Friday, August 24, 2007

About 1/3 done

I am in the last days of summer vacation, so lots of time to knit. Unfortunately, I lack focus, so I'm knitting about 5 things. But I did spend some concentrated time on the Hanami. I decided to go with an all-cherry blossom version, so I did my (first) provisional cast on and I've made it through charts A-F. I've been scattering beads in as well, and the effect is great!

I'm going to add some extra rows (maybe another couple chart A variations?) in the middle when I pick up the provisional stitches as I want this to be rather long.

My worries are:

1. about the color - I chose a rose pink zephyr yarn as I didn't think the recipient was a pale pink person, but this is just so . . . pink. Really pink. Paler might have been better. Or white. But it is too late now.

2. about my yarnover holes in the early sections, where they are few and far between. I don't know if it is too loose purling on the reverse side, or a quirk of my yarn overs, or what, but they don't look too good. The stitches immediately above and below each hole are also quite wide sometimes, but not consistently. I think I'm going to have to rip out at least the chart A and do that over or it will bug me forever. Maybe chart B as well. Once the yarnovers get close together the effect seems to disappear. Is there something I'm doing wrong? This is only my 3rd lace project, and I didn't see this in MS3, but maybe because the yarnovers were grouped?

1 comment:

Karla (ThreadBndr) said...

Yes, YO's can stretch out the stitches around them, especially when there is just one (like your single YO's and the tops of the 'catspaws' in Clue 4 of MS#3). I noticed that in my Clue 4.

Blocking fairly severly will fix most of that. When you open up the individual stitches of the background fabric, the distortion of the YOs dissappears for the most part. My rule of thumb is that lace ALWAYS looks like a disaster until it is blocked.