Tuesday, 10 March 2009

A Very Lacy Summer - Part 1

Autumn is upon us and so the time has come to reflect on the achievements of A Long, Lacy Summer.

The idea was born when I decided late in 2008 to devote much of my knitting time over the summer to lace, to trying my hand(s) most notably at the kind if light, airy lace I admired so much. Why not get others to join in, I thought. And join you did. The sidebar shows the list (which won't be up for much longer though).

Over the last couple of weeks, the reports have been coming in as people have been writing their own roundups of the work they've done over the last few months. I'll post links to the round up posts I've seen. They are most certainly worth checking out, if you fancy a spot of lace lust. People did gorgeous stuff. I'm going to do a couple of posts about this because otherwise, the round up will be huge!

So, to begin.

At Knit, Knitty, Knit Knit you can see the beautiful doilies and shawls that Disquina made. She came to the party late and more than made up for lost time. Note I said doilies. Plural. Here's one of them.

Nettie had her first ever go at fine lace and introduced us to her Gail. Not an easy knit for Nettie, but the result was worth it.

RoseRed ruminated on her efforts and concluded that she in fact produced more lace than she had realised, including this beautiful reversible lace scarf.

George came up with a beautiful December-January-February Baby Sweater (love the name!) in yarn she dyed herself

And Princess Pea created a stunning Laminara shawl that is the most beautiful shade of green.

One project I felt quite mushy about was Jen's Mini-Pi. It's so cute but was not without it's problems. Several participants struggled with the sudden appearance of big, gaping holes in their work, like Lynne.

Lynne proved herself to be a hard-core participant, with a lace deadline to make the most seasoned lace knitter break out in a cold sweat. She had to complete a Myrtle Leaf Shawl for her daughter's January wedding. With some false starts and pressure-induced mistakes, it was touch and go for a while there, including the appearance of every lace knitter's fear, a massive hole, but she got there.

As did Dianne who discovered a hole upon blocking.

Chilling stuff. Thankfully, everyone who had such a disaster, managed to sort the situation and lived to tell the tale.

Tomorrow, or maybe the next day, I'll cover a few more projects. What a colourful array of lace there is out there!