Knitting, Dogs and Life on the High Plains

Saturday, January 28, 2006
Not Loving It

That would be the Aran Weight Victorian Lace Shawl from Elann that I'm referring to.

I am thru the English Mesh Lace and have one complete repeat of the Horseshoe Lace done and I have to say I'm not loving it.

I am now trying to decide if I'm going to keep going or not.

Felicia made a good choice in making hers out of only the Horseshoe Lace. Why do I say that (aside from the fact that the finished shawl is gorgeous)?

Basically, this is three lace patterns pulled out of a stitch dictionary and slapped together with little to no regard to the transition between them. The English Mesh Lace has several strong vertical lines which appear every 6 stitches. The Horseshoe Lace also has strong vertical lines which appear every 10 stitches. Do you see where this is going?

Because of the difference in the pattern repeats they don't line up. Then throw in the Vine lace and you have another pattern that just does it's own thing without regard to the pattern preceding it.

There are so may beautiful, well thought out patterns that incorporate multiple lace designs that transition beautifully from one to another, why do I want to spend so much time knitting one that doesn't have those lovely transitions? I could just have easily have opened any one of the 7 or so stitch dictionaries I have, and slapped together three lace patterns I like. Which is what I may just do, nly with a little more thought so that they "go better" together.

Don't get me wrong, the finished shawl is still very pretty and most people are not going to be as judgmental as I'm being. But I've knit enough lace at this point and have collected so many truly well thought out patterns that I'm not sure *I* will be satisfied with the final product.

Oh My. Four posts in one week. That's gotta be a record!


Anne at 7:06 AM        
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30. Fletcher
Noro Transitions


29. Rosedale
Patons SWS


28. Forecast
Cascade Quatro


27. Lady Eleanor (again)
Patons SWS


26. Marble Shawl Collar Sweater
Karabella Marble


25. Serrano
Dale Baby Ull


24. Tamarah
Artyarns Regal Silk, Silk Mohair


23. Apricot(Plum) Jacket
DB Cashmerino Chunky


22. Rusted Root
BS Cotton Fleece


21. Not So Shrunken Cardigan
Lavold Sily Wool


20. Sizzle
Nashua Kim


19. Hanging Garden Stole
KP Alpaca Cloud


18. Log Cabin Blanket
Cascade Pima Tencel


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Crazy Monkey Lace



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Opal Petticoat


15. CeCe
Lambspun Silk



14. Hyrna Herborgar
Silk for Life



13. Sea Foam Shawl
LaLana Phat Silk


12. Diamond Fantasy Shawl
CTH Possum Lace



11. Evergreen Cardi
Malabrigo


10. Mystery Shawl 3
Zephyr



9. Jaywalkers
LL Shepherd Sock



8. Pi @ Sunrise Shawl
Crazy Monkey Lace



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BS Naturespun Worsted


6. Peacock Feathers
HaindPaintedYarn.com lace


5. Kiri Shawl
Rowan Kidsilk Haze



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Starmore Campion


3. Highland Triangle Shawl
America's Alpaca


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Misti Alpaca Lace


1. Total Maze Cardigan
Araucania Nature Wool




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3/9 - Neopolitan Socks
3/18 - Summer Scallop Socks
3/30 - Spectrum: Red & Pink
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4/15 - Violets by the River
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5/6 - Felted B-4 Bag
6/15 - Pomatomus Socks
7/1 - Snapdragon Socks
9/11 - Simple Knitted Bodice
9/13 - White,Biscuit,Cream Shawl
9/14 - Something Lilac
10/4 - Cabbage Rose Socks
10/29 - Neck Warmer
11/15 - Lady Eleanor

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2/12 - Wool Peddler's Shawl
3/21 - Fir Cone Square Shawl
3/25 - Misty Garden Scarf
4/7 - Obi
4/30 - Truly Tasha's Shawl
5/19 - Ivy
6/19 - Tasha II Shawl
7/13 - Cherry Blossom Shawl
7/26 - Mom's Birthday Shawl
8/9 - Birch Shawl
8/28 - Mystery Shawl
10/4 - Herbal Remedy
10/5 - Rosy Fingered Dawn
11/18 - Mystery Shawl 2
12/6 - Ostrich Plumes Triangle
12/26 - In The Dark Socks
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