Saturday, April 01, 2006

Knitting Mountains in Flat Toronto

Hello, fellow mountaineers! Here's my fuzzy lace foothill, which I'm making out of Alchemy Haiku, colourway "Forest Waltz." It's slightly variegated greens/browns and I'm hoping it'll make a pretty shawl. This is my first laceweight lace project...for the Olympics, I did Kiri (loved every stitch) in a worsted weight, and I now realize my yarn choice was the equivalent of knitting training wheels. I might need a Sherpa this time. But I'm game! Will be climbing/constructing from the blog, and I'm looking forward to reading about everyone's progress.

One question: what do people use for lifelines with yarn of this weight?


At 7:54 PM, Blogger Laura said...

Seeing how I have *NO* lace knitting experience and I'm even still waiting for my yarn to arrive, I am not an expert in the area of lace weight yarn. However, logic tells me that something smooth like a mercerized crochet cotton might make a very nice lifeline that would slide out easily from the stitches when you're finished. But that's only the logic of someone who has no clue what they're talking about. :)

At 8:32 PM, Blogger Monica said...

I saw mentioned once someone using dental floss. It's smooth, easy to distinguish from your yarn, and normally quite available. I've never used a lifeline, so I've never tried.

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Kim said...

I use unwaxed dental floss when I knit lace(I don't know if waxed or unwaxed is better, I just like the plain stuff)--it's portable, you get a lot of it for the money, the cutter can replace scissors if you are on a plane knitting, and if you ever need to floss while you're out knitting you have it right there :)

At 2:10 PM, Blogger Birdsong said...

Wow, what luscious yarn.. silk and mohair! I am using some leftover fingering weight wool crepe, mainly because I have it and the gauge is loose enough with laceknitting to thread it through the row using a tapestry needle. It also clings to that row a bit, and the last thing I would want is to have my lifeline slip loose.


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