Monday, January 14, 2008

First half edging

I've nearly finished the edging on the first half of the stole. I usually use a dpn for knitted-on edging, but this is working just fine with the other end of the circular. On row 4 there's always one stitch that gives me fits with the P2togTBL. It's a stitch over a yo and gets pulled too tight every single time. But I'm learning to anticipate it. I'm anxious to start the second half. I have to admit that I'm enjoying the "resting rows" in this pattern. I can get into a nice rhythm of focusing on the pattern and then doing a quick back row, focusing again, etc. I didn't realize how much I like the Addi lace needles till I was working on another project with lace-weight mohair and a regular Addi. I miss the tapered points.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Simurgh is just the beginning

I discovered with the Beefields shawl that the stole makes a nice warm-up for the triangle shawl. In that case I started with the triangle and then picked up the stole midway through. I liked getting comfortable with the motifs without having to worry about the shifts on either side for the triangle increase. With the raven shawls, I decided to start with the stole (Simurgh) and then move to the shawl, which Anne is calling Irtfa'a. I ordered the yarn for both at the same time, and both patterns were out by the time I got the yarn.