Thursday, March 30, 2006


Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Mountain Stream Scarf Progress

Doucuer et Soie in Cornflower Blue is the yarn I chose for Susan's Mountain Stream. The bottom border went quickly and smoothly, until time to pick up stitches and start the body of the pattern. One must be very careful and make sure to count correctly, which I, apparently, did not. It took 4 (maybe 5) tries and then frogging to start the main section...again, before I was back on track. This has nothing to do with the complexity of the pattern, it isn't hard, and it is great for a fairly novice lace knitter, a knitter who takes the time to count carefully.

Susan has written a very easy to follow pattern, one that is interesting to knit and very pretty, too. After ending the third repeat I held up the scarf to admire my work and found a boulder was in the stream and had taken the water off course! To make matters worse, it was on row 3 of the third repeat. The process includes ALL that is knitting. The stream met the frog pond and now, a day later, is back on track... not back where it was, however...sigh.

My MPS progress so far...

Yesterday I finished the second repeat of Chart 1 and started the third repeat.

I'm having a LOT of fun knitting this!!

Monday, March 27, 2006

i've started but...

well, i've started susan's mountain stream scarf in some knitpicks alpaca cloud in midnight (which is a bluish black). it's about my 4th attempt at the pattern and it's not susan's fault. i just can't decide which size needle i want to use. i've tried the 4 mm but thought that i wanted the knit to be a little tighter; so tried the 3.75 mm (in denise, silverado, plastic, bamboo circulars, straights and anything else i could find) but think that the scarf will now be too narrow. sigh! this is the first time i've knit with alpaca and i can't get use to the unboinginess of the yarn. will this yarn block out like wool or should i cut my losses and try again with some merino?

susan, i know you mentioned that you were going to rechart this with a wider center panel. oh, please do! i still want to eventually use the alpaca with my 3.75 mm needles.

It is Finished!!!

I finished and blocking the scarf last night. Here she is amongst the lantana.
Close up of the end.
On me.......I knitted 18 repeats instead of 14 to make it a wee bit longer. I think it will fit my Mom great!

whoa tired woman

i couldn't knit a stitch on Mountain Stream yesterday. too tired, poor me. i really really really want to finish this one so i can start the new one on the first. but there is a question. should i use the beautiful Kid Silk Haze i won from that nice lady on Zeneedle, lucky me, or buy the lovely burgundy Docier at my LYS?
i just don't know. i'll post a pix of mine later tonight, i'm off work early today.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Knitting Right Along

Hello Everyone!

I'm Vera, and I won a copy of the Mt. Stream Scarf pattern from Susan. I haven't done much lacework, but this scarf is so lovely, and I need a challenge.

Here's what I have so far.

I've completed four body repeats on the scarf. I did have to frog back several rows to correct a mistake, and while the correction is not perfect (I actually corrected the mistake, but while tinking, dropped a couple of stitches, and didn't fix it right), I can live with it.

I'm using Knit Picks Shadow in the Oregon Coast colorway. I had started the scarf with Crystal Place Kid Merino, but the yarn kept clumping up around the nylon string, and that annoyed me, so while it was pretty, I gave up after one body repeat.

I'm starting to feel comfortable with the pattern now. I wish I has more "lace sense" to see more quickly when I make a mistake, but I know when the boarders begin and end, and I keep close count.

My goal is to do at least two more repeats today.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

started knitting

I ordered my yarn from knitpicks. color sunset. And I've started knitting, also done some frogging. I finally took my friends advice, and every so often put in a life line.
Usually it doesn't take me long to get the hang of a pattern. Maybe because this one has increases and decreases on the reverse side, I find that I have to constantly refer to the chart. Which is a bummer, cuz I was planning on knitting this the whole 20 hours it takes to get from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv.

got my yarn!!!

I just got my yarn in the mail! I got the alpine pearl and the Saphire Purple from The colors are soooo pretty! The greens on the saphire purle are almost a lime green. I'm going to knit up a swatch in each and see which I prefer. I think I'm going to go buy a digital camera today so I can share! Wheeeee!!!! I'm soooo happy!!


Friday, March 24, 2006

Mountain Peaks Shawl - Update

Hello all!

Last I posted I was waiting for my yarn order from Knit Picks and couldn't remember what color of Shadow I ordered. It did arrive. I ordered Grape Jelly - and hated it the minute I saw it.

Good news is that I found a yarn I love and I've started knitting.

I'm using Elsebeth Lavold's Hempathy in Cool Blue. It's DK weight - 41% Cotton, 34% Hemp, 25% Modal.

I've knit through Chart 1 once. I hit a bit of a snag when I started - or attempted to start - the second repeat because I was knitting from a black and white copy of the pattern and couldn't tell where the repeat area was. My downloaded pattern was on my work computer but I was off work until today.

Miriam came to the rescue via email (Thank you SO MUCH Miriam!) and now I'm several rows into the second repeat and moving along nicely. I hope to post a picture soon - even though I know, at this stage, lace isn't much to look at.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Another Newbie to the Group

My name is Sarah and I have been knitting for almost 20 years. I really enjoy lace. It is so satisfying to see it "open up" when you block it.

I am making this scarf for my Mom for her birthday. She lives in Minnesota.

The photo at left shows about 13 repeats of the scarf. I have 440 yards of Misti Alpaca yarn so I think I will keep knitting repeats until I am almost out of yarn.

I did try to start this scarf in mohair but mohair and I do not get along very well in lace knitting!

Looking forward to seeing everyones progress!!!!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Pattern Received

I have received the pattern and am ready for action! I have Helen's Lace in the Purple Iris Colourway and am going to try and wind a centrepull ball using a paper towel roll. I have lost the printed instructions for this but will "wing it" and see how it goes. I have been out of commission for over a week and forget-is there a start-by date? Also, did I see mention somewhere about a special way of printing the pattern? I am not a fast knitter, just a plodder who gets the job done. Eventually.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

ready to go!

finally got the pattern and some pretty cranberry merino. the pattern looks like a lot of fun!

Monday, March 20, 2006

New member and question for lace knitters...

Hello all! I've joined the KAL because I would like to make the Mountain Stream Scarf as a table runner for a wedding gift. Any yarn suggestions? I'm not a very experienced lace knitter and I've never made a table runner! Someone suggested Louet's Euroflax Linen and someone else suggested Rowan's Cotton Glace. Any thoughts?

Another lace novice

Hello all,

I just finished my first lace project, Susan's Branching Out scarf done in Noro Cash Iroha. Thank you Susan for the pattern, the clear instructions and the encouraging words that a beginner could knit this. At first, I was frustrated; every time I finished a row with the right number of stitches on the needle was cause for celebration. As the process became more understandable, the knitting more intuitive, I realised I loved this sort of knitting and wanted to try something lacier. When Susan commented that her Mountain Stream Scarf was really just a step up from Branching Out, I decided to join my first knit-along.

I went to a LYS for some KidSilk Haze, but instead they stock Douceur et Soie, which they assured me was virtually the same thing. However, Kidsilk skeins are 230 yards, Douceur et Soie are 225 yards. And the Mountain Stream Scarf directions say you will barely squeak by with one skein of KidSilk. I ended up purchasing a skein of the Douceur et Soie for another project, which I worked on all weekend. I have perhaps 5 or so yards left, so perhaps I will get back to LYS and get another skein, and start getting lacy.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

not really a pattern for the bus

dang! as easy as the Mountain Stream is i've frogged as much as i've put in. i'll sit on the couch with it for a while today.
anybody have some insight or thoughts about how blocking will affect ...effect? 50/50 mohair acrylic?
no, i didn't swatch...don't laugh at me.
marie in florida

Friday, March 17, 2006


Well, I just ordered my yarn for the Mountain Peaks Shawl - I chose the Oregon Coast color. This may or may not be a Christmas gift, so I decided to go with nice, neutral shades. And the warm browns and creams in that colorway remind me of the Smokies - the only mountains I've ever lived close to. They hold a special place in my heart.

Hopefully, my yarn will be here by April 1st, and I can start on time. Between going to school and working all day, I need to make every knitting moment count!

HI Everyone!

My name is Janine ( I am also known as Guernseygal) I have signed up to knit both patterns and I am busy choosing my yarn.
I bought Mim's pattern as soon as it was available as I already knew that I had the perfect yarn for it in my stash.
I am intending to knit it in Knitpicks Shimmer Maple leaf as the colours just make me think of an Autumn wood

With the Mountain Stream pattern I am torn at the moment. Most of the lace weight that I have in my stash is variegated and I think this pattern requires something more subtle. I might just have to go out and buy something :-)

Another introduction

Hi, I’m Mette and I’m the very lucky (Danish) winner. I’ll be knitting the Mountain Stream Scarf, but I also love the shawl so I might knit that as well.

