All Lace all the Time

The knitting universe is throwing a lot of lace at me at the moment. Despite the fact that my brain is already starting to say “nooo, cables, why aren’t you knitting more cables,” I am steadfast and trying to remind my brain that if one were to ever make time for a lace knitting binge, the summer months are exactly that kind of time.

To wit, I am still chugging away on the Bridgewater shawl, which doesn’t look much like lace yet, but it will once I finish the central square of garter stitch and start in on the lace edging. I am happy that it is starting to look more square like now that I am back on the decreasing-triangle side instead of the increasing-triangle side. Also, in case you were ever in any doubt on this subject, I can report that garter stitch on lace-weight yarn is not the speediest project ever. Fingering weight socks are going to feel like a sprint after this.


I’m also moving forward on a new design for The Sweet Sheep, with a big sunny skein of one of Michelle’s Super Soft Skeins that she handed over to me at the Knitter’s Frolic. She dyes up 8 oz skeins of fingering weight so that a person can get a nicely sized shawl out of it without ever having to stop and change skein in the middle of the project. This one is coming along nicely so far, and is planned for mid/late summer release. I’m enjoying the stitch pattern so far. I’m going for a combination of two stitch patterns and am generally a fan of the “looks very pretty but isn’t freaking intimidating” kind of lace, and yea verily will apply that logic here.


I also have the two skeins of Tanis Fiber Arts Mulberry Silk that I got at the Frolic, and a copy of the Peacock Feathers shawl, and would like to get on those some time soon too. So many things to knit.

Have you got any lace on the needles? Happy knitting!


  1. You are so right, summer is definitely lace time. I am presently knitting the Pi shawl from EZ but have just ordered some Fleece Artist Nyoni (Topaz 1 skein and Stone 3 skeins) that are earmarked for lace. I actually tried to cast on for a sweater yesterday but the lace was calling me and I had to answer….My husband just shakes his head and doesn’t ask questions anymore. πŸ˜‰

  2. Give me just a second, I need to stop drooling over all that gorgeous yarn πŸ™‚

    This is definitely the season for lace. I’ve got a shawlette on the needles for a friend made from two different colorways of Malabrigo Lace for a stripe effect that I’m not fond of but she’s absolutely in love with. I’m also trying to power through a lacy head scarf for my grandma before this weekend, since she just got out of surgery, and refuses to leave her hospital room because the doctor shaved nearly half her hair off ;_;

    Good luck resisting the call of the cables! And those shawls both look gorgeous!

  3. That Peacock Feather’s Shawl is ONE beautiful shawl!
    I admire your perserverence on the Bridgewater project.
    Now, in answer to your question…I think it’s safe to say, ahem, “What kind of knitting DON’T I have on the needles?!”

  4. I have just finished the Alpine lace shawl from Victoria Lace Today in Tanis’ Mulberry Silk. It is a yarn to die for. Have fun with that project once you get to it.
    No more lace for a while after I cranked that project off the needles in just under 6 weeks.

  5. Lace would be a lovely change – I’m immersed in Cables at the moment. Why is it we always dream of knitting the opposite of what we are knitting at the moment?

  6. No lace for me at the moment, but your sunny Sweet Sheep yarn is lovely!

  7. I just finished the Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn Clark..I did my first nupps. I had expected them to be hard but I guess the wool/silk blend made them easier? Its out blocking in the carport, I want to wear it on Saturday. I may have to bring it in if it doesn’t stop raining, it won’t dry in this humidity.

    I also have 2 balls of the Mulberry Silk..not sure what to knit with it as I am not confident enough to strike out on a “chart only” design. I have a couple of Anne Hanson’s patterns to pick from..any suggestions?

    The yellow is wonderful…does she have anymore? LOL I was going to start a pair of fingerless gloves this afternoon but maybe another shawl is calling me instead?

  8. I’m in the midst of socks, socks, socks. They’re so portable! And functional! And fast!

    Thanks for sharing your projects. The lace is beautiful.

  9. I am two pattern repeats into the Leaf Lace scarf by Caylie Harris. I’m using the most gorgeous hand dyed alpaca/silk–more wool than silk–from the Shimmer Blue Glass colorway (Knit Picks). I took the needle size up to US 5, which seems to have made it all the more “lacey”. Can’t wait to see it blocked!

    I agree with you about having so many projects that you want to accomplish, but the lace opportunities just keep coming. Maybe it’s the time of year. Hard to think about wool and cables and sweaters at all when it’s 95 degrees and humid.

  10. the sheen in both the grey and sunshine-y yarns is just incredible!! summer is a perfect time for lace, indeed.

  11. barefootrooster · ·

    i’m with julie. saw these photos and thought, “ooooh, shiny!” and i am drooling over lace these days. even though i find it sort of scary, i’ve been spinning for shawls!

  12. tinebeest · ·

    No lace on the needles, but I have the Peaks and Valleys scarf on the go and that is increases without yarnovers, so it requires even more concentration than its equivalent in lace would be. I also have a gansey on the needles. Never ending stockinette on 2mm needles, what more do you need for braindead knitting when the end of the academic year is heading straight towards you like a trainwreck πŸ™‚

    Those pictures look lovely, can’t wait to see you reveal the full design!

  13. I have lace on the brain too. πŸ™‚ Yours is more gorgeouser.

  14. LOL! I love your definition – β€œlooks very pretty but isn’t freaking intimidating”. That’s my kind of lace too.

  15. I definitely have lace on the needles, and I’m going to have more soon – a shawl for my mom’s birthday at the very least, and maybe something for myself.

  16. Tibetan Clouds shawl for a charity auction.

  17. I think an 8 ounce skein of fingering weight is a brilliant concept for a shawl. Even if you have two 4 ounce skeins, there’s no guarantee that the colors will match exactly. I just finished two shawls with two skeins of Malabrigo Sock. The colors aren’t the same, although they dye lots are. Oops. At least it wasn’t one big shawl.

    No lace on the needles; that’s what just came off!

  18. Very true! This happened to me once with a shawl I did from 2 skeins of Socks That Rock. It was a triangular shawl and you can excuse it a bit that way, but still. πŸ˜‰


  19. A testament to Tanis’ skill is that if you buy both skeins at the same time for a two skein project, there is practically no way of telling where one ends and the other starts. I used 1.5 skeins for my shawl.

  20. Maureen · ·

    Hi, Glenna –
    I’ve been away with no access to a computer…I just read your devastating news on the job front. We’ve all been there at one time or another, but I’m a firm believer that one door closes and another one (or two, or three!) opens. Hang in there…with your intelligence and creativity, I know you won’t be out of work for too long!

  21. I know it’s just a garter stitch square, but I don’t ever think I’ve seen one so beautiful… πŸ™‚

  22. Still stalled out on the DH’s sweater. Been working on other types of needlework — mostly cross stitch and Hardanger — since I was teaching a class at a local shop this winter/spring. Also need to get some samples done for a Redwork class that is happening (keep yer’ fingers crossed!) in the fall. At the very, very least, I’ll be taking that sweater and possibly a leg-warmer/heelless sock project along when we go on our annual vacation up Lake Superior’s North Shore. Not only do I get plenty of time on my hands there, but a) not really a good environment for dainty, *white* needlework, as we camp and it’s not real clean, and b) it’s generally pretty damn chilly for at least part of it. Having a sweater in my lap ain’t a bad thing at that point! πŸ˜€

    Oh, and putting in the garden/general yardwork is taking a bunch of time, too. From *everything*.

    I’m looking forward to seeing that bit of garter stitch with the lace edging on and blocked out. I seem to recall that is a *lovely* shawl!

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