Monday, March 19, 2007

Hidcote progress

And that is all of chart one finished plus 7 rows of chart two. From now on it just gets harder as the stitch count grows. I was in the middle of a pattern row last night when my assistance was required. Ack! I can't stop in the middle of a pattern row! Finding moments of quiet to concentrate on this will be difficult. Do any lace knitters out there have any advice? I think I probably need to put some stitch markers in...


Blogger Carol said...

Duct tape works really well for the people who constantly require assistance.

Also you might want to consider a "life line."

11:33 AM  
Blogger Sherry W said...

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12:26 PM  
Blogger Sherry W said...

I try not to stop on a lace row. The 'assistance' better be help with a house fire.

Stitch markers are your friends. Get the ones that are like locking pins and at least you can mark the end of a known location of the chart if you get interupted.

12:31 PM  
Blogger mindy said...

Definitely stitch markers. You'll know right away then if something is wrong. A life line is good too- it won't keep a mistake from happening, but if one does and you can't decipher it, you only have to unravel to the line.
It looks beautiful- is it an online pattern or from one of the mags? (I think you printed it from online...) Can't wait to watch it grow.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Elysbeth said...

Very subtle colours. Should be lovely.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Thanks for the great suggestions. Alas, although duct tape has myriad uses, I think social services would take the kids if I used it in the way I'm thinking! And although the husband isn't useless, the assistance he frequently needs has nothing to do with fire, flood or famine. Well, maybe famine.

Will look for those locking pin stitch markers!

The pattern is from She did the Icarus shawl that was all the rage last year. I also bought the Seraphim pattern.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Marilyn said...

I always found lifelines to be more trouble than they're worth. That said, I would not discourage you from using them because they seem to help a lot of people.

Markers, yes. Counting rows, yes. Understanding that this requires concentration, yes. You can't do this kind of knitting with the kids, the dog and the TV blaring. Use duct tape to muzzle all, put on some nice music. And learn your pattern well enough so that you know immediately where you are.

6:45 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

I use highlighter tape to mark which row I'm on. That helps a lot when I'm working on charts. Stitch markers also help until you can read the stitches. Once you can read the stitches the lacework gets much easier.

PS. If you can't find highlighter tape at your local office supply store Knit Foundry sell it on their site.

2:34 PM  

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