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HamaLee
05-13-2007, 08:43 PM
Great googely moogely! This thing is finally done! I started Eunny Jang's Print O The Wave stole ages ago for my mom. It's my first ever lace project. I knit it in Knit One, Crochet Too "Ambrosia." It's 70% baby alpaca, 20% silk, 10% cashmere. It took multiple feats of strength to knit this instead of just smooshing the balls all over my face :teehee: .

It was a bit tedious to knit in parts, and I did not add on the border. Instead I did a few rows of garter stitch on each end. I was running short on time and frankly, I was sick of looking at the darn thing. I think it looks fine without the border though, and it's huge!

It is riddled with mistakes and this was my first time blocking something that really needed to be blocked. I am not yet very detail oriented when it comes to my knitting. I'm not so good at it and I find that it frustrates me. So for my sanity, at this point I often have slap-dashed finishing. Regardless, I'm still quited pleased with myself and I think it came out rather lovely! :eyebrow:

I gave it to my mom for Mother's Day today and I think she actually liked it, so I'm happy.

Here's a side by side comparison of it pre-blocking, and then laid out drying. How cool is the lace blocking process?!?!
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/213/497077077_190e8daccc_m.jpghttp://farm1.static.flickr.com/214/497077115_ef86ac7536_m.jpg

Close up of the waves:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/231/497077201_a374662297.jpg

Some pics of the drape:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/194/497080001_eaeac71813.jpg
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/230/497080003_eff8721324.jpg

(Oy, I need a better camera for close-ups!)

And finally, here it is nestled in the box with the label. Ready for wrapping:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/212/497080005_156e3f7662.jpg

Quiltlady
05-13-2007, 08:52 PM
You did a wonderful job on that. It looks so beautiful. I Love it. :happydance:

Jan in CA
05-13-2007, 09:34 PM
:passedout: That is gorgeous!

psammeadred
05-13-2007, 11:09 PM
Amazing! How was it for a first lace project? I'm thinking about this for my Malabrigo laceweight.

HamaLee
05-13-2007, 11:21 PM
Thanks!

Amazing! How was it for a first lace project? I'm thinking about this for my Malabrigo laceweight.

It was fine for me. The two center panels are easy and while I never comfortably memorized the chart, I came close. So I always had it out, but by the end I was able to "read" the knitting and mostly know what stitches I should be doing.

I can't tell you about the edging though, since I didn't do it. I briefly read through the directions for the edging a few times, and they didn't make total sense to me. But if it's tricky, I'm positive you'd get plenty of help here. :thumbsup:

Oh...and Malabrigo Laceweight???? :passedout:

auburnchick
05-13-2007, 11:22 PM
:passedout:

That is BEAUTIFUL!!!! You did a nice job with the blocking too! What did you block it on??

I'm so glad you stuck it out. Lots of learning along the way, I'm sure...but I'll bet your mom just loves it!!

HamaLee
05-13-2007, 11:34 PM
You did a nice job with the blocking too! What did you block it on??

Ooh that was fun, I finally got to use that board! I found it at one of my larger LYSes awhile ago. It's just fold-up cardboard and it's gridded by inches, also has centimeter measurements and then in variously angled arcs for shawls and stuff. It's awesome! So easy to measure things out and pin them to even dimensions. When it's folded out it measures 36inches by 68inches. And folded up it's about 36x12 (easy storage!)

I wrapped the entire board in Saran Wrap before I pinned anything to it so the cardboard doesn't get soggy. I think it'll last quite awhile and it only cost about 15 bucks! (Plus I bought it with a 25% off coupon, so even cheaper :eyebrow:)

Ronda
05-14-2007, 06:53 AM
Beautiful!

sara_jayne
05-14-2007, 10:02 AM
FABULOUS! :cheering: :notworthy: :cheering:

This shawl is on my to knit list - such a fabulous pattern!

Redlesley
05-14-2007, 10:33 AM
I would pay good money for that in the shops - gorgeous work!
:cheering:

mwedzi
05-14-2007, 11:08 AM
Oh, wow, that is so beautiful. It looks like a very intimidating project to me. Is it lace knitting on both RS and WS?

Mariblue
05-14-2007, 01:22 PM
That is beautiful! :inlove:

HamaLee
05-14-2007, 02:01 PM
Thanks everyone!

Oh, wow, that is so beautiful. It looks like a very intimidating project to me. Is it lace knitting on both RS and WS?

Nope, the lacework is only in the right side. Wrong side always purls back--which was nice, I might have gone insane if I had to keep track of YOs K2Togs and SSKs on both sides

For this yarn I like the lacework on one side...it's still nice and open, but a sturdy fabric. Eunny's pattern, of course, is fabulous with great directions and her whole Majoring in Lace series.

SimplyKaar
05-14-2007, 05:10 PM
wow! :inlove:

*runs to put that in her patterns folder*

It is absolutely gorgeous! I'm looking for a pattern that won't take years to make for my neighbour; she's been extremely helpful in the 2 years that I've lived here and before that, for years in taking care of my granny so she deserves something awsome to say thank you with :).
This just might be it! :cheering: