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callmesusan
11-04-2006, 08:05 PM
Yay!!!! I stayed the course with my ugly yarn and Swallowtail, and it turned out fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm going to wear it to dinner tonight :happydance:

susanc
11-04-2006, 08:15 PM
It's gorgeous! :cheering: It looks beautiful on you. Good job! :cheering: Was the pattern hard? I've never tried lace before but want to try something easy the first time. I love the yarn you used!

callmesusan
11-04-2006, 08:24 PM
This is the second lace project I have done. The first was Branching Out. I can't say it was hard, but I did have to unknit--a few times! The alpaca (one of my favorite yarns) was hairy, and the fibers stuck too much, making it frustrating to go back to fix mis-stitches.

I had a great time knitting it. I wouldn't say it was hard and I do recommend the pattern. I used a sock yarn and #7 needles, which made it turn out bigger than the pattern suggests. I like it that way!

susanc
11-04-2006, 08:30 PM
Wow! It's absolutely beautiful. It looks so pretty on both you and your daughter.

The trees on your street are really pretty ~ they're changing colors a little bit like ours do here. Not like back East, but we do have some beautiful colors here in So. Cal.!

I will have to try lace knitting and start on something easy.

Andrea
11-04-2006, 09:24 PM
:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

It's beautiful!!! Great job!! :cheering:

losnana
11-04-2006, 09:47 PM
Will you explain about blocking the points? It looks like you basted them to the sheet or whatever it is on.

juneko74
11-04-2006, 10:50 PM
UGLY??? Oh my lord!! It's BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

WOW, hopefully one day I can make something like them!

Ingrid
11-04-2006, 10:54 PM
That turned out gorgeous!! :cheering:

Sooze
11-04-2006, 11:54 PM
Ohh that COLOR! the detail! You had better have it insured. It is absolutely the most beautiful thing I have seen lately! Awestruck! Fabulous!

Amber
11-05-2006, 12:00 AM
:inlove: Oh my gosh, that yarn is anything but ugly -- and the shawl is absolutely gorgeous!

callmesusan
11-05-2006, 12:05 AM
About the blocking:

I threaded a yarn through each point (one continuous yarn) starting at one corner, down to the point, and up to the opposite corner. I left a bit of yarn hanging out each end to sevure later in the process.

Then, I pinned the upper edge really well (right through my bed covers!) After that, I pinned the middle (bottom) point so that the middle spine was straight.

Finally, I secured the corners where I left the yarn hanging out and pulled/pinned the side yarn (strung through the points) a few times until it looked good. I think you can see from the closeup blocking photo that I didn't have to pin many times on the sides.

callmesusan
11-05-2006, 12:10 AM
One more tip for blocking that I stumbled upon: I have an old towel that has a stripe texture. I love it for blocking, because I just line up the edges on the stripes and they turn out perfectly straight and even without a single measurement!!

Jan in CA
11-05-2006, 12:11 AM
How beautiful! :cheering:

Lieke
11-05-2006, 03:01 AM
that looks absolutely great :heart:

Pink Dandelion
11-05-2006, 06:03 AM
I love it when something turns out better than expected!! :cheering:

Your shawl is just lovely :inlove:

mwedzi
11-05-2006, 10:11 AM
It looks beautiful and I love the yarn colors. How much sock yarn did it take?

rebecca
11-05-2006, 12:11 PM
It is GORGEOUS! I love it, love the colorway, it's stunning :cheering:

ae
11-05-2006, 09:08 PM
that is absolutely stunning!! :heart: (and clever blocking tips)

aineepooh1
11-05-2006, 10:16 PM
Absolutely LOVELY!!! :inlove:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
11-05-2006, 11:09 PM
:inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove:

STUNNING!!!!!

callmesusan
11-05-2006, 11:29 PM
My hank was 650 yards and I have a teeny-weeny bit left. I used #7 needles with this yarn.

A couple of tips I learned from others who went before me:

When you get to the nupps, knit them looser than you ever thought humanly possible. Also, I read that the AddiTurbos are too slippery when you get to this point. So, I switched to Bryspun, which have pointy ends for purling the 5 stitches together. Until I got the hang of LOOSE, I had to cram a #1dpn into the five stitches and then hop them onto the #7s.

Good luck to anyone who makes this shawl. This was my second lace project with Branching Out as my first. I say go for it; it was fun.

NYcarrie
11-06-2006, 12:09 AM
Gorgeous. What is the name of that yarn?

ebrperk
11-06-2006, 01:23 PM
Very beautiful. It looks great. Did you make it for yourself?

hapagirl
11-06-2006, 04:30 PM
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :muah: