Saturday, September 1, 2007

I Swear!

OK - if it kills me, I swear I'm going to cast on and be "with" the rest of the bunch here by the end of the weekend. Thank goodness it's a long weekend! HA!

I still plan on doing the Cherry Blossoms version, and I've worked this out - in my mind at least:

I'm going to do the beaded cast-on, knit the 6 rows of garter stitch, then do the basketweave pattern ONE TIME, then 6 rows of garter stitch again, more beads, then begin the cherry blossom portions to the end, (may add more beads before the ruffle - heck, I've got enough!), done. Then I'll pick back up my beaded cast on (is this going to be possible????), knit the cherry blossoms portions one more time, more beads at the end, and I'm done.

That's the plan anyway. But first, I'm determined to finish the test knit I'm doing for Glampyre Knits/Stephanie Japel. Man, I'd best get knittin'!

Happy knitting, all!



pieheart said...

I can't wait to see your version with the added beads! Hope you post a lot of progress pictures.

laniered said...

If that were my plan, I'd do a plain provisional cast on instead of the beaded, knitted-on cast on, and then i'd bead it when i picked it back up on the return. Yeah, a little fiddly, and a little less initially rewarding, but i think it'd be much prettier. the cast on line is going to show a lot in laceweight otherwise - don'cha think? maybe i'm overthinking the whole thing -

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

I really like your idea, too, Heather, and have been thinking of that since you first mentioned it.

I also wondered about the provisional cast on if I made this change (as laniered mentioned), but haven't quite gotten enough quiet time to actually sit down and play with the pattern ;) Hopefully before the long weekend is over though...

Heather said...

Oh no, THANK YOU for your thinking. It seemed rational when I was mapping it out in my head, and as I was posting, I considered that picking up a beaded cast on might not be the most ideal situation. I might do a "test run" of casting on, knitting some pattern, adding beads and then knitting on - just to see how it would work in the full version. Much less aching to take out a short bit than to take out the first 1/8 of an entire shawl! Thanks!

Karla (ThreadBndr) said...

Laniered beat me to it. I was going to suggest a provisional cast on as well.

One other thing to think about. Does the recepiant have long hair that she wears down? If so a lot of beads in the center back may not be a good idea. You get tangled up in them. OUCH.

I wear my hair short now, but at one time a few years back, it was down to my waist. Just something to think about.

Heather said...

Thanks, Karla, but as the recipient is me, and I keep cutting my hair shorter and shorter, I think I'll bead away!!! I'm still knitting on my Test Knit, but hope to finish soon! Switched to a smaller needle, and my hands have started to protest!