So my Snowdrop Shawl is coming along nicely.  But not after a lot more hard work.  I thought “I can be brave and do this without lifelines.”  That thought ended after I had to start completely over four or nine thousand times.  So I put in a lifeline at each new row of repeats.   Since starting the lifeline, I have had to rip back to each lifeline.  So far that’s only three rip backs, but man…. all that work 😦  It is definitely teaching me patience.  And it’s looking so pretty that giving up just is NOT an option.  I’ve tried other shawls and felt the same way, but I got so frustrated with the having to rip back that I gave up.  Don’t think for a minute that thought hasn’t crossed my mind this time, but I intend to persevere.  Then I’m going to go back to the other shawls that I’ve started and try again 🙂  Unfortunately, one of them that I purchased online is downloaded to my old computer, which is not up and running right now, so I’ll have to go back and buy it again.  Which is ok, this designer is one that I have no probmels supporting. I have also learned one other vital thing in lace knitting. It’s better to do it when my kids are in bed, or nowhere near me. Because I have to concentrate, and man can I get cranky if that concentration gets broken, because that will mean I have to rip back again. So my daytime knitting will be something else, and the shawl will have to slowly slog along at night. I’m ok with that though, because I have a couple of hours at night where I can knit after they go to bed, because I usually stay up until at 11:30 or 12, sometimes later. So I’ve got that covered.

Question about something. When you’re doing a slip 1, slip 1, insert L needle into R needle and knit the 2 sts togeter…. do you slip 1 slip 1 as if to knit them or purl them, if the pattern doesn’t specify. Is there a rule? I’ve been slipping as if to knit for the whole thing, but then I started wondering, what if I’m supposed to be slipping as if to purl? Does it lay differently if you do it one way or the other way? Just curious 🙂

Hope everyone has a nice day! The sun is actually SHINING here!!! We’re going to go to Parents and Pals, which is a parents/kids group that meets every Tuesday. I’m looking forward to it 🙂 It’s nice meeting new people, and there are lots of other stay at home moms, working moms, and such that take their little ones there that I can hang out with and get to know. Who knows, maybe one of them is a knitter! Or wants to become one! 🙂
After that, we’ll walk to the library, which is becoming a regular thing now, and I like that. The girls are getting used to it too. I’ve decided instead of 3 books a day for Jessica, she can read as many or as little as she wants, as long as she reads for 30 minutes a day. That seems to be going better, and I don’t feel so much like I’m forcing her to read. After the library, I’m going over to a friend’s house, and we’re having a crochet lesson with her and her daughter! I’m so excited about this one! I love teaching people how to play with yarn. They’ve already had one lesson, and Chandra, the mom, used to crochet, so she just needed the quick refresh, and the daughter…wow, she picked it up like she was born to do it. So we all know that means we’ll have to teach them to knit of course too 🙂 One of the other moms at Jessie’s school also wants me to teach her to knit, so I’m looking forward to that too 🙂 I told her by the end of the summer she’ll learn to knit socks LOL

Well, have a great day, again 🙂

Published in: on June 19, 2007 at 3:51 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. I am not an expert on lace, but when decreasing/shaping I slip both stitches as if to knit. Slip the first stitch knitwise, slip the second knitwise, insert left-hand needle into both stitches and knit them together.

    Now, if I am not decreasing and simply moving the stitch from one needle to the other (to be knit on the next row as in slipped stitch patterns) I slip it as if to purl.

    If you were to do the SSK by slipping them purlwise and then knit them together you will notice that your stitches are twisted at the base–but, this may be the look that you desire :), so it all depends on the look you desire.

  2. Oh, I meant to add, probably Mim would be the best person to answer this question–our lace goddess 🙂

  3. Tracey, you don’t have to buy it again. If you have the e-mail or a rough estimate of the date you bought it, I can look it up and just verify, then you can get the pdf again. There’s no reason you should have to buy it again.

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