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Hi, everyone! Just thought I'd share about another something I'm trying. I found out last year that I really stink reading lace patterns. Yet I've got some nice Patons yarn that just asks for being knitted into a lovely scarf / wrap. As it's a little boucle-ish and makes the pattern hard to read, I didn't want to start knitting a lace scarf with it straight away. I do tend to get discouraged easily. So my wonderful husband let me by two balls of acrylic yarn last weekend so I could have a go at a pattern as a test project. I haven't done much of it so far, but what I have done has been teaching me a lot. And I'm getting more and more confident with the pattern. So all I now need to do is stay awake on the train and keep going. So maybe, just maybe I might give the pattern a go next week with the "proper" yarn. All going well, that is. At the moment, life is a bit of a tumble. Expect the unexpected and you'll have a good chance to have kind of an idea what's gonna happen, if you know what I mean.

Have a good week everyone.

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Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on February 18, 2009 at 7:57pm
You are doing something like I'm on right now. I wanted to do the Hemlock Ring Blanket for a friend, and ordered the yarn (it came in today). But, in the mean time, the pattern kept calling me, so I started it early last week in KP Suri Dream. I'm a little over half way finished with the feather and fan portion, but every four rows, you do a major increase, so it keeps growing. Right now I have 376 stitches on my needles, and it will grow to 576 before I actually finish. F&F is a typical lace pattern that I've used before, but never anything this huge.
Then, when I've finished this a a couple of other projects ON my needles, I'll start the real thing using a beautiful red yarn.
Comment by Mrs. K on February 18, 2009 at 12:38pm
Thanks for your encouraging words, Peggy. I didn't do much knitting Monday and Tuesday on the train (the shawl is my commuting project). But it was enough to get the hang of it. Basically, it's 24 rows of pattern repeated again and again until you have the proper length.
Today, I knitted all way to and from work and got the "test" shawl to a wonderful length of approximately 30 cms (didn't want to be absolutely vain and measure :)). And it starts looking real nice!
The pattern is really easy, once you get into it. And I'm writing down every time I stop which of the pattern rows comes next. That way I won't lose track (always have been extremely forgetful) and I have the peace of mind that I can always pick it back up and go on.
I'll post a picture soon enough, even if the work isn't finished yet. Also, although I did start it as a test project, I may very well finish it and use it as a snuggle wrap for home. I can then do the "real" thing as and when I like.
Have a good week!
Hugs,
Maria
Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 18, 2009 at 7:30am
Maria: I know what you mean about charts. After doing Sam the Ram, it got easier. Now I can look at / and say, right leaning dec, or K2tog, and so on. Keep at it, and it will get easier. Looking at what you've knit and knowing where you are is another matter. A fussy yarn doesn't help. What a good idea to use some practice yarn and have a go! I read an article in a knitting magazine a couple of years ago about looking at your knitting--really looking at it--before and after performing a certain procedure, such as K2tog, and then looking at it after the next row, so you know what it's supposed to look like. That has helped me a lot. Happy knitting! --Peggy

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