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DotMom61
01-15-2006, 01:45 AM
:balloons: The Pie Are Square Shawl is DONE!!! :balloons:

It's done ! :happydance: It's done ! :happydance: It's done ! :happydance: It's done ! :happydance: It's done ! :happydance: It's done ! :happydance: It's done ! :happydance: It's done ! :happydance: It's done ! :happydance: It's done ! :happydance: It's done ! :happydance: It's done ! :happydance: It's done ! :happydance: It's done ! :happydance: It's done ! :happydance: It's done ! :happydance: It's done ! :happydance: It's done ! :happydance:

oh ... :shifty: ... uh ... here's a picture:

I actually took this a couple of weeks ago, and the border wasn't all the way done, but I just don't have the strength to pull out the camera and take another picture right now. I've been knitting on this alllll afternoon and evening.
http://static.flickr.com/40/86728762_9cf82628d5.jpg

Jan in CA
01-15-2006, 02:48 AM
Congratulations! It's beautiful!

DotMom61
01-15-2006, 03:04 AM
Thanks, Jan! I feel like I've been set free!!

Vendie
01-15-2006, 09:27 AM
YAY for you Julie!!!!! :cheering:

and it looks beautiful!

Lana
01-15-2006, 09:33 AM
WOW! Is that pretty. :thumbsup:
The pattern in the colors looks like calming flowing water. IMO

When ya get the strength, I'd love to see an airial picture.
Standing on a chair should be high enough. :shifty:
But be really careful. :fingerwag:

KellyK
01-15-2006, 10:29 AM
Jul!!!! It's GAWGEOUS!!!!!! :inlove:

(as opposed to "unique" or "iiinteresting") :lol:

Ingrid
01-15-2006, 10:40 AM
:cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

WOO HOO!!! A billion stitches and months of work!! I can see why you feel set free.

It is a masterpiece!!!!

dustinac
01-15-2006, 10:49 AM
:happydance: its beautiful great job!!! :thumbsup:

nanonette
01-15-2006, 10:52 AM
Absolutely beautiful!!! Yey, you!!! :happydance:

DotMom61
01-15-2006, 11:42 AM
Wow ... thanks guys. It's one of those things that has been driving me nuts, and so I'm having trouble seeing the beauty in it. Perhaps I'll have DH take a picture of me wearing it later. I have to send it off to Mom in the next day or so.

Last night after I finished it, I was thinking that maybe I could start the sweater KAL now, but I think I'm going to stick w/ things that can be done in a day or two ... but that Sitcom Chic sweater ... I don't know ... I may have to start it.

Lisa1216
01-15-2006, 12:07 PM
Very, very pretty. You did an awesome job! :thumbsup:

Mer
01-15-2006, 01:00 PM
Congrats! And this was done with laceweight yarn, right? That's amazing!

margie
01-15-2006, 01:54 PM
WOW- that is amazing!! It reminds me of a spin-art painting. Great job!

mozgur
01-15-2006, 02:03 PM
Such a nice job - it looks awesome!! :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

I also have to admit after seeing your previous posts and the picture of the shawl, I could not resist and ordered some yarn from knitpicks to do it myself! I hope you would help if I get stuck on the instructions...but I promise, I will give you some time to breathe before I ask anything, guessing you would not want to deal with it for some time! ;)

I would love to see a picture of you wearing it, too! I hope your DH can help you for this.....and your mom will be so happy!! :happydance:

Amber
01-15-2006, 04:09 PM
Yay for you! It's beautiful!!

Jeep_Girl
01-15-2006, 04:21 PM
Oh Julie :heart: :heart: It is really pretty!!!

Rennagayle
01-15-2006, 04:24 PM
Ooh, your mom will be greatly blessed by it; it's soooo pretty. :D

Julie
01-15-2006, 06:56 PM
WOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!

