Monday, June 26, 2006

Lace Nomenclature

In the current issue of Intereave Knits, Amy Singer (yes, of "fame") informs us that there is a difference between the terms "knitted lace" and "lace knitting."

According to her, when you "work a pattern with lace forming stitches on both sides" what you produce is "knitted lace." However, when you knit a pattern where the lace stitches are only on the right side (thus the wrong side has all purl or knit stitches) this is called "lace knitting."

Now, the odd thing about this is that the terms she is comparing are different parts of speech. One is a noun (the thing you produce- "knitted lace") and the other is a verb (this thing you are doing - "knitting lace").

Note: I've been rather out of the loop this summer as to what is going on in the internet knitting communities (I can't even remember the last time I checked my bloglines or the various knitting LJ communities - it might be more than a month for LJ) so I have no clue if there are discussions going on about this distinction.

I understand the difference between what is being produced, and honestly, if anyone is brave dedicated enough to undertake creating "knitted lace" they probably deserve to have a term to set their work apart from those of us who rejoice in the one row without a pattern.

But, what I'm wondering is if anyone had ever heard of this distinction before? Any sources? I'm aware of the technical differences between fulling and felting (which doesn't mean I actually follow the "correct" usage), but this is a new one for me.
Not much knitting to report. I've made a bit of progress on the Roundabout Leaf Tank, one more leaf, I've got about 5 more inches before I join it.

But, in stash acquisition news I just bought some Noro Lily Multi in #126. This is one of my favorite yarns. Not sure what I'm going to make, possibly a hood-less BPT.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

A bit of progress....

I managed to knit a few more inches on the Roundabout Leaf Tank this weekend. Not too much, but a bit of progress. It isn't really anything worth photographing and sharing, but even if I wanted to take pictures, my digital camera is on vacation in Germany for the World Cup! Lets just hope it (and the boy who took it) make it back safe.

However,I'm thinking of switching to the Diagonal Triangle Top. I think I could actually get it finished before I could finish the Leaf Tank, maybe even before the summer is over. And, once it is finished I think I could wear it to work under a suit. Hmmm....

Also, I was at Costco yesterday and I picked up Mason Dixon Knitting. I may have to find some cotton yarn to make one (or more) of the Ball Band dishcloths.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Finally made it, kinda....

Well, I finally made it to a meet-up with the Aloha Knitters group. Unfortunately, while I was there, my knitting wasn't. Turns out I had just left it in my car, but I thought I might have left it at work or at home. Well, there is always next week.

But it was nice to meet some of the local knitters. I occupied myself by winding some yarn and glancing through Last Minute Knitted Gifts.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Still no knitting to report about. The closest I came was when my little sister (who I (re-)taught to knit in March) called me to help her cast on for a new project. She was on her way to Europe (France and Spain) with my mother, and there I was, stuck at work!!!

She's working on the Bridgetown Belt-Bag from Interweave Magazine (I think it is from the Spring 2006 issue). While a lot of people aren't big fans of the patter (or more the finished object), my sister is a bit of an odd girl when it comes to fashion, and somehow I think she'll be able to carry off this look. I think she wants it for wearing to crazy concerts where she doesn't want to carry a bag (or much clothing in general). Let's see if she actually finishes it. I should have brought my copy of the magazine with me this summer and maybe I could have done one in another color for her.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Me, crochet, what....?

I'm thinking I may want to take up crocheting too. I know it is something I need to learn, if for nothing more than finishing knitted objects. But, here in Hawaii crocheting leis is really popular. They are often given at graduations (which are a huge deal here).

I quickly stopped in to a small little yarn store (well, mostly it had Christmas stuff) the other day in Kailua because we had breakfast across the street. I just wanted to see what their selection was so that would know if it was worth coming back for a more serious visit. Turns out that almost all of what they had (which was suqeezed into a small closet like room was eyelash stuff and some other basics. Mostly, I'm assuming, for making leis.

There are a ton of books dedicated to making the leis, and I have to say, I think this is probably the best use of furry yarns out there.