I have the pattern and the needles ready for the scarf so now I need to decide which yarn to use. There is plenty to choose from in my stash!


Thursday, March 16, 2006

And the winner is....

The Ides of March have come and gone, and today I pulled a name for the yarn contest. And the winner is....


Mette, please e-mail me your address so I can get your yarn shipped to you. Thanks!


Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Quick Question

Greetings, all!

Since this is my first time working with laceweight, I have a quick question for you kids: when you wind laceweight yarn (Alpaca With a Twist Fino in Rose Petal) on a ballwinder, do you work from the outside of the ball, or from the center? The meagre instructions that came with my ballwinder imply that you should knit from the outside with laceweight - which seems logical (don't want to break the delicate yarn), but cumbersome. Opinions? Suggestions?


Contest update

Today is the last day to sign up for the Knitalong if you want to be eligible for the drawing. I will be sure to check the e-mail account for the KAL and add anyone who requests to join before I make the final list for the drawing. If you've been hesitating, now is the time! :)

But just to be clear, if you still want to join the knitalong anytime at all, you still can, but you won't be in the yarn drawing.

Are all the shawl knitters ready for April 1st?

*edit* If your name isn't listed in the sidebar, please let me know ASAP at the KAL e-mail address (mountainlace AT gmail DOT com) so that I can add you. That's the master list I'm going from for the drawing.

Another intro and question

Hi, I'm Monica. I've only been knitting for about a year and a half, so I tend to ask silly questions. I'm so anxious to get my yarn and swatch it! I've been playing with my handspun singles to learn how to read charts. Did I mention that I've never knit from charts? Anyways, my sample with the handspun is pinned out and blocking right now. I'm going to give it to my dd for a doll's shawl. So, on to my question. How do you knit up a gauge swatch for knitting? do you measure after it's blocked? I tend to knit very loose, averaging going down 2-3 needle sizes, but I've never gauged lace before, so I'm unsure how to do it. I also can't wait to see how everyone's shawls turn out. It's such a beautiful pattern!

in wild Wyoming! Love those mountains!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Yet another introduction!

My name is Colette, and my blog is Sereknitty. I was fortunate enough to win Susan's contest and a copy of the Moutain Lace Scarf pattern. Since I need to knit the scarf and with some encouragement (thanks Birdsong) I decided to join the knitalong. I have't started the project yet. After checking my stash this morning I find that I have a couple of options for yarn but don't have the right sized needles.

I'll post a photo when I finally get started.

Another Introduction

I'm Teresa and I'll be knitting the Mountain Peaks Shawl.

Even though I've been knitting for a long time, I've never knit a lace shawl. I've knit lace patterns here and there, but never a true, lace shawl. So. I'm a newbie.

I'm planning to use Knit Picks Shadow - even though, I can't, for the life of me! - remember what color I ordered.

Anyway...I hope the yarn - whatever the color - will be waiting for me when I get home tonight, so I can cast on!

Looking forward to watching the beauty unfold...

Good Morning everyone! I just thought I would post to say hello and introduce myself to the group! My name is Kristi and I am so glad to be here! I have everything collected to do both of the projects but I am starting out with the scarf! I will be knitting it out of Knit Picks Shadow in Vineyard! My darling Mudgie is taking care of the supplies for me while I get ready to cast on! I plan to get started this morning and should my children manage to stay healthy for two days in a row I hope to make some progress!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Change of Heart - Shawl

I'm using a dusky blue - Misty Alpaca on size 4 needles

Not sure when it happened. It might have been last night, or early this morning, but I've had a change of heart.

I went from knitting in fear, to knitting in joy.

Read more about my Shawl at:
Pieceful Creations

I have knitted so far:
14 rows of written words
8 rows of chart 1 and 24 rows of chart 2.
I have 48 more rows of chart 2, then I can move on to chart 3 and see what fun that will bring

Yep. Fun! I said it. And I believe it.


Sunday, March 12, 2006

Changed my yarn

I read the comments about using variegated yarn for the shawl and I agree with you. I don't think it would suit this pattern. So, I shopped in my stash again and found grey alpaca that I had so I think I'll use that instead. I think it'll be far prettier. So, off to get started!


Saturday, March 11, 2006

Ready, set...

