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Old 05-17-2008, 08:32 AM   #61
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Come on, don't be shy. Tell us all about it. How big is it? how much yarn did you use. want to know all about it.

You did a great job Mary, Must be a wonderfull feeling to complete something that you did have a hand in designing. It looks stunning.
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:41 AM   #62
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She's 36", used size 2 needles and #10 slub cotton/rayon. I have no earthly idea how much yarn it took. I found a 2400 yard cone in my stash and the cone could probably make 3 more of them! Sorry to be so slack on the info, just really did this one to make sure the extensions would work and they did!!! I just love it and can't wait to show it to my Mom. She does gorgeous, crocheted ones and is so tickled that one of her daughters has been bitten by the "needlework bug"!
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Old 05-18-2008, 09:57 PM   #63
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Beautiful!
Mary,
That is truly beautiful! I have some questions for you. Did you knit with double points or two circulars? If you did knit with double points, do you think I could knit it with 2 circs?

Also, I don't understand what ->5 means in row 34...could you explain that to me?

I have some yarn from Knitpicks, called shimmer hand dyed lace that I have in my stash....it's 70% alpaca and 30 % silk...what size needle would I need for that....maybe a 3 or 4?

I realize I've asked a lot of questions...and I haven't even started...LOL!
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Old 05-18-2008, 10:39 PM   #64
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Merryknitter,
Thanks and to answer your questions:

That is truly beautiful! I have some questions for you. Did you knit with double points or two circulars? If you did knit with double points, do you think I could knit it with 2 circs? I started mine with dpns, then as it got larger, switched to 16", 24" and then 32" circulars. I'm sure you can do it with the two circulars but I've never used that method and you'd need to converse with someone who has or consult the videos.

Also, I don't understand what ->5 means in row 34...could you explain that to me? You will have a marker at the beginning. When you get to a round that has this, you'll remove the marker, knit the number of stitches it shows, replace the marker, then knit the round. I actually "jogs" the pattern over so that it centers properly as you progress.

I have some yarn from Knitpicks, called shimmer hand dyed lace that I have in my stash....it's 70% alpaca and 30 % silk...what size needle would I need for that....maybe a 3 or 4? A lace weight will be gorgeous in this and you may need to do a test swatch to see if these sizes will suit. I think they will and I've been eyeballing a lace weight for this myself!!! The extensions I did made mine 36" on size 2 needles with the #10 cotton... the laceweight and #3s or 4s might possibly come out to around 42" or so. You'd need to check your row guage and double it to get the diameter. I got around 14 rows per inch on the 2s with the #10 cotton.

I don't mind the questions at all! Get to knittin and enjoy! It's not really a difficult pattern... just has alot of YOs.
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Old 05-18-2008, 10:48 PM   #65
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Thanks!
Thanks so much Mary! Wow...that was fast! I have only been knitting 1 and a half years and I LOVE it! I've always wanted to knit doilies! They are so beautiful! Thanks so much for explaining row 34 to me. That's the only frustrating thing I've found in knitting...when I don't understand the pattern! LOL! But, that's the fun of it too...learning something new all the time! I've knit a lot of things and am looking forward to learning more!
Thanks again! I may have some more questions for you....if I start this! Hope you don't mind!
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Old 05-19-2008, 02:09 AM   #66
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Mary,

I just finished translating the original pattern for Egeblad from German to English. I have it in Christine Duchrow's Lace Knitting Patterns Vol III. In it, she says rounds 52-63 are the same as 64-75. You can make a smaller version of the doily by omitting 64-75 and going right into 76. When you worked on the extension, did you try repeating only that section or did things not line up right? I was wondering if it would be possible to use that logic in reverse and just extend the leafy portion further and further by repeating 64-75 until it was big enough before starting into round 76. I'm probably missing something with the increases though.

I'm working on Alita right now in Cascade 220 held double and I may have to cut it short because I'll run out of yarn. I hope I make it to a good point to stop! Then my Mom wants me to knit Egeblad for her in some Beaverslide we ordered. Now that I finished the Baby Surprise, I'm loving all of my lace knitting again!

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Old 05-19-2008, 03:17 AM   #67
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Merryknitter - at the moment I am just playing around with yarn and am using the magic loop method of knitting. and that works well. If you are not familiar with that method of knitting Amy has a video in the video section on this site.

Can't wait to see some pictures of your progress in the lace weight yarn. what will the finished Egeblad be used for?
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Mary,

I just finished translating the original pattern for Egeblad from German to English. I have it in Christine Duchrow's Lace Knitting Patterns Vol III. In it, she says rounds 52-63 are the same as 64-75. You can make a smaller version of the doily by omitting 64-75 and going right into 76. When you worked on the extension, did you try repeating only that section or did things not line up right? I was wondering if it would be possible to use that logic in reverse and just extend the leafy portion further and further by repeating 64-75 until it was big enough before starting into round 76. I'm probably missing something with the increases though. -Rebecca
When I started working on the extensions, had to make a decision to either make the leaf sections larger or double them. Rounds 52-75 don't have any increases so that's why you can eliminate them. I didn't want the leaf sections to overpower the eyes so I chose to just double them. In the long run, I prefer the original pattern but the size didn't suit my purpose. Most circular patterns that have 8 as a multiplier increase at least every 3rd or 4th round... not so for this one but except for 52-75, increased just about every other round. I think the leaf section is open enough that it doesn't create problems with the radius. The Hemlock, on the other hand, I know doesn't have enough increases as it has to be forced for blocking. All of the original patterns were done using cottons or blends so that would explain their sizing.
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Old 05-19-2008, 09:30 PM   #69
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I think I would use it for a doily in my house somewhere...I love doilies!
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Mary, your finished doily looks so nice! I really like the way you did
the extension as another section of leaves. Thank you so much for
writing it up!

Merry, I did my doily on 2 circulars and had no problems! I actually
left on the 2 circs until I was just over halfway done and then
transferred it onto one. I only had 2 80 cm needles so had to wait
until there were enough stitches that I could get in onto the one
without too much stretching.

Ok, here's my pics of the finished doily (almost, need to sew in my ends).
I did it without the extensions because I needed to get it finished and
start a couple of bday projects for some friends that I had sort of
forgotten about in all my lace knitting excitement hehe...there is just not
enough time!!

Pic with flash on-looks a bit washed out:
http://flickr.com/photos/gargoylelib/2507529047/

Pic with no flash looks better but is blurry:
http://flickr.com/photos/gargoylelib/2508356724/

As you can see, photography is not my forte hehe...
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