Way to go! SO happy for you, and it's beeeee-yootiful! :inlove:

Danielle
01-15-2006, 07:09 PM
:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:
Great job!! Love the colors!! :thumbsup:

DotMom61
01-15-2006, 07:40 PM
Thank you all SO MUCH!! Such nice comments!

I had DS take a pic of it for me today, and I have to admit, after having it on I'm really liking it a whole lot better. This yarn is really lightweight, but it's SO warm!!! I think I've lost my mind!

So ... here it is:

http://static.flickr.com/39/87087086_e1ccca5ab6.jpg

Ingrid
01-15-2006, 07:51 PM
You should send a picture of that to www.schoolhousepress.com . I'm sure there aren't many people who've had the tenacity to finish that one!

DotMom61
01-15-2006, 07:51 PM
Such a nice job - it looks awesome!! :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

I also have to admit after seeing your previous posts and the picture of the shawl, I could not resist and ordered some yarn from knitpicks to do it myself! I hope you would help if I get stuck on the instructions...but I promise, I will give you some time to breathe before I ask anything, guessing you would not want to deal with it for some time! ;)

I would love to see a picture of you wearing it, too! I hope your DH can help you for this.....and your mom will be so happy!! :happydance:

Now, this I find amazing considering how much I complained about it! :lol:

I would be happy to help you out with it. The first bit of advice I have is to use some very long bamboo circular needles, and see if you can find some with a relatively pointy tip. Also, you might want to do a few swatches to see what needle size you prefer. I used a size 6, but it will go MUCH quicker and more painlessly, I think, if you use something bigger -- maybe even as big as a 9. See if you like the fabric that results from that. I'd be interested to see how it turns out.

Finally, don't be afraid of the Sawtooth Border that EZ suggests -- it works fine w/ the lace-weight yarn, even though I thought it wouldn't hold the shape. There are a couple of changes in the instructions in the book, though. (Row 14: YF after you slip 2; Row 17: DON'T TURN!)

Wait -- a couple more things -- I had an entire hank of yarn left over, and if you're fairly new at this, I would highly recommend knitting a very small "test" shawl in order to work through EZ's instructions. If you are not a seasoned knitter, not everything she says is intuitive. Oh, yes, and after a while, you'll want to K2tog either before or after the side increases; otherwise it just keeps getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger!!

And, mostly, GOOD LUCK!!! What color yarn did you get?

DotMom61
01-15-2006, 07:52 PM
You should send a picture of that to www.schoolhousepress.com . I'm sure there aren't many people who've had the tenacity to finish that one!

That's a good idea, Ingrid!! I'll look into doing that.

Lana
01-15-2006, 09:17 PM
That is AWESOME!!!

DotMom61
01-15-2006, 09:31 PM
Thanks, Lana! :D

BTW ... I love your signature!!

Yvonne
01-15-2006, 10:01 PM
Wow, you did a fantastic job with that. I admire you; I started that shawl once and got sick of it by the time I got to about the level of the shoulder blades! :rollseyes:
You had mentioned before you didn't love the Shimmer yarn. Did you get to like it better? I really love that yarn. Amazing just how far one hank of it goes, isn't it?

VickiIL
01-16-2006, 11:16 AM
Julie,

That is beautiful! Wow there are just no words! :inlove:

mintdee
01-16-2006, 11:31 AM
:shock: :inlove: That is sooooo pretty

Congrats on finishing that! :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

mozgur
01-16-2006, 11:35 AM
Now, this I find amazing considering how much I complained about it! :lol: I knew it would be challenging, but I admired how you kept going at it and did not give up! :sunny: ...and look at the result; it is just sooo beautiful! :inlove:


I would be happy to help you out with it. The first bit of advice I have is to use some very long bamboo circular needles, and see if you can find some with a relatively pointy tip. Also, you might want to do a few swatches to see what needle size you prefer. I used a size 6, but it will go MUCH quicker and more painlessly, I think, if you use something bigger -- maybe even as big as a 9. See if you like the fabric that results from that. I'd be interested to see how it turns out. I just tried that yesterday! I tried it with size 4, 6, 8 and 10 1/2 needles, and even though I started with size 8, somehow I did not feel like I was comfortable with the fabric, and restarted again with size 6!!! Now, hearing you say this, maybe I should reconsider... :thinking: On the circulars, I had a 29" long bamboo one, and the needle part felt longer than it should have been, so I was thinking to get a 24" one?...and I know bamboo is really nice, but I am not sure if they do pointy enough needles with bamboo; I will try to find one...