My Mountain Peaks is going to be done in Shadow (Lost Lake). Fancy that, me actually using the yarn specified in the pattern. Went out yesterday to buy a size 5 Crystal Palace Bamboo circular. I am ready to start swatching but have to finish a yarn sock for the Neatnik before I can cast on for the shawl.

PS - Got the updated pattern yesterday.

Hi everyone, I am really looking forward to doing both patterns, and of course you want to know about THE YARNS, so here is a photo. The green on top is Garnstudion Silke-Tweed, which I will use for the Mountain Stream scarf, and the pale heathered lavender on the bottom is Knitpicks' Alpaca Cloud, for the Mountain Peaks shawl... which I hope to cast on later this weekend, after doing some ball-winding. Happy knitting to all.

Friday, March 10, 2006

New here

Hi everybody, my name is Lu and I am new here - thanks for the invite, Susan, and for the pattern!
I am going to do the Mtn. Stream scarf with this lonely ball of Kidsilk Haze from my stash:

Rowan Kidsilk Haze

Lace ... with Mountain


This is an "early stages" photo of my Mountain Peaks Shawl from the balcony at home, where our view is from the side of one mountain, down over a wide valley, to another range. The mountains don't look impressive in the photo (giant cake of wool does, though), but if you stood at the base of one of them (mountains, not wool) it would look pretty darned majestic!

The wool is hand dyed fingering weight 100% worsted spun wool from Lisa Souza, in the colourway "Pumpkin". It is very soft, not at all clingy, and wonderful to work with. I should have more than enough (really, way way more than enough) as the skein was over 1750 yards.

Just to make things difficult (I'm one of those people) I'm doing my shawl in three triangles, instead of two (I want more of a wrap than a shawl). Things are going well so far - this photo was taken right after I finished the first repeat of Chart 1. So, two more repeats of Chart 1 and 3 more charts to go.

I'm really looking forward to seeing other shawls and scarves in process - pictures, people, pictures!

And, I can't wait to get to the blocking part: my absolute favorite part of making lace is watching the pre- to post-blocked transformation. Okay, got floors to vacuum, bathrooms to clean, and am going to ignore all of that in favour of starting the second repeat of Chart 1!

Link dump

Hey all! You should read Eunny's Ode To Lace. I love it!

And I'd like your input on my latest post. It's about self-publishing online. I kind of ramble on, but the last paragraph has some topics I'd like some discussion on.


Thursday, March 09, 2006

a two inch frog

today i had to pull out two inches of my Mountain Stream and try to figure out what i did.
glad i was using mohair.
i had made the first bit of a back side row and finished that row with the next right side row. even though i have a marker to tell me which side is which. geeze.

marie in florida

Excited to be a Member!

Hi Everyone, I'm Donna and I'm really excited to be a member of this group. I'm going to do the shawl but right now I'm deciding on what yarn to use. I have some Fleece Artist (I think thats what it is) in a varigated fall scheme. It is mohair so I'm not sure how this will work. What does everyone else think? Anyway, nice to meet everyone. I'm also hoping to learn how to use my digital camera for knitting pictures and learning how to post. I'd like to be able to share with all of you. Plus I think it helps if you make a mistake somewhere and you can show people! Again, thanks for lettting me join.


Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Second Contest

Hi everyone! Just as a reminder, to be entered for the second contest, all you need to do is join this KAL before March 15th. And you will be in the drawing to win some 100% Extrafine Merino laceweight I dyed this weekend. The red skein will be for this drawing and the purple and green skein will be the prize for the first person to finish the Mtn. Peaks Shawl.

For a closer look at the colors in the red skein, click here (the colors are actually a bit darker, but it gives you an idea of the variegation).

For this second contest drawing, I'm including the Mountain Stream members too.


Monday, March 06, 2006

First Contest Done

The 5 free Mountain Peaks patterns have been distributed, so if you'd like to knit it, go ahead and buy it.


How To Join

If you'd like to join this Knitalong, please e-mail mountainlace AT gmail DOT com and tell us:

1. Your name
2. Which pattern you would like to be knitting (or both)
3. Your blog address (if you have one) so that we can link to it.

Thanks and Welcome!

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Some changes

This blog is a-changin' We've changed this blog to be a Knitalong for both the Mountain Peaks Shawl pattern (which will be available on Monday, and the Mountain Stream Scarf pattern by Susan Lawrence (available here)

If you'd like to join, please e-mail me with your Name, blog (if you have one so that I can link you in the sidebar), and which pattern (or both) that you'd like to knit.


Friday, March 03, 2006