of decades-old wool:
Froehlich Wolle--Die tolle Wolle, in tone-on-tone painted earth tones that is just perfect for this design. I have made the borders 4 stitches wide instead of 2, and am seriously considering putting in a cat's paw lace design in the 'insert'. If only I could remember where I put my lace design book... Will show you when you get back.

dorothy in wyoming said...

I know it has been a couple of years but did you do anything else with this version of a leaf lace shawl? It really looks like it was going to be pretty

Anonymous said...

Love your Logan's Leaf Lace Shawl.... would like to know if you ever posted the pattern for it.

SouthernComfortknc said...

The chart is a bit too small to read without magnifying glasses. Is there another way you can enlarge it?