Finally, don't be afraid of the Sawtooth Border that EZ suggests -- it works fine w/ the lace-weight yarn, even though I thought it wouldn't hold the shape. There are a couple of changes in the instructions in the book, though. (Row 14: YF after you slip 2; Row 17: DON'T TURN!) I made a sample, and I should have taken a picture to double check with you. I realized the mistake at row 17, but probably skipped the row 14 - thank you!!! The question is, I think I got the idea, but the two I-cord sides of the triangle did not really seemed symmetrical, I think I am not sure where to pick up the stitches on the left I-cord side. Is it from the middle of the very left 2 stitches?? :??


Wait -- a couple more things -- I had an entire hank of yarn left over, and if you're fairly new at this, I would highly recommend knitting a very small "test" shawl in order to work through EZ's instructions. If you are not a seasoned knitter, not everything she says is intuitive. Oh, yes, and after a while, you'll want to K2tog either before or after the side increases; otherwise it just keeps getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger!! Being as impatient as I was, I ordered the whole 4 skeins of the yarn they recommended at knitpicks....I got the Shimmer yarn, color Maple Leaf...Just arrived on Saturday, and it really looks very delicate. :heart: If I have left over yarn too, maybe we can start a lace scarf on the knit-alongs together, and use it that way!? :figureditout:


And, mostly, GOOD LUCK!!! What color yarn did you get?

Thank you!!! I will do my best :XX: and I hope one day I can take a picture to show it to you! :pray:

kemp
01-16-2006, 01:13 PM
So pretty!

Silver
01-16-2006, 01:33 PM
Congratulations!!! :cheering:

DotMom61
01-16-2006, 05:52 PM
Thanks, Kemp & Silver!

Kemp ... that's a pretty wacky new avatar you have there. 8-)

BonnieM
01-16-2006, 06:26 PM
A true labor of love and a beautiful work of art. Sorry if I missed this, but what yarn did you use?

Angelia
01-16-2006, 06:30 PM
Oh, Julie, that's gorgeous!! :inlove: :inlove:

:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

Andrea
01-16-2006, 06:49 PM
.Mom,

You look like a beautiful butterfly in that picture!! That is stunning! Good job, you must be very proud!!! :heart: :heart: :inlove: :inlove:

DotMom61
01-16-2006, 07:31 PM
:blush: Thanks, Andrea ... and everyone else, too.

And the yarn is Shimmer (http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/yarn_display.aspx?itemid=5420112) from Knitpicks.com

Mozgur -- I still need to read through your post again before I reply, and right now I have to focus on dinner. Sheesh ... what's more important? Eating or knitting? :?? I guess it depends on who you ask. ;)

DotMom61
01-16-2006, 07:55 PM
I knew it would be challenging, but I admired how you kept going at it and did not give up! :sunny: ...and look at the result; it is just sooo beautiful! :inlove:

Well, thank you so very much for that comment!! It made me go like this: :D And I really have to give a LOT of credit to dear Ingrid!! If I hadn't had all her help w/ the border waaaaay back in July, I would never have gotten through this stupid thing. (Thank you, Ingy! :waving:)

I just tried that yesterday! I tried it with size 4, 6, 8 and 10 1/2 needles, and even though I started with size 8, somehow I did not feel like I was comfortable with the fabric, and restarted again with size 6!!! Now, hearing you say this, maybe I should reconsider... :thinking: On the circulars, I had a 29" long bamboo one, and the needle part felt longer than it should have been, so I was thinking to get a 24" one?...and I know bamboo is really nice, but I am not sure if they do pointy enough needles with bamboo; I will try to find one...

