Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Still working on the KISS Pi Shawl

Alwen inspires me with pictures of her half-Pi shawl. She's almost done, and I know how good that feels! I spread out my KISS Pi shawl this morning. I've finished the 30th repeat of my edging, and have only 6 more to go. I'm excited to think I could be done in a week.

I remembered to take a picture with a yardstick, and I'm delighted to see my shawl measures 28" from the center to the edge. It's not the biggest shawl, but it should be big enough for me.

I weighed my skein, and have about 10 grams left. I should make it to the end of my edging without any problems. Whew. I am very pleased with the way the lace patterns look together, and wouldn't hesitate to do another. I might use a size 6 needle instead of size 5, just to open it up a bit.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

KISS Me! I'm 2/3 done!

I'm just starting the 24th repeat, and with 36 to go, that makes me 2/3 done! While the puppy napped, I spread the shawl out on the floor, and snapped this picture. I wanted to see how my patterns looked all together. I forgot to measure it while it was spread out, but unblocked, the shawl measures 28" from the center to the point of the edge. I've got 3 other projects calling my name, socks, a bobbin lace bookmark, and another circular blanket/afghan.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Edging Chart for KISS Pi Shawl

I got a request for a chart of the edging I'm using on my KISS PI shawl. My edging has been adapted from several sources, so it's not my original, but a variant. I found a Diamond Edging that I liked, and I also liked parts of The Granton edging. Finally, I found an edging used on the Cap Shawl in Victorian Lace Today (p.28), and changed the row count, added some yos at the edge, and liked what my sample looked like. If you don't like my edging, try Knitting-and.com for a nice selection of knitted lace edgings.

The KISS Pi edging starts by knitting on 15 stitches, the odd rows are knit, the even rows are purl. I start each purl row with yo, purl two together and end by purling the last stitch together with one from the shawl. I start each knit row by slipping the first stitch, and end by knitting into the back of the very last stitch.
All my decreases are either Knit 2 together or Purl 2 together. I didn't want to bother with SSK, so that is what you see in my pictures.
If you need help in knitting on a lace edge, I suggest you get any knitted lace book from the library. I had a little trouble getting started, but finally gritted my teeth and abandoned my indecision.
I have 15 repeats done now, almost half!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Another Update on the Kiss Pi Shawl

I've finished 8 repeats of the edging, by my calculations that is 1/4 done. I weighed my skein, and it is *just* 38 grams. I think I will be cutting it close on the yardage. I have a small swatch that I could unravel in an emergency, but I've made at least 3 swatches with that yarn and it's pretty tired. I am forging ahead, however, and try to knit 1 repeat every day while the puppy naps. As I knit the edging, I am actually binding off, and it opens up the shawl. My crumpled brown bag is slowly opening up, and I spread it out just to enjoy how it looks.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Edging for my KISS PI Shawl

I finally settled on an edging for my KISS PI shawl. I think this picture shows the subtle variegation in this yarn. This is not the simplest edging I could find, but it is the one I liked. As you can see, I have finished 2 repeats. I check my chart and make a tally mark for each row so I know where I am. Perhaps after another 15 or 20 repeats I'll be able to leave the chart behind. With our new puppy in the house, I can only knit a few rows at a time, so it may be quite awhile before I get into the rhythmn of this edging. I really wanted to have it done by now, but I just can't set aside the same amount of knitting time as I used to.

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