Yes, that's the drawback w/ the bamboos.

Oops :shock: I just went and looked @ the bamboo circulars I was using for this, and they were size 5, not 6. Sorry 'bout that. Anyway, they were 35" long, and that was a *very* comfortable length once I got to the point where there were 500+ stitches on the needles. You may want to work your way up to that length, though. I have a set of Needlemasters, and I started on the longest cable in that set and eventually switched to the really long ones when the stitches kept falling off of the other ones.

Also, if you're already comfortable working w/ laceweight yarn (which I wasn't), metal needles might be just fine for you.

I made a sample, and I should have taken a picture to double check with you. I realized the mistake at row 17, but probably skipped the row 14 - thank you!!! The question is, I think I got the idea, but the two I-cord sides of the triangle did not really seemed symmetrical, I think I am not sure where to pick up the stitches on the left I-cord side. Is it from the middle of the very left 2 stitches?? :??

Well, I'm sure I didn't pick up the stitches correctly. Ingrid is the expert on this part, but here's what I did:

First, I took the left needle and picked up a thread from the actual selvedge stitch on the left side of the triangle -- it's not really all that imporant *which* thread you pick up. Eventually, it dawned on me that I didn't even need to do this. Instead, when I got to the point where I knit 2, slipped 1, and then needed one of the selvedge stitches, I just picked it up *through* the selvedge stitch as you normally would, and then knit it. I found that it wasn't even all that important to have exactly 8 repetitions of this i-cord on the left side of the triangle. Just work your way down the left side and when you get into one or 2 stitches on the actual shawl edge, you can start the new point.


Being as impatient as I was, I ordered the whole 4 skeins of the yarn they recommended at knitpicks....I got the Shimmer yarn, color Maple Leaf...Just arrived on Saturday, and it really looks very delicate. :heart: If I have left over yarn too, maybe we can start a lace scarf on the knit-alongs together, and use it that way!? :figureditout:

Oooo ... that sounds like a good idea. I really like the yarn, and I'm not as afraid of it now as I was when I first saw it. :lol: I think the Maple Leaf is going to be *beautiful*!

Thank you!!! I will do my best :XX: and I hope one day I can take a picture to show it to you! :pray:

I'm *sure* you will!! It's not really all that bad, I guess. I just got really tired of it, and there were a bunch of other things I wanted to knit. I also think this would be a fun project to do in a bulkier yarn. I think you could finish it in relatively little time using a worsted weight. Plus, you can always add in a lace pattern in the center section, too, and that would make it a much more interesting project to knit. If I had been a little more confident with I started the shawl, I definitely would have done a lace pattern.

Keep us posted on your progress!! I can't wait to see it!

mozgur
01-17-2006, 01:22 PM
Hi DotMom,

I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to reply to my questions in detail!! THANK YOU! :D

I am continuing with the project, and this is my first time to knit with the lace yarn so I am still adjusting! I will consider adding a lace work, even though it sounds a little scary at this point.

I will definitely keep you posted on the progress. :XX:

VictoiseC
01-17-2006, 02:16 PM
Oh my gosh! I love it! It's a work of art all right. Those are my kind of colors too. That mustve taken forever. Congrats!
You've inspired me to try something BIGGER AND BETTER! ha

DotMom61
01-17-2006, 02:36 PM
Mozgur -- You are *very* welcome! I decided it would be best to put down what I remember now while it's still fresh in my mind. ;-) And, I agree, the lace thing is scary on a pattern like this -- especially because you are going to be increasing regularly. It would be hard to figure out the repeats. I'll leave that for the experts!

Vic -- don't get all carried away. Do something modular!! This took me nearly 6 mos. Seriously, if you use a bigger gauge yarn, it's not too terrible and starts building up really quickly. With the lace-weight yarn, it's really hard to notice progress for a while.